Tatkal Rules 2018 – Stay Updated With New Tatkal Ticket Rules This Holiday Season!

During the holiday season, the importance of tatkal tickets becomes even more prominent, as travellers try every means possible to get confirmed tickets.


New Tatkal Ticket Rules in 2018

Tatkal is that magical word which means assured berths in any train, albeit by paying an extra charge.

During the holiday season, the importance of tatkal tickets becomes even more prominent, as tourists and travellers try every means possible to get confirmed tickets for their journey.

Effective 2018, Indian Railways had introduced a series of new tatkal rules, which had been redesigned to provide maximum convenience and ease for travellers.

Now, as the holiday season starts across India with summer vacations, it is important for you to be updated on the new rules.

Here Is A Recap Of Tatkal Tickets 2018 Rules:




For AC Train tickets under Tatkal quota, the booking timing starts at 10 AM, and for Non-AC tatkal tickets, the booking time starts at 11 AM. Tatkal tickets can be booked a day prior to the departure of the train from its origin station.


Tatkal tickets cannot be cancelled, once booked. However, there are some exceptions: If the train is late by more than three hours, then the passenger can cancel the tatkal tickets and claim the full refund. Besides, in case the route of the train is changed or diverted due to any reason, and the passenger doesn’t want to travel on that route, then cancellation is possible, with 100% refund.

Now, in case the route the diverted, and the passenger’s boarding or destination points are not there in the new route, then cancellation of tatkal tickets is possible, with 100% refund. In case the passenger is allocated a lower berth, then cancellation is possible.


Now, the most important aspect: Tatkal charges.

As a basic rule, Tatkal is always 10% of the basic are of 2nd class, and 30% of the basic fare for all other classes.

Here is the chart, which will help you further:

Class of Travel Minimum Tatkal Charge Maximum Tatkal Charge Minimum Distance for Charge in Kms
Second (Sitting) 10 15 100
Sleeper Class 100 200 500
AC Chair Car 125 225 250
3rd AC 300 400 500
2nd AC 400 500 500
1st AC 400 500 250

Besides, for premium trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Indian Railways has already introduced dynamic pricing, which is based on the demand and supply rule: Higher the demand for berths in a particular route, higher the charges.

But dynamic pricing has been found to be too steep for some sectors, and Indian Railways is planning to scrap them and introduce a new AI-based flexi-pricing.

For more information on Tatkal tickets, please refer here.

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