How to book a train with IRCTC?
May 23, 2014 4:34 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to book a train in India via irctc.co.in, but I'm based in the US. All is well, and I've gone through some hoops to get a IRCTC account -- but now I'm not able to pay with my US credit cards - Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX alike!
Has anyone had any luck, know any methods, or know any good Indian travel agencies specializing in train travel that may be able to book this for me? Help me give them my money!
posted by suedehead to Travel & Transportation around India (5 answers total)
Long story short - I'm trying to buy a train ticket for a "premium special" Mumbai-Delhi train (22913) in a week, simply because no other trains are available on such short notice. The quota indicates that there are 100+ AC2 tickets available, but I can't for the life of me actually get them to take my money -- I keep on failing at the payment gateway.
The tickets are only purchasable online, supposedly to prevent touts, which I understand, so it's not like I can go and buy them in person. However, the payment gateway won't take any of six different US Amex/Visa/Mastercards. People seem to have similar trouble online. Other online travel agencies (cleartrip.com, makemytrip.com) don't list this new premium special train, so it's not like I can use them either.
It sounds like my only recourse is to use a travel agent, as a way to find someone willing to book the tickets for me. Given the specifics of this train, I thought I'd ask AskMe for help - Has anyone had any luck, know any methods, or know any good Indian travel agencies specializing in train travel that may be able to book this for me? Help me give them my money!