Pakistan Railways have taken a step forward to facilitate their passengers by introducing an Android App to book train tickets online for all 48 trains running on main lines. Now you’ll have not to stand in queues for hours to confirm your reservation on Pakistan Railways.
The Directorate of Information Technology has designed an application for Pakistan Railway in order to make the services more convenient for the customers. Now anyone with an Android phone can easily book a railway ticket anywhere in Pakistan within 3 minutes, without having to visit the local railway offices.
Pakistan Railway already has an e-Ticketing system on its web portal. Launched in October 2016, the national railway department earned Rs. 100 million in a period of two months by selling etickets. With this service available in 51 cities of Pakistan, passengers can book their tickets online or through mobile and then payments can be made through credit cards or bank accounts.
Minister for Railways
The Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq inaugurated the Pakistan Railways app. He said that “Passengers can make reservations anywhere, anytime and whichever seat they like. There will be no additional charges for using the application. The achievement is remembered and a historic milestone for the Pakistan Railways.”
He announced that the tickets of 48 trains which had been included under e-ticketing service can now be booked through the app, while passengers can also select a seat of their choice without any extra charges.
However, he said those without a smartphone can book tickets through their website. They are also making efforts to include mobile banking merchants for easy payment. A taxi service will also be launched to provide passengers transport facility to the railway station.
He thanked the IT Department of the Railways for their efforts to develop and launch the app. He said that the IT department was also revamped, as earlier experts from the private sector were recruited but refused to work due to the negative perception of the railways.
Pakistan Railways App
The Pakistan Railways app is kept simple and easy for use with bunch of information packed in different tabs. The users can not only reserve their seats but can view information regarding arrival, possible delays, expected travel time, stoppages and payment solutions through the newly launched android app.
If you have already registered your account on Website, the same credentials can be used for one time login on the Pakistan Railways App. If you don’t have your account you’ll have to sign up first or use as a guest visitor.
After the initial sign in, the app shows 6 tabs;
- Timings – see train arrival and departure timings of any specific train
- Travel – book tickets through mobile app using Intelligent Seat Plan
- Tickets – claim tickets after paying your dues through credit/debit card, UBL Omni or Mobile Account
- Helpline – see helpline numbers to get in contact with Pakistan Railways
- Freight – see luggage booking rates
- Feedback – post your views/ complaints
The app is now available for download from Play Store for Android users however it will also be expanded to iOS users later on.