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Buying train tickets in India

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1. Posted by Luckybet3 (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

My girlfriend and I will be in India soon and we aren't going with any tours or anything so was wondering how much hassle it is buying train tickets - any advice at all from anyone? Is it best to book in advance and if so what are the best websites to go to?

Many thanks


2. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Andy,

I asked about trains in india previously and had some very helpful responses here...

3. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hi Andy,

Trains in May and June are usually crowded, so if u want to travel during this period ensure that u have reserved ur seats well in advance. Online train tickets can be booked on

Most of the important trains have the foreigner quota, but unfortunately it cant be booked online on Once u reach India, u can book through this quota at most of the major railway stations. Foreign tourists are relatively less in May and june so there is more probability of u getting tickets.

One more thing, if u miss this quota, then there is another quota, called "Tatkal Tickets" which can be booked in any train 5 days in advance at a slightly higher charge, this is available for booking online.

Lot of budget airlines also operate in India on domestic network, so u can also try that option and check for the low rates, if available on

DO let me know if u need more info:)