From Chandigarh to shimla – Distance by Bus, Train, Cab and Helitaxi

From Chandigarh to Shimla distance is about 110 kilometres, Millions of people visit Shimla every year and most people come to Shimla via Delhi or Chandigarh, It is the nearest major city to Shimla. If you are coming to Shimla from Delhi then you have to come through Chandigarh. And from Chandigarh very easily you can reach shimla by bus, there are lots of bases from Chandigarh to Shimla if you want you reach simla by train and flight also.

Shimla is one of the very famous tourist spots and also summer capital of Himachal Pradesh, a huge number of people from different parts of India visiting here every year. Shimla is a perfect place for honeymoon and if you are planning to visit Shimla with friends or family then it is a great idea.

sunrise in shimla
sunrise in shimla

And Manali is another interesting place in Himachal Pradesh which is just 250 km away from Here, you can also travel manali from Shimla. And on the way from Shimla to Manali you will come across several beautiful tourist spots that you can also visit if you want.

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The best route from Chandigarh to Shimla is by bus or by train if you think you can also go by flight or helicopter but I would recommend you to reach Shimla by train or bus because this time you can enjoy the journey. So guys let’s start how you can reach from Chandigarh to Shimla very easily, and if you are new here, then Welcome to my website, here I share my travel updates and important information.

Buses from Chandigarh to shimla:

A large number of private and government buses depart daily from Chandigarh to Shimla, And the easiest and cheapest way to go from Chandigarh to Shimla is by bus. If you go to Shimla by HRTC government bus then it will cost you around 250 rupees only. These buses are very clean, I have traveled in the bus myself so I can recommend you.

Chandigarh to Shimla

And there are various travel agencies near Chandigarh bus stand who provide bus service from Chandigarh to Shimla, if you want you can travel by that bus it may cost you a little more but the service will be better. It would be great if you have covid19 RTPCR report. It’s not needed now, but before When I visited, they wanted to see the RT-PCE test report, And at that time there were many people in the bus who did not have rt-pcr test report.

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you can get buses From Chandigarh Sector 43, Interstate Bus Terminal Bus stand, where buses leave for various places like Jammu Himachal Pradesh Punjab Dehradun etc. But Haryana to Delhi buses depart from Chandigarh Sector 73 ISBT, There are plenty of ordinary buses from Chandigarh to Shimla but very few luxury buses here. HRTC’s all luxury buses come from Delhi or Haridwar, And those buses has not accept advance booking from Chandigarh, those HRTC buses have no scheduled or arrival time and seat availability also.

 Shimla tourist places

Usually it takes 4/5 hours to reach Shimla from Chandigarh by bus but if you take the luxury superfast bus here you can reach very quickly, if the bus does not stop anywhere you will reach in 3/4 hours. As you cross Chandigarh and take the Himalayan Highway, the beautiful mountain scenery will captivate you, and you won’t know when your tour will end and you will reach Shimla after seeing these beautiful mountains.

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Chandigarh to shimla Volvo buses timing:

Haryana Government and Himachal Government ordinary buses are available from Chandigarh every day every hour, And if we talk about luxury buses then there are about four or five luxury buses a day.

  • Haridhar Shimla HRTC Volvo bus at 3:30 in the morning
  • Jaipur Shimla RSRTC Luxury Volvo Bus at 10:30 am
  • New Delhi Shimla Luxury Volvo Bus at 12 Noon

And also some private balbo luxury buses ply from Chandigarh to Shimla.

  • At 5’o clock in the morning there is a Volvo luxury bus operated by Laxmi Holidays.
  • 3:30 am Volvo luxury bus operated by city land travels.
  • 4:45 am Volvo bus operated by zingbus.
  • 1:35 pm Volvo bus operated by Northern travels.

And there are many more buses you can book them by visiting the websites of travel agencies, Chandigarh Simla Volvo buses fare is around 400 to 900 rupees.

Chandigarh to shimla by taxi or Shere cab:

Chandigarh to shimla distance by road is about 107 kms, When you come out of Chandigarh railway station you can see a taxi stand next to it, and various people can come up to you and ask you to go to Shimla with their taxi, Bargaining is the main thing here. My friend was telling me that a taxi driver asked him 700 rupees to go to Shimla and then reduced it to 350 rupees to take him to Shimla.

Shimla tourist places

So you go straight to the taxi stand where you can see the fare from Chandigarh to Shimla with a government rate chart there, Taxi fare I think was Rs 400 so anyway you can come to Shimla by taxi at your convenience.

Let me tell you another important thing that you will find many share cars near Chandigarh railway station, actually they come to drop the tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh at Chandigarh station and on the way back they take different tourists on shares. They have to go back to Shimla again, so they take some tourists to share, that is, let’s think the car rent is 3000 rupees, now there are 10 person, then they can book the car for 300 rupees per person.

But they charge very high price, so when you book a share car, you will surely reduce the price. Don’t give too much more than 300 or 350. I came to Shimla by share car from Chandigarh they were asking me 400 rupees but after some bargaining they took me for 250 rupees, these share cars you might have to wait for a while, I got a car after waiting for about an hour.

kalka to Shimla toy train
kalka to Shimla toy train

Chandigarh to shimla by Train:

Chandigarh to shimla distance by train is about 98 kms, If you want to go from Chandigarh to Shimla by train, then first of all, there is no direct train from Chandigarh to Shimla, you have to come to Kalka from Chandigarh by bus. The distance from Chandigarh to Kalka is about 27 km. The bus may take an hour, After arriving there many toy trains go from Kalka to Shimla. And many tourists like to travel this way, and you will have a new experience in this train, at a very cheap price this toy train will reach you from Kalka to Shimla.

Kalka to Shimla toy train:

I have been to Shimla twice once in summer and once in winter and enjoyed the Kalka to Shimla toy train both times. If you come here during summer then the natural beauty will mesmerize you. From the window of the train you can see a view so beautiful that you can’t even imagine the towering hills surrounded by greenery and the train moving towards Shimla at a slow speed.

kalka to Shimla toy train
kalka to Shimla toy train

And if you experience this train in winter then you will be more impressed as you can see this train going through the snow all around and you will have a great feeling. The train ride in the sloefall is awesome. I am giving you all the details and each train from Kalka to Shimla below.

Kalka to Shimla toy train Timings and fare:

A total of 6 toy trains run from Kalka to Shimla, And all trains run only during day time so try to leave early from Chandigarh for Kalka because last train which is at 12:30 then there is no train from Kalka to Shimla. With that in mind you plan and leave Chandigarh as soon as possible.

Kalka to shimla all toy trains:

  1.  Kalka-Shimla passenger: This train leaves Kalka at 3:30 AM and will reach Shimla at 8:55 AM.
  2. Kalka-Shimla rail motor: This train is 5:25 from Kalka and reaches Shimla by 9:53 am. This train is very luxurious and after leaving Kalka the train reaches Shimla without stopping at any station, And here all trains have bathrooms.
  3. Shivalik deluxe express: This train and one of the luxury trains from Kalka to Shimla. stops at only one station and then reaches Shimla. The train leaves Kalka at 5:45 and reaches Shimla at 10:25. If you are going to Shimla from Kalka then take this train. This is my recommendation.
  4. Kalka-Shimla NG Express: The train leaves Kalka at 6:20 am and will reach Shimla at 11:25 am.
  5. Him Darshan Express: The train leaves Kalka at 7 AM and reaches Shimla at 12:50 PM.
  6. Himalayan quee : If you have a slight delay in reaching Kalka from Chandigarh, then this train is perfect for you as this train departs from Kalka at 12 PM and reaches Shimla at 5:45 PM.

Shimla tourist places

These trains are very clean and every train has bathroom, you will find two types of coach here first one is 1st class AC and second one is 2S Non-AC, Kalka to Shimla toy train minimum fare is just 90 rupees and AC 1st class fare is 450 rupees. You can easily book Kalka to Shimla train tickets from IRCTC, and if the seat is vacant then you will get the ticket offline but try to book it online. The booking of this train starts a month in advance.

Chandigarh to shimla by flight/helicopter:

Chandigarh to shimla distance by flight is about 57 kms, but There are no flights available from Chandigarh to Shimla, But if you think you can go directly to Shimla by helicopter from Chandigarh, There is a company called pownhans who provide Helitaxi services from Chandigarh to Himachal Pradesh, and they are relatively very cheap for just 2.5 to 3 thousand rupees you can go from Chandigarh to Shimla by helicopter.

Shimla tourist places

And if you later want to go to Manali from Shimla, this Pawanhans has also started Shimla to Manali helicopter service. And this service is provided by the Indian government so the helicopter fares are very low, If you want to book this helicopter ticket then you have to go and login to the official website   Pawanhans.co.in and then you can book the helicopter from Chandigarh to Shimla.

Frequently asked questions:

how can I go to Shimla from Chandigarh?

You can go to Shimla from Chandigarh by bus at very low cost, And also you can go to Shimla by train and helicopter. If you want to go by train then you have to come Kalka first then from where there are many trains to Shimla.

which month does snowfall in Shimla?

The first snowfall in Shimla starts at the end of December and it lasts till the last month of February, many tourists come to Shimla this winter to see the snowfall in Shimla, it is very beautiful to see the snowfall in Shimla mall road.

is Chandigarh to Shimla road safe for driving?

Road condition from Chandigarh to Shimla is fairly good, But various parts of the road are still under development, And the roads here are very narrow so if you have driving experience on hilly narrow roads then you can drive yourself. Otherwise it is better to have a experienced driver.

How to go from Chandigarh to Shimla by train?

If you want to go to Shimla by train and enjoy the very scenic train journey then you have to first come to Kalka railway station from Chandigarh, because only the toy train to Shimla departs from Kalka. And try to reach Kalka early in the morning because most of the trains are in the morning and the last train is at 12:00 PM and there is no train after that.

How much does a hotel cost in Shimla?

You can get a good hotel in Shimla for around 1000 rupees, it totally depends on how many of you there are if you are traveling solo then you can easily get a dormitory here for only 500 rupees. And if you have a group of 4-5 people then around 1500 to 2000 rupees can be a hotel rent. You can book the hotel from booking.com.

I would like to thank my friend Sandeep Karmakar, he is very good photographer and He contribute all the pictures used in this article.

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