Indian Railway or Bharatiya Rail operates more than 10,000 trains per day and they have made a variety of options for their passengers to make their journey safer and lot more easier, lot more changes still to come. Indian government receive a large sum of their profits from India Railways solely.
Indian Railways offers train ticket booking in railway reservation counters which you can find it at your railways stations and in case of metro cities you can find reservation counters nearby to your location itself.
Apart from reservation counters the other form of booking the train tickets includes online booking. generally the tickets booked through online are of two types
- E ticket
- I ticket
E ticket is the electronic tickets booked at IRCTC.co.in and its delivered to you as printed Electronic ticket to your home through courier which is taken care by IRCTC employees. You need to book your e ticket at least 15 days in advance to make sure that it reaches your home in utmost cases or it might result in no tickets with you at the time of journey.
I ticket are the printed i ticket which are booked from any portal online. While traveling you need to produce your identity proof for I ticket and its of no value if its booked as wait listed. If there is availability of seats then you can book the tickets instant and can board the train.
Here are some of the portal which can make your work easier to book train tickets online.
1. IRCTC – IR Portal
IRCTC is the Indian Railways subsidiary which handles catering, tourism and online ticketing operations. Its better known for changing the face of ticketing in India. Its the first portal to start Internet based rail ticket booking and also offers booking via GPRS and SMS from your mobile phone. You can also cancel tickets online, modify tickets online, book e tickets, accommodation availability check, book i tickets, check PNR status and lot more information on Indian Railways.
Cleartrip is an excellent portal for booking train tickets and air tickets. Cleartrip is rated as the best sites, most user friendly travel website and India’s favourite travel website. The good thing about them is that its quick and fast service with no ads and popups.
Cleartrip apart from online i ticket booking also offers SMS ticketing services to book train tickets from mobile phones and also includes Cleartrip mobile version. Payment options here includes a variety of options like net banking, online banking, credit card and promotional codes.
3. Make My Trip
Makemytrip is an Indian online travel agency which also offers booking of Indian trains tickets. Apart from booking of train tickets it also offers services like Cancel tickets, Check PNR Status, Print Tickets, Check Refund Status, booking of tourism train tickets, holiday train packages and lot more.