Are you planning to travel by train? If you are, one of the first things you do is to check the availability of berths in different trains that travel to that destination. Thanks to the online reservation system of the Indian Railways and easy PNR status checking facility, knowing about the availability of berths has become very easy. All you need to do is log on to a reliable portal and navigate a simple route in the website. Here’s the brief process:
The first step is to find the right website to check availability. You can get this information on several websites. However, you need to ensure the reliability of the website from which you get information. The official of the Indian Railways is the best place to get information. You can visit the “Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry” website as well.
In order to simplify the process of understanding how to check berth availability, let us consider the official passenger reservation enquiry website of the Indian Railways.
Every website has its own unique navigation process to provide information about berth availability. In the passenger reservation enquiry website of the Indian Railways, you can find a link named, “Train Berth Availability”. When you click on this link, you are transferred to another page where you need to fill a short reservation form.
On the reservation page, you need to give in details about the origin and destination stations, date of journey, reservation class, times of arrival and departure, type of train and whether you need one-way ticket or two-way ticket. After you enter this information, click on the submit button. You get a list of all the trains that operate between the stations of origin and destination specified by you.
Check the list of trains and decide on the one that is most convenient for you. Select that train and click on the “check availability” button which is given both below and above the table listing all the trains. Now, you get all details about the train of your choice. The website displays the berth availability status on your preferred date of travel as well as the availability on subsequent dates.
You can check the berth availability and book your ticket online. So, as you can see, you can check ticket availability within a few minutes. With this facility, you don’t have to personally visit the railway station and queue up at the enquiry portal to find out availability status.
Indian railways app
Recently, an app compatible with most of the popular operating systems of smart phones has been released. You can check availability and book your ticket through the app as well. The process is really simple. You just need to enter the source and destination stations, along with the date of journey, quota and passenger class. The app gives you berth availability status in every train that travels between the two stations on that particular date.
You can book your ticket even if your berth is in the waiting list. Use the same website to check the latest status of your ticket. You can enter the PNR number at CheckPNRStatus of your ticket to get the update.