Hampi Express that connects Mysore with Hubli via Bangalore is a popular option to reach Hampi from Bangalore. The train passes via Hospet, the nearest railway station for Hampi. Both the up and down journeys the train covers in the night, and that is one of the reasons for its popularity.
You have 5 options to chose from, the First AC (1AC), Second AC (2AC), Third AC (3AC), Sleeper Class (SL) and the General Class (unreserved).
Except for the General Class you need a prior reservation to travel in any of the other classes. For the General Class, you can buy the tickets directly from the ticket counters close to the platform. This class is the cheapest of all options but the coaches and usually crowed. The seats and occupied on a first come first served basis. No sleeping berths in the General Class. An unreserved ticket in Hampi Express from Bangalore to Hospet ticket
Fist AC (1AC) is the highest class in Hampi Express. The coach is partitioned into semi private sections. Also each of the berths is provided with curtain to create a sort of seclusion. Pillow, woolen blanket and linen sheets are provided for each berth.
Second and Third AC (2AC & 3AC) looks a bit similar but the former is relatively spacious than the later. Here too a bedroll consists of pillow, linen sheets and woolen blankets are provided.
Hampi Express is typically attached with one or two coaches of the above classes. But the bulk of the train consists of the Sleeper Class (SL) coaches. These are non-AC coaches with sleeping berths. Unlike the enclosed type of ambiance in the AC coaches, the sleeper class compartments are more open and airy. Also note that for the AC coaches, the glass windowpanes are dark tinted and cannot be opened. That hampers the visibility for those who would like to get a glimpse of the rural Karnataka pass by.
You can do the reservations either online or do it directly ant any of the railways reservations counters in India. A little bit of homework and understanding on the Indian railways system is required to book the ticket online. Typically reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance from the date of journey.
The train timetable is attached below. For the sake of understanding the route plan is also shown. Please note that only some major stations en route are listed. The full details can be had by searching the Indian Railway’s site www.indianrail.gov.in using the train number and other details. The Station Codes given against each station name could be a handy detail when you search & book trains online at the railwayâ€™s reservation website www.irctc.co.in
Bangalore to Hubli : Hampi Express (Train No.16592 ) ::
MYS : Mysore Jn 18.15
SBC : Bangalore City Jn 21.50
BNC : Bangalore Cant 22.10
GTL : Guntakal Jn 05.00
HPT : Hospet Jn 07.42
UBL : Hubli Jn 11.00
Hubli to Bangalore : Hampi Express (Train No.16591 ) ::
Hubli Jn 18.00
Hospet Jn 20.40 20.45
Bangalore Cant 05.27
Bangalore City 06.10
Mysore Jn 09.40
See also the Amaravati Express ( Vasco Da Gama – Hospet – Howrah ) and Haripriya/ Rayalaseema Express (Vasco-Da-Gama – Hospet – Hyderabad/Tirupati)