Book train tickets via SMS [Guide]

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Booking train tickets is the worst hassle that a traveler and endure. Whether it is the nightmare of standing in the huge queue or even waiting for online booking to pick up, both are a  huge pain. So, finally Indian Railways has woken up to fact that the 21st century is here and provided us with a service which lets you book tickets right from your phone.

IRCTC-sms-booking  You can book tickets by sending an SMS to 139, 5676714 or if you are a BSNL consumer, after registering your mobile number and other requisite information for the transaction, you will get a one-time identifier number for the bank transaction authorization. You will need to follow this format to book tickets –

1. SMS based booking through 139

Registration

  • Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with your bank.
  • Bank provides MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) & OTP (One Time Password) through IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) option.

More than 25 banks are providing IMPS facility. For generating MMID & OTP, visit website.

Booking Flow

  • Generate OTP through your Bank for authorization of payment.
  • Send SMS, in the following syntax, to 139 BOOK <TrainNo><FromStn.Code><ToStn.Code> <TravelDate (DDMM)><Class><Passenger-Name><Age><M/F>
  • You will receive Transaction ID alongwith other details.
  • Make payment through sending an SMS, in the following syntax, to 139 PAY <Transaction ID as received><IMPS><Your MMID as received from the bank><OTP, your one time password as received from the bank for this transaction><IRCTCUserID> and your ticket is booked; confirmation SMS is received on your mobile and same can be used during journey along with valid ID proof.
  • Service is available to all mobile subscribers.
  • SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking).
  • PG charges Rs 5/- for ticket amount < Rs 5000/ and Rs 10/- for ticket amount >= Rs 5000/- (as applicable by bank).
  • Agent Service Charges: NIL
  • Helpline No.: 139
  • Helpline Email : smsticket139@bharatbpo.in

2. SMS based booking through 5676714

Registration

  • Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with m-wallet (http://www.zipcash.in/user/nlogin.aspx)
  • Send SMS, to 5676714, in the following syntax START < irctc user Id > for user authentication (first time only)
  • Booking Flow
  • Send an SMS to 5676714 to book a ticket in the following syntax: BOOK <From stn.code>,<to stn.code>, <DDMMYY>, <Trainno>,<Class>,<passenger name>,<age>,<M/F>
  • 1. “PAY , MPAY, < m-PIN >” for authorizing payment through MPAY
  • OR
  • 2. “Send <mobileno>,<mmid>,<amount>, <transaction Id>,<OTP>” to your Bank IMPS number.
  • After payment is made booking confirmation is sent to your mobile.
  • SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking).
  • PG Charges: Currently NIL
  • Agent Service Charges: As applicable.
  • Helpline No. : 8882001001
  • Helpline Email : support@saarthii.com

3. SMS based booking through BSNL

User should have the following:

1. BSNL SIM card installed.
2. Java enabled mobile phone
3. Andhra Bank Prepaid card.

This is a menu driven application where user has to enter the details asked for in simple step-by-step process to get the ticket.

Registration

  • Install the application.
  • Select the Register option to get the mPIN.
  • Booking
  • Click the icon BSNL Prepaid Card
  • Select Ticketing > Train (IRCTC)
  • Fill up the journey details such as From stn, To Stn, Train No, DOJ, Class, Quota, passenger details.
  • Enter the mPIN to get the ticket information.
  • SMSes: without charges.
  • PG Charges: Currently NIL
  • Agent Service Charges: As applicable.
  • Helpline No. : 040-39849644
  • Helpline Email : bsnl.support@pyrogroup.com

Just one more thing though: this service is not available for the booking of tatkal tickets, unfortunately.

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