PNR Status

For most Indians, train travel is a routine part of their lives. Be it holidays or work-related travel, trains are indeed a common choice. With one of the largest rail networks in the world, the Indian railways ferry over a million passengers on a daily basis. The PNR number system plays a crucial role in managing such a colossal web. If you are planning to travel make sure you are well aware of the working of the PNR number. Read on to learn more about the PNR no. and how to check the live PNR status on redRail.

What is PNR Status?

PNR, which stands for Passenger Name Record, is a unique and critical number. It is a 10-digit system-generated number provided by the IRCTC when you book your train ticket. The PNR is like a digital certificate that contains the journey details of one or more passengers. To know or check any travel details, you must know the IRCTC PNR status.

How Does IRCTC PNR Status Help in Planning a Train Journey?

The PNR status is an ideal way to check the ticket status, reservation and availability of seats, booking details, and confirmation of your travel. Knowing your PNR status allows you to stay updated about everything related to your train journey. Any change in train schedule or your reservation details will enable you to plan ahead and, thus, ensure a safe and comfortable trip.

The Indian Railway PNR status helps in planning a train journey for multiple reasons:

  • Confirmation of Booking: PNR status allows travelers to verify if their train booking is confirmed, waitlisted, or under reservation against cancellation (RAC). It helps in planning the journey with certainty.
  • Journey Preparation: If the ticket is waitlisted or RAC, checking the PNR status helps understand the likelihood of getting a confirmed seat, enabling better preparation.
  • Seat and Berth Details: Once the ticket is confirmed, the PNR status provides detailed information about the coach and seat/berth number, essential for a comfortable journey.
  • Travel Updates: PNR status often includes essential updates about the journey, such as changes in train schedule, platform number, or any delays, helping travelers adjust their plans accordingly.
  • Group Travel Coordination: For group bookings, PNR status checks ensure that all group members are informed about the train ticket status, making coordination easier.
  • Alternate Planning: In cases of unconfirmed tickets, knowing the PNR status well in advance helps in making alternate travel arrangements if needed.

Regularly checking PNR status is a proactive step in ensuring the best train journey experience.

PNR Enquiry and IRCTC PNR Status Prediction

A database is run by the Centre of Railway Information Systems or CRIS, which stores all the information regarding your train ticket and provides you with the PNR number. When you make a PNR Enquiry, you can see all your related information. The 10-digit PNR Number is given on the top right corner of your ticket. You need to enter this number on the redRail app or website.

Keep in mind that even if you use some other platform to book your ticket, you can check the 10 digit PNR status on redRail. Another advantage of checking your IRCTC PNR status on redRail is that the procedure is very well-illustrated and takes just a few moments. That’s not all, the IRCTC PNR Status Prediction gives you a fair prediction of the chances of ticket confirmation.

How to Check Train IRCTC PNR Status on redRail?

PNR status live check on mobile can be done. Let us take a quick look at how you can check the IRCTC PNR status on redRail:

PNR Status via redRail app

  • Step 1: Download the redRail app on your phone.
  • Step 2: Select “PNR Status” on the home screen
  • Step 3: Enter your 10-digit PNR number (The PNR no. is given on the top of your ticket) and then click on the “Check Status” button.
  • Step 4: You will see your latest updated PNR status.

PNR Status check via website

  • Step 1: On the redRail home page, click on the redRail icon at the top of the page.
  • Step 2: Click on the PNR Status button and enter your 10-digit PNR number.
  • Step 3: Click on the “Check Status” button.
  • Step 4: Your PNR status will be displayed on the screen.

PNR Status via Whatsapp

redRail also offers a way to make a PNR enquiry via WhatsApp. You can send a Hi on the Railbot number (+91-9538039911) to activate it and check your train ticket PNR status. Along with PNR, you may check Live Train Status, Coach Position, and Train Schedule through the WhatsApp chatbot.

What Do PNR Abbreviations Mean?

For those of you who are new to train bookings, there are many abbreviations that can leave you a little confused. Worry not, we’ve got you covered. The first three digits of the PNR search give information about the system that was used by the passengers when booking the train tickets, and the last seven digits are system-generated randomly. Other commonly used PNR Abbreviations are:

Abbreviation Description
CAN / MOD Cancelled or Modified Passenger
CNF / Confirmed Confirmed (Coach/Berth number will be available after chart preparation)
RAC Reservation Against Cancellation
WL # Waiting List Number
RLWL Remote Location Wait List
GNWL General Wait List
PQWL Pooled Quota Wait List
REGRET/WL No More Booking Permitted
RELEASED Ticket Not Cancelled but Alternative Accommodation Provided
R# # RAC Coach Number Berth Number
WEBCAN Railway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund not collected
Abbreviation Description
WEBCANRF Railway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund collected
RQWL Roadside Quota Waitlist
DPWL Duty Pass Waitlist
TQWL Tatkal Quota Waitlist
SS Senior Citizen Quota / Single Lady Passenger above 45 Years
NC No Choice - When the opted berth/seat preference not allotted
HP Handicapped Quota
HO Head Quarters / High Official Quota ( popularly known as VIP Quota)
PT Premium Tatkal
NOSB No Seat Berth (For child passenger in 5-12 years age range opting to travel without berth)

Features of redRail PNR Status Check

redRail PNR Status Check offers the following features:

  • redRail keeps you updated with information on train name & number, boarding date, and time
  • Being an authorized partner of IRCTC, the information that is offered to you on redRail is 100% accurate
  • In one go, you can see the information of all passengers booked under one PNR search
  • When you know the current and correct status of your train and the ticket, you will be in a better position to manage your journey and avoid any inconvenience
  • You would also get to view the fare and transaction details.
  • redRail provides regular updates about your PNR number status on your WhatsApp.

FAQs related to Train PNR Status

What is the validity of a PNR number?

A PNR number is valid for 9 months. however, it can be re-generated after 1 year.

What are the benefits of a PNR Number?

The PNR number is useful not just for the IRCTC but also for the passenger. On one hand, it helps manage such an extensive railway network, while on the other hand, it helps the passenger seek any information related to their train journey easily.

Will the PNR search status show personal information?

Yes, along with the details of the train journey, personal details such as Name will be displayed if the user has booked the train ticket on redRail. If the user has booked the tickets on IRCTC and visits redRail for PNR check, then the name will not be displayed.

Where can I find my PNR search number?

On the Indian railway train ticket, the PNR number is mentioned on the top-left side. In case you have booked the ticket online via redRail or any other platform the PNR would be on the top-left side of the ticket.

Can you see information regarding the ticket fare during the PNR enquiry?

Your PNR enquiry will not show any fare or transaction details. PNR enquiry will only tell about the journey details.

How far in advance can I check my PNR status?

While you receive the PNR number the instant you book a ticket, the train chart is prepared 4 hours before the train scheduled departure (from the starting station).

What is live PNR status?

The live PNR status tells you about the confirmation or non-confirmation of your ticket. On redRail, you can also check out the train status, as well as the coach position of your train.

How to check railway ticket confirmation online?

Visit the redRail app, enter your 10 digit PNR number printed on your ticket and click on the “check status” button.

What does RAC mean, and can I travel with a RAC ticket?

RAC refers to Reservation Against cancellation. This means that your reservation is confirmed and you can board the train. However, the berth would have to be shared between passengers. In case the confirmed passenger is not on the train, the whole berth would be given to the RAC passenger.

Does redRail show accurate information during PNR enquiry?

redRail is an official partner of IRCTC, therefore, you can rest assured that the information offered on redRail is accurate and reliable.

How frequently does IRCTC PNR Status get updated?

Due to the heavy load on railways, the IRCTC PNR Status gets updated by the minute. Availability of seats/ tickets is largely dependent on cancellations, and thus the status gets updated every minute.

What abbreviations can you find on a PNR status check?

The most common abbreviations are: CNF - Confirmed, RAC - Reservation Against Cancellation WL - Waitlist CAN - Canceled.

Can I travel with only the PNR number?

If your ticket is confirmed, then your PNR is enough for you to travel. Make sure you carry an authorized ID proof to be produced at the time of ticket checking.