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by Virendar Chand

How to make train reservations online in India 

Step by step instructions for online reservations on Indian Railways

Tourists and businessmen traveling within India now have the facility of making reservations for travel on trains during their visit to India.

How to buy Indian Railways train tickets from outside India without a Indian mobile number

Recent changes, requiring a local mobile number has made it difficult for people to make online train reservations for Indian railways from abroad. 

Most people, who live abroad, do not have local Indian mobile phones. This new mobile phone requirement, has left many foreign tourists fuming as they now feel they now, cannot make their reservations online.

I contacted the IRCTC and found that online reservations can still be done from outside India, even if you do not have a local mobile phone number.  

For more information use the link provided below: How to how to buy train tickets in India online if you don't have a local mobile phone.

There is no need now to rely on agents and paying premiums for train tickets or lining up at railway stations for purchasing train tickets on Indian Railways.

Reservation is Available between Indian Standard Time 5.00 and 23.30 Hours Greenwich Mean Time 23.30 and 18.00 Hours    

Sunday's Reservation is Available between Indian Standard Time 5.00 and 23.30 Hours. Greenwich Mean Time 23.30 and 18.00 Hours  

How to make train reservations on the internet for trains in India

Step by step instructions to make online train reservations:

 1. On the internet visit the Indian Railways online booking webpage.

 2. Create a username and password if you are new to the site. Registration is free.


3. After creating a username/password, you will need to log in.

 4. Once logged in the screen a form titled 'Plan My Travel and Book Ticket' to select your travel itinerary will
     appear. Select stations of travel, dates of travel, class of ticket required and type of ticket. (Sample form

Online Train Reservation Form 1

5.  Next you will see a form showing the various trains that match your chosen stations. Select the train you wish to travel on. (Sample form below)
 Online Train Reservations Form2


6. Once the train has been selected you will see a form titled 'Ticket Reservation' where you provide the passengers information and select the seating of your choice, for trains where meals are included in the ticket price, select your choice meal preference. (see sample form below)

Train Reservations Form3





















7. The next form you  see shows your reservation details and offers you the opportunity to check your reservation details and pay for your ticket. (See sample form below)

Train Reservations Form4

8. Next you are taken to a page to select the credit card you wish to use. For the sample form below I selected the American Express credit card. Once a card is selected a form to fill in your credit card information is provided.     (See sample form below)

Train Reservations Form 4

As of March 10,2012 reservations for train tickets on Indian railways can be made 120 days in advance of the travel date. Please note that I-Tickets are mailed to your Indian Address. If you do not have an Indian address then make only E-Ticket reservations as E-Tickets are not mailed out but can be printed on your computer.

When using E-Ticket one needs to carry a photo ID that is specified at the time of reservation along with a self printed copy of your E-Ticket. The forms shown in the samples are for E-Ticket reservations. More information on Indian Railways and train travel is provided on our train reservation page.