Soon after giving its website a complete makeover in June this year, Cleartrip has introduced online railway booking for its Android app. The company has teamed up with IRCTC for the same and claims to be India’s first online travel agency to enable online railway booking.
“Creating a booking system to handle the scale and complexity of the Indian Railways has been a big and exciting technical challenge. We wanted a system that kept things simple, while delivering search results in under a second–and we’ve reinvented the wheel to create that system“, wrote the company which celebrates its seventh birthday today in ablog post.
In order to start using the service users have to go through one time sync between Cleartrip and IRCTC. Cleartrip claims to provide a clean and simple interface to ease the process of searching and booking rail. The company claims that they have come up with a highly sophisticated system that enables speed and simplicity for railway bookings. A single search in the app provides users with train fares, routes and schedules simultaneously. It also showcases multiple stations from a city instead of forcing users to search for specific stations; this feature lets users select the stations most convenient to them, while comparing fares from other stations in the city. Users can also check PNR status using the app.
Moreover, users can compare fares from multiple classes allowing them upgrade to a higher class of travel if they choose. The app provides detailed information for each train including arrival and departure times, number of stops and the train’s route. A wide variety of payment options are supported while booking, including credit cards, debit cards and net-banking. All railway bookings made on the Cleartrip app are permanently stored in each user’s account, allowing registered users to access their itineraries and e-tickets online. Lastly users can also cancel their bookings online at any time.
After a successful iOS app Cleartrip launched its Android app in March. The company then added a feature which enables reschedule flights online in a simple way. Last week, IRCTC launched its SMS based ticketing service. iXiGo launched an Android app recently which allows easy train search but it does not allow booking.