Indian railway launched ticket booking through SMS on June 28th to make the service more comfortable. The people who cannot reach internet smart phones can easily use this service. You don’t need any internet service on your mobile to enjoy this scheme. Indian railway ticket booking through SMS will be live from 1st of July, 2013.
How to book the rail tickets through SMS
Well the process is easy. Just follow the following steps.
- First register your mobile with your bank. More than 25 banks offer this service and all of them are major banks. So, your bank should also most probably provide this service. Then register your mobile with IRCTC.
- After registration, you will get a Mobile Money Identifier (MMID) and One-Time Password (OTP). Keep these numbers safe because they are required for payment validation.
- After getting these two, you are good to book your tickets. You will need the passenger’s
In the following format
Book [Delhi.1400][Shimla.900][12/26][Raju Chauhan][M]
- Send the SMS to 139
- After this, you will receive a transaction number in your mobile. This number is used to make the payment.
- To make the payment, again send an SMS in the following format
PAY[ The transaction ID you received][IMPS][the MMID your bank provided you][The OTP you received][Your IRCTC identity number].
- After you have send the message, you will receive a confirmation message informing you that your ticket has been booked.
Other important things you need to know
You do not need any internet on your phone to enjoy this service.
You do not need any printout of the ticket. You can easily show the message received on your mobile as a validation, in your train journey.
All mobile subscribers are provided with the services. So, you do not need to worry about your mobile company not coming under this scheme.
The charge for each SMS is Rs 3. The gateway charges for ticket below Rs 5000 is Rs 5 and for equal to and above 5000 is Rs 10.
We hope that now the Indian railway ticket booking will not be that much frustrating, very soon we can book Indian railway ticket through SMS.