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Railways Reservation Status, Train Timings Enquiry Through SMS. Here's How

For reservation and train timings, you can use the Indian Railways' SMS enquiry service.

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Railways Reservation Status, Train Timings Enquiry Through SMS. Here's How

Indian Railways' SMS service helps you enquire about status of arrival, departure, spot of your train.

Catching a train can be fraught with uncertainties. From reservation status to train timings, a lot of passengers are left guessing till the last minute about their train's details. Also, while travelling, internet services may not always be at hand to check for updates. To make train travel more passenger-friendly, the Indian Railways has an SMS enquiry service through which you can enquire about the status of the arrival, departure, spot of your train, the availability of tickets, tatkal seats, time table et al all via just an SMS from your mobile number sent to the Railways.

The SMS is to be sent to the number 139, according to the official Twitter account of Ministry of Railways~CHECK~ @RailMinIndia.


Here are the various types of SMSes that need to be sent for specific inquiries:


If you want to enquire about the status of your ticket, you need to type PNR <10-digit PNR number>.

For knowing about train arrival/departure, you can type AD .

For enquiring about the current train location, type SPOT .

To check the seat availability in general quota, type SEAT

To check the availability of seats under Tatkal scheme, type TSEAT .

To check the name of your train or number, you must say: TN or TN .

To know the time table, type TIME .

To know the next train, type NEXT .

To enquire about the train route, say: ROUTE .

For train schedule, you can type SCHEDULE .

In order to enquire about fare details, you can say: FARE .

Class field is specified as follows:

1A - First AC

2A - Second AC

3A-Third AC

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