Indian Railways’ introduced its ‘Tatkal Scheme’ in 1997 to provide tickets to passengers who are looking to travel at a short notice.
They can be booked on payment of an extra charge on a first-come-first-served basis for all but first AC seats. Tatkal ticket charges are fixed at 10% of the basic fare for second class and 30% of the basic fare for all other classes.
If you’re booking tatkal tickets through ixigo, please remember that our booking window opens at 10:15 AM for AC Classes and at 11:15 AM for NON-AC Classes.
Tatkal booking window opens one day prior to the date of train origination, irrespective of the date of your journey. For example, for a train that starts from its origin on 22nd May, AC seat bookings would open at 10:15 AM on 21st May, the start date being the day of chart preparation.
Here’s how you can book tatkal train tickets through ixigo:
1.Fill Out these Initial Train Details
This is the first step towards booking a train of your choice. Choose your desired origin and arrival destination, along with the date of your journey and the class of your choice. You can also search trains using their numbers.
2.Choose your Train From the List
You will be presented with a list of all the trains running the distance. The list will also show the seat availability status for dates succeeding the one you chose. Tap on the ‘book’ tab on the desired reservation of your choice!
Also, as a bonus, if you find your seat waitlisted for a certain date, the instant tatkal feature of the ixigo trains app will let you see the tatkal booking status for the same train for up to two consecutive days.
You can also filter out tatkal trains from these options using the ‘Quota’ filter. Find this option in the bottom navigation banner of your screen.
3.Add Passenger Details
Choose from the already added list of travellers or add new passenger details and then tap on proceed. Please Note: As soon as you enter the age, the senior citizen filter will automatically apply, helping with 40% concession on the base fare.
Once you’ve logged in, this screen will show you details regarding your train booking, including the current availability status, details of the travellers, the station you’d be boarding from and your contact information. Please update the contact information, if it isn’t correct and tap on ‘proceed’. You will then be asked to enter your irctc ID.
5.Review your Details
In a gist, this screen will show you your train’s departure and arrival timings, passenger details and quota details. You can also check the fare breakup for your reservation here. You will have 10 minutes to complete the transaction once this screen appears. Once reviewed, tap on ‘proceed to pay’!
ixigo gives you a multitude of options when it comes to payments. Choose the payment method you would like to complete the transaction with. Apart from the conventional methods of payment, you can also make payments via wallets and LazyPay. Also, if you pay via UPI, no PG charges will be levied on your booking.
Please note: Once the payment is complete, the app will ask you for your IRCTC password, so keep that ready.
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