How to get different Kinds of Train Related Enquiries through SMS on “139-Rail Sampark”?

“139-Rail Sampark”, the national enquiry for Indian Railways has been in operation for around 5 years now.  The services on this number i.e. 139 handles enquiries pertaining to PNR Status, Current Train running position, Accommodation availability and Fare Enquiry.

Apart from voice enquiry on IVRS, the above mentioned services are also available through SMS. Passenger can get the desired information by sending SMS to 139 in the following format.

The details of SMSs services available and the format are as under:


1.      For ticket status Enquiry:

SMS “PNR <10 Digit PNR Number> 

For example: PNR 4341568666


2.      For Train Arrival/Departure Enquiry:

SMS “AD <Train number> <STD code of Station>” 

 For example: AD 12012 011


3.      For Accommodation  availability:

SMS “SEAT <Train number> <DOJ**ddmmyy> <Station from: STD code> <station to: STD code> <class> <Quota>***

For example SEAT 12561 010712 0542 0571 SL G


4.      Fare enquiry

SMS “FARE <Train number> < DOJ**ddmmyy> <Station from: STD code> <station to: STD code> <class> <Quota>***

For Example: FARE 12561 010712 0542 0571 SL G


5.      Time table:

SMS “TIME <train number>

For example: TIME 12561


6.      Spot/  Locate train:

SMS “SPOT <train number> or LOCATE <train number>

For example: SPOT 12561 or LOCATE 12561


7.      Train Name/Number:

SMS “TN <train number> or SMS “TN <train name>

For Example TN 12724 or TN AP EXPRESS


8.   Getting all syntaxes

To get the above all mentioned  syntaxes, SMS HELP or RAIL  to 139

Note: Quota is optional field. For example, please enter G for general, CK for tatkal

For CLASS field, please enter 1A for First AC, 2A for Second AC, 3A for third AC, SL for Sleeper, CC for AC Chair Car, 2S for Second Sitting           

The service is also available on USSD for Reliance, Uninor, Docomo and Vodafone Telephone Service Providers.  Just dial *139# to avail the USSD facility for enquiry of PNR, Arrival/Departure etc.

How to get different Kinds of Train Related Enquiries through SMS on “139-Rail Sampark”?
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. thanks for the information, but however, neither railways, nor any information sharer like your site never mention about the SMS charges, I understand it is Rs.3/- per SMS. But I as a normal public expect it to be a free service

    1. I agree. I didn’t mention the charges as the charges varies from operator to operator and the same was not mentioned on the official website of Indian railways. But, anyway, you must consider such SMS as premium service charges, unless otherwise mentioned.

      Although, TRAI has already suggested to reduce premium SMS charges. But still network operators have not acted on that.


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