Malabar Express

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Malabar Express
Service type Express
Current operator(s) Indian Railway
Start Mangalore Central
Stops 52
End Thiruvananthapuram Central
Distance travelled 634 km (394 mi)
Average journey time 14 hours 50 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 16629 / 16630
On-board services
Class(es) 3 tier AC, 2 tier AC, sleeper class, general
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities No
Observation facilities Large windows
Rolling stock 7
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)

The Malabar Express (Malayalam: മലബാര്‍ എക്സ്പ്രസ്സ്‌) is a train service in India, named after the Malabar coast, the south-western coastal region of India from Mangalore Central to Thiruvananthapuram Central. As the name suggests, it connects the Malabar region in north Kerala to the south. The train has one of the longest running time between Mangalore and Thiruvananthapuram Central. It Shares its Rake with 16603/04 Maveli Express, 12601/02 Mangalore Central-Chennai Central Superfast Mail and 22637/38 West Coast Super Fast Express.Malabar Express is one of the most popular trains in Kerala.


As the route is fully electrified. It is hauled by WAP 4 of Electric Loco Shed, Erode or Royapuram shed


The train initially ran between Madras and Mangalore. During that time the name of the train was Madras Mangalore Malabar Express. In 1963 the train route was extended to Cochin Harbour Terminus and later this was again extended to Thiruvananthapuram Central.


This train runs between Mangalore Central and Thiruvananthapuram Central. The train no. 16629 starts from Trivandrum at 18:30 hours and reaches Mangalore at 10:10 hours the next day. In the return direction, train no. 16630 leaves Mangalore at 18:15 hours and reaches Trivandrum at 09:10 hours the next day. It runs via Trunk route Kottayam

Coach composition[edit]

It has 23 coaches (13 sleeper class, 4 3-tier AC (after the addition of BE1), 1 2-tier AC, 4 second class, and 1 brake van-cum-second sitter).