I've just tried to book an AC1 sleeper berth on the itrc site. When I pressed send, I got a message saying that waitlisted places could not be booked on etickets, and I would need to rebook using an iticket.
I'm new to all this. Does that mean that all AC1 berths are booked? Should I risk being waitlisted, or should I try another class? I do need to get that particular train to connect with my journey back to the UK at the end of my trip.
What's the difference between an eticket and an iticket, for someone in the UK?
eticket you can print out and an i ticket must be delivered to an address (hotel). Waitlisted means just that. You take your chances. The number is critical so please give that so the train honchos here can estimate odds..
Your chances of getting your waitlisted ticket confirmed depends on numerous factors like days left before journey, availability of other trains on that sector, time of the year, weekend rush, etc etc. Stevenber ... the encyclopedia of indian railways will answer you better. In the mean time .. post the complete details of your journey (dates, from where to where, etc) & he will give you more accurate info than the railway authorities themselves.
In the meantime - try the e-ticket option once again. But this time .. select the 'tatkal' option. this will work only if you date of travel is within the next 4-5 days.
Basically ... if you have a confirmed ticket .. there is no difference between the e-ticket & i-ticket. The i ticket .. will be the real actual ticket... sent to you physically. The e-ticket .. can be printed out at your home / office. If you loose your e-ticket then you simply take another print out of the ticket. While booking you need to mention a unique no of a photo identity card that you have to carry on your journey. But if you loose your i-ticket ... then you have actually lost your ticket & would have to pay a sum of money to get another ticket issued.
Yes, book them now! It means there's 1 person waitlisted (that's the right number, and the waitlist has just started, with that same 1 person, that's the left number), you'd probably be nr. 2 if you book. In other words, that seat is yours.
Should you want to cancel later, you can do this at almost no penalty right up till shortly before departure, and not much more if you do it at the last minute. Even after departure, but the penalty goes up to something like 50% in that case I believe.
But don't waste any time on it, that waitlist may soon grow.
It never accepts my credit card either - for no apparent reason too. I give up every time and go to the local agent. Check you have put in your correct date when you booked - sometimes if you are trying several times you can 'forget' to do the date and it will be the current date and then this waitlisted sign comes up - just mentioning it, because this happened with me a couple of times.
Yes - I've put in the address of the hotel I'm staying at for my first night. I hope they won't mind.
This is the message I get: You Were Trying To Use icici Payment Gateway And The Transaction CouldNot Proceed Due To Communication Problem .
There was a problem in processing the transaction due to one of the following reasons: You have used Back/Refresh button of your browser. You may have processed the transaction from more than one window. Bank has resent the transaction with the same transaction ID.
I've not done any of those things. Is this the common response?
If it's not taking your credit card then you won't be able to book by internet. If this is the case, consider going to a Tourist Bureau at the Railway station of the city you are arriving in and get a Tourist Quota ticket there. Is there an urgency for the booking? The hotel where you are staying might be able to book it for you.
A communication problem means just that: there is a communication problem somewhere down the line.
Please, do refer to the end of that Bookings thread I just gave and its previous pages, where it and all its possible causes and solutions does indeed get discussed at length.
Bank has resent the transaction with the same transaction ID.
I don't know what this means, but there are reports of some banks refusing untypical transactions. You may need to look into this, that is to say: Call them about it. Just one of many possible errors though.
: Yes, however the Tourist Quota isn't a sure-fire solution. More on that just recently here (and how I wish Steve was around, he knows all this stuff much better than I do, or with a better air of authority anyway ;) ): http://www.indiamike.com/india/uttar...47/#post447560