Tatkal Booking Timings

IRCTC tatkal tickets are meant for last minute or immediate plans. IRCTC tatkal booking timing opens at 10A.M. for AC class and at 11A.M. for non-AC class one day in advance from the actual date of starting point of the train. For example, for a train leaving on 8th from Bangalore Railway Station, railway tatkal timing is 10A.M. for AC class and 11A.M. for non-AC class on 7th.

How Can i Book Tatkal Ticket Fast?

Although Indian Railways has done its best to help travellers book tickets easily, it's still not sufficient. One of the easiest ways to book a tatkal ticket fast is through the Chrome extension, Tatkal For Sure.

Steps to Follow

Do the following 15-20 minutes before the IRCTC tatkal booking timing starts. Once the tatkal booking starts on IRCTC, the Tatkal For Sure extension starts automatically.

  • Open the extension and login using your IRCTC username and password.

  • Enter your trip details: Choose the origin and destination, choose the date, enter the train number, class, and choose the quota as Tatkal, and click 'Next'.

  • Enter passenger details. This further takes you to payment options.

  • Use the relevant payment option (Netbanking or debit card). Make sure you have your phone with you to receive OTP and enter it.

  • Your trip will be saved with 'Book Now' option.

  • Once the booking opens on IRCTC at 10A.M. for AC or 11A.M. for non-AC, click on 'Book Now'. This will automatically takes you to official IRCTC website.

  • Your login credentials will already be entered there. You simply have to click 'Login'.

  • All your journey details will already be entered for you by the extension.

  • Your ticket will be automatically booked for you in seconds.

Tatkal Booking time for sleeper class

IRCTC tatkal booking timing for sleeper class opens at 10A.M. for AC sleeper class and at 11A.M. for non-AC sleeper class one day in advance from the actual date of starting point of the train. For example, for a train leaving on 8th from Bangalore Railway Station, railway tatkal timing is 10A.M. for AC sleeper class and 11A.M. for non-AC sleeper class on 7th.

Tatkal Timings applicable for journey starting from 24.12.2015 onwards

Class of TravelIndividualAgents
AC10:00AM10:30AM
Non-AC11:00AM11:30AM
General8:00AM8:30AM

Can we book Tatkal ticket on same day of journey?

No. You cannot book tatkal tickets on the same day of the journey. You can only book tatkal tickets one day in advance from the actual date of starting point of the train.

Tatkal Booking Charges

Tatkal Charges have been fixed as a percentage of fare at the rate of 10% of basic fare for second class and 30% of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as given in the table below.

Tatkal Charges applicable for journey starting from 24.12.2015 onwards

Class of TravelMinimum Tatkal Charges (in Rs.)Maximum Tatkal Charges (in Rs.)Minimum Distance for charge(in KM)
Reserved Second sitting (2S)10.0015.00100
Sleeper100.00200.00500
AC Chair Car125.00225.00250
AC 3 Tier300.00400.00500
AC 2 Tier400.00500.00500
Executive400.00500.00250

Tatkal cancellation charges

You won't get a refund on cancellation of confirmed tatkal tickets. However, there is a cancellation charge for waitlisted tatkal tickets. It will be deducted as per existing Railway rules.

Can agents book Tatkal tickets?

Agents will only be allowed to book tickets from 8A.M. to 8:30A.M., from 10A.M. to 10.30A.M., and from 11A.M. to 11:30A.M., while authorised travel agents cannot book tatkal tickets during the first 30 minutes of opening.

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