Book Railway Tickets While on the Move: IRCTC to introduce SMS-Based Ticketing from July

Days are not far when you can actually book, pay for, obtain and validate tickets from any location and at any time using mobile phones. With IRCTC all set to launch its SMS-based ticketing next month i.e. July, you can book your railway tickets by just sending an SMS to a dedicated number, reports PTI.

IRCTC to introduce SMS-based ticketing in July


The process of booking is simple, said the official wherein the passenger has to type the train number, destination, journey date, and class and passenger details like name, age and gender on the SMS box and send it to the dedicated number (will be announced soon). “The sender will receive transaction ID and then make payment through sending another SMS by typing PAY followed by the transaction ID, MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) as received from the bank and password, said the official adding “with this the passenger’s ticket is booked.”

The passengers don’t have to carry the printout of ticket because the ticketing message will be considered as valid during the journey.One will be charged Rs 3 per SMS and payment gateway charges are Rs. 5 for ticket amount upto Rs 5000 and Rs 10 for more than Rs 5000.

Given that mobile users in India are on a rise, this latest initiative is expected to improve overall experience of ticketing for the consumer.

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June 16, 2013 8:14 am 8:14 AM

This will be feature which will never work out, unless the main irctc Database is taken out of the hands of CRIS/IRCTC .

Aam janata will not use this for fear of mistake and the people who will eventually try will fail several times since the service is bound to be unreliable and actually probably pay lots more for premium failed sms.

SHAME on IRCTC/CRIS you guys are overpaid useless junk who cannot even maintain a proper scalable ticketing site.

June 14, 2013 8:39 am 8:39 AM

Nice initiative if implemented in july itself ,Congress is great

June 12, 2013 7:56 pm 7:56 PM

One small correction in the last para of the article. The user will NOT need an ‘internet enabled phone’ for this. It is supposed to be an SMS based service. But the problem is not that, the problem is, as Keshav Jha very correctly mentions–“Seat rahegi tab to!!!”

November 3, 2013 12:14 am 12:14 AM

Exactly … True