3 things you can do to make train travel easier in 2023

If you’re using the ixigo trains app, we already know you’re a smart traveller 😉

However, in the rush of train bookings, people often miss out on great features built into the app—ones that could considerably improve the train travel experience, if passengers just gave them a try. 

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Today, we’ve described three of these lesser-known features below. Whenever you plan your next trip, try them out and feel the difference! 

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IRCTC Food Booking

The IRCTC has resumed e-catering services this year in several premium and express trains. Whether you want buttery parathas for breakfast or a handi of biryani for dinner, there is a LOT to choose from across 500+ partner restaurants. Passengers can book these meals from vendors at all stations that offer this service. 

To place a delivery order via the ixigo trains app, just tap on the ‘IRCTC Food Booking’ option on the home screen. 

Enter your 10-digit PNR number, choose the items you want to order from restaurant menus, and pay online or via cash on delivery when your food arrives. You can also place orders via call, by dialling 1323. Keep your train name and seat/berth number ready, to speed things up!

Station Alarm

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys a good snooze, this feature is about to become your best friend. 

ixigo’s Station Alarm is meant for all travellers who tend to fall asleep on trains and have a high chance of missing their stop. To create an alarm, all you have to do is go to the home screen and tap on ‘Station Alarm’ > ‘Create Station Alarm’. You can then enter your station name or code, and depending on when you want to wake up, set an alarm for when the train is 5, 10, 15 or 25 kms away from your stop. 

This ensures that you can fit in a cosy nap on the way without any worries. It’s especially useful for passengers taking overnight trains when halt stations arrive in the middle of the night or near dawn. 

make sure the alarm goes off on time, passengers must keep their phone power and location on until they reach their station. The alarm will be valid for up to 96 hours from its setting time. 

Booking Alert

The IRCTC usually allows passengers to book tickets up to 120 days prior to the date of their journey—this is called the Advance Reservation Period (ARP). To know the ARP of a particular train and one of its halt stations, passengers can use the ‘Booking Alert’ feature on the home screen of our app. This is how it works:

  1. Tap on ‘Booking Alert’
  2. Enter your train name or number
  3. Choose your desired station on its route
  4. The app will then show you till what date you can book tickets for this station, based on the ARP.

If your journey date lies beyond the ARP for a train, then you can set a Booking Alert that will remind you to come back at a later date and try booking again. 

That’s all for now. Try these features out, and let us know how you liked them.