In 2013-14 financial year, the rail budget has brought a mixed response this time from the public in India. As there is further increase in the Reservation charges of tickets, as a frequent traveler, you are agog at the possible changes in the cancellation charges of the tickets of various classes.

Cancellation charges on railway tickets

The cancellation charges are different for each class. The second important thing is the time limit for cancellation. As the rules go, cancellation charges are levied differently if the ticket is cancelled before 24 hours before the scheduled journey. If the cancellation is done within the 24 hours prior to the journey, then a flat percentage is applicable to all the classes. Time hours and deduction limits have also been set aside, if the ticket is cancelled after the scheduled departure.

What if the ticket is cancelled before twenty four hours or more than that?

The following charges would be levied against the cancellation for different classes.

Class Cancellation charges (Rs)
Second Class Rs 20.00
Sleeper Class Rs 40.00
Air Conditioned
(2 tier/3-tier/AC Chair Car) Rs 60.00
Air Conditioned
(1st and Executive Class) Rs 70.00

What if the ticket is cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled journey?

If the railway ticket is cancelled within 24 hours or up to 4 hours before the scheduled journey by the train, then a flat 25% is deducted from the value of all the tickets.

Charges when the ticket is cancelled after the scheduled departure of the train?

Cancellation charges are deductions of 50% from the ticket values. It is applicable if the cancellation is done within 4 hours before and after the departure of the train. There are certain guidelines, by which these cancellations go.  The first one is it is done by a fixed time frame as per the distance for the destination station.   The rules are as follows;

  • Three hours for the destination station and this is applicable within 200 km.
  • Six hours for a destination station that lies within a distance between 200 km to 500 km.
  • Twelve hours for a destination station of a distance of more than 500 km.
  • No refund against the cancellation will be made if it does not meet the above criteria.

 

Wait-listed and RAC Tickets

Cancellation for the above categories of tickets is done by the following rules based on time limit. The full fare will be returned after the deduction of a processing fee of 20 rupees per passenger from the ticket’s value. But this will be done only as per the time limit and distance for the destination station.

  • Three hours, for a destination station that is within 200 km.
  • Six hours, for a destination station between 200 km- 500 km.
  • Twelve hours, for a destination station that comes after 500 km.
  • If confirmed berths have been allotted within any time before preparation of chart, 50% deductions will be made as per the norms set for the reserved tickets.

Refund rules for Tatkal tickets

Cancellation of the Tatkal ticket can only be done only up to 24 hours before the departure of the train. A refund of only 25% of fare will be made not including the Tatkal charges.

Refund against the tickets issued by credit cards

Cancellation of such tickets can be done with the issue of credit slips only at the stations where credit card counters have been installed. This facility is not available at all stations in India.

Refund rules for tickets booked by e-ticketing

Cancellation charges will remain same for e-tickets of all classes. Extra Rs 10/- for the second and sleeper classes will be charged for e-tickets. An amount of additional Rs 20 will be collected for all the e-tickets for AC coaches.

Online help for the cancellation of tickets

If you wanted to know more about Railway ticket refund rules then click here.