7 Best Train Ticket Booking Apps in India

It is almost time for India’s brightest annual festivities – Diwali! With that around the corner, I assume many of you have traveling to your home towns and cleaning as your topmost priorities. While the latter one can only be handled by you, I’ll be super happy to help with the former one, albeit only slightly. Writing about the best train ticket booking apps in India is a bit thrilling. Why? Well, I am not an extensive traveler, nor someone who likes to explore the world. Netflix and chill is my kind of vacation. I’m thrilled to write about these apps as they have changed the way I travel, a definite improvement.

To get a tad bit technical, the travel and tourism industry accounted for approximately 9.6% of India’s total GDP, as of 2016. A total of 208.9 billion US dollars! Isn’t that crazy! Whenever we travel domestically, we add to the nation’s GDP. But, the economy is trembling (some may not want you to know that) and we don’t want to splurge on our savings. So, I thought I’ll compile a list of train-booking apps that offer great experience without the need to stand in a long queue, along with some extra features. And the discounts!! Who doesn’t want them? If your wallet is jumping in your pocket, let’s explore the best train ticket booking apps in India to save money on traveling.

Best Train Ticket Booking Apps in India

  1. IRCTC Rail Connect
  2. IRCTC Train PNR Status, NTES Rail Running Status
  3. IRCTC train Booking, Indian Rail Train PNR Status
  4. MakeMyTrip-Flight Hotel Bus Cab IRCTC Rail Booking
  5. Cleartrip – Flights, Hotels, Train Booking App
  6. Goibibo – Flight Hotel Bus Car Train IRCTC Booking
  7. UTS

1. IRCTC Rail Connect

An official app from Indian Railways, IRCTC Rail Connect grabs the first spot on our list of the best train ticket booking apps in India in 2019. The app is simple to use and is a lot less buggy when I had tried it a few years ago. Ticket booking is easier as you just have to swipe, shuffle, select and book. It’s a very low-maintenance app, so you don’t have to navigate here and there or keep pressing buttons for a while.

IRCTC services are still known to be quite unreliable so many people instead prefer an agent. A new update solves that problem, too. New users can create a new account directly from the app. Gone are the days of using a web browser to make a new ID!

IRCTC Rail Connect also supports ladies, tatkal and premium tatkal quota booking, which good for impromptu vacations or swift festival visits. Moreover, the app helps you to know the chances of your PNR confirmation. It will also provide you with the usual information, like your platform and coach position. Live train status is the cherry on the cake. Cancellations are also easy in the app. So, download this app from the link given below and connect with your loved ones.

Best Train Ticket Booking Apps in India

Main Features:

  • New users register and activate.
  • Self-assigned PIN for advanced security.
  • Boarding point change facility.
  • Google TalkBack for the visually impaired.
  • Various payment methods.

Download IRCTC Rail Connect

2. IRCTC Train PNR Status, NTES Rail Running Status

Trusted by over 10 crore Indians, IRCTC Train PNR Status, NTES Rail Running Status is the second app on our list of the best train ticket booking apps in India. It is an official IRCTC partner app for booking train tickets. It is the kitchen-sink app that provides you the ultimate ticketing experience. Seamlessly book domestic train tickets and check your PNR status; check the running status of your train without any internet connection, that too live. Neat, right?

The app does its best to tell you the chances of your PNR confirmation. Once you hop onto the platform, launch the app for additional details such as live train status of over 5000+ Indian Rail trains and seat maps. The outstanding feature of this app is the entertainment it promises to offer, even with the low network connectivity. There’s a separate tab to view music, news, and videos on-the-go. Apart from booking train tickets, the app juggles with flight, bus and hotel room booking. So, download this app from the Google Play Store and enjoy great features and discounts.

Best Train Ticket Booking Apps in India

Main Features:

  • ₹0 PG fees on all UPI payments.
  • Instant refunds.
  • PNR predictions.
  • Live train running status.
  • Train timetable.

Download IRCTC Train PNR Status, NTES Rail Running Status

3. IRCTC train Booking, Indian Rail Train PNR Status

The proud winner of the mBillionth award for Travel & Culture in 2017, this arduously long-named app is developed by ConfirmTkt.com. They too are the official IRCTC partner for booking train tickets. The app boasts some serious features. Sometimes, I wonder if they are an overkill! The app gets the usual tasks done – booking train tickets, NR status, PNR status prediction, tatkal train ticket, seat availability, NTES train inquiry, Vikalp IRCTC booking, live train updates, etc. Seeing the app is trusted by over 40 lakh users, these features are bound to impress any traveler.

Besides, the app fetches you the train and metro timetables and handles bus bookings. Foodies will love the ‘Food Delivery’ feature. It delivers food right to your train seat, from government authorized outlets! Often apps with multitudes of features are bogged down with bugs that make the experience terrible. This one does not fall into that category. The UI is fabulous that makes the booking process easy, smart and instinctive! The ‘Trip Manager’ feature enables access to the various trips you’ve taken or the upcoming ones. So, download this app from the link given below without thinking twice.

Best Train Ticket Booking Apps in India

Main Features:

  • Easy seat availability.
  • Instant booking.
  • Vikalp option.
  • PNR Status & Quota.
  • View Wait-List trends.

Download IRCTC train Booking, Indian Rail Train PNR Status

4. MakeMyTrip-Flight Hotel Bus Cab IRCTC Rail Booking

One of the most popular travel apps, MakeMyTrip has over 10 million content travelers who enjoy exclusive discounts and offers on various services. Even though it’s placed at the 4th position on our list of the best train ticket booking apps in India, the app offers tonnes of benefits to new, as well as existing customers. Let’s explore how the app aids in train bookings. MakeMyTrip offers 90% of the features discussed in the above three apps. It lets you search and book for all available trains. And that includes general and tatkal ticket booking, covering all significant routes in India.

This isn’t just some train booking app, it covers buses like Mercedes, Volvo, Volvo AC, AC luxury, Deluxe, Sleeper, Express, and other private buses. In all, a total of 12,000 bus routes with over 1,300 bus operators in India. MakeMyTrip recently added ‘Outstation Cabs’ to their service catalog, giving users access to convenient and affordable traveling. International and domestic flights and hotel rooms are graciously handled by MakeMyTrip, making it one of the most feature-rich travel apps. So, if you are a frequent traveler, this app is a must-have. Download it from the link below and make your trip!

Main Features:

  • IRCTC authorized booking.
  • Easy ticket search and booking.
  • Know your PNR status.
  • Appy Hours on Thursdays.
  • Make cancellations, request e-tickets, etc.

Download MakeMyTrip

5. Cleartrip – Flights, Hotels, Train Booking App

Another widely known and loved app, Cleartrip sits at the 5th spot on our list of the best train ticket booking apps in India. I deduce its name as ‘clear’ ‘trip’ – a clean trip. It has over 25 million users who use it mostly for booking train and flight tickets. If this in the list, it surely books IRCTC train tickets. Hasslefree, if I might add! Planning a trip is damn easy, or the app has you believed due to its sheer interface; it’s convenient and easy. Booking train tickets through Cleartrip is simple. Search for the trains, select the class and your ticket is a few clicks away.

Cleartrip covers all the major train routes, so finding destinations won’t be difficult. There’s the online payment method which completely vanishes the need to stand in a long queue. Coming out of the train’s realm, the app also handles flight and hotel room bookings. You can get great deals on hotels in over 5000+ cities; search for heap domestic and international flights and choose the one that fits your wallet. Payment mode includes credit cards, debit cards, net banking and popular wallets like PayTm, PayZapp, PayU Money, OlaMoney and MasterPass. I think I have sold the app. So, download the app from the link below.

Best Train Ticket Booking Apps in India

Main Features:

  • Simplified ticket booking experience.
  • ‘Search trains’ option super-easy.
  • Major train routes available.
  • Online bookings.

Download Cleartrip

6. Goibibo – Flight Hotel Bus Car Train IRCTC Booking

Goibibo is a veteran when it comes to booking flights. But did you know that it also handles bus, hotel, car, and train bookings? Phew! Coming to the ‘rail’ aspect of the app, Goibibo is an official IRCTC partner app for booking train tickets. New users can avail 100 GoCash Plus offer, which gives a ₹100 discount on your first booking. There aren’t any IRCTC or hidden charges. And if your ticket wasn’t confirmed, you are eligible for a full refund. The usual features – PNR status, NTES live running status, etc. – are also present.

A trip just doesn’t include one way of transport. You rely on railways, roadways and in some cases, airways. Goibibo is the one-stop solution to all your answers. Be it domestic or international, the app juggles in both flight and hotel bookings, seamlessly. You can even reserve a hotel of your choice at ₹0 and pay once you reach. Free cancellations are also promised. So, download this app from the Google Play Store and plan your next trip.

Main Features:

  • Official IRCTC Partner.
  • Great UI.
  • Check PNR status.
  • Flight, hotel, bus bookings as well.
  • Amazing discounts.

Download Goibibo

7. UTS

Before you scroll any further, this app is the only app in on our list of the best train ticket booking apps in India that doesn’t book train tickets for outstation. So, why did I include it? Well, it’s a super-handy app for millions of people who travel to and from work to their homes in Mumbai’s local trains. Developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems Travel & Local, UTS lets you book local train tickets within seconds. This is helpful for someone who doesn’t want to carry the physical pass all the time. You can book a platform ticket, a normal single journey (or return) ticket with this app.

Talking about the pass, you can do that too! The app covers ticketing for all the major railway lines and offers weekly, fortnightly, monthly or even yearly pass booking. When the TC asks you for your ticket, you simply have to fire up the app, click on ‘Show Booked Ticket’ and select the appropriate one. You can book your pass in advance as there’s the R-Wallet feature that adds money for future tickets. If you want to travel with paperless tickets and vanish the worry of forgetting the pass at home, this is the must-have app for Mumbaikars. Download this app from the link below and enjoy a hassle-free travel experience.

Best Train Ticket Booking Apps in India

Main Features:

  • Book local train tickets.
  • Platform tickets.
  • Paperless and offline ticket facility.
  • Book weekly, fortnightly, monthly passes.
  • R-Wallet.

Download UTS

FAQs

Which app is best for ticket booking?

IRCTC Rail Connect provides a good overall experience. MakeMyTrip and ClearTrip offer great discounts.

Which is the best app for railway reservation?

MakeMyTrip is the best app for railway reservation as it boasts about a lot of features.

Which app is used for booking train tickets?

All the above-mentioned app book train tickets pan India. But each one of them has some unique features.

Which is the best app for IRCTC tatkal booking?

IRCTC Rail Connect should be your go-to option for booking tatkal tickets.

Conclusion

These were the best train ticket booking apps in India to use in 2019. Except for UTS, all the apps can book train tickets for outstations without any hassle. MakeMyTrip, ClearTrip, and Goibibo offer additional features, like booking flight tickets and reserving hotel rooms. If you aren’t a regular traveler, I suggest you opt for IRCTC Rail Connect as it’s the official app from Indian Railways.

All the apps are rated decently on the Google Play Store. So, no matter which one you choose, you won’t be left disappointed. All you have to do is check the merits and demerits of each app and decide for one. Also, additional features like discounts and offers, payment modes are a huge bonus. Take all of these into consideration and you will find that app that will accompany you on your journeys.

Our list of best train ticket booking apps in India includes only 7 apps. So if you think our readers might like something outside of this list, please suggest some apps as well. Share this list with your travel buddies so that the next time you go for a vacation, you won’t crib how high prices were!


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16 COMMENTS

  1. I have been booking tickets on irctc since 2004, when they used to sent hard copy of booked tickets by post, they have come up a real long way. People at home call me an expert at booking Tatkal tickets, its like fastest finger first. you have done a good research, i have used all the mentioned apps except UTS as I don’t live in Mumbai.

    • Wow, that’s a long time! You have literally seen its evolution; they have indeed come a long way. Speaking of UTS, it’s a great (and a bit buggy) app. So the next time you travel to Mumbai and want to use the local trains without standing in a queue, this should be the your first (and last) option.

  2. this is really vast knowldege about train booking & relevant services. i am always confused where to go for booking when irctc site is hang or slow. thanks for sharing detailed infor. can u also help with cancellation charges?

  3. I have used most of these apps, and I am not at all satisfied with the IRCTC apps and UTS app, at one point they freeze. Third party apps are much more reliable in railways. I have been using those apps for years and the day I switched from ios to android, I never could book a ticket from them. May be its the android version or something.

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