Do you need help with train booking?
I've done the IRCTC railway ticket booking a dozen times, and I can help you by guiding you through the process - step-by-step.
First some basic information:
You can log on to www.irctc.co.in and go to Booked Tickets link and select the ticket to be canceled and can initiate the cancellation by selecting the passengers to be canceled. Cancellation would be confirmed online and the refund would be credited back to the account used for booking as for normal Internet tickets.
Click on the link, and start booking (link opens in a new window)
If you're traveling in a group, use the Master Passenger List.
Example: Type "Jai" (Jaipur) and wait for the options to appear.
I recommend to choose e-ticket so you can print it out at home. If you choose I-ticket you need an address where they can deliver the tickets.
Choose a train, and then class - by clicking on the circle.
Click on the train name to get train route and table. Train route includes station code, station name, arrival and departure time at each station and distance.
After you've clicked on the circle, train details and availability will appear.
Click on "Book".
If you don't want to click on the options, click on "None" (PS: I usually click on "None").
Check that the information is correct.
Click on "Make Payment" or "Replan" to edit.
Choose mode of payment: Credit card, Net Banking, Debit Cards, Cash cards and EMI option.
This is where many travelers have problems with their booking.
I've tried ICICI, Citi Bank, HDFC and Axis Bank. None of the transactions went through. The message was either "not enough funding" (even though I had money in my account), "don't accept foreign cards" or "transaction failure."
Some travelers have had luck with American Express. If you own an American Express, try it.
If it still doesn't work, try Cleartrip. Go to Cleartrip step-by-step.
Transaction charges vary from 1,65% (AXIS) to 1,8% (HDFC and ICICI).
This is how it looks like if you choose Citi Bank:
After successful payment you're shown the ticket confirmation details along with a "Print Reservation Slip" Button. You should also receive an email confirmation.
To double check that the transaction was successful, go to "My Transactions" on left column of the page. Then go to "Booked history."
If you want to cancel your e-ticket, visit this page: Canceling e-ticket
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