If you regularly travel with local Indian Railways trains, you should probably get a season ticket to save money. To give you an example, a one-way ticket on the local train between Andheri and Churchgate in Mumbai will cost you Rs. 10 in second class and Rs. 105 in first class. A monthly pass for the same route costs Rs. 215 and Rs. 650 respectively, and allows you to travel between these two stations as often as you wish. This means that if you plan to take the train for more than 11 second-class return journeys or more than three first-class return journeys, a season ticket is much more economical. However, you cannot just log in to IRCTC to purchase a season ticket.

While you would have had to wait at the ticket desk at the train station earlier to get a season ticket, you don’t have to do that anymore. You can easily do this with the UTS app, developed by the Indian Railways Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) arm. You can even display the ticket via the UTS app, so you don’t have to take a printed copy of a season ticket anywhere. This makes it much more convenient and we see no important reasons for not buying your season ticket online.

Just a short point to note before we start, you can book a paper season ticket on the UTS app, which must be printed at a kiosk at the train station. We recommend that you avoid this method because the ink on tickets printed at kiosks fades quickly. We recommend booking paperless tickets through the app, as this is much more convenient. You can purchase a season ticket via the UTS app as follows.

  1. Open the UTS app on Android or iPhone.
  2. If you haven’t logged in yet, click the Login button on the top-right on Android. This button looks like a rectangle with right arrow on iPhone.
  3. Enter your credentials and once you’re logged in, tap Book Ticket.
  4. Tap Season Ticket.
  5. Select the Book & Travel (Paperless) option.
  6. Tap Issue Ticket. This option is labelled Ticket Issue on iPhone. In case you want to renew your ticket, simply tap Renew Ticket on Android or Ticket Renew on iPhone and enter the UTS number mentioned on your old season ticket.
  7. Under From Station select the station where you want to book from. Under To Station, select your destination.
  8. Tap Done.
  9. On the next screen there are multiple options including the duration of the season ticket. You can purchase a season ticket for up to one year. Other information such as first or second class, AC or non-AC trains, and basic identity information also needs to be entered. When this is done, select a payment gateway and finally enter your address. This takes you to a new page.
  10. Enter your complete address here.
  11. Tap Done.
  12. Tap Get Fare and select a payment gateway.
  13. Now check all the details once and when you’re ready. Tap Book Ticket.
  14. Now read the “undertaking from season ticket holder” and tap Accept.
  15. If you selected R-Wallet, this will redirect you to that. If you chose payment gateway, you can now choose which of the three payment gateways you want to use, and tap Make Payment. Now you can complete the payment.
  16. Once this is done, you will see the ticket in the app. To access it again, just tap Show Booked Ticket on the home screen of the UTS app on Android.

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