How To Book Train Ticket By SMS

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Indian Railways has continuously endeavored to improve the ease and access of ticketing. The e-ticket service of Indian Railway was great initiative. Due to it’s user friendly platform, it’s has already used by millions of people. To make the railway ticket more easy and in reach of every man . Indian railway has announced the service of booking Railway Ticket through Mobile SMS without internet connection The objective was to tap the potential of mobile phone market in India and thereby facilitate the common man, by providing him any-where, any-time and hassle free booking option.Railway-launches-SMS-based-Ticket-Booking

So I thought of writing a article on how to book train ticket by sms to make it more easy for you.

Right Now only Registered users can book ticket through sms. For that you have to register your account. Read our Irctc Registresation Process to register online. And if you want to book ticket on IRCTC website then you can follow my guide.

There are two option for booking through sms , one is USSD (Menu-based dialling) and other is SMS Based Booking.

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IRCTC SMS Based Booking

For This your mobile number must be registered with both IRCTC and Your Bank.

STEP 1: Send a SMS to 139 from your registered mobile (both at Bank and IRCTC).
SMS should be in this format:

BOOK <TrainNo> <FromCity> <ToCity> <TravelDate(DDMM)> <Class> <Passenger1-Name> <Age> <Gender> <Passenger2-Name> <Age> <Gender> (upto 6 passengers)

For example:
BOOK 12011 NDLS CDG 1404 CC Shubham 25 M Mamta 23 F

If the format sent is valid, you would receive a message from 139. The message would carry the following unique parameters.

TID: 2503468 Ticket Amount: 809 Service Charges: 20 Total Amount: 829 Seat: AVAILABLE- 0218. For Payment: SMS PAY <TID> IMPS <MMID> <OTP> IRCTCUserID to 139

STEP 2: On receipt of the above parameters, Send an SMS to 139 for Payment.

SMS PAY <Transaction ID as received> <IMPS is the mode of payment)> <Your MMID as received from the bank> <OTP is your one time password received for this transaction> <IRCTCUserID> For Example
SMS PAY 2501368 IMPS <MMID> <OTP> SHUBHAM

You will receive a SMS from 139 on successfully booking your ticket.

Congrates!! Your ticket booked successfully. PNR is: 2348778901 Ticket No: :0675661674 Booking Status: Shubham CONFIRM C1 76 WS Mamta CONFIRM C1 77 Ticket Amt: 809 SC: 20 Src: New delhi Dst: Chandigarh Date of Journey: 14/04/2013 Sch Dep 07:40 hrs

IRCTC CANCELLATION PROCESS through SMS:

CASE 1: The Entire ticket needs to be cancelled:
STEP 1: Send an SMS to 139 from your Registerd mobile number (You have used during booking). SMS format as follow:
CAN <10 Digit PNR> <IRCTC UserID>
For Example:
CAN 2345678901 Shubham
You will receive a SMS from 139. The text of the same is mentioned below.
“We have received your request to cancel your PNR Number 2345678901. Please confirm the cancellation by sending YES to 139.”
STEP 2: After this user need to confirm the cancellation by sending an SMS as “YES” to 139.
After that you will receive an SMS from 139.
“Your ticket for passenger <Passenger1 Name> <Passenger2 Name> with PNR Number: 2345678901 is cancelled. Refund Amount: 709 only.”
CASE 2: In case of Partial Cancellation.
STEP 1: Send an SMS to 139 for partial cancellation In this format.
CAN <10 Digit PNR> <IRCTCUserID> <Passenger Number>
For Example:
CAN 2345678901 Shubham 12(Upto 6)

STEP 2:

After this user need to confirm the cancellation by sending an SMS as “YES” to 139.

After that you will receive an SMS from 139.
“Your ticket for passenger <Passenger1 Name> <Passenger2 Name> with PNR Number: 2345678901 is cancelled. Refund Amount: 709 only.”

Book by sending SMS at 5676714. Click here for details.

Book by installing BSNL PrePaid Card Application in your Java based phone. Click here for details.

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USSD (Menu-based dialling)

  • USSD Services are currently offered by:-

1. After dialing *400#, a menu will appear. Select ‘book tickets’ option, select ‘reservation’ (user is prompted to enter his IRCTC user ID once only), enter details (date of journey, station, train no, class, etc)

2. Enter mPIN for authorizing payment through mobile wallet

3. A Booking confirmation SMS is sent by IRCTC

But let me tell you that this process of train ticket booking does not work at the time of Tatkal. So you can not book tatkal ticket using sms. If you want to get confirm tatkal ticket then you must check Irctc New tatkal booking trick.

Now Book your train tickets using Mobile Phone, anywhere and anytime WITHOUT using Internet connection. If you still have any problem in booking you can ask your problems in comments.

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