IR Travel Rules

Below are general rules for travel on IR as specified in many zonal timetables and displayed in statiions, etc. The text consists of extracts from the Indian Railways Acts. The rules below are provided only as an indication of the general rules that are applicable, and should not be considered to be complete, accurate, or authoritative.

Extracts from The Indian Railways Act - of Importance and Interest to a Passenger

  • Every person desirous of travelling on a Railway shall, upon payment of his fare be supplied with a ticket specifying the class of carriage for which, and the place from and the place to which, the fare has been paid.
  • A person to whom a ticket has been issued and for whom there is not room available in the train for which the ticket was issued shall, on returning the ticket within three hours after the departure of the train, entitled to have his fare refunded.
  • A person for whom there is not room available in the class of carriage for which he has purchased a ticket and who is obliged to travel in a carriage of a lower class shall be entitled on delivering up his ticket to a refund of the difference between the fare paid by him and the fare payable for the class of carriage in which he travelled.
  • No person, shall without the permission of Railway Servant, enter (or remain in) any carriage on a Railway for the purpose of travelling therein as a passenger unless he has with him a proper, pass or ticket.
  • If a passenger, having entered a compartment which is reserved by the Railway Administration for the use of another passenger, or which already contains the maximum number of passengers exhibited therein or thereon refuses to leave it when required to do so by any Railway servant, he shall be punished with fine according to existing rules of the Railway.
  • If a passenger resists the lawful entry of another passenger into a compartment not reserved by the Railway administration for the use of the passenger resisting or not already containing the maximum number of passenger exhibited therein or thereon, he shall be punished with the fine according to existing rules of the Railway.
  • If a person without consent of his fellow passengers, if any in the same compartment, smokes in any compartment except a compartment specially provided for the purpose, he shall be punished with fine according to the existing rules of the Railways.
  • If any person persists in smoking after being warned by any Railway servant to desist. he may in addition to incurring the liability, be removed by any Railway Servant from the carriage in which he is travelling.
  • If a person suffering from an infectious or contagious disorder enters or travels upon a Railway, he and any person having charge of him upon the Railway when he so entered or travelled thereon, shalt be punished with fine according to existing rules of the Railways, in addition to the forfeiture of any fare which either of them may have paid, and of any pass or ticket which either of them may have obtained or purchased, and may be removed from the Railway by any Railway servant.
  • If a male person, knowing a carriage, compartment, room or other place to be reserved by a Railway administration for the exclusive use of females, enters the place without lawful excuse, or having entered it remains therein after having been desired by any Railway Servant to leave it, he shall be punished with fine according to existing rules of the Railways, in addition to the forfeiture of any fare which he may have paid and of any pass or ticket which he may have obtained or purchased, and may be removed from the Railway by any Railway servant.
  • If a person in any Railway carriage or upon any part of a Railway
    • is in a state of intoxication, or
    • commits any nuisance or act of indecency, or uses obscene or abusive language, or
    • wilfully and without lawful excuse interferes with the comfort of any passenger or extinguishes any lamp,
    he shall be punished with fine which may extend to fifty rupees, in addition to the forfeiture of any fare which he may have paid and of any pass or ticket which he may have obtained or purchased and may be removed from the Railway by any Railway servant.
  • If a person wilfully obstructs or impedes any Railway servant in the discharge of his duty, he shall be punished with fine according to existing rules of the Railway.
  • If a person unlawfully enters upon a railway, he shall be punished with fine according to existing rules of the Railways.
  • If a person upon entering refuses to leave the Railway on being requested to do so by any Railway servant or by any other person on behalf of the Railway Administration, he shall be punished with fine according to existing rules of the Railways, and may be removed from the railway by such servant or other persons.
  • If a passenger travels in a train without having a proper pass or a proper ticket with him, or being in or having alighted from a train, or refuses to present for examination or so deliver up his pass or ticket immediately on requisition being made therefor he shall be liable to pay, on the demand of any Railway servant appointed by the Railway Administration in this behalf, the excess charge hereinafter in this section mentioned. In addition to the ordinary single fare for the distance which he has travelled or where there is any doubt as to the station from which he started, the ordinary single fare from the station from which the train originally started, or, if the tickets of passengers travelling in the train have been examined since the original starting of the train, the ordinary single fare from the place where the tickets were examined, or in case of their having been examined more than once where last examined.
  • It a passenger travels or attempts to travel in or on a carriage, or by a train, of a higher class than that for which he has obtained a pass or purchased a ticket, or travels in or on a carriage beyond the place authorised by his pass or ticket, he shall be liable to pay, on the demand of any Railway servant appointed by the Railway Administration in this behalf, the excess charge hereinafter in this section mentioned, in addition to any difference between any fare paid by him and the fare payable in respect of such journey as he has made.
  • if a passenger liable to pay the excess charge and fare mentioned above or the excess charge and any difference of fare mentioned fails or refuses to pay the same on demand being made, any Railway Servant appointed by the Railway Administration in this behalf may apply to any Presidency Magistrate or Magistrate of the first or second class for the recovery of the sum payable as if it were the fine and the Magistrate if satisfied that the sum is payable shall order it to be so recovered, and may order that the person liable for the payment shall in default of payment suffer imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one month. Any sum recovered under this subsection shall, as it is recovered, be paid to the Railway Administration.
  • Any person who, without having obtained the permission of a Railway servant, travels or attempts to travel in a carriage without having a proper pass or ticket with him; or in a carriage of a higher class than that for which he has obtained a pass or purchased a ticket, or in a carriage beyond the place authorised by his pass or ticket or being in a carriage fails or refuses to present for examination or to deliver up his pass or tickets immediately on requisition may be removed from the carriage by any Railway servant authorised by the Railway Administration in this behalf or by any other person whom such Railway servant may call to his aid unless he then and there pays the fare and the excess charge which he is liable to pay.

Provided that nothing in this section shall be deemed to preclude a person removed from carriage of a higher class from continuing his journey in a carriage of a class for which he holds a pass or ticket;

Provided further that women and children if unaccompanied by male passengers shall not be so removed except either at the station at which they first enter the train or at a Junction or Terminal station or station at the headquarters of a civil district and only between the hours of 6am, and 6pm.

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