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Train PNR FAQ: How to Check PNR Status, Ticket Bookings, And More

A complete guide for how to check your IRCTC PNR status, where to buy train tickets and common FAQs. 

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Indian Railways Train PNR FAQ
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The Indian Railways Passenger Name Record is a unique number provided to a passenger once a train ticket booking has been processed. The PNR consists of the passengers details, itinerary of the passenger or a group of passengers travelling together. It also states where the train ticket has been Confirmed, on a Waiting List (WL) or is under Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC).

Most importantly, the PNR states the coach, seat number, class of travel, train name and date and time of train departure.

How is a PNR Number Generated?

The PNR number consists of 10 digits, where the first 3 digits specify the PRS (Passenger Reservation System) from which the ticket is booked. The first digit of the PNR number specify that the zone of the train (starting station of the train) of the ticket. The following numbers belong to the below mentioned zones respectively

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  • Zone 1 – Issued from the SCR zone (Secundarabad PRS)
  • Zone 2, 3 – Issued from NR, NCR, NWR, or NER zone (New Delhi PRS)
  • Zone 4, 5 – Issued from SR, SWR, or SCR zone (Chennai PRS)
  • Zone 6, 7 – Issued from NFR, ECR, ER, EcoR, SER or SECR zone (Kolkata PRS)
  • Zone 8, 9 – Issued from CR, WCR, or WR zone (Mumbai PRS)

The last 7 digits are randomly generated digits, only to make the PNR number unique.

Ways To Check IRCTC PNR Status

You can understand your PNR live status and train info from multiple sources that include:

  • PNR status check for railway reservation using SMS/phone: SMS PNR and send to 139 or call 139
  • PNR status on any mobile payment wallet app like Google Pay or PayTM
  • PNR Status Enquiry at railway station counters
  • Check in Final reservation charts

To avoid overcrowding at railway stations amid coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Indian Railways and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism’s (IRCTC) SMS services on the number 139 – Rail Sampark – is your best option to know more about your existing train bookings. The SMS service allows passengers to know more about their PNR, station, accommodation availability, current train running position, PRS ticket cancellation and fare enquiry.

If you want to know how to book railways tickets on IRCTC website or app, here is a complete FAQ and guide for you.

Zones From Which PNR Is Issued

There are several zones of the Indian Railways from which the PNR is issued:

  • NR: Northern Railways
  • NER: North Eastern Railways
  • NFR: Northeast Frontier Railways
  • ER: Eastern Railways
  • SER: South Eastern Railways
  • SCR: South Central Railways
  • SR: Southern Railways
  • CR: Central Railways
  • WR: Western Railways
  • SWR: South Western Railways
  • NWR: North Western Railways
  • WCR: West Central Railways
  • NCR: North Central Railways
  • SECR: South East Central Railways
  • ECoR: East Coast Railways
  • ECR: East Central Railways
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Full List of Trains Between Station in India 2020

Train NumberTrain NameSource StationDestination StationDistance (in kms)Run Days
12424NEW DELHI - DIBRUGARH TOWN RAJDHANI EXPRESSNEW DELHI (NDLS)DIBRUGARH TOWN (DBRT)2,433.90M,T,W,T,F,S,S
11077PUNE - JAMMU TAWI JHELUM EXPRESSPUNE JN (PUNE)JAMMU TAWI (JAT)2,176.10M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12802NEW DELHI - PURI PURUSHOTTAM SF EXPRESSNEW DELHI (NDLS)PURI (PURI)1,862.70M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12864YESVANTPUR - HOWRAH SF EXPRESSYESVANTPUR JN (YPR)HOWRAH JN (HWH)1,958.80M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12859MUMBAI CST - HOWRAH GITANJALI SF EXPRESSMUMBAI CST (CSTM)HOWRAH JN (HWH)1,967.40M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12801PURI - NEW DELHI PURUSHOTTAM SF EXPRESSPURI (PURI)NEW DELHI (NDLS)1,864.90M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12833AHMEDABAD - HOWRAH SF EXPRESSAHMEDABAD JN (ADI)HOWRAH JN (HWH)2,084M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12307HOWRAH - JODHPUR SF EXPRESSHOWRAH JN (HWH)JODHPUR JN (JU)1,815M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12506ANAND VIHAR T - GUWAHATI NORTH EAST SF EXPANAND VIHAR TRM (ANVT)GUWAHATI (GHY)1,861.20M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12295BANGALORE CITY - DANAPUR SANGHAMITRA SF EXPBANGALORE CITY JN (SBC)DANAPUR (DNR)2,697M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12138FIROZPUR CANTT - MUMBAI CST SF PUNJAB MAILFIROZPUR CANT (FZR)MUMBAI CST (CSTM)1,928.40M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12423DIBRUGARH TOWN - NEW DELHI RAJDHANI EXPRESSDIBRUGARH TOWN (DBRT)NEW DELHI (NDLS)2,433.90M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12322MUMBAI CST - HOWRAH SF MAIL (VIA GAYA)MUMBAI CST (CSTM)HOWRAH JN (HWH)2,158.90M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12129PUNE - HOWRAH AZAD HIND SF EXPRESSPUNE JN (PUNE)HOWRAH JN (HWH)2,024.20M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12860HOWRAH - MUMBAI CST GITANJALI SF EXPRESSHOWRAH JN (HWH)MUMBAI CST (CSTM)1,970.10M,T,W,T,F,S,S
13352ALAPPUZHA - DHANBAD EXPRESSALLEPPEY (ALLP)DHANBAD JN (DHN)2,545.60M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12296DANAPUR - BANGALORE CITY SANGHAMITRA SF EXPDANAPUR (DNR)BANGALORE CITY JN (SBC)2,697M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12321HOWRAH - MUMBAI CST SF MAIL (VIA GAYA)HOWRAH JN (HWH)MUMBAI CST (CSTM)2,159M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12565DARBHANGA - NEW DELHI BIHAR SAMPARK KRANTI EXPDARBHANGA JN (DBG)NEW DELHI (NDLS)1,164M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12130HOWRAH - PUNE AZAD HIND SF EXPRESSHOWRAH JN (HWH)PUNE JN (PUNE)2,026.80M,T,W,T,F,S,S
15909DIBRUGARH - LALGARH AVADH ASSAM EXPRESSDIBRUGARH (DBRG)LALGARH JN (LGH)3,125.80M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12809MUMBAI CST - HOWRAH SF MAIL (VIA NAGPUR)MUMBAI CST (CSTM)HOWRAH JN (HWH)1,967.50M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12141MUMBAI LTT - PATLIPUTRA SF EXPRESSLOKMANYA TILAK TERM (LTT)PATLIPUTRA (PPTA)1,686.20M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12312KALKA - HOWRAH KALKA MAILKALKA (KLK)HOWRAH JN (HWH)1,712.10M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12627BANGALORE CITY - NEW DELHI KARNATAKA SF EXPBANGALORE CITY JN (SBC)NEW DELHI (NDLS)2,410.30M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12566NEW DELHI - DARBHANGA BIHAR SAMPARK KRANTI EXPNEW DELHI (NDLS)DARBHANGA JN (DBG)1,164M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12308JODHPUR - HOWRAH SF EXPRESSJODHPUR JN (JU)HOWRAH JN (HWH)1,815M,T,W,T,F,S,S
11015MUMBAI LTT - GORAKHPUR KUSHINAGAR EXPRESSLOKMANYA TILAK TERM (LTT)GORAKHPUR JN (GKP)1,676.50M,T,W,T,F,S,S
12863HOWRAH - YESVANTPUR SF EXPRESSHOWRAH JN (HWH)YESVANTPUR JN (YPR)1,958.80M,T,W,T,F,S,S

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