The following steps will enable you to download an e-ticket to your computer in a pdf format for printing at a later time. This guide does not need you to install Adobe Acrobat Distiller / Writer or any paid software.
This guide is useful for persons who want to print an e-ticket issued by Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) but do not have a printer available at that time, or want to save a soft-copy of the e-ticket on a pen drive or hard disk and transfer it at a later time. This will save the e-ticket in a PDF format adnd is useful for people who do not have Adobe PDF Writer or PDF Distiller and want a Free Solution.
Step 1: Download a PDF Printer Software
Download and install a free PDF printer software.
Install a paid PDF Printer like Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Distiller or Adobe Writer.
Step 2: Install the software to add the PDF Printer
Simply install it with basic settings. It will automatically add a printer by the name of BioPDF, to your Control Panel.
Step 3: Print the E-Ticket to a file, using the PDF Printer
When you open your e-ticket and select Print ERS, it will open in a new window and ask you to select a printer.
Click on the BioPDF option and click the Print Button. You will be prompted to put in a file name.
Give the file a name and location as required.
Step 4: Use the PDF file to store, copy, print or transfer the E-ticket
Transfer the PDF file to any computer that has a printer and Print your E-ticket.
You can transfer the PDF by email, pen-drive or any other media.
IRCTC now allows you to travel even without a physical copy / print-out / hard-copy of your e-ticket.
For more information, see this article: Travelling with an IRCTC E-Ticket on Indian Railways