IRCTC website has started with the service of booking train tickets in India by using international debit and credit cards. Now, Foreigners and NRIs would be able to book tickets with the bank cards online through IRCTC website.

Earlier, the IRCTC ticket booking portal only accepted American Express International Credit Cards. International travelers only had the option of American Express (AMEX) Payment Gateway as other international cards were not accepted. IRCTC will now permit other international credit and debit cards issued outside the country for booking of e-tickets through its ticketing website. The necessary changes in the system have been made to enable global transactions.

Now Foreigners Can Book Train Tickets Through IRCTC Using International Debit And Credit Cards
IRCTC CMD AK Manocha said, “IRCTC ticket bookings has gone global. Any international debit and credit card can be used to make payment for booking train tickets”. He further said that the acceptance of all global cards will fulfill the long-lasting demand of foreign tourists. As they will be able to book e-tickets directly and will no longer depend on other agencies for the purpose.

The popular trains with foreigners are the Buddhist circuit trains, luxury trains like ‘Palace on Wheels‘, ‘Maharajas’ Express’ and other tourist specials. Usually these tickets were booked through tour operators, but now they can be also be booked online with international bank cards.

Once the required system gets operational on the IRCTC ticketing site, global transactions for ticket bookings will increase on the website. At present, the IRCTC ticketing website is currently equipped to take the capacity of 15,000 tickets in a minute, which means 250 tickets in a second. At present, about 58% of total train tickets in India sold are booked online.

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