Train ticket booking is possible in online before 90 days of your journey. The train ticket booking can be done till the final chart is prepared by railways.
Usually the final chart is prepared 4 hours before the train starts. Some times for early morning trains the final chart is prepared in the previous night itself. So the train ticket booking is possible from 90 days before your journey to till the final chart for the train is prepared for that particular train. Usually before 4 hours of the train starting time.
How the train ticket booking works
The railway ticket reservation system opens at 1.30 A.M and works till 11.30 P.M. So, the train ticket booking can be done from 1.30 A.M to 11.30 P.M. The train ticket booking cannot be done between 11.30 P.M and 1.30 A.M, since the railway ticket reservation system is closed on that time.
Maximum group size
The maximum group size to book for train ticket booking online is 6 passengers. For tatkal train ticket booking the maximum group size is 4 members. If you have to travel with a group more than 6 members then you have to divide the group and make multiple train ticket booking.
Ticket booking status
Train ticket booking can be done for all type of tickets with different status like wait listed tickets, RAC tickets, tatkal tickets. No identity proof is needed for train ticket booking, but you have to carry any one of the identity proof while you travel. The identity proof may include passport, driving license, PAN card, Ration card, voter’s ID card, credit cards issued by the bank, Nationalized bank pass book, student Id card.
Train ticket booking for others
You can do train ticket booking for your family and friends but they should carry their identity proof while they travel. After the train ticket booking has been done, if your ticket is in the wait list, you can check the PNR status of the ticket. By checking the PNR status you can come to know whether your tickets status has been changed from waiting list to confirmed ticket.
The train ticket booking can be done using your username and Password for IRCTC login which you might be having already if you are a registered member of the IRCTC site. Sometime the train ticket booking is not possible because of the reason that the wait listed ticket might have filled and no more tickets for that particular train. If there is any problem with the railway reservation system then train ticket booking is not possible.
If the train ticket booking is failed but payment for the ticket is processed then automatically the money will be refunded. You can make use of your IRCTC login and the train ticket booking can be done online. You can take the printed copy of your ticket and check for PNR status later and continue your journey.