PNR Status

Description: Check your current PNR Status, Live train running status, Seat Availability in trains, Fare enquiry and much more. This is the only railway site that's unofficial but gives exact data for all your railway queries.

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Enter your 10-digit PNR number in the text box above. Click on Get PNR Status button and you will see you current PNR status. You can find your PNR number on your ticket. Don't enter hyphen (-) when you enter PNR number.

What is PNR status?

PNR is short name (abbreviation) for Passenger Name Record. It is a record in the database of Indian Railways Passenger Reservation System against which your journey details are saved.

To be more specific, whenever you book a railway ticket, all your travel details of passengers are stored in the database of centralized reservation system of IRCTC. The unique ten digit number that is associated with the ticket is called PNR and it is printed on the ticket. This is the first reference number you need to see whenever you book ticket.

All your passenger's personal information such as name, age, gender etc are saved against this PNR number. This also includes the booking status and current status of the ticket.

Sometimes there are not enough tickets available and you will your Booking status as waitlist (W/L) or Reservation Against Cancellation(RAC). Whenever there are cancellations or tickets become available, you will be changes to see your current status.

Where to find PNR number on ticket?

PNR number is printed at the top left corner of the printed tickets (tickets that are taken from railway station booking window). In case of the E – Ticket (tickets that are booked online or through IRCTC website), it is mentioned at top in separate cell.

How to check PNR status?

There are many mediums through which PNR status enquiry can be made. Most popular ways are listed below:

PNR Status Enquiry Through Online Live Websites

The most preferred way to check your current PNR status is through easy and reliable websites.

1. is one of the fast and most reliable website for Indian train travelers to find PNR status, railway enquiries, station codes, booking and current status.


This is the Indian Railways official portal. It is designed and maintained by CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems).


IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) is the official partner of Indian Railways that manages online ticket booking. If you have booked your railway ticket through IRCTC website. Just login into IRCTC website and click on 'Booked Ticket History'. Select your E-Ticket and click 'Get PNR Status'.

Current Reservation Status Check Using SMS

You can also check your PNR status using IRCTC's SMS service. Passengers with no internet access will find it really helpful and convinient. Most popular of them are as follows:

139 SMS Service

139 SMS service. In order to get PNR status on mobile SMS, you need to send following message on 139.

PNR <your PNR number>
For example: PNR 1023456789
Available on: Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, iDEA, LOOP, MTNL, MTS, Reliance, TATA, Telenor, Vodafone

5676747 SMS service

This particular SMS service is maintained by railZone.
SMS PNR <your PNR number> and send it to 5676747
For example: PNR 1023456789

Mobile Applications

There are many mobile android applications developed by various developers for checking Indian railway info and pnr status in particular. One such PNR android app can be found and downloaded. This method is good choice for regular rail travelers.

Railway Enquiry Counters at Railway Stations

Simply ask to railway enquiry counter attendee.

Final Reservation Charts

Final reservation chart is prepared exactly four hours before your train departure time. This final chart has your final booking status. This chart is pasted on notice board of railway station platforms.

Types of Indian Railways Tickets


E-Ticket or Electronic Ticket is booked through IRCTC website. You can take the print out of the E-ticket or simply show your SMS of booking to your TTE with relevant passenger ID (voter id, pan or etc).


Tickets that are booked at railway reservation counter are of type i-Ticket. It can also be booked at IRCTC website and usually gets delievered through courier at your doorstep.

Types of Indian Railways Trains & PNR Generation

The very First train in India was run in 1853 between Mumbai and Thane. Over the years a lot of advancement has been made to the Indian Railways. Railway has categorized these trains according to their average speed and number of halts on their route. Below are the list of train types:

Metro Trains: These trains are equipped with latest technologies and facilities. It currently runs in few metro cities of India like Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata. These are moderate in speed and generally runs on their scheduled time.

Suburban Locals: These trains run only in few big Indian cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Slow locals halt on every station while the fast ones halt only on main important stations.

Passenger Trains: Passenger trains are either slow or fast passenger trains. They run between important small distanced cities.Slow passenger trains have stoppage at every single station in between their route. Reserved tickets are not available and hence unique pnr number generation is not done for tickets.

Express & Super-fast Express: These trains are faster than the most of the trains mentioned earlier. They usually run across long distances. Tickets can be booked either online or via railway enquiry office. As tickets are reserved, booking system generates unique ten digit pnr number on each tickets to identify the traveler. PNR status checking facility are made available for non reserved train tickets.

Shatabdi and Janshatabdi Express Trains: These are high speed trains and are faster than the express trains.Theese do not have sleeper coaches. They only contain seats for seating. Main difference between Shatabdi and Janshatabdi trains is that Janshatabdi trains have both AC and non AC coaches while Shatabdi trains are fully air-conditioned. Seats can be reserved and pnr status can be checked.

Garib Rath: These trains have AC 3 tier coaches and ticket price is relatively lower than the other air conditioned trains. One can check pnr status of Garib Rath at

Rajdhani Express: These trains are fully equipped with air condition. These trains connects major cities of India. They are high priority trains and generally runs on their scheduled time. They have very few stoppage in between their route. Seat reservation facility is available in these trains. One can check Rajdhani Express pnr status on this website.

Duranto Express: These are source to destination train service started recently by Indian Railway. From source to destination means, these trains do not stop on any station that comes in their route

Types of Waitlist Tickets & Their Confirmation Priority

Based on some predefined rules, railway allots different types of waitlist quota on tickets when ticket is not confirmed.

GNWL (General Waiting List): Likelihood of confirmation for GNWL ticket is on highest priority. You may get a GNWL quota, if you are starting your journey from a station close to train source station and ending your journey at a station close to train destination station.

CKWL (Tatkal Waiting List): If you are booking your ticket under tatkal quota, you get CKWL status when tickets are unreserved. It is important to note that GNWL tickets will confirm first and then CKWL. Hence there is a very less chance that a CKWL ticket will be confirmed.

Apart from these two popular waiting list quotas, Indian Railways has defined some other W/L quotas in long journey trains like RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List), RQWL (Request Waiting List), PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List), RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List) and RSWL (Roadside Station Waiting List). Confirmation chances for these types of waitlist tickets are very less.

Indian Railways Acronyms and Abbreviations

TermFull FormCategory
PNRPassenger Name RecordIndian Railways
WLWaiting ListIndian Railways
RACReservation Against CancellationIndian Railways
SLSleeper ClassIndian Railways
3AAC 3 TierIndian Railways
3 EAC 3 Tier EconomyIndian Railways
2SSecond SittingIndian Railways
FCFirst ClassIndian Railways
2AAC 2-Tier SleeperIndian Railways
1AFirst Class ACIndian Railways
GNGeneral QuotaIndian Railways
DFDefence QuotaIndian Railways
CKTatkal QuotaIndian Railways
SSTravelling Alone Female Quota (above 45 Year) / Senior Citizen QuotaIndian Railways
LDLadies QuotaIndian Railways
HPPhysically Handicapped QuotaIndian Railways

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