The 6-tickets-in-a-month Rule for foreigners

#16 Dec 5th, 2017, 20:37
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Just found out about this today - how annoying as I didn't use my full November quota!

Have never actually booked rail tickets at the station as online was so smooth...

How does it work do they issue paper tickets or should i just use a travel agent? What commission do they normally charge?

..Or should I just open another irctc account?

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#17 Dec 5th, 2017, 21:56
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Booking at the station might result not getting a confirmed ticket if it is a busy train. You could use a travel agent to book tickets. Their service charges would depend from agent to agent. See if Booking Indian Rail Tickets from Abroad helps.

IRCTC also checks for the IP from where the tickets are booked. So if you do intend to open another IRCTC account keep that in mind.
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Originally Posted by steveduke View Post Excellent man, aarosh! So Friday I can do a few more then. Thanks.
Were you able to book tickets?
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I believe the OP is in India at this point...

I booked train tickets at the counter in India. Be sure to go to the head of the queue and pick up a "booking form" or two before you start.
Join the queue and fill in the form while you wait. You should bring your passport with visa to the counter. You can buy any number of tickets at the counter.
You can obtain tickets at the foreign tourist section at some major stations, (with different forms!) but they may charge you 50% more, even for "regular" tickets. It is a balance between a possibly easier and speedier more expensive purchase, and a long queue!
You can buy tickets from and to any station at counters, your journey does not have to start from the station where you buy the ticket.

Dunno how the "agents" work, it seems some are pretty dodgy, given the amount of efforts touts make to get folk to use them!

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Dunno how the "agents" work, it seems some are pretty dodgy, given the amount of efforts touts make to get folk to use them!
Most agents are fine. The agents with touts at New Delhi station are not fine, but that is a very small fraction of the total.
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post Most agents are fine. The agents with touts at New Delhi station are not fine, but that is a very small fraction of the total.
That may be correct, but I am confused by the huge efforts Indian Railways make to only allocate tickets in a fair way, against the relative ease with which "agents" can produce these otherwise hard to find tickets for sold out trains...

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post That may be correct, but I am confused by the huge efforts Indian Railways make to only allocate tickets in a fair way, against the relative ease with which "agents" can produce these otherwise hard to find tickets for sold out trains...

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Most agents only do the internet booking for you, or if needed send someone to the station to buy your ticket. I have not heard of agents being able to produce hard-to-find tickets. That used to happen but it has been cracked-down upon.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Were you able to book tickets?
Yes! Exactly one CALENDAR (not 28-days) month after my first booking, was able to book another ticket, which I hadn't been able to the day before.
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New account worked - not ideal - but it will get me to Mumbai

Thnx all for the advice!

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Originally Posted by FLo711 View Post Just found out about this today - how annoying as I didn't use my full November quota!

Have never actually booked rail tickets at the station as online was so smooth...

How does it work do they issue paper tickets or should i just use a travel agent? What commission do they normally charge?

..Or should I just open another irctc account?

Thanks
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#25 Dec 18th, 2017, 02:26
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I realise I'm now confused about this. Does the Six per One Calendar Month apply to the month in which the tickets are BOOKED, or the month of TRAVEL?

I need 7 or maybe 8 tickets for February 2018. I have already booked 3 in December 2017 and am about to book 3 more. Will I be able to book the final 1 or 2 in January (assuming there is availability) or is 6 tickets for February the limit whichever month they're booked in?

Thanks in anticipation of an answer.

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India tends to be confusing on most fronts, I find...

My understanding is that the restriction is on the month you buy the tickets, so you can travel as much as you like in a month, but can only buy six tickets in advance in any one month. (Phew!)

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As mentioned by Oldandrambling a person can book only 6 tickets in a calendar month irrespective of when they travel.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post IRCTC also checks for the IP from where the tickets are booked. So if you do intend to open another IRCTC account keep that in mind.
Another one who is confused!
Have IRCTC account in my name and a IRCTC account in my wifes name. Do not fully understand the link up between accounts and IP.
Can I book six tickets e-tickets in a callander month in my account and six tickets e-tickets in a callander month in my wifes account i.e total of twelve tickets in callander month?
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Yes one can book 6+6 tickets using 2 different ids.
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The IP comes up in the morning hours (8am to 12 pm) where there is restriction of only two tickets per IP address and account as well.
If you book it later in the day, the restrictions on IP are not there, but the 6 tickets a month rule still applies - which you can circumvent by having two accounts as mentioned above by dcamrass1.
This is done to reduce the bookings done by touts and agents and let tickets be available for the general public as well. Agents obviously find a way around this by placing their men on different computers but it is more tedious than before.
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