At the outset please understand that to book Indian Train Tickets is a complicated task. However we at Smyle Inn, have tried to decode the process so that you can Book Indian Train Tickets easily. This process will require you to be patient while the registration to book Indian Train Tickets is being done.
In the past, travel agents and other hotels in Delhi used to exploit the system. This way genuine travelers and backpackers coming to India were unable to book train tickets and had to rely on these travel agents who used to sell the tickets at a hefty commission. In order to avoid this exploitation the Indian Railways has complicated the system which makes it nearly impossible for travel agents to exploit the system at the same time it has made life really difficult for the real travelers. Follow these steps as listed below in the exact order (Why?? Don’t ask, it is too complicated to explain).
Steps required to book Indian Train Tickets:
- Create an account with any one of the following site. www.makemytrip.com OR www.yatra.com OR www.cleartrip.com. We prefer Clear Trip website because it is simple to use.
- After you have created this account in step 1 and is verified, please create an account with www.irctc.co.in. (the official railway tickets seller for online transactions). This site does not accept non Indian credit cards so you cannot book from here, but it is required that you create an account here (no need to book from here…use sites from step 1). At the time of registration, mention your correct address where you can receive physical mails. In the mobile number field enter your mobile number OR your landline number OR any number of your country. Does not matter. After you submit the details, please send a scanned copy of your passport (First Page) to email@example.com and tell them your login id and also tell them that you dont have an Indian mobile number. They will check your passport and details and will send you an Authorisation Code that will help you complete registration with www.irctc.co.in. Please mention your name as per passport only. Dont put Matt if your name is Matthew OR dont put Jenny if your name is Jennifer.
- Once you receive the Authorisation code, you can complete your registration by entering the authorisation code on the www.irctc.co.in website.
- Now the final step. Your account created in step 1 needs to be linked to account created in step 2 (the irctc.co.in). To do this, you again need to write to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them your account login ID. You need to tell them that you need to connect your account to Clear Trip account so that you can book train tickets using your non Indian credit cards from that site (from step 1). IRCTC will then send you an authorisation code that you need to enter into Clear Trip site. The linking has to be initiated from Clear Trip site first. Once you receive and enter your Authorisation of IRCTC into the Clear Trip site, you can then start to book Indian train tickets from Clear Trip site using your non Indian credit cards.
Important: The registration process takes about 2-3 days to complete. So please be patient. If you have any questions, please feel to write in the comments sections and I will do my best to answer them. It will not only help you, but will help the general traveling community as well.
Hopefully these steps will help you book Indian Train Tickets, but if you encounter problem, do write to me at our Hostel email address email@example.com and I will try to help you and give you more information.