Benefits of sms service for indian railways

Now all the enquiries like PNR Status, Train Status, Seat Availability, Train Schedule, Train Time Table, Train Fare, Train Live Status etc. are available on your personal mobile phone through this SMS facility by sending SMS to 139 in the pre-defined format as mentioned hereunder.

A) For PNR Enquiry:

If you want to get the status of your booked ticket whether your train ticket has confirmed or waiting list.

Send SMS to 139 as: PNR <10 Digit PNR Number>

PNR Status Example: PNR 2459547855

B): For Train Arrival/Departure Enquiry:

There is no need to go online or visit any Railway Station reservation counter for enquiry regarding the timing of arrival and departure of any train.

Just send SMS to 139 as: AD <Train number> <STD code of Station>

Train Arrival/Departure Enquiry Example: AD 13105 033

C) For Accommodation Availability:

You may check that whether any seat is available in any particular train on a date. In other words, you may get seat availability information at your finger tip.

Just SMS to 139 as: SEAT <Train Number><DOJ in DDMMYY format><Station from: STD Code><Station to: STD Code><Class><Quota>

Seat Availability Enquiry Example: SEAT 54221 150616 040 033 SL G

DOJ: You have to write Date of Journey (DOJ) in the DDMMYY format.
Class: You may enter 1A for First AC, 2A for Second AC, 3A for Three-tier AC, FC for First Class, SL for Sleeper, CC for AC Chair Car, 2S for Second Sitting.
Quota: It is optional field. You may enter G for general, CK for Tatkal.

D) For Train Fare enquiry:

You may also enquire the railway fare of any train number from one particular station to another station.

Send SMS to 139 as: FARE <Train Number><DOJ ddmmyy><Station From: STD Code><Station To: STD Code><Class><Quota>

Train Fair Enquiry Example: FARE 54221 150612 033 06152 SL G

E) For Train Time table:

Now, you may get detail timetable of any train by SMS to 139 and providing the train number.

Sens SMS to 139 as: TIME <Train Number>

Train Timing Enquiry Example: TIME 12323

F) For Spot/ Locate Train:

To locate any train on running status you may send SMS as mentioned hereunder.

Send SMS to 139 as: SPOT <Train Number> or LOCATE <Train Number>

Train Live Status Enquiry Example: SPOT 12021 or LOCATE 12245

G) For Train Name/Number:

You may also find any train number if you know the exact name of train or vice versa.

Send SMS to 139 as: TN train number OR TN train name

Train Name/Number Enquiry Example: TN 12012 or TN GATIMAAN EXPRESS

To get all above mentioned syntaxes you may send one SMS as HELP or RAIL to 139.

Note that this service is currently available on following Telephone Service Providers viz. Airtel, Aircel, BSNL, IDEA, LOOP, MTNL, Reliance, Tata, Uninor and Vodafone operators.