What you will pay over Rail Budget 2013: Air fare still costlier vs rail fare, but things may change
Travel agents also said due to the high difference between air fares and second AC rail fares, people who can afford to have more travel time will continue to prefer railways.
“The cheapest airfares are nearly twice the cost of second AC fares and Third AC is even cheaper,” said a travel agent affiliated to the Mumbai-based Travel Agents Association of India. “The difference has increased over the last year as airlines have raised fares and even the recent discounts by airlines haven't brought them down to rail fare levels. So, most rail travelers will continue to travel by rail and the absence of a passenger fare hike will only help to that effect.”