Hampi Express is a greatly popular travel option for those traveling between Bangalore/ Mysore and Hampi. There are quite a few reasons for its popularity.

First of all its convenient timing.

It’s an overnight journey to Hampi by this train. If you are traveling to Hampi from Bangalore, you can boar Hampi Express either from Bangalore City or Bangalore Cant. stations. Leaves Bangalore City by 10 PM and arrives Hospet in the morning (by 8). So you’ve practically saved a night for the journey, and can start your Hampi itinerary right from the morning you’ve arrived in Hampi.

Hampi Express Route map

Hampi Express Route map. Hampi express (Train No: 16591/16592 )Connects Hampi with Bangalore and Mysore

In case if you’re starting from Mysore, Hampi Express is a superb overnight train for Hampi. The train leave s Mysore in the evening (6PM), allowing you the full day to explore Mysore before boarding the train.

The reverse journey too is pretty the same. You can board Hampi Express at Hospet in the night (8.45pm) allowing you to use the full day’s time to explore Hampi. This train reaches Bangalore in the morning (around 6am) and Mysore by 9.40 am. Again, if you are traveling to Mysore for tourism, you have used the night journey efficiently to get a full day’s time to explore Mysore.

Obviously the Hampi Express on both directions and jam packed with tourists vising Hampi and Mysore. Seats get overbooked , especially during the peak tourist season and during those extended weekends.

By the way if your itinerary is Mysore and Hampi, you can also explore the Sainagar Shirdi Mysore Weekly Express (Train no 16217 & 16218) . This train leaves Mysore on Mondays towards Hospet and on Wednesdays from Hospet towards Mysore. This weekly train too follow more or less the Hampi Express route. However the Mysore to Hospet journey is during day time.

Back to the Hampi Express…you have 5 options to chose from in reserving in Hampi Express, 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.  For traveling from Bangalore to Hospet , there is one more passenger train, the Hospet Passenger (Tran No 56509). This is a slow train but with a couple of Sleeper Coaches attached, that you can book in advance.

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.

Hampi Express has 3 coaches each for 1AC, 2AC and 3AC, typically attached toward the second half of the train. The Unreserved coaches (about 6 ) are attached to the front (4 coaches) and rear (4 coaches). The Sleeper Coaches (about 8) are in the middle.

The Sleeper Coaches are marked as S1, S2, S3…etc. 1AC/2AC twin coach is marked as HA1, 2AC as A1, 3AC as B1

The Coach Composition for Hampi Express: Engine-Break Van-GEN-GEN-GEN-S8-S7-S6-S5-S4-S3-S2-S1-HA1-A1-B1-GEN-GEN-GEN-Break Van.

Hampi Express Train fare
Class Route Fare (Rs) Reservation Fee(Rs)
1 1A Mysore – Hospet 1941 60
2 2A Mysore – Hospet 1146 50
3 3A Mysore – Hospet 789 40
4 Sleeper Mysore – Hospet 300 20
5 1A Bangalore – Hospet 1517 60
6 2A Bangalore – Hospet 885 50
7 3A Bangalore – Hospet 616 40
8 Sleeper Bangalore – Hospet 235 20
9 Sleeper Bangalore-Hospet (Passenger Train) 185 20

Unlike many long distance trains, the Hampi Express doesn’t have a pantry car. However people do sell dinner and snacks inside the train.

You can do the reservations either online or do it directly at 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. Create a n online account at www.irctc.co.in to book ticket online

Hampi Express Timings

Hampi Express Timings : Hubli to Mysore(Train No 16591) Hampi Express Timings : Mysore to Hubli(Train No 16592)
Code Station Name Arrival Departure Code Station Name Arrival Departure
1 UBL Hubli Jn Origin 18.00 1 MYS Mysore Jn First 18.15
2 SVHE Sisvinhalli H 18.27 18.28 2 PANP Pandavapura 18.34 18.35
3 NGR Annigeri 18.39 18.40 3 MYA Mandya 18.58 19.00
4 GDG Gadag Jn 19.08 19.10 4 MAD Maddur 19.19 19.20
5 KGX Kanginhal 19.19 19.20 5 CPT Channapatna 19.39 19.40
6 BNP Bhanapur 19.54 19.55 6 RMGM Ramanagaram 19.54 19.55
7 KBL Koppal 20.06 20.07 7 BID Bidadi 20.14 20.15
8 MRB Munirabad 20.29 20.30 8 KGI Kengeri 20.34 20.35
9 HPT Hospet Jn (for Hampi) 20.40 20.45 9 SBC Bangalore City Jn 21.50 22.00
10 TNGL Toranagallu Jn 21.19 21.20 10 BNC Bangalore Cant 22.10 22.12
11 BAY Bellary Jn 22.15 22.20 11 YNK Yelahanka Jn 22.38 22.40
12 GTL Guntakal Jn 23.10 23.15 12 DBU Dodballapur 22.59 23.00
13 GY Gooty Jn 23.39 23.40 13 GBD Gauribidanur 23.39 23.40
14 ATP Anantapur 00.59 01.00 14 HUP Hindupur 00.03 00.05
15 DMM Dharmavaram Jn 02.10 02.15 15 PKD Penukonda (PQ) 00.49 00.50
16 PKD Penukonda 02.44 02.45 16 DMM Dharmavaram Jn 02.00 02.05
17 HUP Hindupur 03.22 03.23 17 ATP Anantapur 02.44 02.45
18 GBD Gauribidanur 03.49 03.50 18 GY Gooty Jn 04.19 04.20
19 DBU Dodballapur 04.34 04.35 19 GTL Guntakal Jn 05.00 05.05
20 YNK Yelahanka Jn 04.55 05.00 20 BAY Bellary Jn 06.25 06.30
21 BNC Bangalore Cant 05.27 05.32 21 TNGL Toranagallu Jn 06.59 07.00
22 SBC Bangalore City Jn 06.10 06.30 22 HPT Hospet Jn ( For Hampi) 07.42 07.45
23 KGI Kengeri 06.49 06.50 23 MRB Munirabad 07.54 07.55
24 BID Bidadi 07.05 07.06 24 KBL Koppal 08.19 08.20
25 RMGM Ramanagaram 07.21 07.22 25 BNP Bhanapur 08.29 08.30
26 CPT Channapatna 07.32 07.33 26 KGX Kanginhal 09.09 09.10
27 MAD Maddur 07.55 07.56 27 GDG Gadag Jn 09.18 09.20
28 MYA Mandya 08.08 08.10 28 NGR Annigeri 09.59 10.00
29 PANP Pandavapura 08.39 08.40 29 SVHE Sisvinhalli H 10.09 10.10
30 MYS Mysore Jn 09.40 Last Station 30 UBL Hubli Jn 11.00 Last Station

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 railway’s reservation website www.irctc.co.in

See also the Amaravati Express ( Vasco Da Gama – Hospet – Howrah ) and Haripriya/ Rayalaseema Express (Vasco-Da-Gama – Hospet – Hyderabad/Tirupati)

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