Highlights for train ticket booking online for special trains during lockdown
- Ticket booking for special trains will begin at 4 pm today (11th May) only on the IRCTC website or app. (No counter tickets)
- The first phase of the special train will provide tickets for 15 destinations.
- Special trains will start operating from May 12 onwards.
With the sudden lockdown news in the country, plenty of people were left stranded in different cities. Now, the Indian Railways is starting train ticket booking online for those who want to reach back home. In the first phase, 15 special trains will start running from New Delhi on 12 May. So, finally the time for stranded people to get across the country is here.
train ticket booking online – special trains during Lockdown
Here are the 15 destinations that have been decided for phase 1 of the special trains:
- New Delhi to Dibrugarh
- New Delhi to Agartala
- New Delhi to Howrah
- New Delhi to Patna
- New Delhi to Bilaspur
- New Delhi to Ranchi
- New Delhi to Bhubaneswar
- New Delhi to Secunderabad
- New Delhi to Bangalore
- New Delhi to Chennai
- New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram
- New Delhi to Madgaon
- New Delhi to Mumbai Central
- New Delhi to Ahmedabad
- New Delhi to Jammu Tawi
How to do train ticket booking online
What would the fare for the special train cost?
The special trains will have the same fare as Rajdhani. The reason behind this decision is that all trains will have only AC coaches.
Will the fare be the same for all? Shramik Special trains?
Workers and other needy need not worry. The Railways have made it clear that Shramik Special trains will continue as before and the labourers will be transported to their destinations as were being done previously. Tickets in Tatkal or Premium Tatkal will not be available for the special trains running during lockdown. This indicates that the tickets will have to be booked in limited categories. So book as soon as you can.
How to get train ticket booking online? How to get special trains booking?
The Indian Railways have clearly said that tickets for the special trains can only be booked online from the IRCTC website (https://www.irctc.co(dot)in/) or mobile application. It is not very difficult to book the tickets on irctc website. You need to register and then can easily book the tickets. If you are booking tickets through an agent be careful to book only through a reliable agent.
train ticket booking online – IRCTC train ticket booking
Will the trains stop everywhere?
The trains will not make stop everywhere. It will only stop at limited stations to reach the destination early as also to avoid clutter. The special trains during lockdown will also not have any pantry car facilities.
Important Points to Remember for the special trains during lockdown:
- One will be allowed to book train tickets online starting from 4 pm today (11th May).
- Booking train tickets on the counter is not allowed and so, anyone who wishes to book a ticket might do so on the IRCTC website or app. No concessions including Tatkal, Premium Tatkal and current booking will be allowed. Shramik Special trains will be available.
- Entry on the platform will only be permitted after thermal screening.
- Wearing a mask is compulsory for all passengers.
- All passengers must reach the station at least 1 hour before their timing for the trip. This is because screening will take time.
- It will be compulsory for all travellers to download the Arogya Setu App in their mobile phones and activate them.
- The special trains will only have AC coaches but the temperature would be slightly lower than normal because passengers will not be given any blanket or sheets.
- No food or drinks will be provided during the travel, therefore those who are travelling must pack food and water from home.
Recommended Reading: How to download and use the Aarogya Setu App