Booking an Indian railway ticket online can get very tricky. However, IRCTC is now offering 10 percent discount for bookings done online, so in case you’re planning a journey any time soon, now would be a good time.
The offer is applicable only on tickets booked through IRCTC website, which is www.irctc.co.in or through the IRCTC app. The discounts come into effect at the time of booking, if the payment is done using mobile wallet platforms such as Paytm or Mobikwik. Ahead of the festive season, Mobikwik is offering 10 percent discount on all payment for train tickets booked on the IRCTC app or website.
Paytm is offering a cashback of Rs 100 on travel bookings carried out on its platform. Similarly, PhonePe, a payments platform owned by Flipkart, is offering Rs 100 cashback on booking through its platform. The service will give Rs 50 off on first two transactions during this festive season. Once you have decided which platform to use for booking tickets and which wallet service to use for payments, here is how you can get the discount:
Step 1: Go to IRCTC website (irctc.co.in) or use the app on Android or iOS
Step 2: Log in to the service using your registered username and password. In case you don’t have an account then simply click on register link next to Login and create a new account.
Step 3: Fill in all your travel details
Step 4: Enter the captcha code to authenticate and click on proceed to initiate payment process
Step 5: In the payment window, select the e-wallet option to avail discount
Step 6: In the wallet category, choose any of the linked wallet account from services like Paytm, Freecharge or Mobikwik. Do note that offers are available only Paytm and Mobikwik.
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This process should confirm you travel bookings and result in discounted price on final checkout as well. In the past, booking tickets on IRCTC has not been a smooth experience but the rail ministry has taken adequate measures including expansion of its systems to handle more requests and now predicts whether a waitlisted ticket will get confirmed.