Train Ticket Booking
There are three broad ways of going about with your train ticket booking. The oldest process is to queue up at the booking counter of the railway station. If you want to avoid these queues, then you may hire the services of some authorised railway agent (not tout), who will try to get the ticket for you in lieu of a valid fee. Besides these two options, the simplest way is to book train tickets online. While making an online booking, you may either directly book your ticket through the official ticketing website irctc.co.in or through ixigo.com or some other travel website.

Here is a step by step approach on how to book online train tickets by using the IRCTC website.

  • Such a train ticket reservation can be booked by way of a computer or simply through your Internet-enabled mobile phone. The first step is to create a username and password in the website, irctc.co.in. and then to login to the website by entering this information in the relevant fields.

  • The next step is to indicate your travel dates, arrival and departure railway stations in the appropriate fields, and select the category, i.e., General, Tatkal, or Ladies. You will get a list of trains serving the route you want to book the train tickets for.

  • Now, click on the class of Indain railway coach you want to travel in. You will get options according to train ticket availability. The status of the ticket (i.e., Confirmed, RAC, or Waitlisted) will be mentioned). If any of the options suit you, click upon Book Now.
  • You will be directed to a page asking for certain details such as name, gender etc. and once you fill these details, you will be asked to make payment through your credit or debit card. Successfully making the payment ensures that you have finally booked your train tickets online. In fact, you will get a text message as well as e-mail to this effect.

Such train tickets are called e-tickets. Make sure that you carry the proof of identity you have indicated while filling your details as well as print-out of the ticket or simply your phone, which has the text message confirming your train ticket reservation.