How to Reach Shimla

The nearest broad gauge railway station from Shimla is in Kalka which is 89 km away. One can either take a taxi, local bus or the toy train to Shimla. Shimla is easily accessible via road too and Chandigarh-Shimla highway is in a good condition and it only takes around 3 and a half hours to reach here from Chandigarh. Chandigarh is the nearest major airport from Shimla and is around 113 km away. The nearest airport is Jubbarhatti Airport which is 25 km away from the heart of Shimla, however, this airport is only occasionally functional.

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Most frequently searched routes to Shimla

Route Name Distance Time
Chandigarh to Shimla 114 km 3 hours 24 mins
Delhi to Shimla 344 km 6 hours 44 mins
Amritsar to Shimla 335 km 7 hours 6 mins
Manali to Shimla 247 km 6 hours 41 mins
Kolkata to Shimla 1,813 km 1 day 5 hours
Mumbai to Shimla 1,764 km 1 day 4 hours
Hyderabad to Shimla 1,891 km 1 day 6 hours
Agra to Shimla 559 km 9 hours 42 mins
Chennai to Shimla 2,516 km 1 day 15 hours
Bangalore to Shimla 2,480 km 1 day 13 hours
Ahmedabad to Shimla 1,295 km 20 hours 3 mins
Pune to Shimla 1,814 km 1 day 6 hours
Jaipur to Shimla 630 km 10 hours 34 mins
Gurgaon to Shimla 381 km 7 hours 34 mins
Varanasi to Shimla 1,142 km 17 hours 50 mins
Jodhpur to Shimla 953 km 15 hours 28 mins
Goa to Shimla 2,231 km 1 day 13 hours
Jaisalmer to Shimla 909 km 17 hours 1 min
Udaipur to Shimla 1,012 km 16 hours 1 min
Srinagar to Shimla 700 km 15 hours 2 mins

How to reach Shimla by flight

The Shimla Airport, also known as Jubbarhatti airport is around 20km away from the main city and is one of the very few airports at any of the hill stations. Probably one of the smallest airstrips, the ride is pretty bumpy in the plane when it lands. However, since this airport is not functional throughout the year, hence it's advisable to choose Chandigarh or Delhi as connecting airports. People coming by air till Chandigarh generally prefer to book cabs to reach Shimla, which will take 3-4 hours. There are regular buses too. From Delhi airport, it roughly takes around 7-8 hours to reach Shimla.

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh Airport (IXC) - 60 kms from Shimla

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Tentative return flight prices to Chandigarh Airport (IXC) from major cities in India.

Starting city Return price (approx)
Mumbai ₹ 10,607 Non-stop View
New Delhi ₹ 6,411 Non-stop View
Bengaluru ₹ 17,991 Non-stop View
Chennai ₹ 15,241 View
Hyderabad ₹ 11,264 Non-stop View
Kolkata ₹ 18,143 Non-stop View

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How to reach Shimla by road

Shimla is a hot tourist destination and buses run for Shimla from as far as Delhi, Jaipur, Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh.There may or may not be a halt in Chandigarh while coming to Shimla from Delhi. Taxis are widely available to travel to Shimla from Chandigarh and Delhi or from any other local places. Shimla is also very well connected with HRTC buses from almost all parts of Himachal Pradesh.

How to reach Shimla by train

The nearest broad gauge railway station from Shimla is the Kalka Railway Station which is only 90 km away. Chandigarh Railway station is also just 113 km away from Shimla. From both of these railway stations, Shimla is well connected with local buses and cabs. Shimla has its own railway station, but only narrow gauge trains from Kalka arrive here. It takes around 5-6 hours from Kalka to reach here by train, but it's a very beautiful journey with a lot of tunnels and scenery which makes up for the extra time taken in the route.

Local transport in Shimla

Local bus service is easily available within Shimla from 7 AM to 9 PM. Buses mainly run on the Ring Road. There is a special bus reserved only for women. Himachal Pradesh Tourism also runs special buses for local sightseeing that cover only the tourist attractions.

Private taxis are easily available and economically viable. Local sightseeing charges vary from 800 INR to 1500 INR per day. Auto rickshaws are not very popular in Himachal Pradesh.

To travel to places like Mall, Ridge, Kali Bari, one has to walk to reach there are they are no vehicles zone. But you can avail the facility of elevator run by HP Tourism which links the lowest point of Shimla- Cart Road to the highest point - the Mall.

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