SMS Service for Seat Availablity withTrain Related Enquiries on “139-Rail Sampark”

“139-Rail Sampark”, the national enquiry for Indian Railways has been in operation for around 5 years now. The services on this number i.e. 139 handles enquiries pertaining to PNR Status, Current Train running position, Accommodation availability and Fare Enquiry.

Apart from voice enquiry on IVRS, the above mentioned services are also available through SMS. Passenger can get the desired information by sending SMS to 139 in the following format.

The details of SMSs services available and the format are as under:


  1. For ticket status Enquiry:

SMS “PNR <10 Digit PNR Number>

For example: PNR 4341568666

  1. For Train Arrival/Departure Enquiry:

SMS “AD <Train number> <STD code of Station>”

For example: AD 12012 011

  1. For Accommodation availability:

SMS “SEAT <Train number> <DOJ**ddmmyy> <Station from: STD code> <station to: STD code> <class> <Quota>***

For example SEAT 12561 010712 0542 0571 SL G

  1. Fare enquiry

SMS “FARE <Train number> < DOJ**ddmmyy> <Station from: STD code> <station to: STD code> <class> <Quota>***

For Example: FARE 12561 010712 0542 0571 SL G

  1. Time table:

SMS “TIME <train number>

For example: TIME 12561

  1. Spot/ Locate train:

SMS “SPOT <train number> or LOCATE <train number>

For example: SPOT 12561 or LOCATE 12561

  1. Train Name/Number:

SMS “TN <train number> or SMS “TN <train name>

For Example TN 12724 or TN AP EXPRESS

  1. Getting all syntaxes


To get the above all mentioned syntaxes, SMS HELP or RAIL to 139

Note: Quota is optional field. For example, please enter G for general, CK for tatkal

For CLASS field, please enter 1A for First AC, 2A for Second AC, 3A for third AC, SL for Sleeper, CC for AC Chair Car, 2S for Second Sitting

The service is also available on USSD for Reliance, Uninor, Docomo and Vodafone Telephone Service Providers. Just dial *139# to avail the USSD facility for enquiry of PNR, Arrival/Departure etc.

How to get train running status on Mobile

Millions of people book their railway tickets in real time and store tickets details using Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. Ltd (IRCTC) mobile application residing on their mobile phone. It gives them an increased suitability through a real time, secure ticketing services. The passenger receives a reservation message just after booking their ticket with the full details of the ticket including PNR (Passenger Name Record), Train number, date of journey and class.

Now, IRCTC has introduced the latest initiative for checking the Railway ticket PNR status, train fair, seat availability, arrival or departure, train running status and train name/number/time using a single window information through universal number called 139-Rail Sampark.

In other words, you may obtain information regarding the PNR status, train running status for both arrivals and departures, Accommodation Availability Enquiry on Trains till Departure, Details of train Fare, Train Schedule /Timetable and train Name/ Number enquiries etc. on your mobile phone through SMS facility.

Indian Railway Enquiry Service on Mobile SMS

Now all the enquiries like PNR Status, Train Status, Seat Availability, Train Schedule, Train Time Table, Train Fare, Train Live Status etc. are available on your personal mobile phone through this SMS facility by sending SMS to 139 in the pre-defined format as mentioned hereunder.

1.For Spot/ Locate Train:

To locate any train on running status you may send SMS as mentioned hereunder.

Send SMS to 139 as: SPOT <Train Number> or LOCATE <Train Number>

Train Live Status Enquiry Example: SPOT 12021 or LOCATE 12245

2.For Train Name/Number:

You may also find any train number if you know the exact name of train or vice versa.

Send SMS to 139 as: TN train number OR TN train name

Train Name/Number Enquiry Example: TN 12012 or TN GATIMAAN EXPRESS

To get all above mentioned syntaxes you may send one SMS as HELP or RAIL to 139.

Ways to Check Indian Railways PNR Status on Mobile Phone

As Indian mobile industry is booming and everyone tends to get connected through mobile, there would be always a need to have mobility about frequent services to go on mobile. One such services which can be accessible by mobile user is PNR Status Inquiry through your mobiles. There are lot many ways by which you can check PNR Status of your ticket booked and get the current status at anytime. Here are the 5 ways by which you can check PNR Status through your mobile.

PNR Status Enquiry at General Enquiry via Phone

This is the oldest and widely used method by all the India though many don’t like it and find it a worst services. Although this is worst services this would be continuing it success because its free from BSNL and MTNL landlines phones and mobile users are charged for it. For this you need to call the Indian Railways helpline at 139 or 1345 and follow their IVRS to know your PNR status. This number is also used for other purposes like train inquiry, arrival or departure information, etc.,.

PNR by SMS at Regular SMS Rates

I would prefer this than the above mentioned services because all the options mentioned above are chargeable accordingly, this also chargeable yet economical. You are charged at your regular SMS rates. This services are brought to customers by Indian Railways in collaboration with Google.

To know your PNR Status on your mobile instantaneously you need to send an SMS including the following content.
PNR Number to 9773300000
Example: 1234567890 to 9773300000

Once you enter a valid PNR number you will get an SMS reply sent by Google your current status along with other journey related details. And don’t forget that normal SMS rates are applied.

PNR Enquiry through your Airtel Mobile

You can even check the PNR status on your mobile through Airtel Live Homepage. You are charged Rs 3 per SMS PNR Enquiry done by you and you are also charged the normal Rs 0.30 for 15kb that you browse.

For this you need to visit Airtel Live Homepage > Open Airtel Services For You > then proceed to Book Tickets > PNR Inquiry and enter PNR number. You will soon get a reply from Airtel Server about your current status along with other journey related details.

Check PNR Through SMS

This services id officially provided by IRCTC and you are charged per SMS  PNR enquiry done. You need to SMS to their general enquiry number which is 139.

    1. Send an SMS including the text

<PNR><PNR number> (without any spaces, or symbols) to 139

    1. .

Here is an example: PNR1234567890 to 139.
Alternatively you can also send your enquiry to 5676747 by following sample format

<PNR><space><PNR Number> send it to 567647.

Here is an example: PNR 1234567890 to 567647

Here also the premium SMS charges are applied.


SMS Sent By IRCTC Can Be Used As Train Ticket Now

In a move to make Indian train ticketing and travel even more convenient for the passengers, the ministry of railways has decided to permit Short Messaging Service (SMS) sent by the Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), as an instrument on par with the Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS).

This basically means that now passengers won’t have to take printouts of the e-ticket nor need to have a smartphone to display virtual reservation messages (VRM) while travelling. An authorized SMS when displayed through laptops/palmtops/mobile phones combined with valid photo-id in original will suffice.

The SMS will contain vital details like PNR, train number, date of journey, class, name and number of passengers, coach and seat number and fare paid and if feasible, will also accommodate the names of all the passengers booked on the e-ticket (if not all then the maximum number of passengers). The initiative has already come into effect from the 1st of this month.

The SMS will have to be displayed during the course of on-board/off-board checking and if the passenger fails to produce/display it due to any eventuality (loss, discharged mobile/laptop etc), but has the prescribed proof of identity, a penalty of Rs 50 per ticket which is applicable to such cases will be levied.

Indian Railways has also provided a list of valid proofs of identity that have to be produced in original during the course of on-board and off-board checking that include voter photo identity card; passport; PAN card; driving licence; photo identity card having serial number issued by central/state government; student identity card with photograph issued by recognized school/college for their students; nationalized bank passbook with photograph and credit cards issued by banks with laminated photograph.

Additionally, the unique identification card will also be considered a valid ID proof.

Earlier, Indian Railways had decided that a screen shot of the e-ticket displayed through laptops/Tablets/mobile phones (referred to as VRM and the mobile reservation message (MRM) for tickets booked on mobile phones) combined with a valid photo-id proof would work as an instrument on par with the ERS. This was seen as a revolutionary step since passengers would no longer have to carry physical tickets or ERS with them while travelling on trains. They had also launched mobile ticket booking application that enables users to book their railway tickets through their mobile phones.

The new service makes it device agnostic as all mobile handsets come with SMS feature, including low end basic handsets.

What we wonder is whether the authorities have communicated the same to all their ticket collectors. Else users who may want to try out the new digital ticketing solution might find themselves fined for not sticking to the old world.

IRCTC Magic Autofill Form Indian Railways

It is really hard to book Tatkal Tickets, either from online or from ticket counters at Railway Stations. When the booking starts (10 AM IST) the site frequently shows server errors due to high load. In result we failed to book tickets online, you know the importance of time especially when you are planning to make a train reservation under the Tatkal scheme.
That’s where Magic Autofill can help. It’s a simple online tool that will fill the passenger details form on the IRCTC website with the click of a button thus giving you an upper hand.

In this tutorial about “How to quickly book  Ticket online from IRCTC. Follow the entire tutorial perfectly to book IRCTC Online Railway Reservation in both General and Tatkal Schemes.

IRCTC Magic AutoFill Form

1. Open IRCTC Magic AutoFill Form for Indian Railways at
2. Fill all the details correctly which are same as in IRCTC Website.
3. Now Press “I’m Feeling Lucky” that freezes all the entered data.
4. After then, find “Magic AutoFill” button and drag it to Bookmarking Toolbar of a Browser.
5. Enter the Source, Destination and select Tatkal type then hit Find Trains.
6. Select the appropriate train and move for booking train tickets in Tatkal Scheme.
7. Here IRCTC Magic AutoFill Form plays its role by single click. It fills all the fields which you have to enter manually. It saves your time and increases chances of getting IRCTC Tatkal Ticket.
8. Continue still the Ticket Confirms.

Check PNR status & waitlist prediction of IRCTC & Indian railway train tickets

PNR is short name for ‘Passenger Name Record’. It is a record in the database of Indian Railways against which the journey details for a passenger, or a group of passengers are stored. Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) also maintains information like current PNR status of the passengers, availability of berths in all classes for the next 60 days and static enquiries like Train Between Important Stations, Reservations Rules, Fares, Refund, and Rules etc When a reserved railway ticket is booked for a train in Indian Railways, all the details of passengers are stored in relational database of centralized reservation system. These details are associated with a unique ten digit number. This reference number is called PNR. PNR number is generally printed at the top left corner of the printed tickets. In case of the E – Ticket, it is mentioned at top in separate cell. Passenger’s personal information like name, age, gender etc. is saved in the database against this reference number. It includes columns to store booking status and current status of the ticket. As we know every train has limited number of seats, sometime one may not get a confirmed reserved ticket. The current status of such a waitlist (W/L) ticket changes when there is any availability of reserved seats due to cancellation. This new current reservation status is generally known as PNR status.

Confirmtkt PNR Prediction i.e. CONFIRMTKT STATUS will help you predict the chances of getting confirmed tickets. Prediction is done computed using data analytics and machine learning techniques based on various factors like past booking and cancellation trends, station quotas, days of the week, seasonality, holidays etc.

PNR STATUS with help

IRCTC PNR Status, check Indian Railway PNR Status online. PNR is a short form of Passenger Name Record. Indian Railways provide 10 digits PNR Number at the time of booking the tickets so that the passengers can easily check PNR Status online. Indian Railway provides online facility to check PNR Status for passengers who wish to know whether their berths are confirmed or not? Most of the people nowadays prefer to book the Reservation tickets in Railways before travelling.

PNR Number is printed on the left upper corner of the Ticket. PNR Status can be checked through many ways like online via internet.

what is Railway Reservation Cancellation

Confirmed Railways eticket reservation can be cancelled online. Indian Railways have set up rules of cancellation which are as below:

1. 24 hours prior to the time of departure: If the ticket is cancelled 24 hours prior to departure, there are no cancellation charges. However, service charges and transaction charges for booking the ticket is not refundable

2. Less than 24 hours and up to 4 hour: if the confirmed rail eticket is cancelled in this time duration, railways deduct 25% of base fare. However, service charges and transaction charges for booking the ticket is not refundable

3. Less than 4 hours and up to departure time: if the confirmed rail eticket is cancelled in this time duration, railways deduct 50% of base fare. However, service charges and transaction charges for booking the ticket is not refundable
Cancellation Charges and Refund Rules

Cancellation charges for unused reserved tickets according to time frame are as follows:

More than 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train
» Rs. 70/- for air-conditioned First class / Executive class
» Rs. 60/- for air-conditioned 2 Tier sleeper class / air-conditioned 3 Tier sleeper class / First class/ air- conditioned chair car
» Rs. 40/- for sleeper class and Rs. 20/- for second class
Within 24 hours and up to four hours before the scheduled departure of the train
» Cancellation charges shall be 25% of the fare subject to the minimum flat rate as mentioned above.
Within four hours before the scheduled departure of the train and after the departure of the train
» Cancellation charges shall be 50% of the fare subject to the minimum, but there is a fixed time frame rule according to the distance of destination station :-
(a) Three hours for destination station up to 200 km
(b) Six hours, for a destination station of more than 200 km up to 500 km
(c) Twelve hours, for a destination station of more than 500 km
(d) No refunds after the expiry of the period mentioned above


Indian Railways

Indian Railways is the world’s second-largest railway, with 6,853 stations, 63,028 kilometers of track, 37,840 passenger coaches and 222,147 freight cars. Annually it carries some 4.83 billion passengers and 492 million tons of freight. Of the 11 million passengers who climb aboard one of 8,520 trains each day, about 550,000 have reserved accommodations. Their journeys can start in any part of India and end in any other part, with travel times as long as 48 hours and distances up to several thousand kilometers. The challenge is to provide a reservation system that can support such a huge scale of operations — regardless of whether it’s measured by kilometers, passenger numbers, routing complexity, or simply the sheer scale of India.



seat availaibility provides you  seat availaibility info on a single click for any date range under ARP, for any Reservation Class, from any selected Source Station to destination Station.
To check Train Seat Availability you need to start as below

  • Select source station after writing some letters of source station into “From Station” textbox and then select source station form autosuggest station list.This is the station from you are planning to start your journey.
  • Select destination station after writing some letters of destination station into “To Station” textbox and then select destination station for autosuggest station list.
  • Now just select date duration by click on “From Date” and “To Date” and select dates according to your train travel preferences and then just press on “submit” button