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Indian Railways - Railway Stations

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INDIAN RAILWAYS - RAILWAY STATIONS

When enjoying an Australian Cricket Tour to India, there is a great chance that you will experience the uniqueness of travelling on Indian Railways between matches. In many cities of the world, you travel from 'city name' main station to 'city name' main station without much thought. India is vastly different when without careful attention you may find yourself disgorged from a train up to 70km from where you thought you'd be, though still arriving in 'Mumbai'.

Even travelling between big cities, it is rare you will arrive or depart from a station with the city's name in the title. From 11 stations in Mumbai, only one is called Mumbai. There is only one 'New Delhi' station from 11, only one named Kolkata from 5 terminals, and for Hyderabad you travel to Secunderabad, an entirely different city.

Purely by accident (I'm sure the station was there before the stadium), primary stations in most cities are usually closest to the cricket stadium, though not always closest to our preferred hotels, as a side.

If you arrive the day before or on game day, staying at a hotel near the primary station won't leave you far to reach the game, and why we state the walking distance to the ground. Though it is but A$0.20c/km in a rickshaw to 'save your legs'!

You still need to manage the maelstrom and book your ticket to/from the best station and save the headache of lengthy surprise commutes. Stations listed below are in order of ‘importance’ (a term Indian Railways use for cities, trains, and stations). Some ‘minor’ stations are listed at 3 or 4 for their proximity to the ground. They could also be closer to your hotel so if your train makes a brief stop enroute to the main station, you can jettison early.

You find faster trains with wider choice of travel classes, and more of them, between important cities. For us, every cricket city is important, though we may flinch at playing in Rajkot!

That said, when it comes to Indian Railways, there is no rhyme nor reason for us to care why one train leaves from a station in the boonies and another from the station opposite your hotel, both going to the same place. Let’s not forget more than 20m people travel on Indian Railways every day so there is always demand no matter how poorly positioned the station may be to the cricket.

In years past, choosing a station for better arrival or departure times was more important than location or journey duration (when leaving Rajkot, take the first available!). With pre-paid rickshaws available from ‘important’ stations, worrying about being fleeced at 1am by a rickshaw-wallah who swears by the imaginary one-way system is a thing of the past! It just depends what time you want to get to bed.

When you enjoy our Australian Cricket Tour to India we include all Indian Railways journeys between cities so you don't have to worry about arriving at the wrong station, we worry for you!

Search trains on IRCTC by station name or letter code. If you're having trouble booking, this will help: 

Most smaller cities only have 1-2 stations so with those listed below for each city, use station #1. With the choice of up to 11 stations in the 'big smokes', when travelling on an Australian Cricket Tour to India aim for these stations in:

Mumbai

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)

New Delhi

  • New Delhi Railways Station (NDLS)
  • Airport Express Train Terminates Here

Kolkata

  • Sealdah (SDAH)
  • Howrah Junction (HWH)

Bengaluru

  • KSR Bengaluru (SBC)
  • Bengaluru Cantonment (BNC)

Chennai

  • Chennai Central (MAS)
  • Chennai Egmore (MS)

Hyderabad

  • Secunderabad Junction (SC)

Full list of Railway Stations in each Test city and distance to the venue:

Indian Railways Stations in New Delhi

1 – New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS)

  • Airport Express Trains Terminate Here
  • 2.6km to Arun Jaitley Stadium

2 – Delhi Junction (Old Delhi) (DLI)

  • 3.4km to Arun Jaitley Stadium

3 – Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM)

  • 7.3km to Arun Jaitley Stadium 

4 – Tilak Bridge (TKJ)

  • Closest to Arun Jaitley Stadium but you'll be lucky to be on a train stopping here
  • 1.4km to Arun Jaitley Stadium

5a – Sarai Rohilla (DEE)

  • 7.3km to Arun Jaitley Stadium 

5b – Sabzi Mandi (SZM)

  • 6.1km to Arun Jaitley Stadium

5c – Kishanganj (DKZ)

  • 6.2km to Arun Jaitley Stadium

5a/b/c are a ‘cluster’ of terminals beyond Karol Bagh. Sarai Rohilla is Delhi’s 4th busiest interstate station though only serving Mumbai, Punjab, and the West

6  – Shahdara (DSA)

  • 9.0km to Arun Jaitley Stadium

7 – Anand Vihar Terminal (ANVT)

  • Commissioned in 2009
  • One of Delhi’s biggest stations mainly serves trains running east
  • 9.8km from Arun Jaitley Stadium

I’d be surprised if you can only find a train stopping at any of these outstations and not NDLS:

Delhi Cantonment (DEC)

  • 16.7km to Arun Jaitley Stadium 

Shakur Basti (SSB)

  • 13.0km to Arun Jaitley Stadium

Tuglakabad (TKD)

  • 18.0km to Arun Jaitley Stadium

Narela Terminal (NUR)

  • 30.2km to Arun Jaitley Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Mumbai (Bombay)

1 – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)

  • 1.1km to Wankhede Stadium

1a – Churchgate Station (CCG)

  • Suburban terminus adjacent Wankhede
  • 450m to Wankhede Station

2 – Mumbai Central (BCT) (MMCT)

  • 4.1km to Wankhede Stadium

3a – Dadar Central Railway (DR)

  • 10.2km to Wankhede Stadium

3b – Dadar Western Railway (DDR)

  • 10.2km to Wankhede Stadium

4 – Bandra Terminus (BDTS)

  • 16.4km to Wankhede Stadium 

5 – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT)

  • Though behind the airport, it's 8km to the domestic and 9km to the international terminal, on opposing sides of the airport
  • 19.1km to Wankhede Stadium

6 – Kurla Junction (CLA)

  • Small station adjacent Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT). Take suburban train from CSMT to Kurla if departing LTT
  • 1.1km from Kurla to LTT
  • 18.0km to Wankhede Stadium 

7 – Andheri (ADH)

  • Small station north-west of the airport
  • 27.7km to Wankhede Stadium

All stations are on the Mumbai suburban network with convenient access to Wankhede Stadium if you are not staying in Colaba / Fort in South Mumbai.

Suburban trains terminate at Churchgate Station (CCG) next to Wankhede or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) 1.1km from Wankhede.

The following are stations for interstate trains ‘passing’ Mumbai, from where you connect to the suburban railway.

Borivali Railway Station (BVI)

  • 39.3km to Wankhede Stadium

Kalyan Junction (KYN)

  • 60.9km to Wankhede Stadium

Panvel Junction (PNVL)

  • 48.4km to Wankhede Stadium

Vasai Road (BSR)

  • 69.6km to Wankhede Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Kolkata (Calcutta)

1 – Howrah Junction (HWH)

  • 2.7km to Eden Gardens

2 – Sealdah (SDAH)

  • 3.7km to Eden Gardens

3 - Kolkata Railway Station (KOAA)

  • 6.9km to Eden Gardens 

4 - Shalimar (SHM)

  • 4.9km to Eden Gardens

5 - Santragachi Junction (SRC)

  • 7.5km to Eden Gardens

You won't need the following to watch cricket in Kolkata, though it doesn’t mean you won’t blindly be on one of the rare trains terminating here:

Ballygunge Junction (BLN)

  • 6.8km to Eden Gardens

Dhakuria (DHK)

  • 7.7km to Eden Gardens

Dakhineswar (DAKE).

  • 2.2km to Eden Gardens

Dum Dum (DDJ)

  • Closest to Kolkata International Airport
  • 9.3km to Eden Gardens

Indian Railways Stations in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

1 – KSR (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna) Bengaluru (SBC). Formerly Bangalore City Station

  • 4.1km to Chinnaswamy Stadium

2 – Bengaluru Cantonment (BNC)

  • Closest to Chinnaswamy Stadium
  • 2.0km to Chinnaswamy Stadium 

3 – Bengaluru East (BNCE)

  • 3.9km to Chinnaswamy Stadium

4 – Malleswaram (MWM)

  • One station out of KSR Bengaluru
  • 4.1km to Chinnaswamy Stadium

5 – Banaswadi (BAND)

  • 5.3km to Chinnaswamy Stadium

6 – Yesvantpur Junction (YPR)

  • Third busiest station in Bengaluru
  • Many trains continue to KSR Bengaluru
  • 7.8km to Chinnaswamy Stadium

7 – Krishnarajapurm (KJM)

  • All trains to/from Chennai stop here
  • 9.4km to Chinnaswamy Stadium

If coming to Bengaluru for the cricket, try not to alight at these outstations:

Kengeri (KGI)

  • 15.5km to Chinnaswamy Stadium

Yelhanka Junction (YNK)

  • 16.5km to Chinnaswamy Stadium

Whitefield (WFD).

  • 19.7km to Chinnaswamy Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Chennai (Madras)

1 – MGR Chennai Central (MAS)*

  • 3.0km to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

2 – Chennai Egmore (MS)

  • 3.0km to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

3 – Chennai Beach (MSB)

  • 3.8km from M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

4 – Basin Bridge Junction (BBQ)

  • 5.8km to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

5 – Mambalam (MBM)

  • 7.1km to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

6 – Perambur (PER)

  • 7.6km to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

7 – Tiruvottiyur (TVT)

  • 11.8km to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

*On April 5, 2019, Chennai Central was renamed! The longest station name in India and 2nd longest in the world is Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central Railway Station. Just tell your rickshaw-wallah "Chennai Central".

The following appearing in search results is the only reason they're listed but when coming to Chennai for cricket, try not to find yourself at any of these:

Nandiambakkam (NPKM)

  • 25.5km to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

Tambaram (TBM)

  • 25.3km to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
  • Tambaram is busier than KSR Bengaluru!!

Tiruninravur (TI)

  • 30.8km to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Hyderabad

1 – Secunderabad Junction (SC)

  • 7.0km to Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium

2 – Begampet (BMT).

  • Not the second most convenient station to Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium but it is in a flashy area of Hyderabad with glitzy hotels and shopping malls and where you may prefer to stay
  • 13.6km to Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

3 – Kacheguda (KCG)

  • 6.7km to Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium

4 – Hyderabad Deccan (HYB). There are closer stations, but this is the most central station to Hyderabad used more for commuter workers and festival trains

  • 10.0km to Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium

5 – Malkajgiri Junction (MJF). Just north of Secunderabad and the second station closest to the cricket

  • 7.2km to Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium

6 – Malakpet (MXT)

  • 7.9km to Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium

7 – Yakutpura (YKA)

  • 9.8km to Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium

If you find yourself jettisoned from a train at any of these distant ‘Hyderabad’ platforms, it’s possibly because someone pushed you out in passing or the result of a bad joke or a dare by your mates.

Falaknuma (FM)

  • 13.8km to Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium

Bolarum (BMO)

  • 18.4km to Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium

Lingampalli (LPI)

  • 30.5km to Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Chandigarh

1 – Chandigarh (CDG)

  • 10.5km to Punjab Cricket Assc. Stadium

2 – Kalka (KLK)

  • Only when arriving from Shimla. There is no train for the 28km between Kalka and Chandigarh, you need a taxi or rickshaw
  • 32km to Punjab Cricket Assc. Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Dehradun

1 – Dehradun (DDN)

  • 8.8km to Doon Sports Club Cricket Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Kanpur

1 – Kanpur Central (CNB)

  • 3.4km to Green Park Int. Cricket Stadium

2 – Kanpur Anwrganj (CPA)

  • A small siding 3km from Kanpur Central
  • 3.4km to Green Park Intl. Cricket Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Lucknow

1a – Lucknow Junction (LJN)

1b - Lucknow Railway Station (LKO)

  • These are side by side. Lucknow Junction is a terminus, whereas Lucknow Railway station has through trains
  • 11.2km to Ekana Cricket Stadium

2 – Aishbagh (ASH)

  • Small terminus behind Lucknow Junction
  • 12.8km to Ekana Cricket Stadium

3 - Lucknow City (LC)

  • Intermediate station north of Lucknow Junction, for trains out of Aishbagh
  • 12.9km to Ekana Cricket Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Ranchi

1 – Ranchi (RNC)

  • 9.5km to JSCA Intl. Stadium Complex

Indian Railways Stations in Ahmedabad

1 – Ahmedabad Junction (ADI)

  • 9.7km to Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium

2 – Sabarmati Junction (SBI)

  • North of Ahmedabad Junction and closest to Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium
  • 5.5km to Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Rajkot

1 – Rajkot Junction (RJT)

  • 11.8km to Saurashtra Cricket Assc. Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Indore

1 – Indore Junction (INDB)

  • 1.8km to Holkar Cricket Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Pune

1 – Pune Junction (PUNE)

  • 26.6km to Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium

2 – Shivajinagar (SVJR)

  • 1 stop out of Pune Junction
  • 24.1km to Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Nagpur

1 – Nagpur Junction (NGP)

  • 17.5km to Vidarbha Cricket Assc. Stadium

2 – Itwari Junction (ITR)

  • Just NE out of the city centre
  • One stop from Nagpur Junction.
  • 20.6km to Vidarbha Cricket Assc. Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Visakhapatnam

1 – Visakhapatnam (VSKP)

  • 13.2km from Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy Andhra Cricket Association/Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association International Cricket Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Dharamsala

1 – Pathankot Junction (PTK)

  • 86.5km from Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

Indian Railways Stations in Agra

1 – Agra Cantonment (AGC)

  • The one you want to arrive at
  • 5.8km to Taj Mahal

2 – Agra Fort (AF)

  • 3.2km to Taj Mahal

3 – Agra City (AGA)

  • 4.4km to Taj Mahal

4 – Raja Ki Mandi (RKM)

  • You won’t ever alight but if you do it is next to ‘a’ cricket ground
  • 6.2km to Taj Mahal