What to do if your travel plan changes after you have bought your train tickets
Every travel plan changes, at least for most of us. But the problem comes when the plan changes after your made your railway reservation. What do you do when you have already bought your tickets but the plan changes afterwards.
Fortunately, Indian Railways has some solutions to your problem. Let’s check them out.
Can I prepare or postpone my reservation?
The date of journey on Confirmed/RAC/waitlisted tickets can be preponed or postponed in the same/higher class or for the same destination on payment of prescribed charges. This facility can be availed only once, irrespective of whether the accommodation available is reserved or RAC or Waitlisted.
If you want to prepone or postpone the date of your journey, you should surrender your tickets during working hours of reservation offi ce atleast forty eight hours before the scheduled departure of the train in which originally booked subject to restriction during Ist hour of advance reservation period opening if any.
Can I change the boarding station?
Yes, you can. All you have to do is submit a written request to the Station Manager of the original boarding station or contact any Computerised Reservation Centre, at least 24 hours before the departure of the train. However, no refund is permissible for the unused portion of the journey. The change of station once made will be fi nal i.e. in case a passenger has changed the boarding point, he/she will loose all rights to board the train from the original boarding point. If found travelling without any proper authority to travel, he/she will have to pay fare with penalty between original boarding point to changed boarding point.
Can I break my Journey at any Intermediate station?
If you hold a journey ticket for more than 500 kms, you can break your journey once for two days at any station enroute. This facility can be availed only after travelling 500 kms from the starting station. If your ticket is for more than 1000 kms, you will be allowed to break your journey twice.
The day of arrival and departure must be excluded while calculating the number of eligible days for break of journey. And remember to get your ticket endorsed by the Station Manager/Ticket Collector at the station where you intend to break your journey.
Note: This facility is not available to passenger travelling by Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi Express trains. This facility is not permitted short of the station up to which reservation has been done. Intention to break journey is to be advised at the time of original booking and not after obtaining reservation.
Can I extend my Journey beyond the original destination?
Yes, Indian Railways allow extension of journey. This can be done by approaching the ticket checking staff either before reaching your destination or after completion of booked journey. The fare for the extended portion of the journey will be collected without the benefit of telescopic rates.
Can I upgrade my ticket to a higher class enroute?
Your reserved ticket for a lower class can be upgraded to a higher class for the same train and date, subject to availability of accommodation. The upgrading of accommodation can be done only once on collection of fresh reservation charges and the fare difference. This can also be done during the journey by approaching the Travelling Ticket Examiner.
Can my confirmed ticket be transferred to somebody else?
If you are holding a confirmed ticket and are unable to travel, your ticket can be transferred to your family members viz, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband or wife. To transfer your ticket, you must submit your request atleast 24 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train.
Tickets can also be transferred,
to another Govt. Servant travelling on duty, at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train.
to other students of recognised Educational Institution when the Principal/Head makes a request atleast 48 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train.
to other members of the marriage party, if the head of such a party makes a request atleast 48 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train. To other cadets of NCC, if the head of the group makes a request atleast 24 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train. Such changes can be made only once – if the request does not exceed 10% of the total number of group members.