Help with reserving train tickets from abroad

#1 Sep 2nd, 2010, 06:54
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Hi all,

I am from Australia and this will be my third visit to India and I will be booking rail tickets online in about a month (waiting for the 90 days until travel dates). I am confused about the process as I have had others book tickets for me before but will be booking myself this time. I was planning on booking at www.irctc.co.in but noticed that they no longer accept international credit cards except for American Express (which I do not have). I have looked at using cleartrip.com and makemytrip.com but there is even more confusion there. For example, on both sites if I put in 1st December as my departure date, it does not have the option to check availability and book. But if I click on previous day (30 Nov), check availability and then click on "next few travel dates" it comes up with availability for 1st December. I have read through several posts and FAQ on this site and still confused about the process. Just wondering from others experience, which of these three sites is best for booking tickets from abroad and how long before my departure date/time should I book? At the moment I am just checking trains and working out how to do it. My actual first train journey won't be until 3rd January. Thank you for your help I am aware of other similar threads but none of them seem to have clear, recent answers.
#2 Sep 3rd, 2010, 18:49
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IRCTC does accept international visa/mastercards, but you
have to select the correct payment gateway, like AXIS. Many
people prefer Cleartrip to book tickets, but I never had any
problems with IRCTC. I would book as far ahead as possible,
which is 90 days. Good luck...
#3 Sep 3rd, 2010, 18:56
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You can book tickets 90 days in advance for most of the trains in India as mentioned in the previous post. Some day trains have an ARP (advance reservation period) of 30 days. If you have a visa or master card, try enrolling with verified by visa or master card secure and try booking tickets using www.irctc.co.in
#4 Sep 3rd, 2010, 19:08
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Yes, Aarosh is right you have to register your card
with verified by visa/master card secure, otherwise
you can't use it with IRCTC, don't know about Clear-
trip...
#5 Sep 3rd, 2010, 19:12
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in cleartrip everything is simplier: dont have to register although you pay more (for me its better book during min and pay extra 1$ than try to book for hours..as i did last week, no patience...i just became more and more nervous)
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#6 Sep 3rd, 2010, 19:59
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Thank you for your replies. I will need to book my tickets in about a month's time. I am already enrolled with Verified by Visa and will try IRCTC and use Cleartrip as a backup if I have any problems. After testing the IRCTC site yesterday I noticed that they have information about which bank/gateway to use for international cards when it comes to the payment page. They still have an old page that says they don't accept international card and looks like they haven't updated the whole site. I am looking forward to having the tickets booked Thank you for your help.

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