Railway Reservation Centers
Railway reservation centres are located across the length and breadth of the country. These centres are usually located in the railway station premises or at a nearby location. Bigger cities have additional centres spread across various parts of the city. Smaller cities may have fewer centres. The centres are usually open from 8am to 8pm. On Sundays, they usually work from 8am to 2pm.
Each railway reservation centre is equipped with mupltiple counters. The one in Hubli has 8 counters. One counter is dedicated for enquiry and others are for train tickets booking.
The process of booking tickets is simple. A simple application form needs to be filled up. The forms are available free of cost. A maximum of 6 passengers can be booked on a single ticket. The form needs to be submitted at the booking counter. On successful booking, the amount needs to be paid in cash. Credit and Debit cards are also accepted at some of the counters.
IRCTC Ticket Booking
Tickets can also be booked on the internet using the IRCTC website. The IRCTC website allows ticket booking by individual users. A profile needs to be created on the website by filling up a simple online form. A username and password is assigned after creation of the profile. This username can be used to login into the IRCTC website.
Ticket booking on IRCTC is a simple process. Payment needs to be made using credit card, debit card, net banking and other plastic money options. A nominal fee is charged by IRCTC for each ticket. A transaction fee is charged by banks for facilitating online payment to IRCTC. The base fare remains same as compared to booking at railway reservation centers.
The IRCTC website attracts lot of traffic during peak hours. At such times, the website response is relatively slow. Usually at morning 8am and then again at 10am the traffic is heavy.