NEW DELHI: As India continues to embrace digital payments on Unified Payment Interface, Google India today announced train ticket bookings for Indian Railways, powered by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) through the Google Pay app.
This feature will be available for both Android and iOS users. The new launch builds on the travel and transit services that are already available on Google Pay.
Continuing the effort to bring Indian users helpful ways to make money transactions simpler, this is another way to make their lives easier through Google Pay. Now, all users in India with the latest Google Pay app will be able to:
Search, book, cancel – All from Google Pay
Google Pay users will be able to search and browse train options, and book or cancel tickets with their IRCTC account, at no additional cost, within a fast, intuitive and reliable user experience.
See availability and duration
Users can also easily see details like seat availability, journey duration, and travel times between your stations of choice, so it is easy to compare and choose between options.
Speaking about the launch, Ambarish Kenghe, Director, Product Management, Google Pay added, “UPI payments are fast gathering momentum in India as consumers become increasingly comfortable with the concept of bank-to-bank transfers. It’s heartening to note that these transactions are not just limited to the top metros, but that users of Google Pay are spread across India. Two out of every three transactions on Google Pay come from 300,000 of India’s towns and villages, well beyond India’s largest metros. The train ticket booking feature addresses an important need for Indian users, right within the app and is another step to making the lives of our users easier and more convenient with Google Pay.”
Travel and transit are among the primary use cases for digital payments and user response to cab and bus ticket booking options on Google Pay with RedBus, abhiBus, Yatra and Goibibo has quickly gathered momentum. Train travel plays a crucial role in Indian lives and this feature has been introduced to provide Indian users an expanded range of options for their travel needs, right within the Google Pay app.
Since the launch of Google Pay (earlier known as Tez), Google has introduced new features to make payments simple for our Indian users. Millions of Indians are adopting Google Pay month on month from all over the country, in towns and villages to recharge their mobile plans, pay bills, pay for movies, book cabs, buy bus tickets and more.
So update the Google Pay app and enjoy your ride!