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Railway Ticket Transfer Scheme - Don't Cancel your Train Ticket

Indian Railways is starting ticket transfer scheme from Nov 12, 2015. Under this scheme if a passenger is unable to travel in a train for which he has purchased a ticket it is not required that he cancels his ticket. Instead, now he can travel in other train by making use of ticket transfer scheme of Indian Railways. This will not only save him money which is deducted when ticket cancellation is done but also will save time elapsed in booking new train ticket. You can see the current train ticket cancellation charges here.

How to transfer your train ticket? Continue to read below where we have explained how you can transfer your ticket without cancelling it and how railways ticket transfer works.

Suppose a person is having a ticket that is departing today. Under Indian Railways ticket transfer scheme if this person cannot travel today in the train he can transfer his ticket and travel in a train that is departing 48 hours after or before the departure time of the train for which ticket was booked initially.

What about train fare and reservation charges? If the value of new ticket is more than the old one passenger has to pay the difference to railway. On the other hand if new ticket costs less than railway will return the difference to passenger.

Let's understand the ticket transfer scheme of railway by an example. Suppose you have booked a ticket from New Delhi to Mumbai Central in Rajdhani Express in AC 1 class for which you have paid 4745 INR. Now for some reason you are unable to travel, you will be able to transfer your ticket for next day or previous day's train. Now suppose you transfer your ticket and get a ticket for Garib Rath AC chair car. The fare is INR 735 only. Railway will return you 4745-735 i.e. Rs. 4010.

Rajdhani Express fare between New Delhi and Mumbai
Rajdhani Express fare between New Delhi and Mumbai


You also need to keep in mind the following details related to ticket transfer:

  • You need to submit the old ticket 48 hrs before the train departure time as per railway timetable.
  • If you get a confirm ticket than reservation charges will be taken again.
  • In case ticket is RAC or Waiting List, instead of reservation clerical charges will be levied.
  • Clerkage charges are almost half of reservation charges hence you will benefit.
Apart from above benefits railway customers can also change travel class. This can be done at the time of opening of ticket counter or at least 6 hrs before the departure time of train as per train schedule.

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