Guwahati: A train journey can be fun and exciting indeed exasperating if you cannot get a proper seat, especially while travelling for long distances. Most passengers don't prefer to sit in the first and last few seats of the coaches in trains since the toilet and entrance door are near to these seats.
If you are a frequent passenger of the Indian railway, then you might understand this better. Sitting for hours near the toilet can be annoying as the foul and unpleasant smell, ruckus, and unhygienic at the entrance make your train journey disturbing, especially in sleeper class.
A train seat near toilets can be a mood breaker and make you cranky the strong smell in turn makes the journey horrible.
Today, let us discuss how you can book your tickets to not get your train seat near toilets and entrance doors:
Seating Patterns in IRCTC Trains
Trains under the Indian Railways have different types of coaches with specific layouts and designs. Their cost, berths, comfort, and facilities vary, but all of them have two gates and two toilets at each end of the coach. Let us look into the different layouts and sitting arrangements for the different types of coaches for long-distance trains.
AC 1st Class (1A)
The coach code assigned to AC 1st class is H. There are 24 berths – 1 upper and 1 lower in each coupe of the coach.
2 Tier AC Sleeper (2A)
The coach code assigned to 2 tier AC Sleeper class is 'A'. Depending on the coach size, there can be 46 or 54 berths. The two-tier arrangement includes a lower and an upper berth.
3 Tier AC Sleeper (3A)
The coach code assigned to 3 tier AC Sleeper class is 'B'. There are 64 berths in each coach. While the side berths follow a two-tier arrangement, the other side has a three-tier arrangement with upper, middle, and lower berths.
This is a non-AC coach with the coaching code 'S'. The coaches are capable of seating and providing sleeping berths for 72 individuals. Except for the non-availability of AC, the coach layout is very similar to 3 tier AC sleeper class and the windows can be opened to let air in.
Second Seating (2S)
This is a non-AC coach with only seats available for sitting and not sleeping. There are 108 seats provided with no berths available.
AC Chair Car
This is an AC coach with the coach codes being C or D. Depending on the size of the coach, 67 or 75 people can sit. There are rows of 23 seats on either side of the aisle.
Garib Rath (3A)
All coaches of a Garib Rath train are AC and the assigned coach code is 'G'. There are 81 berths in each coach and only 3-tier accommodation is available including side berths.
Now to get rid of that, let us give you all a few tips to avoid getting a train seat near toilets:
-- Book your ticket as early as possible. IRCTC allots seats on a first-come-first-served basis from the middle of the coach. If you book early, there are higher chances of getting a seat in the middle of the coach – far away from the toilets.
-- The official IRCTC site asks you to select your priorities while assigning seats. If you want train seats away from the toilets, it is better to not fill the priorities. If you do so, chances of getting seats towards the end of the coach increase significantly.
-- If you are very lucky, you may even get a middle seat for booking late. This would mean that people with confirmed seats in the middle have cancelled their tickets. You may not see it often but this happens occasionally.
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