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Premium Tatkal Booking

Travelling gives relaxation and makes people feel refreshed from the busy and daily routine works. Travelling by trains is comfortable in India but only if the passengers have booked their tickets in advance. IRCTC is the official online ticketing system managed by the Indian Railways. If travellers are planning a trip at short notice or want to travel necessarily because of any reasons, then they have the option to book the train tickets under Tatkal booking. Adding to the Tatkal scheme, the Indian Railways started a new scheme called “Premium Tatkal” in the year 2014. Both Tatkal and Premium Tatkal tickets function in the same manner. The Premium Tatkal booking charges vary from that of the usual tatkal tickets.

What is Premium Tatkal Booking?

Premium Tatkal(PT) Scheme is a new quota introduced by the Indian Railways reserving a few seats with a dynamic fare pricing to book the train tickets. Premium Tatkal booking timings are same as Tatkal scheme and it is opened by 10.00 AM for AC classes and 11.00 AM for non-AC classes. The dynamic fare stands for the increased fare charged only for the confirmed passengers, and it is twice that the usual tatkal ticket charges.

What is the Difference Between Tatkal and Premium Tatkal Ticket?

The pricing of the Tatkal ticket is defined according to the travel classes, but Premium Tatkal cost changes dynamically. The more the demand for tickets, the higher will be the Premium tatkal fare. Premium Tatkal tickets can be purchased only through IRCTC website, whereas Tatkal ticket can be procured through online sources like Paytm and also at the railway ticket counters. Premium Tatkal ticket opening time is same as that of Tatkal scheme, but users may find tickets under Premium Tatkal even after a few hours of the opening time, whereas normal Tatkal tickets get exhausted within a few minutes.

What are the Premium Tatkal Rules for Booking Tickets?

The rule for Premium Tatkal booking on internet is almost the same as Tatkal booking. Premium Tatkal ticket booking can be reserved in advance of one day before the journey date. Users can book only E-ticket, the I-ticket booking is not possible. No concession is applicable to the tickets under this scheme. Child passengers tickets will be charged with full fare. Users cannot book RAC or Waiting List tickets under Premium Tatkal booking.

Premium Tatkal Ticket Booking Procedure

The passengers must consider the Premium Tatkal train list before booking because this facility is not available for all the trains. The travellers can follow the procedures as mentioned below to book PT tickets:

  • Log on to the IRCTC website using your username and password.
  • Go to “Plan my travel” section and enter the from and to station details.
  • Select the date of the journey and submit. Now the user can see the list of trains.
  • Click on the Premium Tatkal button next to the Select Quota section that displays the train with PT ticket.
  • Select the train and book tickets quickly to get the fare as low as possible.
  • Provide the passenger details as it is in the original proof like Voter ID, PAN or other government issued identity cards.
  • If necessary, take a print out of the same or even you can use the e-ticket received in mail.

Premium Tatkal Ticket Cancellation and Refund Policy

There will be no refund of PT fare if the passengers cancel their confirmed Premium Tatkal tickets. The refund of Premium Tatkal ticket fare is granted only on certain circumstances as follows:

  • If the train booked by the passenger is diverted through other routes due to any reasons and if the passenger is not agreeing to travel.
  • If the boarding station or destination of the passenger or both the stations is not covered during the diverted travel then there will be full refund of the PT ticket charges.
  • If the passenger booked with a Premium Tatkal ticket is not accommodated with the actual class or lower class and if the traveller is not agreeing to travel, then full PT ticket fare will be refunded.

Contact Information of IRCTC for PT Tatkal Booking Queries

The passengers can contact the IRCTC Customer Care on the following telephone numbers. The service to passengers are given in both English and Hindi languages.

0755-3934141, 0755-6610661

The users can also write to IRCTC by dropping an email to care@irctc.co.in and for cancellation of tickets, an email can be sent to etickets@irctc.co.in.

Disclaimer: Paytm does not offer Premium Tatkal ticket booking services.

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