PNR Status. Seat Availabilty. Running Status.

  • What is IRCTC? How is it different from Indian Railways?

    Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), is a subsidiary of the Indian Railway responsible for online booking of train tickets. It is an extended arm of the Indian Railways to upgrade, professionalize and manage the catering and hospitality services at stations, on trains and other locations and to promote domestic and international tourism. Some of the works done by IRCTC include setting up of Food Plazas on Railway premises, Railneer & internet ticketing.
  • How can I book train tickets in Indian Railway?

    Railway reservation can be done either online on IRCTC website or by physically going to ticket counters also known as Public Reservation System. The advantage of doing reservation online is that one can book the ticket anytime between 12.30am and 11.30pm. IRCTC website is down for maintenance for just 1 hour in day. The advantage of booking ticket at PRS counters is that one need not pay IRCTC service charge which is Rs.20/- plus GST for Sleeper / Second Seating and Rs.40/- plus GST for all other classes including air-conditioned classes (1AC,2AC,3AC,CC,3E,FC) per e-ticket and also payment gateway charges [Source: IRCTC website]. In short it is a trade-off of time with money.
    Bonus info: IRCTC service charge is waived off till 31st March, 2018
  • I have a valid train ticket. Do I need to carry any other document as a proof of my travel in train?

    Apart from having a train ticket, passenger also need to carry a valid ID proof in original while travelling in train. This is needed for both e-tickets and counter tickets. The allowed id proofs are passport, voter id card, driving license, pan card, any photo id card issued by Central / State gov having serial number, student identity card, nationalized bank passbooks, credit card issued by banks with laminated photograph, aadhar card and any card with photo issued by municipal bodies or Panchayat administrations.
    Bonus info: From June 2017, downloaded aadhar (e-Aadhar) will also be accepted as prescribed proof of identity at par with printed Aahaar card.
  • What is the role of Trainman?

    Trainman is a one stop shop for all information regarding Indian Railways. It complements IRCTC by providing intelligent features like PNR Status Prediction, checking seat availability for all dates in one view, predicting train delay, checking latest train schedule, live train status and choosing best possible train for a journey. One can also check out some really handy tips and tricks which makes train travelling easier. It is the most preferred railway site for train info owing to its high accuracy and user-friendliness. It also has very high rated apps for android playstore and apple app store.