By Train : Shimla is connected to Kalka (96 kms) on Meter Gauge and it takes around 6 Hrs from KALKA to reach SHIMLA. There are 3-4 trains daily  from Kalka to Shimla and vice-versa. Shivalik Express is luxury Deluxe Train on this route with less halts and pantry facility. One can also travel through Rail car (one of its kind mainly running on this route in india only). The overnight Kalka Mail from Delhi reaches Kalka in the early morning and that is the time to catch connecting trains on the splendid narrow-gauge train to Shimla. There are 103 tunnels on the route with longest being 1.2 K.M. long. 

Time Table of Trains  From Shimla To Kalka

Train No.

Departure  Shimla

Arrival  Kalka

52458 KS



52454 Dn



52456 Dn



52452 Dn



72452 Dn 16:25 21:35

Time Table of Trains  From Kalka To Shimla

Train No.

Departure  Kalka

Arrival  Shimla

52457 KS



52453 Up



52455 Up



52451 Up



72451 Up 05:10 09:50


Luxury Trains

Shivalik Deluxe Express :

Journey time of 4:45 hours stopping enroute only at Barog With a seating capacity of 120, this is a connecting service to Howrah-Kalka mail Luxurious comfort of wall to wall carpeting, wider glass windows, reversible cushioned chairs, table for meals and improved toilet facilities Improved lighting and installed music system for comfort and entertainment. Microphones for communicating with guard and alarm bells to communicate with the driver in emergency. Fare includes break-fast in the UP; and dinner in the DOWN direction.

Shivalik  Palace (Tourist  Coach) :

Can accommodate up to six persons.

On board catering with exclusive kitchenware refrigerator installed and well equipped kitchen provided in the coach
Dinning table with beautiful cushioned chairs. Folding cushioned beds for space and comfort, wall to wall carpeting, music system with electronic voice control, decorative lights and plants and luxurious ultra modern fittings in bathrooms. Fare includes, complementary accommodation at Shimla in two retiring rooms for one day and free meals enroute.


By Road : Shimla is connected by road to all the major towns. The chart below shows the distance between the Major Towns and Shimla and duration of journey -

Location Distance Journey Time by Bus Journey Time by LMV


 80 Kms

 03:15 Hours 03:00 Hours


119 Kms

 04:00 Hours 03:30 Hours


166 Kms

 05:00 Hours 04:30 Hours


370 Kms

 09:00 Hours 08:00 Hours


568 Kms



342 Kms


Jammu (via Pathankot)

482 Kms

16:00 Hours 12:00 Hours


787 Kms



629 Kms



867 Kms


Dharmshala (via Mandi)

270 Kms

12:00 Hours 09:00 Hours

Dharamshala (via Hamirpur)

235 Kms

09:00 Hours 07:00 Hours


345 Kms

14:00 Hours 11:00 Hours


401 Kms

16:00 Hours 12:00 Hours


235 Kms

08:00 Hours 06:30 Hours


280 Kms

09:30 Hours 07:15 Hours


143 Kms

05:30 Hours 05:00 Hours


235 Kms

09:30 Hours 07:00 Hours


175 Kms

08:00 Hours 06:00 Hours


230 Kms

12:00 Hours 09:30 Hours


244 Kms

13:00 Hours 10:00 Hours


324 Kms



374 Kms



100 Kms

06:00 Hours 04:00 Hours


131 Kms



109 Kms

05:30 Hours 03:45 Hours


137 Kms

06:30 Hours 04:15 Hours


043 Kms

02:00 Hours 01:30 Hours


075 Kms

03:00 Hours 02:30 Hours


165 Kms

06:00 Hours 04:30 Hours


245 Kms

09:30 Hours 08:00 Hours

Journey Hours are approximate and may vary with driving habits and weather conditions. The Time Calculation are  based on normal driving speed at Hills.

Buses are frequently available from Chandigarh to Shimla at a gap of  half an hour. Delux Buses and Ordinary Buses are also available from all the places.

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By Air Shimla Airport is at Jubbarhatti, 23 kms from city and is connected to Chandigarh, Kullu, Delhi. It has daily flights from Delhi and Kullu. On Tuesday and Thursday Jagson Airlines flies Delhi-Shimla-Kullu-Gaggal and return. Archana and KCV fly between Delhi and Shimla on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 


Transportation  with  in   Shimla City

Local Transportation : <  Local bus services is frequent in Shimla City from 7 am to 9 pm and buses are available to all the places in the City. Buses runs mainly on the Ring Road (Covering Main Bus Stand, Lift, Chota Shimla, Kasumpti, Sanjauli, Lakkar Bazaar Bus Stand, Victory Tunnel, Boileauganj, Summer Hill.   Taxis are freely available from all the points in Shimla for local travel and site seen. Daily Tourist Buses are run by HPTDC for local sight seen and booking in them can be done at the Tourist Information Centre on the Mall. Shimla City is placed on hill top and all the major places like Mall, Ridge, Kali Bari, Lakkar Bazaar are located on it, to reach these places one has to walk on foot from the ring road on steep hill and its the only mode of travel on hill slopes. One can avail the facility of lift run by HP tourism from cart road, which links the Cart Road to Mall. Taxi Service from Mall Road to Bus Stand, Sanjauli to Lakkar Bazaar (Near Ridge , Shimla),Kasumti to Shimla Club(Near Ridge).

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Parking Facility  :  Shimla is congested town and one can face parking problem if coming by own vehicle. There are many parking places operated by private parties. Main parking places in Shimla are near Lift, Nr.Hotel Holiday Home, Main Bus Stand, Railway Station Godown, High Court Parking. MC Parking largest in Shimla town situated just 100 mt. away from lift has capacity for about 400 vehicles at a time. 

One should take special care of Sealed and Restricted roads in Shimla, all the roads leading from cart road to mall side are sealed and restricted roads. Parking on the sides of Cart Road is also prohibited. There is heavy fine on violation of any of the rules.