Pakistan Railway launches mobile application to book tickets
Pakistan Railway has launched an android application for booking train tickets through a mobile phone.
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.
After the initial sign in, the app shows 6 tabs; Timings, Travel, Tickets, Helpline, Freight, and Feedback. Users will be able to make reservations in 48 trains and can view other details such as possible delays, expected time of arrivals, payment solutions etc.
The Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq inaugurated the application. He said that passengers can make reservations anywhere, anytime and whichever seat they like. There will be no additional charges for using the application. He added,
“In October last year, we launched the e-ticketing initiative that got immense appreciation from the public…Passengers can avail this facility on 48 trains currently operating on main lines”.
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.
1. After downloading the app, users can either sign up with their mobile number or log into their existing website account
2. Search train tickets
3. Book Seats from Intelligent Seat Plan
4. Pay via Credit/Debit Card, UBL Omni or Mobile account.
Pakistan Railways also plans to upgrade German coaches that are nearing their life-limit. Minister further added that they don’t want to entirely depend on Chinese investments and will welcome other modes of investment in different projects as the scale of the business is vast.
The application can be downloaded here.