Forget IRCTC, these apps can make your train travel better

The Railway Budget presented by the government has seen mixed responses from the political circles. But what caught the eye of everyone was that the budget addressed a lot of digital developments. From plans for Wi-Fi in stations and on trains, Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda also laid out plans to upgrade IRCTC’s online ticketing infrastructure. A proposal to raise the number of bookings from 2,000 per minute to 7,200 was also proposed by the minister in his budget speech. However, some of these facilities are already available thanks to private companies. Become an IRCTC Agency

While the new Railway budget has already made provisions for improving the quality of food on the trains, private companies like Travel Khana have already been in the market. The Web-based service lets you place an order and then track the food until the food is delivered when the train reaches the selected station. At present, Travel Khana has ties with over 1,000 restaurants across the country and offers food deliveries to trains in 80 cities.


The Rail Minister had also proposed a mobile-based wakeup call systems, and destination arrival alerts to help travellers disembark at stations late at night. A similar facility is already available with the Indian Train Alarm app. This app can help make sure that you don’t miss the station you were destined to. Available on the Google Play store for free, the Indian Train Alarm app has over 2,500 Indian stations in it. The best part about the app is that it is functional even where access to internet is not possible.


Rail Radar was relaunched by the Rail Yatri, the very same company that developed it, after the government pulled the plug on the programme last year. The app lets you track where all trains in the country are, in real-time, on a map. It helps you identify trains that are running on time or running late. Rail Yatri also has an Android app which give information on live train, coordinates with Travel Khana for food deliveries and includes features to check speed of your train. Become an Become an IRCTC Agency

If you want to quickly check timings and status of a train, then NTES website is what you looking for. The website assists users in checking train timings, in getting live updates from stations and briefs them on cancelled, diverted or rescheduled trains. Don’t worry if you don’t have an Android phone, you can use the Indian Train Status app to get similar information to the users. The Indian Train Status app will not dissapoint you as it uses information from the NTES.


Launched by online travel agency Ixigo, PNR Status Rail Flight Tracker helps you stay on top of your travel plans. The app is available for free on the Google Play store. As its name suggests, this app can find all PNR details by checking your inbox for messages from IRCTC. It also keeps a record of your travel time, and helps you view, manage and track your trip status. What more, the app will also update you if a booking changes status (from wait list to confirmed) and also alerts you about delays or cancellations. Become an IRCTC Agency


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