General Tickets in Indian Railways.

Components of Indian Railways fare

  1. Base fare :-
    • A Base Fare is the price of Railway Ticket before fees, taxes, and any surcharges are added. In most cases base fare will be lower than the final ticket price. Some fares, such as Dynamic Fare may increasing significantly from the base fare when additional taxes are added.

  2. Reservation Charge :-
    • 1A (AC 1 Tier) = 60.00/- Rs. Only
    • 2A (AC 2 Tier) = 50.00/- Rs. Only
    • 3A (AC 3 Tier) = 40.00/- Rs. Only
    • SL (Sleeper) = 20.00/- Rs. Only
    • 2S (2nd Seating) = 15.00/- Rs. Only

  3. Super fast charge :-
    • 1A (AC 1 Tier) = 75.00/- Rs. Only
    • 2A (AC 2 Tier) = 45.00/- Rs. Only
    • 3A (AC 3 Tier) = 45.00/- Rs. Only
    • SL (Sleeper) = 30.00/- Rs. Only
    • 2S (2nd Seating) = 15.00/- Rs. Only
    • General Ticket = 15.00/- Rs. Only

  4. Tatkal Charge :-
    • Tatkal Fare – Minimum 30% Fare of Base Fare.

      Class of TravelMinimum Tatkal
      Charges (INR)
      Maximum Tatkal
      Charges (INR)
      Second Sitting1015
      AC Chair Car125225
      AC 3 Tier300400
      AC 2 Tier400500

  5. Catering Charge : Catering Charges in Rajdhani / Shatabdi / Duronto Express Trains.
  6. GST :
    • 5% GST charged on AC Classes.
    • Base Fare + Reservation Charge + Superfast Charge + Dynamic fare (if available) * 5% = GST

  7. Dynamic Charge :
    • The base fares will increase by 10% of berths sold subject to a prescribed ceiling limit. There will be no change in the existing fare for 1AC and EC class of travel.

Indian Railways Fare discounts

  1. Senior Citizen Female :
    • Minimum 58 years are granted 50% Concession in the fares of all classes of Mail / Express / Rajdhani / Shatabdi / Jan-Shatabdi / Duronto group of trains.
  2. Senior Citizen Male :
    • Minimum 60 years are granted 40% Concession in the fares of all classes of Mail / Express / Rajdhani / Shatabdi / Jan-Shatabdi / Duronto group of trains.
  3. Student :
    • For more information about Students Ticket & Concession Click here.
  4. Doctor :
    • Doctors – Allopathic travelling for any purpose. 10% Concession in all classes and in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains.
    • Nurses & Midwives for leave and duty. 25% Concession in Second and Sleeper class.

Group Booking

In case you require reservation in excess of the above limit of 6 passengers you may contact the controlling officer/Chief Reservation supervisor of the concerned reservation office for permission to book more number of passengers in a group. However, such booking of bulk accommodation is available only after 10.00 hrs on computerized reservation system subject to overall limit on trains as per extant rules and availability of accommodation . Here is step by step guide to help in bulk booking of berths.

  • Please submit a letter (in two copies) to authorized` officials giving details such as train number, date of journey and of berths and the list of passengers.
  • Get the permission of the authorized officials.
  • Contact the bulk booking counter for purchase of tickets.

Advance Booking

  • 120 days in advance from the starting station the tickets can be purchase. The tickets sale starts at 8AM on the opening day of the booking.

Circular Ticket

  • For more information about Circular Ticket Click here.

Seasonal Ticket

  • Season tickets to students are issued for First & Second class upto the maximum distance of 150 Kms.
  • The student monthly season tickets will be charged at half of the normal adult season ticket fare and student Quarterly Season tickets will be charged at 2.7 times of the Student MST fare.
  • These MSTs/QSTs will be issued without any minimum charge to the students of recognized institutions under.
  • Condition that the age of students, to whom the tickets are issued, should not exceed 25 years in the case of student in general, 27 years in the case of students belonging to the Scheduled Castes/Tribes and 35 years in the case of Research Scholars.
  • NOTE : Season tickets to students of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes shall be issued as under: -
    • MSTs: On payment of 50% below the normal Student MST fares, and
    • QSTs: On payment of 2.7 times of the concessional fares of MSTs vide. (i)above
    • For more information Click here.

Types of General Reservation tickets?

PRS Ticket

Purchased from reservation counters. A printer ticket is issued.


Purchase from website. Electronic ticket is issued. The SMS can be used to travel in the train

How can I make payment to book e-ticket?

You can use Internet Banking, Cash Cards, eWallets, IRCTC Prepaid Instruments, and major Banks Debit & Credit cards.

How to postpone/prepone journey?

No you can't postpone/prepone your journey, this can be done on line by cancelling the original ticket and booking a fresh ticket.

Can I book student/other concession ticket?

No This facility is not available for e-Ticket and I-Ticket.

How many days in advance the ticket can be purchased?

120 days in advance from the starting station the tickets can be purchase. The tickets sale starts at 8AM on the opening day of the booking

How many persons can be in one ticket?

Maximum of 6 persons can be booked in one ticket.

Class Minimum Distance for Charge (Kms) Basic Fare at Minimum Distance (INR) Reservation Fee (INR) Supplementary Charge for Super Fast Trains (INR)
1 2 3 4 5
Mail/Express Services
Second Class 50 29 15 15
Sleeper Class 200 120 20 30
AC Chair Car 150 205 40 45
AC 3- Tier 300 428 40 45
First Class 100 230 50 45
Executive Class - - 60 75
Ordinary Services
Second Class (Suburban) 10 4 15 -
Second Class (Non-Suburban) 10 3 15 -
Sleeper Class 200 76 20 -
First Class 10 45 50 -
Second Class MST 10 150 - -
First Class MST 10 600 - -
Second Class QST 10 405 - -
First Class QST 10 1620 - -
Platform Ticket Rs. 10/- per passenger

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