Train Ticket Cancellation Charges and rules 2017
Understanding the rules and procedures to cancel a train ticket has always been a hectic job for all of us. One day all of us of us will reach that decision to cancel our train ticket because a sudden change happened to our travel plan. Thinking about the Train Ticket Cancellation Charges, rules, conditions itself would make us dizzy. Most of the information on Train Ticket Cancellation Charges available on the website is confusing and too difficult to understand. Putting an end to it, we will explain all the rules and the exact charges you have to pay for cancelling a train ticket in India.
The Train Ticket Cancellation Charges will depend on the status of your ticket and time of your cancellation. Which means the two most important factors which will affect the amount that will be refunded to you for cancelling a train ticket will depend on whether your train ticket is confirmed, RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) or in the waiting list. The other factor is the day or time that you cancel your ticket. Indian Railway has different rules for online and offline bookings just like that Indian railway has separate rules cancellations too. Don’t worry, we will explain it to you, leaving you doubtless on the topic. Right now we will only be discussing cancelling tickets booked or bought in General Class. We will explain ticket cancellation charges and rules for other classes in our upcoming articles.
Train Ticket Cancellation Charges in India and cancellation rules 2017
Rules for cancelling Train tickets
- We book tickets via online and also from offline sources like Railway Stations, Travel agents, Train Ticket booking services etc. So tickets booked online can only be cancelled online. We cannot cancel e-tickets from the railway station or any other place, but only through the IRCTC online website. Similarly, tickets booked from any offline institution can be cancelled only at the ticket counter of a railway station.
- Once the Chart is prepared for a specific journey you cannot cancel your e-ticket. Which means e-ticket cancellation is not possible once the chart for that specific journey is prepared by the railway.
- Imagine that your e-ticket is on the waiting list and the chart for that specific journey is prepared. Then your e-ticket is automatically cancelled and you cannot travel using that ticket anymore. Hence e-tickets in waiting list status after journey chart preparation are not valid
E-ticket cancellation charges before chart preparation.
View the below table which is prepared with the latest Train Ticket Cancellation Charges for e-tickets before the journey chart is prepared. The table is easy to understand.
|Before 48 hours of train departure||Within 48 hours and up to 6 hours of train departure||Less than 6 hours of departure|
|AC First Class/Executive Class||₹ 120 per passenger||25% of the fare to minimum ₹70||50% of the fare to minimum ₹70|
|AC 2 Tier/First Class||₹ 100 per passenger||25% of the fare to minimum ₹60||50% of the fare to minimum ₹60|
|AC 3 Tier/ AC Chair Car / AC 3 economy||₹90 per passenger||25% of the fare to minimum ₹60||50% of the fare to minimum ₹60|
|Sleeper Class||₹60 per passenger||25% of the fare to minimum ₹40||50% of the fare to minimum ₹40|
|Second Class||₹30 per passenger||25% of the fare to minimum ₹20||50% of the fare to minimum ₹20|
Charges for cancelling an e-ticket after the journey chart for the Train is prepared.
A normal user cannot cancel an e-ticket once the journey chart is prepared. But you can apply for TDR (Ticket Deposit Receipt) and receive a refund if you are eligible for a refund.
Charges for cancelling a Waiting List / RAC ticket
You are eligible for a full amount refund in case you decide to cancel your ticket which is still in the Waiting list or RAC at least three hours before the departure of the train. Usually, a small amount for transaction processes is deducted for such tickets.
In case of Train Cancellation
Floods, Natural Calamities, and other disasters may lead to cancellation of the Train. In such scenarios where the train is cancelled a passenger is eligible to receive a full refund of the money, he paid for the ticket irrespective of the ticket status and time. Automatic refunds will be made for e-tickets. Which means you need not file a TDR for e-tickets for receiving a refund in case of train cancellations.
Cancellation after the Train is departed from the journey station
- A passenger is not eligible for a refund once the refund request is filed after 2 hours of the departure of the train in the case of a confirmed ticket.
- A passenger is not eligible for refund once the refund request is filed after 3 hours of the departure of the train in the case of a ticket in Waiting list or RAC
We hope that now you have a clear picture of the charges and rules for cancelling a train ticket. Act fast if you need to cancel your train ticket. The sooner you cancel the ticket the more amount will be refunded. Always confirm the journey date and time before booking a ticket. Do not waste money on booking, tickets for a journey you are not sure about. If you have any doubts or queries on cancelling your tickets, or the charges and rules to cancel your train tickets let us know about it in the comment section below. We are happy to answer all of your questions.