Nine Simple Tips to Make Your IRCTC Experience a Little Bit Less Painful

Source: gadgets.ndtv.com

Booking a train ticket on IRCTC is a rite of passage. It’s one of India’s leading e-commerce destinations, and it’s quite a quaint thing, once you really dig into all the pages and get to know the names of the servers.

Despite the fact feels like you’re stepping into an Internet time machine dialled back to 2000, the service works, and there’s no avoiding it when you need to book a train ticket.

The first thing you need to know, are the rules, and they are vast and numerous. Do you know the rules of a Tatkal ticket, all the classes available, the difference between a sleeper and a seater, the best trains to take, and what your chances are of booking a ticket? Good. Here’s a quick refresher course that will greatly enhance your odds of having a ‘Shubh Yatra’ when using IRCTC to book a train ticket or any of other related services that it offers.

1) Plan your journey ahead of time
This one is pretty basic, but you can greatly improve your chances of getting a reserved ticket by booking at the earliest available time slot. Train tickets are usually available 120 days in advance, and there’s a website called Ticketdate that lets you calculate the earliest booking window, based on the kind of train you’re taking. Some trains have a 10 and 30 day advance booking, and then there are Tatkal tickets, which cost a premium but open up a day before the date of travel. More info

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