Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Booking the train ticket at the station and finding the coach!

Booking a ticket in the station is a great way to do so because you can have all your questions answered. It has a very personal feel and makes for a nice outing as well. So, how do you actually go about booking a train ticket at the station?

Procedure for Booking a Train Ticket

1. When you get to the station, you will find a computer reservation desk.

2. You will have to collect a form from the start of the line.

3. Stand in the queue and fill out the form. This saves you time, as opposed to filling it out and then entering the queue.

4. It is useful to know the exact names of the stops. If you just say the name of the city, then the agent will not know the exact stop. It is better to have done an IRCTC train enquirybetween two stations to know the best station for you to get off at.

5. It is very likely that there will be a waiting list when the tickets are booked. The tickets are usually sold out, and it is quite unlikely to get a seat on the same day of booking. If you are placed between 1 and 10 on the list, then there it is highly probable that you will have your seat confirmed, in the case of 3AC class. However, if you wish to travel by 2AC, it will be slightly harder to get a seat because there are fewer seats there. You will find times when your seat will be confirmed even if you have a high number. In general, try and book your ticket much before the date of travel. Advanced booking increases your chances of securing a seat.

How to find your coach at the station?

Getting onto the right carriage can be very confusing, especially if you haven’t done so before. To be honest, it actually isn’t as confusing as people make it to be. The Indian Railways is highly organised, and if you know where to check, then you can find your carriage all the time.

First, you need to figure out what platform and track you will have to wait at. The trains are really long and many stations can be complicated with multiple tracks. So having the knowledge of where you need to stand will save you a lot of trouble. So, how do you do this? You will have to go to the computer at the station, or check the boards. Scan them for your train number and the class that is mentioned on the ticket. You will now know which platform you will be boarding the train from.

In general, it is best to start righting the middle of the platform, and be on the lookout for your car. The 2AC and 3AC are at the beginning or the end of the train. So sometimes you may stand at the front, but your car will be at the back. That’s why the safest bet is to stay in the middle. You should find your carriage in no time.


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