In order to make your online ticket booking experience smooth and hassle- free, Indian Railways has recently launched a host of new services. With the recent updates and simpler interface the official website of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) — irctc.co.in — has become less cluttered and more user-friendly.
Along with the sleek design and new features, 'train ticket search' option is now available on the home screen of irctc.co.in. Passengers no longer need remember their IRCTC log-in credentials to search for trains.
If you go to the irctc.co.in website, you will find a 'Book Your Ticket' box available on the left side. You need to mention your journey details in order to search for a train. There will be an option of choosing 'From' and 'To' destination. You can also select the date on which you want to travel. The next option is to choose your seat or berth. Then if you click on 'Find Trains' option, you will get the list of trains suitable for your journey. You don't need to sign-in to IRCTC official website to find trains. However, if you want to book tickets, you have to log in with your IRCTC credentials.
If you want to check your PNR status, there is an option available right below the 'Book your ticket' box. After clicking on the PNR status, enter the PNR number and click on the 'submit' option to check the status.
Not only trains, commuters can also see the availability of seat or berth in a particular train without logging-in. There is an of option of checking 'Charts/Vacancy' on IRCTC official website. Passenger needs to enter the 'train name/number' and boarding station after clicking on 'Charts/Vacancy' option. It will show if any seats or berths are available in a train.
Along with these features, IRCTC also introduced Vikalp scheme for waitlisted passengers. This scheme will now provide confirmed berths to waitlisted passengers in an alternate train.