India: Google Starts Railway Ticket Bookings

Google Pay users can browse for train options, book tickets and also cancel them through the app,Economic Times of India has reported.

In what could become a major use case of Google Pay users in India, the digital payments app will allow railways ticket booking through its platform. 

The service is being powered by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

In a statement the company said that the feature will be made available in the travel and transit section of the application and can be used by smartphoneusers across Android and iOS.

Google Pay users can also browse for train options, book tickets and even cancel them through the app. Additionally users can also check seat availability, journey duration also compare travel time.

“Two out of every three transactions on Google Pay come from 3,00,000 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,” said Ambarish Kenghe, Director, Product Management, Google Pay.

Leveraging the success with cab and bus bookings on the Google Pay app, the California headquartered search engine giant intends to scale up train bookings massively as well.

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