Use Smartphone for Indian railway ticket booking through SMS service
Recently Indian railway introduced SMS based ticketing service to minimize crowd in front of booking counters. Indian railways catering & tourism corporation (IRCTC) declared that mobile users even without internet facility can use this service. Government is hopeful that this new facility will reduce crowd in front of ticket counters. Do you know the procedure for railway ticket booking through SMS service? So this article is going to explain the correct steps for Indian railway ticket booking through SMS service.
Railway ticket booking through SMS service
Register your personal mobile number with your respective bank branch. Bank will give you mobile money identifier (MMID) & onetime password (OTP) for payment authorization. Browse the IRCTC website www.irctc.co.in & register with same mobile number.
After receiving MMID & OTP from bank, you are now free to perform mobile transaction. For railway ticket booking, type –
BOOK <Train No> <From City> <To City> <Travel Date (DDMM)> <Class> <Passenger1-Name> <Age> <Gender> <Passenger2-Name> <Age> <Gender> (up to 6 passengers)
BOOK 12420 NDLS GZB 2606 2S Rakesh 55 M Sarita 53 F
Now send it to 139.
If the SMS format is valid, IRCTC will send a transaction ID. The response SMS format from IRCTC is given below-
Trans Id: 34004567 Ticket Amount: 120 IRCTC SC: 11.24 Total Amount: 131.24 Seat: AVAILABLE-0095. For Payment SMS PAY <34004567> IMPS <MMID> <OTP> IRCTCUserID to 139 to book ticket.
Use your transaction ID & bank password (OTP) for payment. For payment, send SMS with the following information to 139.
PAY <Transaction ID as received> IMPS <MMID as received from bank> <OTP as received from bank for this transaction> <IRCTCUserID>
PAY 340045667 IMPS 98453672 453289 Rakesh
After successful payment, the booking will be confirmed. You will receive a confirmation SMS from IRCTC. This SMS is valid to replace travel document & ID card. Confirmation SMS will be received from 139 on successful booking of the ticket.
Your ticket booked successfully. PNR is: 2345678901 Ticket No: :0672261674 Booking Status: Rakesh CONFIRM C1 76 WS Sarita CONFIRM C1 77 Ticket Amt: 120.0 SC: 11.24 Src: New Delhi Dst: Ghaziabad Date of Journey: 26/06/2013 Sch Dep 12:30 hrs
· ARP, Tatkal & general ticket booking is unavailable between 8AM-12AM.
· Internet connection is not required for booking, payment & cancellation.
If the ticket has to be completely cancelled
Send below SMS with the following information to 139
CAN <10 Digit PNR> <IRCTC UserID>
CAN 2345678901 Rakesh
If the entered information is valid, you will receive the following response SMS from 139
We have received your request for cancellation of tickets for < Passenger 1 Name> for PNR Number 2345678901. Please confirm the cancellation by sending YES to 139 or for any change in cancellation data, send a fresh request.
Once the cancellation is confirmed, you will receive the following response SMS from 139
Your ticket for <Passenger 1 Name> with PNR Number: 2345678901 is cancelled. Amount: 60 will be refunded in your account.
For more information you can call 139. It offers 24*7 services. You may also send SMS HELP to 139.