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.
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