What is the meaning of ‘Inter-City Train’ in Indian Railways?

The Intercity Express is the express-train service in India which connects major railway junctions and state capitals. These act as long-distance reserved suburban trains with sitting accommodation.  These are quite fast and maintain a high average speed for short distances along with priority over other trains.

Flying Ranee Express is the first Named Intercity Express in India. The first Named Intercity Train (Flying Ranee) was introduced in 1906 for providing connections between two cities from one state to another various states in India. The train left Surat station for Mumbai Central station to cover a distance of 264 km in 5 hrs 28 mins.

On that time it was ran as a weekly named intercity train and It ran between 1906 and 1939 when it was discontinued due to World War Two. Since then, it had been discontinued and restarted several times. It finally resumed operations on 1 November 1950 and has been running ever since.

The Mumbai CSMT-Pune Deccan Queen Express, the second named Intercity train in India, was introduced on 1 June 1930. On 1st July 1992, The First Intercity Express was introduced between Indore and New Delhi which its the one and only overnight intercity train runs between Two Major cities of India.

On 1st July 1997, The Two Intercity Express train launched between Chennai-Coimbatore & Bengaluru-Hubballi which is the first one day trip category of daily intercity express trains.


1. The trains are less expensive than other express trains, and usually reach their destinations within 5–6 hours.

2. They usually complete a round trip in a day, returning to the origin station at night and using only a single rake.

3. They have only sitting accommodations.