Saturday, May 6, 2017

Indian Railways Enquiry


Indian Railways provide telephonic enquiry services through a universal number “139” which is accessible from anywhere in the country without dialling any STD code. This number can be accessed from any type of phone (mobile, landline, WLL etc). Information with regard to arrival/ departure/running position of trains, accommodation availability, current status of ticket, fare enquiry etc. are disseminated through this number. After getting connected to “139”, the information with regard to arrival/ departure of a train at a particular station can be obtained by dialling the train no. and STD code of that station. The current status of the ticket, status of arrival/departure of train, availability of train accommodation, fare enquiry, etc. can also be obtained by sending SMS to 139.

The services on this number i.e. 139-Rail Sampark include enquiries pertaining to PNR Status, Current Train running position, Accommodation availability and Fare Enquiry. Apart from voice enquiry on IVRS, the above mentioned services are also available through SMS. Passenger can get the desired information by sending SMS to 139 in the following format.

The details and the format of SMS services  available  through 139 are explained below:

  • For ticket status Enquiry:

SMS 10 Digit PNR Number
For example: 4341568666
  •  For Train Arrival/Departure Enquiry:

SMS “AD <Train number> <STD code of Station>”
For example: AD 12012 011
  • For Accommodation availability:

SMS “SEAT <Train number> <DOJ**ddmmyy> <Station from:
STD code> <station to: STD code> <class> <Quota>***
For example: SEAT 12561 010712 0542 0571 SL G
  • Fare enquiry

SMS “FARE <Train number> < DOJ**ddmmyy> <Station from:
STD code> <station to: STD code> <class> <Quota>***
For example: FARE 12561 010712 0542 0571 SL G
  • For Time Table of a train:

SMS “TIME <train number>
For example: TIME 12561
  • Spot/ Locate train:

SMS “SPOT <train number> or LOCATE <train number>
For example: SPOT 12561 or LOCATE 12561
  • Train Name/ Number:

SMS “TN <train number> or SMS “TN <train name>
For example: TN 12724 or TN AP EXPRESS

To get the above syntax, SMS HELP or RAIL to 139.

Note: Quota is optional field. For example, please enter G for general, CK for Tatkal. For CLASS field, please enter 1A for First AC, 2A for Second AC, 3A for third AC, SL for Sleeper, CC for AC Chair Car, 2S for Second Sitting.

The service is also available on USSD for Reliance, Uninor, Docomo and Vodafone Telephone Service Providers. Just dial *139# to avail the USSD facility for enquiry of PNR, Arrival/ Departure etc.

The current status of your ticket can also be obtained from the Indian Railways Passenger Information Website: This site also provides real-time information relating to availability of seats (and berths in a train even between a pair of stations), timetable and train fares etc. For general information on Indian Railways, passengers can access the Indian Railways website :

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