Are you planning a trip and looking for the best railway apps for ticket booking? Or maybe apps for checking train running status or PNR status? Well, you don’t have to search anymore. In this article, I have covered the Best Railway Apps for Ticket Booking and checking PNR Status & Train Running Status for 2020.
I know it’s frustrating when you stand in line for so long later come to know tickets are not available. Also, calling again & again for any train inquiry to Indian Railways is tiring.
But now you no longer have to worry about these things. If you have an Android or iPhone device, just install any apps which I have mentioned below and you will have no trouble while traveling through the train.
These apps are the best railway apps that can help you with a train ticket booking, PNR Enquiry, checking the live status of a train, train timetable, and so on.
Best Railway Apps for Ticket Booking, PNR Status & Train Status
1. Ixigo Trains
Ixigo Trains is one of the best railway apps in India for a train ticket booking and checking live train running status and PNR status. The app is available for both Android and iPhone devices and is also the app I use while traveling through the train. It packs so many features you don’t have to install any other train apps. It is an official IRCTC partner app for a train ticket booking. So booking train tickets would be easier for you. Other than that you can also book for flights, buses, hotels, and cabs.
If you think this was enough for an app, then you are wrong. This app also has features that will show you on which platform your train would arrive, where is your coach located, your seat map, seat availability, and train timetable. Other than that, there are a few more super cool features that I think you might like:
- Station Alarm: What this feature does is it will alert you when you are about to reach your destination. Just enter the station name, set how much Km before you want to get alert and press Set Alarm.
- Refund Calculator: You can calculate exactly how much refund you are eligible for on ticket cancellation with this feature.
- Entertainment: There is also a separate tab Entertainment where you can read online news, watch videos, radios or even play online games.
Despite having so many features, the app UI (User Interface) looks clean and easy to access any feature. Also, Ixigo Train app supports multiple languages such as Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. You can also get information on local train & Metro lines of Delhi Metro, Mumbai Local Trains, Kolkata Metro, Bengaluru Metro, and so on. Check the app for a full list.
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2. Locate My Train
Locate My Train is another best railway app for android and iPhone users that provides many features such as PNR status, Live train status, train between stations and so on. With this app, you can also check live train status and train time tables offline.
The app also comes with additional features such as platform locator, coach position and clean my coach (my favorite feature). You can also check the prices of the train ticket even though you can not use Locate My Train app to book a railway ticket.
Apart from that, this app also provides information on seat availability, canceled trains, and rescheduled trains.
3. IRCTC Rail Connect
This is an official IRCTC app for both android and iOS. It is the best IRCTC app for train ticket booking. The app has a simple design and an easy-to-use interface. You can easily use this app to check the seat availability, tatkal train ticket, PNR Enquiry, and booking a train ticket online.
Other additional features exclusive to the IRCTC Rail app are:
- Book Meal: Get restaurant food delivered right at your seat. Just enter your PNR number > Choose items from restaurants > Pay online or COD > Get food at your seat.
- Ask Disha: Disha is a virtual assistant, and she can help you with most of your queries. Just ask any question and she will provide an answer.
- Zee5: You also get additional benefits using the IRCTC app to purchase Zee5 Premium Packs at a low cost.
RailYatra is another best railway app for a train ticket booking and is available on Android, iPhone, and Windows. You can use this app to check seat availability, ticket fare, and live arrival/departure at the station.
The design of the app looks beautiful and comes with all the amazing features you want in an app. With this app, you can book not only train tickets but also buses and order food online. And just like most of the apps on this list, you can also check live train status, PNR status, and train timetable.
Besides that, there is a feature called Medical Emergency that will show you the nearest hospitals to stations on your route. Last but not least, you also get Rs. 100 in your RailYatra Wallet if you sign up.
ConfirmTkt is an official IRCTC partner train app for the Indian Railways and comes with all the essential features. You can easily search for IRCTC train tickets & tatkal tickets for booking tickets. The app also has an option to show Live Running train status and train schedule in offline mode.
And just like many other apps on this list, ConfirmTkt also has a PNR Enquiry feature that will keep you informed about PNR status changes through notifications. Other than that, this app provides information on Locals & Metros, although it shows info on Mumbai Locals only. Besides that, you can use this app for booking flights and bus tickets too.
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If you are the person who travels a lot, then Goibibo is the best app for you. It not only can book train tickets but also has other booking facilities such as booking for flights, buses, cabs, and even metros. Also, the app is easy to use and you can easily book train tickets or tatkal tickets just by login to the IRCTC account.
This app will also provide information on PNR status, flight status, and train running status with NTES. Well, the app is not much feature-rich like other apps railway apps in this list but has all the basic functions that you need while traveling. And yeah, you also get Rs 250 goCash+ on signing up to the Goibibo account.
MakeMyTrip is a one-stop solution for all travel needs such as booking train, hotel, flight, Bus, Cab and a lot more. The app is available on both iOS and Android devices. It is among the best train app for booking IRCTC train tickets and you can also check PNR status and IRCTC train schedules. It also comes with where is my train feature with live running status too.
8. Where is my Train
The Where is my Train is one of the most popular Indian Railways app out there. The app has an easy-to-use interface and comes with all the amazing features you would like to have on a railway app.
With this app, you can spot any train and see their live running status that too without internet or GPS. The app uses cellular towers to detect the location of the train. You can also check the Indian Railways timetable offline.
Besides that, it comes with basic features like check PNR status, seat availability and multiple language support, too. Other great features are that you can get information on the coach position and seat/berth layout before you board the train. It also shows platform numbers for boarding and intermediate stations wherever available.
To further enhance your train trip, the comes with a location alarm feature that can alert you before reaching your destination.
9. NTES (CRIS)
NTES is the Indian Railways Official app that provides train-running related and real-time status queries for all trains of India. The app is simple in design and all the features are on one screen, i.e. you don’t have to switch to other tabs for different features to use.
You can use the NTES app for spotting your train. checking train schedule, canceled trains, diverted trains, rescheduled trains, trains between stations and live stations. If you low on storage, then this app is the best train app. Since it comes with all the features that too in low size.
The last app on our list is the Yatra app, which is officially authorized by IRCTC. Like most of the app in this list, it is also all in one app where you can book for trains, flights, hotels, holidays, buses, and so on. Booking train tickets process is simple, just link your IRCTC account and you are good to go.
How to book a train ticket online?
If you already know to book an online ticket you can skip this part. Here’s the step by step guide.
- First, create an account on the IRCTC site.
- Once created, login to the IRCTC website or app.
- After that, you have to select the source and destination stations and select your preferred train.
- Check for train ticket availability.
- Now fill the passenger details (Like: Name/s, age, gender, berth and so on) and after completing, proceed toward payment.
- Fill the details required at the time of payment and train ticked will be booked once the payment is successful.
- Later you will receive your train ticket details through mail or SMS.
So these are the Best Railway Apps for Android and iPhone in 2020. All the apps on this list are great and provide all the information you need to know about train-related queries. You can install any app you feel serves your requirements. There are apps like Ixigo which does almost everything from online train booking to train live status. Whereas ‘Where is my Train’ is a super cool app that provides almost all information without the Internet and consumes less space on your phone.
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