Ticket Booking

Ticket Booking

Booking tickets on Trains in India is a challenging process and also needs a lot of advanced planning. Here are a few concepts that you can familiarize yourself with before planning your trip to India.

Facilities provided by Indian Railways for Foreign Tourists

Indian Railways provides special facilities for foreign tourists:

Indian RailwaySpecial Quota: Many important trains have a special quota for foreign tourists. This can be availed on payment of US Dollars or Pound Sterling. Tourists without foreign currency, will be allotted the special quota on production of the exchange certifi cates issued by an nationalised bank. Tourists should mention the passport number and the country of origin at the time of reservation .

Assistance Cells: Major Reservation Centres have special Cells to help foreign tourists plan their itinerary, reserve their tickets and render any assistance required.

The International Tourist Bureau: International Tourist Bureaus are located in few prime cities in India. These centres have special quota reservation for foreign tourists and also provide information about the trains available for the required destinations. But the only problem is that the reservations are ambiguous and you may not always get the tickets on your preferred date of travel.

Indrail Pass: This travel-as-you-please ticket has been created especially for foreign tourists and Indian nationals residing abroad. This ticket is available for a specified time period from 1/2 day to 90 days. Indrail Passes should be used within one year of issue. Validity period starts from the date of the first train journey and ends on the midnight of the last journey.

Foreign Tourist Quota Booking :

Foreign Tourists (including NRIs) holding valid passport can avail Foreign Tourist Quota facility to book railway tickets online using IRCTC eTicketing.

International Users can book tickets under Foreign Tourist Quota upto 365 days in advance. For bookings done within current ARP period, berths will be allocated at the time of booking. While for bookings done beyond current ARP period, berths will be provided at the later stage when allotted by Railways PRS system. Users will be notified about berth allocation through International SMS facility.

Steps to book the tickets in Foreign Tourist Quota:

Mobile verification:

Foreign Tourists and NRIs should first submit and verify International mobile number in their profile.

Ticket Booking:

Select “Foreign Tourist Ticket Booking” link under “Services” option of IRCTC eTicketing website. User can book tickets under Foreign Tourist Quota upto 365 days in advance. Available classes of travel under Foreign Tourist Quota are 1A, 2A and EC.

User has to provide valid Passport number at the time of booking tickets. All SMS communications from IRCTC will be sent on mobile number submitted and verified by user while updating profile. User has the option to make payment of of ticket booking using International Debit/Credit card. Booking SMS and confirmation mail will be sent on registered mobile number and e-mail id respectively after successful payment and booking of ticket.


There is a charge of Rs 200 + applicable taxes per ticket booked under Foreign Tourist Quota through IRCTC eTicketing website.


50% of the fare shall be deducted in addition to the cancellation charges,  in case of cancellation by User. Time limits for cancellation of tickets booked online are as per extant rule set by Indian Railway.In case berth is not allotted by Railway PRS system, ticket will be automatically cancelled and Cancellation SMS / Email with details will be sent to the user on registered mobile number.

Since Train tickets are very cheap in India, the entire nation is constantly moving and booking a train ticket is a challenge, especially if you don’t plan ahead.

The booking system also has various quotas such as Ladies, physically challenged, Parliament, Defence and the popular Tatkal (Booking the tickets a day before the date of journey) in addition to the above mentioned Tourist Quota. So there may be a possibility to get your tickets booked but if you contact the assigned official. India Tours and Travels can help you solve all your travel queries and make your trip extremely comfortable.

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