Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Chandigarh, Varanasi, and Allahabad come out as 5 top Tier-II, Tier-III markets

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Recent data by Paytm show that more than 70 per cent of all train tickets booked on Paytm over the past year is from Tier-II and Tier-III cities, in a sign of the increasing reach of digital transactions in non-metro regions after demonetisation.

The study was conducted based data from more than two million rail tickets booked on Paytm over the past year. It was found that while the average ticket size in Tier-I cities is Rs 530, in Tier-II cities it is only Rs 350, pointing at semi-urban and rural India’s price sensitivity. Interestingly, 70 per cent of women booked their train tickets more than a week in advance, while the same was applicable for a mere 30 per cent of men.

In recent months, Paytm has witnessed exponential growth in travel with more than 10 million tickets sold in financial year 2017. Our five biggest Tier-II and Tier-III markets are Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Chandigarh, Varanasi, and Allahabad. This year, the company is aiming to be the country’s largest destination for all travel booking needs,” the report said. Paytm is the first horizontal e-commerce major to enter into the travel business, a domain that was dominated by vertical players.

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  • The five biggest Tier-II and Tier-III markets are Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Chandigarh, Varanasi, and Allahabad
  • The average ticket size in Tier-I cities is Rs 530, while in Tier-II its only Rs 350, pointing at semi-urban and rural India’s price sensitivity
  • Seventy per cent of women booked their train tickets more than a week in advance, while the same was applicable for a mere 30 per cent of men
  • In recent months, Paytm has witnessed exponential growth in travel with more than 10 million tickets sold in FY17
  • The top preferred routes by passengers this summer include New Delhi–Lucknow, Visakhapatnam–Secunderabad, New Delhi–Kanpur, Chennai–Bengaluru, Ahmedabad–Surat and Pune–Solapur.

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