IRCTC’s BookMyTrain comes to the Rescue!


Slowly but surely making Train ticket booking hassle free, IRCTC has come up with an even better solution for those who don’t posses credit/debit cards and for people who aren’t comfortable with Net banking or paying through an e-wallet.

The IRCTC mobile app comes with a cash-on-delivery option, which lets you pay when you get your ticket delivered at your doorstep after booking through the mobile app. The delivery of tickets is done at the earliest with a few hours being the maximum. The app has been made available on all major platforms viz, Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry. The pilot trial of this service has been launched in 200 cities and is expected to expand to 700 by August.

Ticket booking and cancellation through the app follows the same method as in the IRCTC website, except for the fact that you can choose the COD options. Few things need to be kept in mind while using the BookMyTrain App. Firstly, cash on delivery mode cannot be selected if the trains departs within the next five days. Secondly,  delivery charges are applicable as follows, Rs 40 + service tax for sleeper class, and Rs 60 for AC Class tickets. Most importantly, refunds can only be done if you have a bank account; in your profile you need to enter your NEFT details. In case you don’t have a bank account, someone else’s account details can be given but, this is the only way to get a refund for a cancelled ticket.

Another cool feature is the Passenger List tab where you can create a list of up to six passengers – this can come in handy if you frequently book tickets for yourself and your spouse, or your family. Instead of typing in each traveler’s details, you can just select them from a list when making a booking.

Now coming to the cons of the app, BookMyTrain is very minimal, and not very well optimised for different screen sizes. We would recommend the app only if one wishes to buy tickets via cash on delivery mode; otherwise, the native IRCTC app is better in terms of user interface and has all the other functionality of BookMyTrain.