Tatkal Ticket Booking

Tatkal is a Hindi word, which means at the last minute or emergency. So, if you have to book a railway ticket at the last moment and you have not planned for your journey what would you do? To facilitate last minute ticket bookings, if we may call it so, Indian Railways has introduced the scheme of Tatkal ticket booking.

Indian railways as a mode of transport is so popular that the general quota of tickets get exhausted many days before the train’s scheduled departure. This means that if you have an emergency and you plan to travel at the last moment what would you do. But Indian Railways have kept this in mind and have introduced ‘Tatkal Ticket Booking. Thus Tatkal scheme of ticket booking facilitates last minute booking of train tickets.

However, one thing must be kept in mind that ‘last minute’ literally does not mean that one can book a ticket at the last minute. Tatakl ticket booking is available only 2 days before the date of the journey. The booking for ‘Tatkal’ opens at 08:00 hrs IST two days prior to the definite date of journey. For example, the train is leaving on the 20th, ‘Tatkal’ booking will start at 08:00 hrs IST on the 18th of the respective month.

The Tatkal scheme of train ticket booking has proved very useful in emergency and for people who make their travel plans at the last moment it is a boon. ‘Tatkal Ticket Booking is an emergency ticket reservation scheme of the Indian Railways. The Tatkal ticket booking scheme is available in large number of trains across the country. Under tatkal ticket booking, traveller can book their train tickets just two days before the actual date of journey.

How does the scheme of Tatkal ticket booking work? Indian railway keeps a certain number of seats reserve for the Tatkal quota and it is a very useful way of getting berths on a train that you need plan to travel on. In each train of the Indian Railways, there is a ‘Tatkal’ quota in Sleeper Class, 2A, 3A, and AC Chair. Please note that ‘Tatkal’ bookings are permitted in all classes except First AC and Executive Class. If the seats are empty after Tatkal quota, these vacant seats are then released to the passengers in the waiting list.

14 comments for “Tatkal Ticket Booking

  1. ajeet singh
    June 1, 2011 at 6:34 am

    sir tatkal ticket ki booking citizen kis website se karte hai kya yah ticket train me valued rahta hai

    • robinhudda
      October 30, 2011 at 5:58 am

      tatkal booking citizen irctc.co.in se karata hain aur ye aeroplane me valid rehta hain …..aap kisi bhi tatkal train ticket se aeroplane ship ya kisi bhi auto rikshaw ya tanga me safar kar sakte hain sirf train me valid nahi hota

      • Aniket
        April 20, 2012 at 5:59 am

        mai tatkal ka ticket sirf tange me use karta hoo.

      • shad
        January 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        wah…kya reply mujhe aapka reply bahut pasand aya…ha ha ha…

  2. ajeet singh
    June 1, 2011 at 6:38 am

    sir irctc ki website nahi khul rahi tatkal booking ka process bhejiye ye valid rahta hai ya nahi…..

  3. ABHISHEK KUMAR GUPTA
    June 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

    irctc tatkal service not use agent and tatkal book karne me bank process me der ho jata hai ticket waiting nikal jati hai eska koe option nahi hai

  4. Shivraj Tupe
    June 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    How can I book a tatkal ticket from Coimbatore to Bhopal for 14 June???

  5. krishna
    July 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

    can we book tatkal ticket 1 day before other than 2 days if ticket is available?????

  6. david
    October 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    our ticket which is WAITLIST FROM AHMEDABAD TO AMBALA IS of 29th oct in sarvodaya express 2Ac.So if we want to take tatkal ticket then what would be charges charged per ticket?

  7. anjookumari
    October 21, 2011 at 7:10 am

    please tell me how can i findout the urgent rail ticket. it is very urgent for me.plz give me procedure how can i find it out.plz reply must .i am wating………….. thank you

  8. rehan
    October 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    tatkal ticket is closed for online cutomers so don’t bleive on agents just go booking counter before 8:00am and get ur ticket for next 48hrs before.

  9. suvarna
    January 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

    agar tatkal booking karne ke bad cancel ki to pura paisa return milata hai kay ya phir aadha paisa milata hai, mumabi to goa tatkal booking ka rate kya hai

  10. mario
    May 10, 2012 at 2:58 am

    tatkl mean imdiate dead with our soul

  11. kishor
    May 24, 2012 at 3:38 am

    is there any other website for booking tatkal ticket except irctc.

    yaar wo site bahut kharab hai main thak gaya hu ticket book karte karte par the irctc site is shit

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