How to Reach Darjeeling

The easiest way to reach Darjeeling is by road from Siliguri, which is well-connected to major cities by air, rail, and road. From Siliguri, travelers can hire taxis or board buses to Darjeeling, enjoying a scenic journey along National Highway 110 that winds through picturesque tea gardens and charming hillside villages. This route offers convenience and flexibility, making it the preferred choice for many travelers visiting Darjeeling.

Most frequently searched routes to Darjeeling

Route Name Distance Time
Siliguri to Darjeeling 62.8 km 2 hr 29 min
Gangtok to Darjeeling 97.4 km 3 hr 50 min
Bagdogra to Darjeeling 68.0 km 2 hr 30 min

How to reach Darjeeling by flight

The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra Airport, located approximately 68 kilometers away. Bagdogra Airport is well-connected to major cities in India, including Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati, with regular flights operated by domestic airlines like Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo, Spice Jet and others. From Bagdogra, travelers can hire taxis or book pre-paid taxis to reach Darjeeling which will take around 2-3 hours, enjoying a scenic drive through picturesque tea estates and winding mountain roads.

Nearest Airport: BAGDOGRA - 38 kms from Darjeeling

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How to reach Darjeeling by road

Darjeeling is accessible by road from various parts of West Bengal and neighboring states. National Highway 110 (NH110) connects Siliguri, located at the foothills of the Himalayas, to Darjeeling via a picturesque route that winds through tea gardens, forests, and quaint hillside villages.

Shared Jeeps and Taxis

Shared jeeps are a faster option but may cost double the price. They depart regularly from various locations in Siliguri and offer a convenient way to reach Darjeeling. Travelers can also opt for taxis, which are readily available and offer a more comfortable journey. It's advisable to hire a taxi or jeep with an overhead carrier, especially if coming from New Jalpaiguri, as this can be more cost-effective.

Prepaid Taxis and Shared Jeeps

Prepaid taxis are available at New Jalpaiguri and Bagdogra railway stations, providing a hassle-free option for travelers. Shared jeeps can also be booked from the booking counter at the taxi stand in front of the station. Travelers often opt to buy extra seats in shared jeeps for more comfort during the three-hour journey to Darjeeling. Luggage is typically carried on the roof, and jeeps may make stops for snacks and toilet breaks along the way.

How to reach Darjeeling by train

While Darjeeling does not have a railway station, the nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station, situated approximately 88 kilometers away. New Jalpaiguri is well-connected to major cities across India, including Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai, by regular train services. From NJP Railway Station, travelers can hire taxis or board shared jeeps to reach Darjeeling, enjoying a scenic journey through the foothills of the Himalayas.

By Toy Train (Darjeeling Himalyan Railway)

For a unique and nostalgic experience, travelers can opt to reach Darjeeling by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Toy Train. This UNESCO World Heritage Site operates a narrow-gauge railway line that connects New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, offering passengers breathtaking views of the Himalayan landscape as the train chugs along steep gradients and through charming hill stations.

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How to reach Darjeeling by bus

There is a regular bus service from Siliguri to Darjeeling, albeit slower due to the steep, twisty climb up the hills. The Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminus in Siliguri has many buses plying to Darjeeling. Bus services operated by West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) and private operators ply between Siliguri and Darjeeling as well, , providing an economical option for travelers. Bus services are also available from the nearby towns like Kurseong and Kalimpong. However, buses may take longer to reach their destination compared to other modes of transport.

Local transport in Darjeeling

In Darjeeling, taxis are a popular choice for exploring the town's attractions. They offer packaged tours covering multiple points of interest, including the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute/Zoo, Cable Car, Peace Pagoda, and more. Shared sightseeing trips in vehicles like Tata Sumo or Bolero SUVs are also available, providing an affordable option for travelers. Minimum taxi fares start at Rs 150/- for short distances, while shared taxis offer a cost-effective option at Rs 10/- for short trips and Rs 20/- for longer distances.


Given Darjeeling's compact size, walking is an enjoyable way to navigate the town. Many of Darjeeling's attractions are within walking distance of the town center. Short strolls along tea estates or through bustling market areas offer a glimpse into the town's vibrant atmosphere. For longer trips, taxis are readily available near the entrance of the supermarket, providing convenient transportation options for exploring further afield.

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Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling has a recorded history from the early 19th century
 Darjeeling is located at an elevation of 6,700 ft and is a main town of the Sadar subdivision
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, 2ft guauge railway running between new Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling

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