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What is the difference between a Tatkal and a Premium Tatkal ticket on Indian Railways?

What is the difference between a Tatkal and a Premium Tatkal ticket on Indian Railways?

I wanted to book a ticket in Tatkal, but it already shows that the tickets are on the waiting list. How is that possible?

How can you know in advance whether a Tatkal or Premium Tatkal ticket is available for a particular train or not?

Saagar Elias Jacky

The main difference between Tatkal and Premium Tatkal is that Premium Tatkal is a pure one On-line- Service is.

According to the Times of India

Passengers can only book premium Tatkal tickets online according to the model of flight prices - the more demand, the higher the tariff.

Like airfare, premium Tatkal tickets are dynamically valued, according to a Railway Board official. The minimum premium tariff is the basic tariff for the train plus the Tatkal fees, which vary between 10% and 30% depending on the travel class. The maximum limit for booking the Premium Tatkal ticket is 30% of the base price or Rs 400, whichever is higher.

Kolappan Nathan

The Premium Tatkal (PT) contingent introduced by Railway differs from the Tatkal (PT) contingent in the following points:

  • The opening days can be booked from 10:00 a.m.
  • The pre-reservation period (ARP) of the Premium Tatkal ticket booking corresponds to the Tatkal ticket booking.
  • Agents are not allowed to book tickets in this quota.
  • A dynamic tariff is calculated for confirmed passengers.
  • Dynamic tariff stands for the tariff component that can be increased for subsequent bookings.
  • RAC / waitlist ticket booking is not allowed.
  • Only e-tickets are allowed for booking.
  • I-ticket booking is not permitted with this quota.
  • Child passengers will be charged the full fare.
  • At the time of booking, an identity card number of the mandatory proof of identity is required. At least one passenger should travel with their original ID card that was used at the time of booking.
  • Passengers will not receive a refund if the confirmed PT contingent ticket is canceled.
  • All rules for booking Tatkal allotments via the Internet also apply to Premium Tatkal allotments.


  1. Indian railways.
  2. The Hindu.