Ladakh is a truly wonderful destination that surely is on the bucket list of many. There is a little chance that those who have visited this place, do not wish to visit it again. Opting for solo trips to Leh in a car or on a bike is an exciting task. Travelling by air is not always a feasible option and also there is no easily reachable railway station. The nearest one is in Jammu, 700 km away. The road journey from Jammu to Leh is filled with abundant scenic charm. Here is the detailed information on Ladakh by Bus with departure timing, approx. tariff etc., so that you can easily plan a trip.
Delhi to Leh Bus Service
Buses from Delhi to Leh play via Manali. There is a night halt at Keylong and the next morning, the journey continues to Leh. The bus begins its journey from the ISBT Station of New Delhi at 03:45 PM. At 09:30 PM, there is a stoppage in Chandigarh and then next day’s morning at Kullu at 06:30 AM. It reaches Manali 10 in the morning.
After a small break, the bus restarts its journey to Keylong were it reaches at 03:30 PM. Overnight stay is in Keylong. Then, early morning of next day at 5:00 AM, the bus starts for Leh, reaches Leh the same day, at 7:00 in the evening. These buses are operated by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC). Please take note that there is no facility of online booking. It is advisable that you confirm that exact schedule or any other information from the HPTDC office.
Journey Timings: Delhi - ISBT (03.45 PM) - Chandigarh (09.30 PM) - Kullu (06.30 AM) - Manali (10.00 AM) - Keylong (05.00 AM) - Leh (07.00 PM)
Approx. Tariff: INR 1339
Manali to Leh Bus Service
Managed by the Himachal government, bus from Manali takes a time of 2 days to take you to Leh. Semi-deluxe buses and non-AC buses stop at a number of places for the purpose of sightseeing. There is a stopover at Keylong for night halt, dinner as well as breakfast (included in the ticket). The next day, early morning at 06:00 AM, the bus resumes its journey for Leh.
Along with this, there is another bus by the Himachal govt. only that doesn’t involves any stopovers, except for washroom and food.
Time of Departure: Manali (09.00 AM)
INR 2500 (Semi-deluxe buses and non-AC buses)
INR 400-500 (Bus service without stopover)
Srinagar to Leh Bus Service
2-day bus journey from Srinagar to Leh includes night stay in Kargil. The government- run Bus starts its journey at 8:00 AM. Usually, one bus travels between Srinagar and Leh but if there are more passengers, another bus travels the next day. Private bus operators also run buses at a tariff of around INR 1000 or more. The facility of online booking is not available. Further information can be gathered by calling the concerned office.
Unfortunately, there is no system of online booking and exact schedule can be known by calling the concerned booking office.
Time of Departure: 8’o clock in the morning
INR 1058 (deluxe bus)
INR 670 (Semi Deluxe Bus)
Leh to Pangong Bus Service
Every Saturday and Sunday, bus from Leh to Pangong, leaves Leh at 06:30 AM. Apart from this, there is another bus services that goes to Tangste (not till Pangong), on every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Departure Time: 06.30 AM
Approx. Tariff: INR 250
Leh to Tso Moriri Bus Service
From Leh to Tso Moriri, buses are available thrice a month – 10th, 20th and 30th of every month. The bus starts its journey at 06:30 in the morning from Leh. The return journey of the bus is on the next day- 11th, 21st and 31st or 1st of the next month.
Time of Departure: 6.30 AM
Approx. Tariff: INR 370
Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Service
Bus for Nubra Valley from Leh, starts at 08:00 AM on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The bus finally arrives at Diskit. The return journey takes place the next day at 7’o clock in the morning. Likewise, another bus from Leh is available to Simur, that leaves from Leh, every Thursday and Saturday at 06:00 AM. The bus starts its journey from and ends it at the main stand, the next day.
Time of Departure: 8 AM on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Approx. Tariff: INR 350
Leh to Hanle Bus Service
Bus for Hanle from Leh is available every Saturday. The bus starts at 6.30 AM.
Time of Departure: 6.30 AM
Approx. Tariff: INR 492
Leh to Stok Bus Service
Bus from Leh to Stok is available twice on a daily basis, in the morning and evening at 08:00 AM and 05:00 PM.
Time of Departure: 8 AM and 5 PM
Approx. Tariff: INR 25