The Indian Railway Platform ticket gives user a legal permission to move around in premises of railway station. Using platform ticket booking app one can buy it online.

It costs Rs 10, and becomes invalid after 2 hours. Also it cannot be cancelled.

How to Buy Platform Ticket Online

Start by downloading one of the official railway apps. You can either download 'irctc rail connect app' or more comprehensive and more inclusive railway app known as  rail saarthi app . Both these apps have an option of booking platform tickets online.

Online Platform Ticket Booking Steps

Open your smartphone and open one of the above mentioned train app.

Step 1. On 'IRCTC rail connect app' you will  have to select UTS ticket option. In 'Rail Saarthi' app you will find it in 'ticketing' section.

Rail Saarthi Ticketing Options
Rail Saarthi Ticketing Options
Step 2. Now choose the 'Unreserved Ticketing' option

unreserved ticketing option
unreserved ticketing option

To login use username and password of your irctc account. If you don't remember them use the links below to get them

UTS login
UTS login

This will launch UTS app. This app is used for purchasing  all types of unreserved tickets of Indian railway. Now using this app you can do platform ticket buying online too.

Step 3.  To book online platform ticket select the option "platform ticket" among 4 options given (quick booking, normal booking, season ticket are other three options).

platform ticket buy online
book your platform ticket

Step 4.   Pay by R-wallet (a type of ewallet you can maintain in Unreserved Ticketing System for easy purchase of railway tickets) or by using other means such as internet banking to finalize your purchase of platform ticket.

That's it! You know now how easy it is use railway's online platform ticket booking app. There are other third party apps available too. One of the drawbacks of this app is that it works only in periphery of 20 metres from a railway station. So make sure you are in vicinity of a that railway  station whose platform you want to use.

Indian Railway Platform Tickets Explained

Railways, all over the world, have introduced this ticket to avoid unnecessary rush on platforms and to stop unsocial elements from entering into railway premises. It is believed that no one would want to spend money just to spend time on railway platform.

Indian Railways has been struggling with staff capacity over the years. There aren't much staff available with railway. This may sound strange, especially with number of railway recruitment adverts you see in newspapers in India, appearing throughout the year, but its true.

Even while on your journey by train you con have a look at small railway stations, those in rural areas, where you will see only a single employee, named 'Station Master'  doing multitasking involving tasks such as issuing of tickets, showing green/ red flags to passing trains, and receiving telephones among many others.

So, we the Indians, are aware of this fact, and hence we know that no one would be there on railway station to ask us to show platform ticket. Hence, there is no need to buy it.

But again, there are stations in metro cities where railway conducts surprise checking. And if you are found wandering without a platform ticket on railway platform you can be caught and presented to railway magistrate who can take some strict judicial action against you. So, it's always good, and in fact is your responsibility to buy a ticket before entering a railway platform.

Sometimes people don't buy tickets because of long queues. Most times people reach station just few minutes before the departure of the train. And hence they are worried that they might miss the train if stand in long queue.

Other thing is that in modern world most people are used to doing things online. And railway booking is no exception.

That's it! If someone asks you now "Can I buy platform ticket of Indian Railway online?" Say, "Yes" and refer him to this article.

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