IRCTC Retiring Room

The PNR number is absolutely important when reserving the IRCTC Retiring Room online. Whenever you are issued a train ticket, a unique PNR number is allotted to that ticket. You need to have this number when you have to check PNR status or avail other railway services.

Indian Railways provides different types of retiring rooms to its passengers at various stations throughout the country. Read on to learn more about it, the general rules for booking them, and how you can use the PNR number to book it at any station.

IRCTC Retiring Room

What is an IRCTC Retiring Room?

The IRCTC retiring room is a type of accommodation provided by the Indian Railways. It is available at all major railway stations where a passenger with a valid PNR number can stay for a few days. There are numerous options available, including single, double, and dorm rooms with and without AC facilities. So, to reserve a IRCTC retiring room, a passenger must have a confirmed railway ticket. Remember that it can only be booked at the origin and destination stations. You can reserve it both online and offline.

Rules for Booking Railway Retiring Rooms

The Indian Railway has published certain rules for booking and canceling the retiring rooms. The general rules for IRCTC Retiring Rooms are as follows:

  • The minimum duration of the booking is 12 hours, and the maximum is 48 hours.
  • The maximum number of days for booking a retiring room is two days. The charges will be collected for the entire day, regardless of the length of stay.
  • If the room is occupied for more than one day after retiring, the charge for the following day will be 25% higher for each day, subject to the availability of a vacant room.
  • When leaving the room, the passenger must notify the in-charge or caretaker and hand over the keys to them.

Permissible Combinations of Room Accommodation

The following are the permissible combinations of room accommodations:

  • One passenger can be allocated to one single bed room, one double bed room, or one bed in the dormitory.
  • Two passengers can be allocated to one double bed room or two beds in the dormitory.
  • Three passengers can be allocated to one double bed room and one single bed room, or three beds in the dormitory.
  • Four passengers can be allocated to two double bed rooms or four beds in the dormitory.
  • Five passengers can be allocated to two double bed rooms or five beds in the dormitory.
  • Six passengers can be allocated to two double bed rooms or six beds in the dormitory

Book a Retiring Room Online with the PNR Number

Presently, online booking of the retiring rooms is made through the IRCTC website at more than 500 Indian railway stations. Passengers can book them when seeking reservations in advance, on payment of usual charges. You can book and cancel it online in a few easy steps. A PNR number is required to book it online.

How do I Book a IRCTC Retiring Room Online?

Booking a retiring room with your PNR number is easy. Follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Go to the IRCTC Tourism website. Please note that you can only book the IRCTC retiring room online through this website.
  • Step 2: After opening the IRCTC Tourism website, click on the “Retiring Room” tab.
  • Step 3: Enter your PNR (passenger name record) number. PNR is a ten-digit number available on your booked ticket at the top. After entering the PNR number carefully, click the search button to get the result.
  • Step 4: On the next page, you have to decide whether you want to book your retiring room at the source station or the destination station. Click on the source button to book it at the source station, and on the destination button to book it at the destination station.
  • Step 5: Then select the check-in date, check-out date, bed type, A/C or non-AC, etc.
  • Step 6: Check the availability by clicking the “Availability” button.
  • Step 7: After you get the availability, select the room number and slot duration you want. Hit the “Proceed” button to move on to the next step.
  • Step 8: It will redirect you to the IRCTC login page. Now login with your IRCTC username and password. But if you are an unregistered user, then click on “Guest Login”. Then, the complete booking details will be shown.
  • Step 9: Select the “Room No.” of each passenger for booking the room. Then select the photo ID card type and card number. Now click on the “Proceed” button.
  • Step 10: Complete booking details will appear on the screen. Click on “Make Payment” to pay the booking charge for retiring rooms. Select the appropriate payment method according to your choice, and proceed with your payment.

How do I book an IRCTC Retiring Room Offline?

You need to follow these steps to book a IRCTC retiring room offline:

  • Visit a railway station near your home that has a retiring room facility.
  • Provide your PNR number to the concerned official who is in charge of retiring rooms. He or she will check the availability of rooms and provide you with the details.
  • Proceed with the booking as per your requirements.

Mostly, the retiring room facility is situated at railway stations next to the chief ticket inspector’s office or current booking enquiry counters. Usually, it is managed by the TTE who is on duty at that time.

How do I cancel a IRCTC Retiring Room Online?

  • Step 1: Visit the IRCTC Tourism website.
  • Step 2: Login using your IRCTC user ID and password if you have booked a retiring room with your registered user account.
  • Step 3: If you have booked it online with a guest login, then login with your email ID and mobile number.
  • Step 4: After logging in, select the “Booked Ticket” option.
  • Step 5: And then select the “Retiring Room Booked Ticket Option”. Select the ticket you want to cancel, and then click the cancel ticket button.


The PNR number is the identity of the train passengers. It is important in chart preparation as a seat is allotted to you in the train after confirmation of your PNR. You can use the PNR number of your ticket to avail of various facilities offered by Indian Railways, such as ordering food from IRCTC, booking a retiring room, checking PNR status, etc.

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