The Grand Trunk Express 12616 is a superfast train that operates on the Southern Zone of the Indian Railways. It provides passengers with a connection between Delhi Sarai Rohilla in Delhi NCT and Chennai Central in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the country’s oldest trains.
The Southern Mahratta Railways introduced the Grand Trunk Express in 1929. The train once operated between Peshawar (which was a part of British India and the capital of North-West Frontier Province) and Mangalore (which, at that time, was a part of Madras province). This historic train traversed New Delhi and Madras. Later, the route was shortened and operated between Lahore and Mettupalayam in Coimbatore. Back then, it was one of the longest train routes in the country.
The Peshawar-Mangalore route took nearly 104 hours. Even after the route was changed, the train continues to provide regular service between the capital of India and Chennai. The Grand Trunk Express remains one of the longest routes on the Indian Railways.
In December 2015, the Indian Railways changed the operating station from New Delhi to Delhi Sarai Rohilla.
The Grand Trunk Express 12616 departs Delhi Sarai Rohilla (DEE) at 17:50 PM and arrives at Chennai Central (MAS) at 6:20 AM after 36 hours and 30 minutes. During that time, it covers a distance of 2,188 kms.
During the course of its journey, the Grand Trunk Express traverses several states including Delhi NCT, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. During its 36-hour journey, the Grand Trunk Express makes 38 halts. Some of the major stations on the way are:
The average cost of an adult ticket is:
Travelers can even book tatkal tickets for this train. The average tatkal fares for this train are:
For the passengers’ comfort, the train provides a pantry car, onboard catering, pillows, sheets and blankets.
The ticket availability for this train is good, even though this route is quite popular. During peak travel season, such as in the summer holidays and festival season, tickets may be difficult to obtain. It is advisable to book your tickets at least 60 days in advance during these times.
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|No.||Station name (code)||Arrives||Departs||Stop time||Distance travelled||Day||Route|
|1||New Delhi (NDLS)||Starts||18:40||0||0 km||1||1|
|2||Mathura Junction (MTJ)||20:45||20:50||5 min||141 km||1||1|
|3||Raja Ki Mandi (RKM)||21:26||21:28||2 min||191 km||1||1|
|4||Agra Cantt (AGC)||21:45||21:50||5 min||195 km||1||1|
|5||Dhaulpur (DHO)||22:23||22:25||2 min||247 km||1||1|
|6||Morena (MRA)||22:50||22:52||2 min||275 km||1||1|
|7||Gwalior (GWL)||23:25||23:30||5 min||313 km||1||1|
|8||Jhansi Junction (JHS)||00:56||01:08||12 min||410 km||2||1|
|9||Bina Junction (BINA)||03:15||03:20||5 min||563 km||2||1|
|10||Ganj Basoda (BAQ)||03:52||03:54||2 min||609 km||2||1|
|11||Vidisha (BHS)||04:21||04:23||2 min||648 km||2||1|
|12||Bhopal Junction (BPL)||05:20||05:25||5 min||701 km||2||1|
|13||Habibganj (HBJ)||05:38||05:40||2 min||707 km||2||1|
|14||Hoshangabad (HBD)||06:35||06:37||2 min||775 km||2||1|
|15||Itarsi Junction (ET)||07:15||07:25||10 min||793 km||2||1|
|16||Ghoradongri (GDYA)||08:28||08:30||2 min||863 km||2||1|
|17||Betul (BZU)||09:16||09:18||2 min||900 km||2||1|
|18||Amla Junction (AMLA)||09:42||09:45||3 min||923 km||2||1|
|19||Pandhurna (PAR)||10:41||10:43||2 min||986 km||2||1|
|20||Narkher (NRKR)||10:59||11:01||2 min||1004 km||2||1|
|21||Nagpur (NGP)||12:20||12:30||10 min||1090 km||2||1|
|22||Sevagram (SEGM)||13:32||13:34||2 min||1166 km||2||1|
|23||Hinganghat (HGT)||14:02||14:04||2 min||1203 km||2||1|
|24||Chandrapur (CD)||15:09||15:11||2 min||1287 km||2||1|
|25||Balharshah (BPQ)||15:55||16:05||10 min||1301 km||2||1|
|26||Sirpur Kagazngr (SKZR)||16:53||16:55||2 min||1371 km||2||1|
|27||Belampalli (BPA)||17:30||17:32||2 min||1409 km||2||1|
|28||Mancheral (MCI)||17:47||17:49||2 min||1429 km||2||1|
|29||Ramgundam (RDM)||17:58||18:00||2 min||1443 km||2||1|
|30||Warangal (WL)||19:30||19:35||5 min||1544 km||2||1|
|31||Khammam (KMT)||21:20||21:22||2 min||1651 km||2||1|
|32||Vijayawada Junction (BZA)||23:15||23:25||10 min||1752 km||2||1|
|33||Tenali Junction (TEL)||23:52||23:54||2 min||1784 km||2||1|
|34||Bapatla (BPP)||00:25||00:27||2 min||1826 km||3||1|
|35||Chirala (CLX)||00:37||00:39||2 min||1841 km||3||1|
|36||Ongole (OGL)||01:21||01:23||2 min||1891 km||3||1|
|37||Nellore (NLR)||02:38||02:40||2 min||2007 km||3||1|
|38||Gudur Junction (GDR)||03:58||04:00||2 min||2045 km||3||1|
|39||Chennai Central (MAS)||06:15||Ends||0||2182 km||3||1|