- Passenger train services are resuming on Tuesday
- You can book tickets on IRCTC website and mobile app
- Booking will begin at 4pm on Monday
The Ministry of Railways announced on Sunday that passenger train services will be gradually resumed in India starting May 12. Booking will begin at 4pm on May 11. Initially, 15 pair of trains with origin from New Delhi will run. They will go to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad, and Jammu Tawi and return to New Delhi. Passengers will be able to book tickets using only the IRCTC website irctc.co.in or the IRCTC mobile app. Tickets will not be available at Indian Railways counters. Indian Railways has said that passengers will have to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed. If you want to travel, here is how you can reserve your seats:
How to book train tickets on IRCTC website
To be able to book tickets via IRCTC, you need to first have an account on its website. Open the website irctc.co.in and click on the Register button on the top of the webpage. On this page, fill details like your desired username, password, security question and answer, and preferred language. Type your name, gender, date of birth, mobile number, email address, residential address, and office address. After agreeing to the terms and conditions, click on the register button to create your account on IRCTC.
Those who already have an account or those who have just created their accounts, click on the red-coloured Login button. Feed your user ID and password here along with the captcha code and press Sign in.
After logging in, type the source and destination of your journey in the Book your ticket box. Select the journey date and class of coach before clicking on the Find Trains button. You need to keep in mind that as per the latest orders, trains will run only from New Delhi station connecting 15 destinations and will return from the destination as well.
Now you have a list of trains from which you can choose your desired train and the class of coach. Indian Railways has said that the trains will have only AC coaches. Click on Check availability and fare You will then get to see the availability. In the train. If seats are available, proceed to book your tickets by clicking on Book Now.
In a new webpage, fill the passenger details like name, age, gender, and berth preference. You can also add more passengers. After that IRCTC gives you some options like Book only if confirm berths are allotted, Consider for auto-upgradation, and Preferred coach ID. You can also opt for travel insurance for the journey. Scroll down and put your mobile number and captcha code, and click on Continue booking.