What is the difference between a tatkal and premium tatkal ticket in Indian Railways?

I wanted a book a ticket in tatkal but it shows already the tickets are in waiting list. How is that possible?

Also how to know in advance whether a tatkal or a premium tatkal ticket is available for a particular train or not?

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The main difference between Tatkal and Premium Tatkal is that Premium Tatkal is an Online Only service.

According to Times of India

Passengers can book premium Tatkal tickets online only on the pattern of airline fares - more the demand, higher the fare.

According to a Railway Board official, premium Tatkal tickets are dynamically priced like air fares. The minimum premium fare is the basic train fare plus Tatkal charges, which vary from 10% to 30% depending on the class of travel, he said, adding the maximum limit for booking premium Tatkal ticket is 30% of the base fare or Rs400, whichever is higher.


The Premium Tatkal (PT) Quota introduced by Railway differs from Tatkal (PT) Quota in the following ways :

  • Opening days booking to be allowed on/after 10:00 hrs.
  • Advance Reservation Period (ARP) of Premium Tatkal ticket booking is same as Tatkal ticket booking.
  • Agents will not be allowed to book tickets in this quota.
  • Dynamic fare shall be charged for confirm passengers.
  • Dynamic fare stands for the fare component which may be increased with the subsequent bookings.
  • RAC/ Waitlist Ticket Booking is not allowed.
  • Only E-tickets will be permitted for booking.
  • I-ticket Booking is not allowed with this Quota.
  • Child passenger will be charged with full fare.
  • Identity card number of the prescribed proof of identity is required at the time of booking. At least one passenger should travel with his/her ID card in original which was used at the time of booking.
  • No refund is given to passengers in case of cancellation of confirm PT quota ticket.
  • All rules for tatkal quota booking over internet is applicable to Premium Tatkal quota also.

Reference :

  1. Indian Railways.
  2. The Hindu.

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