What is Premium Tatkal in IRCTC?

What is Premium Tatkal Booking

Ministry of Indian Railway has introduced a new reservation quota well known as Premium Tatkal. As the name itself says that it is only used to book the tatkal tickets. Premium Tatkal cost is always equal to Tatkal ticket or More than Tatkal ticket is also possible.What is premium Tatkal in IRCTC

What is Tatkal Ticket?

A Tatkal Ticket is one that can only be booked just one day before the train departure date. It is a new strategy introduced by Indian Railway specially Nitish Kumar to help the passengers who plan their journey suddenly

What are Premium Tatkal Tickets?

Premium tickets in IRCTC had been introduced in October 2014 in order to get more money from the passengers.

What is the Difference between Tatkal and Premium Tatkal tickets in IRCTC ?

The main difference between Tatkal & Premium Tatkal is only the cost of the ticket you are going to book.

How to book Premium Tatkal Ticket in IRCTC?

Hey! if you have ever booked the normal tatkal ticket then booking a premium tatkal ticket is very easy for you.

Follow the below steps to book the premium tatkal ticket:


Login into IRCTC Website with your user name and password you have. If you do not have an account registered with IRCTC then you can refer the article IRCTC Create New Account.


Once you logged in the Left side you can see the box “Plan my journey“. Enter Source, destination station with the date of journey and search for the train you want to travel.

After getting the train list at the right-hand side you can see the button for selecting the Premium Tatkal option. Click on it.

Premium Tatkal


Now select the couch SL/AC and click on the Book Now button.


Proceed with payment mode and get the confirm Premium Tatkal Ticket.

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Premium Tatkal Charges

There is no control over the pricing of Premium Tatkal tickets because it changes time by time. Yes, if you have booked any Flight ticket ever then you might have observed that flight ticket’s price is always dynamic and it changes dynamically based on the seats left in the flight same concept Indian railways applied on premium train tickets also.


What is Premium Tatkal Booking time in IRCTC

There is no time for premium tatkal. As soon as tatkal gets over premium tatkal starts.

Does the Premium Tatkal option is available all the time?

Yes! it is visible only, means you can click on it but actually it will say N/A if it’s not available. Premium Tatkal becomes available occasionally not always.

Is Premium Tatkal Ticket cost is equal to normal Tatkal ticket?

Yes, premium tatkal ticket cost can be same as Normal tatkal ticket if there is no more demand for the seats in the train but as per latest updates by Indian Railways about increment in Tatkal Charges because of the huge demand of the seats, it seems that Premium ticket cost can never be same as normal tatkal ticket cost.

Suppose 30 Tatkal seats are left right now so Premium Tatkal will be closed for now until these 30 seats get occupied, after 1 day all 30 seats are occupied at Rs. 800 then after this Premium tatkal will be opened at Rs. 800. But if there no more demand for the seats on the same train then Premium Tatkal ticket cost will remain the same as Tatkal ticket cost.

Premium tatkal is available in all the trains all the time?

No. Premium tatkal option is present always if you book a ticket online but on selecting this option it will show Not Available always. So when exactly it gets available?  it gets available during seasons and occasions like Rakhsbandhan, Diwali, etc. and the fare of the ticket also is more this time.

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How many seats are under IRCTC Premium Tatkal Scheme?

Railway says, There are 50% seats of the Normal Tatkal seat available. But in reality, IRCTC Premium Tatkal is the part of the Normal tatkal and they divide the entire seats into two parts 75% for Normal Tatkal and the remaining 25% for Premium Tatkal.

Can we book Premium Tatkal at a railway station?

No, you can’t. Premium Tatkal can only be booked online at www.irctc.co.in

What is the Premium Tatkal Timing in IRCTC?

There is no specific time for Premium Tatkal booking timing Once tatkal booking gets over, premium tatkal starts immediately if applicable.

Is IRCTC Premium Tatkal Ticket always confirmed?

Yes. When you book a Premium Tatkal ticket then you get a confirmed ticket always it can never be in RAC/WL.

What about IRCTC Premium Tatkal Rates?

Its dynamic always, for example, current fare is 500 Rs. for Premium Tatkal and 50 seats are left and after a few hours, only 40 seats are left then the price will be increased to 600Rs. or 700Rs.+

Is a meal included in Premium Tatkal Ticket Price?

It depends. If Meal is included in the normal ticket by default then it will be included in the premium ticket also. This is the main factor in the high cost of premium tickets.

How much amount will be refunded if on canceling the premium ticket?

No refund is given to passengers in case of cancellation of confirm premium ticket.

Few other rules also applied by Indian Railways in Premium Tatkal Ticket:

Premium Tatkal Rules and Policy

Final words:

Book Premium tatkal tickets only if you are in need and it is urgent to travel on the same day otherwise plan your journey well and book the ticket earlier. Save Money!

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67 thoughts on “What is Premium Tatkal in IRCTC?”

  1. how can we get refund in case of train is ruining late by more then 3 hr. for my premium tatka ticket

  2. Sir I book my ticket in premium tatkal…..travelling fare also deduct from my ac…..but I not get any pnr no. or seat no…..when I check my last transition history its shows that payment successfully done …..but I not get pnr and seat no…..what can I do?

  3. I have booked my ticket and payment is done but it is not showing my ticket details in history and I cant print my ticket and it is also not showing pnr no why?

  4. Dear sir maine ek tatkal ticket liya 9 march ka mujhe ye janna ha ki tatkal ticket pe matlab fair charge par service tax nahi lagta kya

  5. Sir me PT me ticket liya but booking status me status ‘requested show’ kar raha h..kitne time me ticket confirm hogi

  6. i book my ticket in premium tatkal, due to train late more than 8 hr my journey will be not successful and not solve purpose of my journey, in this case i want to cancel ticket my money will refund or not
    If you have any process of this situation kindly suggest me

  7. Dear sir
    I have book tatkal premium tikat
    But after mony diduction we got message seat not available
    Please help

  8. I need a help. How to contact you actually I booked a ticket before 10am. Automatically its cancelled but my money also loss is it refundable or not plz reply me

  9. i have booked a premium tatkal ticket.pnr is 8541196827 .I want to cancel that ticket before chart preparation.Will i get some refund for that case?


  11. Sir…I think booked premium tatkal ticketfrom irctc.bt i not sure that it allowed to 12308 train…plz solve my tention

  12. I m traveling with premium tatkal tkt pnr 8350957472, what should any meal provide by pantry or not..?
    Or will they provide or not?

  13. i am dipak kumar basu generaly i have booked tatkal ticket but sometimes suddenly also booked premum tatkal ticket it is very expensive for normal passanger, i think IRCTC to take nessessary action on this where as normal tatkal ticket sealdah to new delhi 2585 but Premium tatkal charges is 3866/- it is very expensive so that should be consider for narmal passanger this my opinion.

    • Thanks for suggestion Dipak, but i want to let you know that Premium Tatkal is about to close from 1st of July 2016. This is not confirmed yet once it will get confirmed from Railway by 29th June 2016 i’ll post new article here.

  14. Try to book premium tatkal getting booking not allowed error.

    try to opens just 24 hours before ..facing same issue so many times tried booking for falaknuma express.

    Any suggestions on that.

  15. Why is the base fare different for tatkal tickets. I booked tatkal 3ac tickets yesterday from vijayawada to secundrabad in mtm express 17249. Base for regular 3ac is 539 via for tatkal it is 627. Why is it different? I understand tatkal charge of 300 but why is base fare different?

  16. I am ready to pay higher, but chances of getting confirmed tickets are high if I book on Premium Tatkal?
    Is there separate quota for Premium Tatkal?
    Premium Tatkal will open only when ordinary Tatkal seats are exhausted?

    • – Premium Tatkal means always Confirm Ticket but it will cost you too much high amount.
      – Ya, there is separate quota for premium tatkal
      – Yes. After tatkal booking premium tatkal gets opened.

  17. Please let me know that at 10 am tatkal ticket is available. But I want to book premium tatkal ticket to get 100% confirmed ticket. Is it possible.

    Or premium tatkal ticket will be provided only after normal tatkal ticket will be exhausted.

    • Not possible! because premium tatkal always opens after normal tatkal. And this also depends on the number of booking demands during tatkal if it is more then only Premium tatkal will be available for that train otherwise on click on it you will get below error

      premium tatkal booking not allowed error


  18. In case of premium tatkal ticket booked by some other person then the price shown on ticket is final i mean no hidden charges.

  19. Tremendous things here. I am very satisfied to look your
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  20. I have a question. When I tried to book the Premium Tatkal, the fare was same as Tatkal charges and I got a confirmed ticket booking through PT. After few hours,I see that the Tatkal has waiting list, where as premium Tatkal has vacant seats and the cost of PT is now increased.
    So now, will I be charged extra by the TTE if the PT still has tickets available? How is the extra charge levied on the passengers? Only during the time of booking or during the travel also?
    Please comment.

    Thanks in Advance.

  21. I want to book in premium tatkal but
    It s not visible or not booking.
    I want to book pt now
    From bte to Udz
    So what can i do for this situation.

    • Premium Tatkal is not available in all the trains. It depends on passenger reservation demands and Indian Railways.

  22. This is awesome work Ankit. You explained everything and I must say in India very few people writes this kind of blogs it is very helpful for everyone.Appreciated!!

  23. Sir I am agent & i could direct log in to IRCTC website. Sir why we are not login between 8:00 am to 11:30 am & why we are not booking any ticket???? what is our fault???? we cannot book any W/L Ticket We cannot book any Tatkal Ticket why sir?????? What’s our fault????? sir you could not be provide any service for us so why you demanding a large amount for getting the AgentShip. Sir why you not understand that a lot of person doing business using own personal id.. in my mind & advice to you please stop it as soon is possible. Tatkal Ticket booking permission only RTSA agent & Counter Only. if you do it blackmarket is going down.

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  25. if i book a ticket in premium tatkal, then in the same time if i want to cancel that ticket how much money i will get return? What is the cancellation policy of premium tatkal.

    • Till date there is No refund on cancelling the tatkal tickets. But IRCTC is about to come with new rule soon. I’ll update you once it will be applied.

      (As per latest news IRCTC would refund 50% amount of total fare after applying new upcoming rule)

    • meals are only provided who normal tickets have meals included.
      e.g. Rajdhani express, Agust kranti exp, durontos etc

  26. It will never ever ever happen in Indian railways that tatkal or premium tatkal tickets will be left. It is very very difficult in Indian railways to get tickets, whatever it is tatkal or premium tatkal, because website says that “Website unavailable at this time”. It is very disgusting.

  27. Sir ,
    If premium tatkal tickets are vacant or not been sold out to whom will be those allotted??

    • Remaining tickets are allotted to the passenger having tatkal ticket in waiting states. And if still few are left as vacant then those are being sold at railway station before the train departs this is also known as instant tatkal reservarsion.

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