Booking rail tickets is a headache in India. It is like a game. If you win it, you’ll get the ticket else you’ll have to try your luck next time. The IRCTC website has become much faster, but it is accessed by 1000s of people every second. Thus, the chances of getting the ticket booked are minuscule. Chances are further reduced if your network connection speed is slow. I use the high speed broadband internet, and even I have failed a couple of times to get a confirmed ticket through the IRCTC website.
IRCTC had launched a mobile app for the same. But the app refers the data accessed and stored by the site. Thus, using the app will make no difference. MakeMyTrip, India’s largest online travel company, has introduced its 1st train booking app that allows users to book return, tatkal, SL, General, and 1st class tickets.
The app is interesting because it supports local languages. Its UI is fast and straightforward. Thus, booking tickets with MakeMyTrip on Android phones will be easier for the new as well as advanced users.
IRCTC service powers the app. When you install and run it, MakeMytrip IRCTC train booking will prompt you to choose one out of 6 languages. When you select your preferred language, this app will display a clean interface with the option to search train by city or train number.
The 1st option will work if you enter the source and destination stations along with your IRCTC email id. When you enter the correct details, select the departure date and if you want to book a return ticket, tap on the round trip button.
The search by train option accepts a train number from the user, after which it will fill the from/to stations automatically. Users of this application can change preferred language anytime. They can log into the service using Facebook, Google or make my trip account.
Users of this MakeMyTrip application can check the availability of seats and PNR status.
According to its official listing on the play store, this app will work great even if you’re using the GPRS (2G) network connection.