When it comes to long-distance or comfortable journeys, many people opt for train travel. While most plan and book tickets well in advance, there are instances when sudden travel is unavoidable. The usual options in such cases are Tatkal ticket bookings. However, an alternative exists that not many are aware of—traveling with a platform ticket. Yes, you read that right. Let’s delve into the railway rules regarding platform tickets.
Traveling on a Platform Ticket:
If you find yourself with only a platform ticket and need to board a train unexpectedly, there’s no need to panic. Railway rules permit passengers to board a train with a platform ticket in emergencies. The key is to approach the Ticket Examiner (TTE) promptly. While doing so, it’s necessary to purchase a ticket for your destination. While TTEs may, at times, be unable to provide a reserved seat due to seat unavailability, this shouldn’t deter you from your travel plans. In such cases, a penalty of Rs 250, along with the journey fare, will be charged.
Benefits of Platform Ticket:
The primary advantage of a platform ticket is that the passenger is charged fare from the station where the platform ticket was obtained. This station is considered the departure station when collecting the fare. The passenger is charged the fare for the same class in which they are traveling.
Missed the Train? Here’s What to Do:
In the unfortunate event of missing your train, there’s a silver lining. Passengers can claim a refund of 50 percent of the base fare by filing a Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) within the stipulated time. It’s important to note that TTEs cannot assign your seat to anyone until the next two stations. Therefore, you have the opportunity to complete your journey by reaching the next two stations before the train.
Lost Your Train Ticket? No Worries:
For travelers with e-tickets who discover the ticket is lost after boarding, a solution exists. By paying a penalty of Rs 50 to the Ticket Examiner (TTE), you can retrieve your ticket and continue your journey hassle-free.