The special benefits of using the online railway reservation facility is that passengers can reserve their tickets from the comfort of their home or office without having to stand in long queues at railway stations or having to take the trouble to go to a travel agent. An online railway reservation can be done up to 90 days before your desired date of departure, but it is advised to plan your journey way ahead as the availability of tickets can be difficult, especially during vacation and wedding season.
An online railway reservation can be made right till the final reservation chart is made, that is usually 6 hours before the train leaves the station. The person in whose name the online booking has been made needs to prove hid identity and may need t produce an identity document during the course of his journey. These identity cards must be issued by a reputed organization in the Central/State Government and include:
- PAN Card
- Voter ID Card
- Drivers license
Passengers travelling on tickets that have been booked online need to take a print out of the e ticket and keep it with themselves during the course of the journey an produce it when required.
in addition to making bookings one can check the status of departing and arriving trains, train itineraries, ticket accessibility, postponing and cancelling railway bookings, make tatkal reservations