Booking Indian Rail Tickets from Abroad

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#1 May 9th, 2012, 15:55
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Booking Indian Rail Tickets from Abroad

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This article summarises the process of booking Indian rail tickets from abroad using different websites and processes. The target audience is the novice Indian Railways traveller but the more experienced train traveller in India may also find it useful. This article is frequently updated to keep the information up-to-date and current on booking train tickets online from abroad.
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I wonder what Apu Nahasapeemapetilon would feel if he tries to book using the IRCTC/Cleartrip system
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Isn't it true that only one passenger needs an ID? Or does everyone have a big last name? Could also try IRCTC though they may also have such restrictions.
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Originally Posted by aarem View Post Isn't it true that only one passenger needs an ID? Or does everyone have a big last name? Could also try IRCTC though they may also have such restrictions.
That's a good idea. Mrs. ukdoctor refused to take my surname after marriage .

Even on airline tickets it doesn't get printed properly.
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Booked another ticket on 3AC for early October via Cleartrip.

The ticket status is PQWL which i understand is a waitlist and I cannot travel..

My waitlist number is 7 and there are 4 of us travelling ( 7,8,9,10)

I am hoping that this gets confirmed but am I allowed to book a Sleeper for the 4 of us on the same train as a backup.

As our 3AC is waitlisted , I dont think we can travel (as far as i know ) if it does not get confirmed. So I had this idea of booking a sleeper in the same train .

If the first ticket gets confirmed i can cancel the sleeper tickets ( I probably will lose 200 rs as charges )

The question is whether this is allowed ?

The other question is whether I can show a printout of the current waitlisted ticket to travel (if it gets confirmed eventually) or will cleartrip/irctc send me another ticket once it is confirmed.

PS: I have never booked a waitlisted ticket before and thought I will check with the Gurus here.
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You can book sleeper class ticket.
You can show waitlist ticket printout.
You will get an SMS once the tickets get confirmed, you can show that as well.
A screenshot of your confirmed ticket can work as well (which you can get when you do a PNR check near your date of travel).
You will not get another ticket mail when this ticket gets confirmed.
You can just mark the berth numbers by pen on your waitlisted ticket printout - that will work as well.
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post You can book sleeper class ticket.
You can show waitlist ticket printout.
You will get an SMS once the tickets get confirmed, you can show that as well.
A screenshot of your confirmed ticket can work as well (which you can get when you do a PNR check near your date of travel).
You will not get another ticket mail when this ticket gets confirmed.
You can just mark the berth numbers by pen on your waitlisted ticket printout - that will work as well.
Thanks snotty. Does the irctc send the alert once tickets confirmed to the same mobile number where it sent the confirmation of booking or to the number I used to create the original irctc account in 2008


I dont have the mobile number i used for registration in 2008

I know that the mobile numbers get recycled and someone else could be using it. Bit worried now whether my details have been sent to some stranger.

PS: The mobile /contact numbers i used for this reservation is a relatives number and i dont have a problem if it goes to them.
However in addition to the eticket from cleartrip, irctc has also sent me another email which makes me wonder if they send sms to originally registered mobile number as well?
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I think the sms is sent on the number mentioned while booking the ticket.
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Having problems paying for tickets on IRCTC by foreign card again. Ended up booking through Cleartrip and the payment went through straight away!
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Originally Posted by gokarna View Post Having problems paying for tickets on IRCTC by foreign card again. Ended up booking through Cleartrip and the payment went through straight away!
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I know some people don't seem to like Cleartrip, and I believe they don't show all trains, but I always try to use them, so easy and straightforward!

Glad you got sorted, always a bit of a triumph to obtain an Indian train ticket or two...

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After booking the Cleartrip tickets and getting confirmation immediately half an hour later I got two emails from IRCTC confirming my bookings. I thought that the payments HAD gone through but after some detective work I saw that they are the same PNR numbers just double confirmation, once from Cleartrip and once from IRCTC. How confusing! Dreading the annual evisa applications in January, it never gets any easier.
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Originally Posted by spud View Post I got mine working too Edwin, simply by using a new mobile number. Trying to change the old mobile simply by swapping +91 with +44 (okay forget the + bit) resulted in a "mobile exists" message.

Then there was the payment problem too. I think the postcode 123456 (or whatever it was I entered) was rejected my my HSBC card so I used a prepaid Mastercard (EastFX). Sorted!

If the card hadn't worked, I would have just got one of the Indian tour companies I'm using, to book the tickets instead.
Okay I'm quoting myself here, but I just wanted to say that what I said above DOESN'T work for me anymore. I've just spent a few hours trying to buy a ticket via IRCTC. The Atom payment gateway was throwing me various messages after I hit the 'pay' button. Tried different things, browsers, cards etc ... was it the zip code? did my bank notice the 123456 was an invalid post code? - well they didn't last year cause that's what I entered!

So anyway. I went back to Cleartrip, tried there.... I actually re registered just to make sure the info was the exact same as for my working IRCTC account, and even after a few warnings about making sure I'm logged in - everything went smooth - Ticket from Delhi to Agra (sleeper) bought for 27th November.

NOT going till March, I just wanted to make sure my account was still alive, not going to bother cancelling the Rs190 ticket either


@Gokarna. I've got two emails for my one booking too, deleting the Cleartrip one, although you can probably print out the booking from their website. I'm keeping the IRCTC one.
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Between the complicated visa application and the train booking fiascos, I guess it goes some way to explaining why India has so few foreign tourists, compared to other nations in that area...

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Time to book another rail journey so decided to try IRCTC site again. This time I went into my account, my profile, preferred bank list and added international cards powered by atom bank with RDS. The transaction went through with no problem. Then I tried to print the ticket, took a while before I noticed the small 'print' button at the very bottom of page 4! All good fun.

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Originally Posted by gokarna View Post Time to book another rail journey so decided to try IRCTC site again. This time I went into my account, my profile, preferred bank list and added international cards powered by atom bank with RDS. The transaction went through with no problem. Then I tried to print the ticket, took a while before I noticed the small 'print' button at the very bottom of page 4! All good fun.

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Did you do something different the first time, when IRCTC failed to work for you?

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The first attempts I think the only choice of payment methods for credit cards were powered by atom, HD bank or citibank. When I searched around a bit and clicked on a link saying to pay by foreign cards click here it just logged me out and I lost all the data I had typed in and was back to square one!
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