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Goa Express Train

The Goa Express Train (12780) is a popular superfast express train that runs between Vasco da Gama in Goa to Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi. Operating daily, it is a high priority express train mainly for the Hubli division of the Indian Railway System.

This train was launched in 1987, the Goa Express Train is been running before the introduction of the Konkan Railways. During the initial day, the train used to run on meter gauge distance from Vasco da Gama and Miraj, and then on a broad gauge track from Miraj and Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi. The train covers a distance of 1,879.9 km (1168.11 miles) in approximately 40 hours.

Keynote on Goa Express Train (12780):

Operational between Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM) to Vasco Da Gama (VSG)

Classes: AC 2 tier (2AC), AC 3 tier (3AC), Sleeper (SL), General (G)

Service Days: Throughout the week

Number of Stops: 33

Average Speed: 55 km (34 mi)/hr.

Duration: Approximately 40 hours (train timings are subjected to change)

Pantry: Available

Timing and Distance Covered by Goa Express

The train runs between two places. Each day the train leaves the Hazrat Nizamuddin station in New Delhi at 3:00 pm and reaches Vasco de Gama in Goa the next evening around 6:30. The entire trip is commenced in around 39 hours and 30 minutes, but the train timings are subjected to change. Overall, the train covers close to two thousand kilometers daily.

Important Stations on the Goa Express

The Goa Express Train passes through several Indian cities (it makes up to 33 official stops in between) and states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana. The train passes through exceptionally beautiful Dudhsagar Falls on the way, a major attraction in the region.

Among the halts made by the train in the route, the following stations are worth mentioning either for its scenic beauty or due to some interesting history associated with the respective place:

• Mathura Junction

• Agra Cantt

• Jhansi Junction

• Pune Junction

• Sangli  

• Madgaon Junction

How to book tickets for the Goa Express?

To book your tickets, first, you need to create a user account at Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). After initial logging in, search for your desired train or enter the train number in the search box, in this case, 12780.

After the Goa Express Train link pops up, click on the train and select your preferred seat. You can choose between AC 2 tier (2AC), AC 3 tier (3AC), Sleeper (SL), and General (G). Overall, the average cost of the AC 2 tier (2AC) tickets would be around INR 2,815. On the other hand, AC 3 tier (3AC) and Sleeper (SL) are INR 1,945 and INR 750 respectively.

Some Helpful Tips for International Travelers Booking Their Tickets for Goa Express

1. For starters, for booking the train ticket prefer using the IRCTC website. If you do not have an existing account for the website, create one immediately. After the account is created, search your preferred train and book the tickets seamlessly. International tourists have to pay a small fee for creating an account.  

2. International tourists can book their tickets 365 days in advance from the IRCTC website. Indian railway is a popular mode of transport for most travelers, so there is always a rush for the tickets. Booking the train passes in advance can save you some trouble in the future.    

3. During your journey via Goa Express Train, you can carry a digital copy of your ticket along with valid identification. That is enough.

Further Reading:

9 Goa Travel Tips First Time Travelers Should Know

Average Goa Trip Cost on Transportation and Accommodation

Goa Bus – Easy Guide for Road Travel in Goa

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