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How to check train PNR status and seat availability online?

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India is the seventh-largest country with an area of 3.28 million square kilometres. It accounts for 2.4 percent of the world’s surface area, with an enormous population of 6,055 million people (2001 census). This population accounts for 16.8 percent of the world’s population.

India has the fourth-largest railway network in the world, to help this massive population commute. This skeleton has become highly efficient with an integration with the Internet. Letting you track your train with high accuracy, all thanks to Railwire by Google.

In this article, we will talk about how you can check your PNR status and seat availability.

PNR status

Passenger Name Record or PNR is a database in the computer reservations system. It saves the travel itinerary of the passengers. So when you book a ticket online, the website adds an entry to the PNR database.

This information can be used by the railways to gain insight into where people are travelling. To check your PNR status, you can Google PNR status. It will show a text box in which you can check your status.How to check train PNR status and seat availability online? There are a lot of apps out there that help you do the same as Goibebo, Paytm, and Ixigo. All these websites use the IRCTC website to get the data. So it is best to download the IRCTC app.

To check your PNR status in the IRCTC app, you will have to sign up first. Then you can click on PNR status to check your PNR product status. To check the same on the web click here

Seat availability

When you are booking a train ticket, you will have to check if seats are available. To check the same go-to Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry. If a seat is available, then you can get a confirmed ticket. But if a place is not there, then you can book a waiting list ticket, which may get confirmed based on cancellations.

Also read: How to book a Tatkal ticket on IRCTC?

Top 3 apps to check train PNR status and seat availability

Here is a list of apps which can help you check your PNR status and seat availability in a train.

IRCTC Rail Connect

Developer: IRCTC |  Size: 11.90MB | Price: Free.

This is the official app by IRCTC and can be used for train booking, checking PNR status, and even booking a meal. The app does not have an excellent user interface compared to other apps, but it is accurate and fast.

Click here to download IRCTC Rail Connect.


Developer: IXIGO | Size: 35.36MB |  Price: Free. This app offers a complete solution for booking tickets. One can also check the train running status on the app. It also provides cab and flight booking

Click here to download the app.


Developer: Goibibo | Size: 20MB| Price: Free.

One of the most popular booking sites. This app offers complete booking solutions and great offers. you can check your PNR status, seat availability on the app

Click here to download.

I would highly recommend using Goibebo if you are planning to book a train ticket. It has great offers and helps you get a confirmed ticket by changing stations. It has an excellent user interface and exceptional customer care services.

Also read: How to delete your IRCTC account?

Nischay Khanna

Nischay Khanna

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