To book a railway ticket online, you need to have an IRCTC account and internet banking/Debit Card/Credit card. In this article I will give you a step by step procedure on How to book your railway tickets online. The best part of railways online booking facility is that, you can save a lot of time and money.
- The first step is to create an IRCTC account. It is very simple, just like signing up for an e-mail. Go To IRCTC Website
- You will be asked for a username and password, as you are a new user, you need to sign up. Click on the signup link.
- You will be taken to the registration page. Once you fill the information and finish the registration, an e-mail and an sms will be sent to you which will contain the username and password. A mobile verification code will be sent to your mobile number which you will have to enter once you click on the link provided in the e-mail. When reading this, you will be confused, but it will be easy once you read the e-mail.
- You need to have some patience while dealing with IRCTC website because sometimes the site may be too busy or servers may be down, it is a common issue. Now you have your IRCTC username and password.Log In using the username and password. You will be taken to a page as shown below
- Under 'Plan My Travel', enter the station codes, you need to know the station code, which will normally be the short form of the place name. After entering the details click enter.
- A list of trains will appear, click on the button to the right of your train's name. Each button will be for each class such as sleeper, A/C etc.
- Click on 'Book', enter the passenger details and the ID card you are using and its number
- Next you can pay using internet banking or credit card. A notification will be sent to your mobile number.
- Take the printout of the ticket from the 'Print Ticket' section of your profile, that's it you are done.
There is a new initiative by Indian Railway which will enable you to travel using e-tickets, i.e you don't need to take a printout of the ticket. It is an initiative to save paper and save nature. Additional details are given on the IRCTC website