Once the summer capital of India, Shimla is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and Occasionally called “Queen of Hills” and It is a weekend destination for North Indian Tourists. This blog will share complete knowledge of how to reach Shimla from Chandigarh through different modes.
Where is Shimla located?
Shimla is a small town situated on Hindustan Tibet road National Highway -22 in the Southern side of Himachal Pradesh.
|Name of the Place||Shimla ( शिमला )|
|Elevation of Place||2200 m, 7200 feet|
|Accessibility||By road, By Rail & By air|
|Best time to visit||Round the year, For Snow Mid-Dec to Mid -Feb|
|Distance from Chandigarh||Around 120 Km|
How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh
Shimla is well connected by air, train and by road. Accessible throughout the year except during very heavy snowfall.
The distance between Shimla from Chandigarh is around 120 Km. There are different modes by which one can reach Shimla.
How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh by Road
There are various options to reach Shimla by road.
You can refer to the below table to plan your journey to Shimla.
|Sr. No.||Location||Distance (Km)||Elevation (ft)||Elevation (m)||Time (Hr)|
How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh on a Bus
If you want to travel to Himachal with a limited budget then traveling by Bus would be the best option. Unlike other hilly states, the bus network in Himachal is very good and night service is also available.
Himachal Pradesh State Owned Buses are called HRTC buses ( Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses). They are usually green/blue in color.
There are multiple options to reach Shimla by bus. You can take the bus to major bus stands / ISBTs and then a further connecting bus can be taken.
Before moving to the options we need to understand the route map.
Chandigarh to Shimla
|SR. No.||SERVICE NO.||CHANDIGARH||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||DURATION||DEPOT||TYPE||ORIGIN||DESTINATION||ONLINE BOOKING|
|1||301||12:20 AM||5:30 AM||5:10 Hrs||SHIMLA RURAL||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||KHAMADI||NO|
|2||93||1:00 AM||5:01 AM||4:01 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||RAMPUR||NO|
|3||556||1:10 AM||5:45 AM||4:35 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||RECONGPEO||NO|
|4||1220||1:25 AM||5:00 AM||3:35 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||HARIDWAR||RECONGPEO||NO|
|5||538||1:30 AM||5:28 AM||3:58 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||RAMPUR||NO|
|6||176||2:24 AM||6:00 AM||3:36 Hrs||SHIMLA RURAL||HIMGAURAV 2X2 AC||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|7||46||2:25 AM||6:44 AM||4:19 Hrs||SOLAN||HIMGAURAV 2X2 AC||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|8||20||2:40 AM||7:00 AM||4:20 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|9||591||3:00 AM||8:15 AM||5:15 Hrs||TARADEVI||HIMDHARA 3X2 AC||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|10||9||3:01 AM||8:00 AM||4:59 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||HIMACHAL BHAWAN DELHI||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|11||518||3:15 AM||7:15 AM||4:00 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SANGLA||NO|
|12||570||3:25 AM||7:40 AM||4:15 Hrs||SOLAN||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|13||579||3:30 AM||8:45 AM||5:15 Hrs||KARSOG||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||KARSOG||YES|
|14||CHD-KLK-KFN||4:00 AM||8:31 AM||4:31 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||KAFNU||NO|
|15||36||4:01 AM||8:30 AM||4:29 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|16||22||4:30 AM||8:50 AM||4:20 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||HIMACHAL BHAWAN DELHI||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|17||373||4:31 AM||9:00 AM||4:29 Hrs||ROHRU||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||ROHRU||YES|
|18||564||5:40 AM||9:30 AM||3:50 Hrs||TARADEVI||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|19||CHD-RPO-2X2||6:05 AM||10:30 AM||4:25 Hrs||REC PEO||HIMMANI DELUXE 2X2 NON AC||CHANDIGARH||RECONGPEO||NO|
|20||1730||6:12 AM||10:15 AM||4:03 Hrs||ROHRU||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||ROHRU||YES|
|21||1726||6:36 AM||11:30 AM||4:54 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||SARAHAN||YES|
|22||175||7:48 AM||11:50 AM||4:02 Hrs||ROHRU||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||YES|
|23||1618||8:45 AM||1:55 PM||5:10 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||AMBALA CANT||RAMPUR||NO|
|24||501||10:30 AM||3:30 PM||5:00 Hrs||SHIMLA RURAL||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|25||6||11:00 AM||4:30 PM||5:30 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||HIMACHAL BHAWAN DELHI||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|26||1550||11:36 AM||3:45 PM||4:09 Hrs||SOLAN||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||YES|
|27||146||11:48 AM||4:00 PM||4:12 Hrs||SOLAN||ORDINARY||AMRITSAR||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||YES|
|28||1551||12:30 PM||4:39 PM||4:09 Hrs||SOLAN||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||YES|
|29||1552||1:54 PM||6:03 PM||4:09 Hrs||SOLAN||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||YES|
|30||7||2:00 PM||6:55 PM||4:55 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||HIMACHAL BHAWAN DELHI||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|31||592||2:05 PM||7:00 PM||4:55 Hrs||TARADEVI||HIMDHARA 3X2 AC||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|32||159||2:06 PM||6:00 PM||3:54 Hrs||TARADEVI||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||YES|
|33||129||2:35 PM||6:50 PM||4:15 Hrs||TARADEVI||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|34||510||4:15 PM||9:15 PM||5:00 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|35||1553||4:40 PM||8:49 PM||4:09 Hrs||SOLAN||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||YES|
|36||657||5:00 PM||10:00 PM||5:00 Hrs||SHIMLA RURAL||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
|37||1511||5:50 PM||10:20 PM||4:30 Hrs||REC PEO||HIMMANI DELUXE 2X2 NON AC||CHANDIGARH||RECONGPEO||YES|
|38||CHD-SML-RPO||6:00 PM||10:30 PM||4:30 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||RECONGPEO||NO|
|39||6707||6:30 PM||11:00 PM||4:30 Hrs||NALAGARH||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||YES|
|40||1512||7:00 PM||11:30 PM||4:30 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||KALPA||YES|
|41||1510||8:00 PM||12:30 AM||4:30 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||RAMPUR||YES|
|42||48||8:01 PM||11:00 PM||2:59 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||CHANDIGARH AIRPORT||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||YES|
|43||1729||8:20 PM||1:00 AM||4:40 Hrs||ROHRU||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||ROHRU||YES|
|44||551||9:30 PM||2:40 AM||5:10 Hrs||SOLAN||HIMDHARA 3X2 AC||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NO|
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How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh on your own Vehicle
If you have good exposure to driving on mountainous roads then this is a perfect option to travel to Shimla. Below are key things to be considered while traveling to Shimla on your own driving.
- Around 3:30 Hrs are required to reach Shimla from Chandigarh.
- Roads till Solan are very good separate lanes for up and down traffic) and in the rest part till Shimla construction is going on the road..
- You don’t require a 4X4 or a SUV as the normal vehicle can reach there.
- In winter there would be high snowfall around Shimla. Please plan your journey by checking the weather.
How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh on a bike
Kindly consider the below points before planning a trip to Shimla on a bike.
- Every bike can reach Shimla but prefer a bike with > 150 cc engine if you are with a pillion rider.
- Carry rain covers along as there might be rainy uphill while there is a clear sky on the plains.
- During winters Bike riding is not advisable as there will be snowfall / black ice on roads and bike riding is extremely dangerous..
How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh on a Taxi
Taxis can easily be hired for Shimla and there are many options available on the online platforms. Following key things to be considered while taxing taxis to Shimla.
- The Driver should be experienced in traveling these areas.
- Vehicle to be comfortable since travel time would be around 5 hrs.
- Negotiate well before finalization.
How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh by Train
The nearest railway station en route to Shimla is the Shimla railway station. But this station is on the narrow gauge. You need to change trains from Kalka railway station. The Kalka railway station is for both broad gauge and narrow gauge. You can easily reach Kalka railway station from Chandigarh which is less than an Hour.
- This route is a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Best train route to see beautiful Himalayan mountains.
- Travel time is much high since the maximum speed of this train is around 30 km/hr
- The frequency of the trains between Kalka and Shimla is quite low.
How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh by air
The nearest airport en route to Shimla is Shimla airport but there is no direct service available on the plane from Chandigarh.
Heli service is available from Chandigarh to Shimla.
Summary – “How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh”
Let’s summarize what we have understood in this blog “How to reach Shimla from Chandigarh ”
- Shimla is a wonderful travel destination located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh at around 120 KM from Chandigarh.
- You can reach Shimla in one day from Chandigarh.
- Shimla can be reached throughout the year but the best time is from April – June and then from September – October.
- If you want to see snowfall the best time is mid dec to mid feb.
- Shimla can be reached by self-driven car, bike, taxi, and by Bus.
- Nearest railway station is Shimla which is narrow gauge. The train can be taken from Kalka.
- Cheapest way to reach Shimla is by the HRTC bus and many options are available.
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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions:
Question – Chandigarh to Shimla bus
Answer – There are many direct buses from Chandigarh to Shimla. Read this blog, you will be able to know details of all the buses.