Difference between e ticket and i ticket
Indian Railways is undoubtedly the biggest provider of quality travel service in India, where the population is much higher than the infrastructural requirements. In the recent past, Indian Railways has emerged manifold by installing high quality service and state of art infrastructure both in terms of travel and booking experiences.
When it comes to booking your railways ticket, we are often confused whether we should book an iticket or an eticket. This happens mostly because not all of us know the difference between an iticket and an eticket. And the reasons are obvious. As a matter of fact, if you explore the IRCTC website, you would find the difference, however, they verbatim on the official website is often little confusing and this is where our article would help you understand the difference.
What is an iticket?
There are two ways of booking an online railway ticket from IRCTC. The first is an eticket and the second is the iticket. While they both have a lot of similarities and differences, the core difference between and iticket and eticket is that an iticket is delivered at your doorstep after you book online and the eticket is delivered online, which you can take print out of and travel accordingly.
Iticket is a great facility for those who are travelling at a short notice and do not have much time in hand. In order to get an iticket, you would have to register at IRCTC and input your address and contact details. The process of getting an iticket is quite simple.
You are required to carry a copy of your identity proof like passport, voter ID, ration card or driving license while travelling. This is validated when the ticket is delivered to you as well. An iticket is required to be booked at least three to four days before the date for which you want to book the ticket.
The booking and payment of an iticket is done through credit cards, debit card or net banking, quite much like the payment for an eticket. The IRCTC charges an insignificant amount for the delivery of ticket to your doorstep.
One of the major limitations of iticket is that you can book it online, but you can’t cancel the ticket online. You would have to physically visit a reservation counter in order to cancel the iticket.
What is an eticket?
An eticket is the kind of ticket that most of us normally book from IRCTC. When you login to your IRCTC account, this is the type of ticket which is selected by default and remains so until you change it to iticket. Under an eticket, you can search for your suitable train, book your ticket, pay online and the booked ticket displays in front of you.
You can download this printable ticket and even print it to show to the ticket collector while travelling. You would be required to carry a proof of identity at the time of travelling and at least for one passenger if multiple passengers are travelling on the same ticket.
Along with the printable ticket that you see on your computer, the same is delivered to your email address as well as an SMS is sent to your registered mobile number. The Indian Railways discourage the use of paper due to environmental issues and thus recommends that you travel with an identity proof and with the SMS that is sent to your registered mobile number.
At the time of traveling, when the ticket collector may ask for your ticket, you can simply show the SMS and your identity proof and that would satisfy that the booked seat or berth belongs to you.
We hope with this distinction, we have been able to differentiate between an iticket and an eticket, which are often confused terms when it coming to booking IRCTC tickets online.