Travelling with an IRCTC E-Ticket on Indian Railways

IRCTC now allows you to travel even without a physical copy / print-out / hard-copy of your e-ticket.

As per this circular, with effect from 1-Feb-2012, you can now board any train along with:

  • A Valid Photo Identity
  • Either a soft copy of your ticket / an SMS from the IRCTC website on your mobile phone / hard copy print-out of your ticket.

The soft-copy can be shown to the ticket checker on any device including a Mobile Phone, Laptop, Tablet, Palmtop etc.

This means that you do not necessarily need a paper print-out of your ticket. You will not be charged the existing penalty of Rs. 50/- for not having the print-out of the e-ticket.

To get a soft-copy of your IRCTC e-ticket, you can either: