Why Do You Need To Check PNR before Starting Your Journey

Why Do You Need To Check PNR before Starting Your Journey

PNR, short form of Passenger Name Record, is one of the most important parts of Indian railways today. However, a lot of confusion exists among people regarding the meaning of PNR and its importance. This number is the sole proof to railways that you have booked a ticket under your name.

How to differentiate PNR Number status from PNR Number

There is only one thing which differentiates PNR Number status from PNR number. The former provides a passenger with the booking status of its train ticket. On the other hand, PNR Number creates a record of passenger details and stores in the reservation system of a computer.

How to check your PNR status

Here are some steps given below which you must follow for checking your PNR status:-

  • PNR status represents the present status of a ticket. It’s a 10-digit number and located at the left corner of the ticket at its top portion.
  • You can check your PNR status on the official website of Indian Railways as well.
  • For seeing your PNR status online, you must create an account on the IRCTC website and acquire a User ID along with a password. After logging in, you must go to the option “Enquiries” and then “Check PNR status”.
  • After this, you have to enter the PNR number and use your mouse to click on the option of “Get Status”.
  • Check the status of your PNR number and see if the code is shown as CNF. If yes, then it shows the confirmation of your ticket.


Other information

In train enquiry, other information such as current status of seat, travelling date, train schedule, train name, route information, time table and seat availability are also offered. Some popular PNR status codes are CNF, WL, RAC and CAN. Alternative ways for making PNR status enquiries are SMS and telephone calling.

IRCTC provides online ticket booking services to the public starting from 00:30 A.M. and ending at 11:30 P.M. Though, the booking system of Tatkal tickets is different.