IRCTC

Yatra in the year 2011 made available train reservations on its website. It tied up with IRCTC to enable train reservations on its site, and has been successfully getting many bookings on its platform.

IRCTC is one of the busiest websites and by offering the same services on the Yatra platform, we achieved two objectives. Yatra was able to now offer a complete portfolio of travel options to its customers from flights, hotels, holiday packages, car rentals to train reservations. Secondly it gave customers a more seamless customer experience on its website, thus encouraging them to use the Yatra platform for train reservations.

Yatra offers all facilities for train reservations including IRCTC login on its site, which means besides booking the ticket online, you can search for trains and their routes, train schedules, check for seat availability and train fares. You can also get your PNR status, view your tickets, print or cancel tickets on the Yatra website. Along with online train reservations, the IRCTC Tatkal service is also available on the Yatra platform.

Yatra offers a dedicated phone line and email id to handle customer queries, so customers can reach out to a Yatra executive in case of any booking issues or related queries.

Train reservation is available on Android, giving customers further ease of use. Yatra with its high-end technology services and the Yatra app, enables a seamless train booking experience for its customers. Besides payments on Yatra are secured and hassle free. It is no wonder more and more people are logging on to Yatra to book their train tickets.

IRCTC translating into Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation is an offshoot of the Indian Railway, a platform where you can predominantly book your train tickets online aside from ordering your meals, plan your holidays, and book tourism packages.

IRCTC and what makes it the essence of Indian Railways

This subsidiary website of the Indian Railways churns out about 6 lakh bookings a day making it the second busiest website in the world. Not to mention, with a punchline like 'lifeline of the nation', you can't expect anything lesser. It all started with IRCTC opening up to online ticketing, cutting down the dependency on agents, middle-men, or the hassle of queuing up at a railway counter, and booking a quick ticket. With the advent of IRCTC, users have the luxury of time to browse trains of their liking, decide upon their budget, study the arrival and departure stations, and accordingly proceed with the booking. With the aid of an IRCTC login, users from across the country tap into Indian Railways wide network and browse for train availability, trains running between stations, subsequently going ahead to make an IRCTC online ticket booking.

IRCTC Train Booking

In order to make an IRCTC train booking, you need to follow the below steps:

  • You need to register yourself on the IRCTC Next Generation website.
  • You can then make an IRCTC booking by logging in with your username, password, and then entering the captcha code.
  • Once you have logged in to IRCTC online, you can enter details of your destination of origin, onward destination, date of journey, preferred class of travel (you can choose between AC 2 Tier, Anubhuti Class, AC First Class, Executive Chair Car, First Class, AC 3 Tier, AC 3 Economy, AC Chair Car, Sleeper, Second Sitting), and hit search.
  • At this stage you also have the option of checking the box 'flexible with date'.
  • While the subsequent page displays your search result at the bottom, in the top panel you still have the option to enter 'number of passengers', and/or 'modify your search'.
  • In the second half of the page you will see the list of trains available on your preferred dates to your selected destination.
  • The first column displays the train name and number along with its departure days, followed by the second column which displays departure time, proceeded by arrival time, total duration of the journey, and class of travel.
  • Now select the train you most prefer and click on the bright blue rectangular button against each called 'check availability & fare'.
  • By clicking on 'check availability & fare' you will know the IRCTC seat availability, whether the train is available on your specified date and the fare for that date. Aside from your selected date, the IRCTC site also displays the subsequent days on which the train is available for booking, and allows you to 'book now'.
  • In the same page, you also have the choice to 'confirm availability on alternate trains', and immediately you will be shown alternate trains found on that day, if or not they are available for booking or are on RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation).
  • After zeroing on your preferred train, click 'book now'. Further on, you will get a confirmation window asking whether you would want to proceed with your current choice. Click 'ok'.
  • Further enter passenger details, their name, age and gender, followed by berth preferences of the passenger. You need to then fill up your meal preference particularly if the train is a Rajdhani, Duronto or a Shatabdi. Also whether any of the passenger is a senior citizen, which qualifies them for a senior citizen concession. This is applicable to all men above 60 and all women above 58.
  • This will lead you to the payment gateway, where you need to verify your bank details and eventually make the final payment, and close your IRCTC online booking.
  • Upon making the payment, you will get a confirmation window displaying all the details of your booked ticket.
  • The ticket details will comprise the PNR number, and the status of your ticket at the time of booking, whether confirmed (CNF) or on wait list (WL). You coach number, seat/berth number, these details too will be displayed on this page.

IRCTC Tatkal Booking Scheme

For those wanting to make their IRCTC train ticket booking on a short notice can opt for the Indian Railways Tatkal scheme under which they can make a booking, both online and offline (at the designate railway counter), a day ahead of the date of travel. The IRCTC ticket booking window opens at 10am one day before the journey for the air-conditioned coaches, and for booking a sleeper coach it is 11am.

IRCTC Live Train Status

The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) website gives you the option to track your train in real time. The National Train Enquiry System page has a tab called 'spot your train' where you can carry out a search after entering your train name or number. And you will get all information on the distance covered by the train so far, the arrival and departure time at prominent stoppage stations, and an estimated arrival time at your desired destination.

IRCTC Waiting List Ticket

This means you have been issued a ticket on a train that is already running to capacity. But as and when passengers with confirmed tickets cancel their bookings your rank on the wait list keeps improving, consequently making it possible for you to get a confirmed ticket.

IRCTC Waiting Confirmation Chances

There is no guarantee whether or not a wait list IRCTC train ticket will get confirmed. It solely depends on the number cancellations that take place against confirmed tickets, and how that impacts your rank on the wait list. If it makes a significant difference to graduate you into the RAC list (with no confirmed or reserved berth) when the train's chart is prepared, you will at least be able to board the train. Of course you can SMS 139 to the Indian Railways from time to time to check the position of your wait listed ticket. However, on a unconfirmed wait list ticket at the time of preparing chart you can seek a full refund.

IRCTC Tourism As Your Holiday Planner

An offshoot of IRCTC Next Generation, the IRCTC tourism arm enables you to book special train-based packages, air travel, theme-based holidays, nature and sightseeing tours, and of course, its high-point, pilgrimage tours to all the key places of religious interest in the country. The site is known for its runaway hit programmes like the Bharat Darshan Special Tourist Train, also called, Ramayana Yatra. You can even view this detailed itinerary, the choice of trains, the inclusions in the package such as hotel stay and finalise your dates depending on the IRCTC availability.

Interesting Facts on IRCTC
  • The capacity of IRCTC Next Generation site is touted to be 7200 tickets every minute as opposed to the former 2000 ticket per minute.
  • IRCTC is perhaps Asia's greatest e-commerce site, clocking up a staggering 4 lakh bookings a day, leaving a certain Flipkart or Amazon far behind.
  • IRCTC was the most searched term on Google India in 2014.

IRCTC is your treasure trove for everything trains, and now holidays, and it makes perfect sense to register yourself, and become its active user.

Q. How can I change my user ID in Irctc?

A: You cannot change your username or login ID, i.e. you cannot reset the IRCTC login details to the respective email ID you registered. It is a one-time registration process and not possible to change the username.

Q. How can I print ticket from Irctc without login?

A: In case you do not want to login into IRCTC website, or simply don't have an IRCTC account, type in your PNR in the same way when you check the status of your reservation. Now go to the Print Page option, select Menu-> File-> Print.

Q. What is current booking in IRCTC?

A: Current booking is the booking against vacant accommodation after charting. Such a booking is allowed for both users and agents. However, it only allows for an e-ticket booking. Also, only confirmed tickets can be booked at current booking. Be mindful, Indian railways allows current booking only after charting within the existing booking time limit. You cannot change your boarding point in a current booking PNR, and you can’t even make changes to your personal details like name, age and gender on a current booking PNR.

Q. How can I check my booking in IRCTC?

A: You need to login to the IRCTC NextGen website. After logging in, go to ‘my account’. Further on click on ‘my transactions’. The drop-down will give you the option of ‘booked ticket history’. Here you can check the details of your booking on IRCTC.

Q. How can I recover my IRCTC password?

A: Head to the IRCTC website and select Login from the menu on the top right hand corner. The Login menu will open up. Click on ‘forgot password’. Further on, it will ask you to enter your username and the Captcha code. Click ‘next’. You will then receive an OTP on your registered mobile number as well as your registered email id. Now, you need to sign in again. Enter the IRCTC username followed by the OTP and the new password. Continue by confirming the password, and entering the new Captcha code. Login now with your new password.

Q. Can PNR get confirmed?

A: PNR is a unique 10-digit number issued electronically to every ticket holder of the Indian Railway. Translating into Passenger Name Record, your PNR comprises all information related to your booking status such as if your ticket is confirmed, whether it is on Waiting List (WL), or is it listed as Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC). Aside from this your PNR gives you details of your train’s arrival and departure, the coach and seat number, and of course the payment made by the passenger. Go on Indian Railways maintained Centre of Railway Information Systems (CRIS) website, enter your PNR number and check the status, whether or not confirmed.

Q. How can I login in to IRCTC?

A: Open the IRCTC website and click on Login, mentioned at the top of the page. Key in your username and password and then type the Captcha code and click on ‘sign in’. In case you can’t see the Login option on top of the page, check the top extreme right hand corner for the menu panel. Click on it and the drop-down will give you the option to ‘login'.

Q. How can I create an IRCTC id?

A: Go to the official home page of IRCTC. Under the Login box you will be able to see an option called ‘sign up’. Click on it and an individual registration form will open up. It will ask you for a suggested user id, password, security question, security answer, preferred language, followed by personal details like name, gender, marital status, date of birth, occupation, Aadhaar card number, PAN card number, email id, mobile number, nationality, and finally your residential address. Click on ‘submit’. Once you verify the account, your login details comprising your username and password will be sent to your email id. Then you need to enter the verification code sent to your mobile number and hit ‘submit’. The registration process is now complete and you can login to your IRCTC account.

Q. How can I pay with IRCTC debit card?

A: The IRCTC has provided 7 gateways for accepting payments through debit and credit cards. The 7 gateways to accept digital payments include HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Citi Bank, Axis Bank, Paytm, ITZ Cash and PayU. You can even make your payment through an American Express card as well as with your Kotak Bank card. However, to maximise the benefits on your railway booking, you can apply for the SBI Railway Card, a credit card that comes with exclusive benefits for every railway ticket booked. From giving you SBI Railway Points to cashback benefits, it comes in handy if you are a frequent user of the Indian Railways services.
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