Bangladesh Railway on Monday begins sale of advance train tickets for holidaymakers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
The passengers are purchasing the ticket of 7 August today (Sunday) as they can collect rail tickets of 8, 9, 10 and 11 August on 30, 31 July and 1 and 2 August respectively, railway sources said.
The holy Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on 12 or 13 August, subject to moon sighting.
Earlier railways minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan told a press conference at Rail Bhaban that sale of tickets for intercity trains will continue till 2 August.
He also said the sale of return tickets will begin on 5 August and it will continue till 9 August.
Sujan said the holidaymakers can collect their advance return train tickets of 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 August on 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 August.
The advance tickets will be sold from five places this time, he added.
The minister said tickets for all intercity trains bound to the country’s western region will be sold from Kamalapur Railway Station while the tickets to Chattogram and Noakhali destinations will be sold from airport railway station.
Passengers of Netrokona-bound Mohanganj and Haor Express can get tickets from Banani station while tickets of Mymensingh and Jamalpur- bound all intercity trains will be sold at Tejgaon station, he added.
He said Sylhet and Kishoreganj-bound holidaymakers will have to collect tickets from old rail bhaban in Fulbaria area in Dhaka.
The minister said tickets will be sold from 9:00am to 4:00pm every day without any break while holidaymakers can buy tickets online using mobile app from 6:00am.
Maximum four advance rail tickets will be given to a passenger, he said.
Fifty per cent of the total tickets will be sold online from Monday and the rest will be sold from the five places.
Marking the Eid-ul-Azha, off-day of all intercity trains will remain canceled from 7 August to one day before the festival.
He said once sold, Eid tickets will not be returned and national identity
(NID) card will be required to buy tickets.
On the occasion of Eid, Bangladesh Railway will run eight pairs of special trains.