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Tatkal train tickets Reservation Indian Railway

Updated on June 12, 2015

What is a Tatkal ticket?

Tatkal booking is offered in Indian Railways to help the passengers to travel in urgency. A specific number of tickets are kept aside exclusively for this purpose. Tatkal ticket can be booked only two days in advance prior to your journey. Usually railway tickets can be booked as early as three months in advance for a planned journey. But there are occasions one has to travel on an emergency such as for a hospital visit, to attend an interview, or for any other personal or business purpose, and the traveler could not plan it in advance and reserve the railway ticket. Tatkal is a blessing in such occasions. Tatkal bookings are available only in certain trains, not all. Tatkal tickets are allowed in all classes except First AC.

Some important points about tatkal tickets to remember

  • Tatkal ticket booking facility is available in selected trains only.
  • Tatkal bookings are allowed in all classes (except First AC and Executive class)
  • No concession is allowed in Tatkal booking, which is applicable to Sr. citizens also. Everyone will have to pay the full charges.
  • Tatkal tickets will be issued for actual distance of travel, instead of end-to-end, subject to the distance restriction applicable to the train.
  • For Tatkal tickets, at least one person to carry original ID card at the time of journey. If the Identity card holder decides to cancel his journey. all the berths reserved by him will also be cancelled.
  • Identity proof (with photo) is required while traveling, if the tickets are booked online. If the tatkal tickets are booked at the railway counter no identity proof is required.
  • Reservation under this scheme would be offered till the time of charts preparation.
  • One cannot opt for Ladies and General quota with 'Tatkal' quota.
  • Change of name is not allowed on the bookings made under this scheme.
  • Tatkal tickets will be issued for actual distance of travel, instead of end-to-end, subject to the distance restriction applicable to the train.
  • At the time of preparation of charts, unutilized portion may be released to the General RAC/Waiting list passengers.
  • As of February 11th 2011, the passenger will be required to furnish ID such as a PAN Card, Passport, Driver's License, etc. during the actual journey

How to book a tatkal ticket?

Since there are only few tickets available on tatkal booking, one has to be at the railway station ticket booking counter before 8 a.m. two days prior to the actual travel. The ticket booking starts at 8 a.m. and within no time the tickets will be sold out.

Tatkal Booking charges

10 %of the basic fare for second class and 30% of the basic fare for second class and 30% of the basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as noted below, in rupees:-

Second(sitting) min 10:00 max 15:00
Sleeper min 75:00 max 150:00
AC Chair Car min 75:00 max 150:00
AC 3 Tier min 200:00 max 300:00
AC 2 Tier min 200:00 max 300:00
Executive min 200:00 max 300:00

Rs 200 to Rs 300 in AC for each tatkal ticket

Rs 75 to Rs 150 for sleeper class for each ticket.

Online Tatkal ticket Booking

Tatkal tickets can also be booked through online at the railway website, with a credit card.

Before starting your online booking, it is better to keep all the required information handy such as -

From station code:

To station code:

Train No.

Name of the person traveling etc.

Tatkal booking online is also not very easy. Since large number of people will be trying to book these emergency tickets the site will be often too crowded. Tatkal booking can also be done through online sites like,, etc.

According to the recent news, the Department of e-Governance has introduced an innovative way of ticket booking. In Bangalore, this facility is available in 70 BangaloreOne centers. Cancellation is also possible in these centers.

Latest Update - June 2015

As per the latest news (June 2015), the Railways has changed the timing for booking Tatkal tickets, and Tatkal booking timings for AC classes will begin at 10 am and will end at 11 am, and for non-AC from 11 am till noon. Besides, the customers can also get back a refund of up to 50% of the Tatkal ticket after cancellation.

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    • Naveeny profile image


      3 years ago

      Rombu jaasi kushtum !!!! Bahut taklif with WL, RAC ...

    • Naveeny profile image


      3 years ago

      Why is seat reservation .. waitlist & all hassles ?? !!!!!

      Why not seat available or not available ??

      Very simple !!!!!

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      himmat sih 

      4 years ago


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      4 years ago

      Bhatni to bilaspur train 2tickets

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Thank you for the link. It will be helpful to our readers.

    • ngetirctc profile image

      Gaurav Sethi 

      4 years ago from India

      The tatkal booking can be done quickly by using some tricks. This is mentioned on official IRCTC blog

    • pateluday profile image

      Uday Patel 

      5 years ago from Jabalpur, MP, India

      Tatkal rules change very frequently please keep updating.

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      5 years ago

      Tatkal seat available hone per normal RAC or W/l ko kya automatically adjust ho data hai

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      6 years ago

      are tatkal reservatin done on net banking account

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      6 years ago

      Pl. update present tatkal rules

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      swapan sarker 

      7 years ago

      treatment perpus

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      Shaikh Alamgir 

      7 years ago

      Tatkal ticket mai TC ko family members ki sab ki id proof requrment rahta hai kya ???????????????

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      7 years ago

      sir my mom travelled in train she had a tatkal ticket , idproof was laminated pancard , the TT not accepted that idproof & charged a 1000rs , is it right or wrong

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      7 years ago

      I was not having an ID proof on Counter Tatkal Ticket. So, I was charged a penalty now process to refund a penalty.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks Eiddwen for stopping by and reading my hub, and also for leaving a comment. I too will be going through some of your hubs. I've visited Wales last year (mainly Snowdonina)and I liked your country very much.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      8 years ago from Wales

      Great hub and I now look forward to reading many more of your hubs.

      Take care



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