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

#1 Nov 27th, 2017, 20:22
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I was having a wonderful time (perhaps naively, as a first-timer to India!) booking my tickets all over MP and Rajasthan, on the super-easy Indian Railways website (seriously, not joking!) when I was told I had exhausted my 6-tickets-in-a-month limit. Just checking: that means "6 journeys in any given 28-day period", right? Not from say 19 Jan - 19 Feb? And does this mean that (more worrying) I cannot book any Indian Railway journey in-country when I get there because it'll be flagged on the website? Concrete example: I have already booked a ticket Jhansi-Lalitpur (one of my 6). When I get to Jhansi will I be able to book/buy my Lalitpur - Indore onward journey for 2 days later? Help!
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6 tickets in a calendar month is a rule which is applicable to all users who book tickets online. So in a few days you should be able to book another 6 tickets.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post 6 tickets in a calendar month is a rule which is applicable to all users who book tickets online. So in a few days you should be able to book another 6 tickets.
Excellent man, aarosh! So Friday I can do a few more then. Thanks.
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The 6 tickets rule does not apply to buying tickets in person from a train station counter, or foreign tourist office, only e-tickets.
Do beware that any booked and then cancelled e-tickets will still count towards your monthly e-total.

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You can get around the quota of tickets by using the desktop booking and then using a Phone App to book more.if you have an IRCTC account.

I have done this on more than one occasion. I found out about this in error whilst booking tickets on the move. cant remember what App it was though.
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Was it the IRCTC app?
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post 6 tickets in a calendar month is a rule which is applicable to all users who book tickets online.
Just curious... what do locals who work in one city and stay with family in another every weekend, travelling by train, do?
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One of my ex-colleagues stayed in Pune and worked in Navi Mumbai. Every Friday evening he took a bus to go home and then took a bus back to reach office on Monday. For him bus was more convenient than train.

If the relatives are close by (within 200 kms) then most would prefer to travel by bus than train. Bus available every 15 minutes, in my colleagues case, whereas trains are not that frequent. If the distance is more than 200 kms I personally would not visit my family every weekend.
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And for regular travelers, the option of pass is available - economical and you have a separate coach to sit in in some of the trains (usually is jam packed!).
Reservations can be done at the window counter, no restrictions for number of tickets.
Another option - make two accounts, one in your name another in the name of your spouse or other relative. But note that IRCTC does track you by your IP address as well and restrictions do apply to IP address transactions too.
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There are several that link to IRCTC.

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Just curious... what do locals who work in one city and stay with family in another every weekend, travelling by train, do?
As stated above, they can buy tickets at the counter or from a local travel agent. Also, linking their aadhar card to their railway account raises the quota to 12, which is enough for every-weekend travel.
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Didn't know about the aadhar linking upgrade!
Thanks for the information.
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That news was in the papers quite a few days ago.
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Guess I missed it!

Spending too much time on IM to read the news papers!
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The 6-tickets-in-a-month Rule for foreigners

Another aadhar code news!

Well, I have booked 4 tickets this year, and, whilst travel is on the cards for next spring, a major tour is not, so the limit wouldn't affect me. And if it did, I have the card.

But I was curious. Thanks.
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