Indian railways is working hard to attract customers through online railways booking. Recently time of online rail reservation extended from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m to 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. It means user can book online tickets anytime. No night restrictions now.
Apart from official website, Indian Railways allowed some third party service providers for online train tickets booking. Makemytrip, which is famous web portal for air ticket booking provides rail tickets booking option too. This article speaks about 6 such web services which offers online train tickets booking.
IRCTC is official railway website for train reservation. Registration is required to use this service. You’ll be charged minimum Rs. 9 as the Bank/Card Charges. The user interface of this site is good. All you need to do is enter the starting and destination station codes and date of journey. It will showcase all the available trains on the interface.
Makemytrip is a nice travel portal for rail booking. You can book rail tickets without any registration (sign up option is available). This site provides time to time discount coupon through emails. After booking you’ll get a PDF copy of ticket inside your email. It remembers the person for whom you booked ticket and next time you don’t need to add his details. Air tickets booking option is also available.
Ixigo.com is South Asia’s leading online & mobile travel search engine based out of Gurgaon, India. You can search for trains and flights between two cities at a same time. Checking availability of tickets using this site is really simple and fast.
Yatra.com is another well known travel portal of India. You can book tickets for train and flights both. Also there is option to book hotels using this site. This site come in handy if you are planning for holiday because it offers best deals for you. Booking ticket is simple.
Cleartrip is another website for train ticket booking. You can search, book tickets without sign up. Also you can check PNR status using this website. It provides option to cancel your tickets but cancellation requires sign up. It offers time to time deals to make your purchase worth.
6. Railticket Online
Railticket online is a site exclusively to book rail tickets online instantly. It comes with the same interface as Cleartrip. You can also become authorize Rail e-ticket booking agent using this site. You can search for trains, book tickets, check PNR status and do many more things.
These are top 6 websites to get rail e-tickets online. All of these websites require Online banking/debit card/credit card for the payments. After payments you’ll get tickets in your email address. Also you can print tickets at the moment or save it for later print.
Note: Apart from IRCTC, every services charge Rs 10 as a service charge. It means if you are booking through Makemytrip then the charges will be
- IRCTC Service Fee: Rs. 10
- MakeMyTrip Service Fee:Rs. 10
- Bank/Card Charges: Rs. 9
You have to give Rs 29 extra for online reservation. If you are booking using IRCTC, you have to pay Rs 19 extra.