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There are 5 ways to get from Rishīkesh to Shimla by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train, bus  •  8 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Rishikesh (RKSH) to Ambala Cant Junction (UMB) Hemkunt Exp
  2. Take the bus from Ambala to Shimla Super Luxury / ...

$5 - $18

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Train, bus via Isbt-17  •  9 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Rishikesh (RKSH) to Ambala Cant Junction (UMB)
  2. Take the bus from Ambala Cantt to Chandigarh
  3. Take the bus from Chandigarh to Shimla 954

$7 - $23

Bus  •  13 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Haridwar to Shimla ISBT Tutikandi 221

$7 - $12

Taxi  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Take a taxi from Rishīkesh to Shimla 173.8 miles

$40 - $55

Drive  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Rishīkesh to Shimla 173.8 miles

$28 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Rishīkesh to Shimla is to bus which costs ₹500 - ₹900 and takes 13 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rishīkesh to Shimla is to taxi which costs ₹3,100 - ₹3,700 and takes 4 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rishīkesh to Shimla. However, there are services departing from Rishikesh and arriving at Shimla ISBT Tutikandi via Haridwar. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 6 min.

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The distance between Rishīkesh and Shimla is 155 km. The road distance is 278 km.

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The best way to get from Rishīkesh to Shimla without a car is to train and bus which takes 8 h 33 min and costs ₹370 - ₹1,400.

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It takes approximately 8 h 33 min to get from Rishīkesh to Shimla, including transfers.

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Rishīkesh to Shimla bus services, operated by HRTC, depart from Haridwar station.

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Rishīkesh to Shimla bus services, operated by HRTC, arrive at Shimla ISBT Tutikandi station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rishīkesh to Shimla is 278 km. It takes approximately 4 h 42 min to drive from Rishīkesh to Shimla.

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There are 700+ hotels available in Shimla. Prices start at $21 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 96.6 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 33 min

What companies run services between Rishīkesh, India and Shimla, India?

HRTC operates a bus from Rishīkesh to Shimla every 3 hours. Tickets cost $4 - $7 and the journey takes 11 h.

Train operators
Bus operators
RSRTC
Bus from Ambala to Shimla
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
rsrtconline.rajasthan.gov.in
Bus from Ambala Cantt to Chandigarh
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
rsrtconline.rajasthan.gov.in
HRTC
Website
hrtchp.com
Bus from Chandigarh to Shimla
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
online.hrtchp.com
Bus from Haridwar to Shimla ISBT Tutikandi
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
online.hrtchp.com
Other operators
Taxi from Rishīkesh to Shimla
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Ola Cabs
Phone
+91 22 33 55 33 55
Website
olacabs.com

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