Indian Railway: Change in Boarding point

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Hello friends,

Lets assume you have booked a railway ticket from station A to Station Z. But because of some issues, you want to board the train not from station A but from station D which is the 3rd station from station A.

If you are thinking that you can do this easily because you already have a reserved ticket, then you are wrong. According to the Indian Railway rule, if a person is not found occupying the seat within next stop, then the ticket checker has the authority to assign the seat to a new passenger. So, in that case you will loose your seat.

If you are lucky, then this would not happen. But its better to take a little bit of precaution to avoid any inconveniences later on!

Generally,  many people cancel the ticket and get a new ticket from station D to station Z. But, the reality is that you don’t need to buy a new ticket. Instead, you can simply change your boarding station on the same train under certain circumstances.

Actions to be taken to change the boarding point:

  • A specific request must be made in writing at the station from where the ticket is purchased and reservation made at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train from the starting station.
  • The Railway Administration reserves the right to use such accommodation from the originating station up to the station at which the passenger is due to entrain.
  • No refund will be permissible for the portion of journey not performed by the passenger.


Happy journey. Thanks.

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2 Responses

  1. If you want to change boarding point after book train ticket online then is it possible to change boarding station in IRCTC App online?

    • admin says:

      Change boarding station of confirmed ticket:

      • Login to your IRCTC Account
      • After Login Click on Booked Ticket History
      • Select the Booked Ticket of which you want to Change Boarding point. And Click On Change Boarding Point.
      • After selecting new Boarding Point, click on the Change Button

      As per Rules Boarding Can be Changed Only Once and Before 24 hrs of Train Departure Time.
      For Counter or I-Ticket Contact Nearest Railway Counter with Application On Plain Paper with ID Card.

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