A road tip to Ladakh is best advised by your own vehicle. This is beneficial in numerous ways and allows you to explore much more in limited time. With that being said, bringing their own vehicle for the trip is not always a choice for everyone. Some people do not feel confident enough to drive themselves while others are a bit short on time. A lot of people live a bit too far away to be driving all the way from their home. The next best thing to do then is to catch a flight to Ladakh and rent a taxi there for local sightseeing. If you too were planning on doing the same then mentioned below are the Ladakh taxi rates 2019 which can help you determining the overall cost of doing so and planning your budget.
There is a slight increase in taxi rates on all routes as compared to previous year but that usually is the case each year. Tourism in Ladakh is on rise and tourist footfall increases every season. With the increasing number of people visiting here, the demand of taxis too has gone up. And an increase in demand is always followed by increased cost which is the case with Ladakh these days.
Should you book a taxi in advance? I would say that yes you should. Last year, during peak tourist season, people found it hard to find a taxi because everyone they called was booked already. If you were planning to visit in the months of June till September, I would highly recommend that you book a cab ahead of your visit.
Taxi Rates in Ladakh
Is booking a taxi in Ladakh going to be easy on your pocket? Well not really unless you were traveling in a group. Taxi rates in Ladakh are a costly affair but it does have its own benefits as well. If you weren’t sure whether or not you should rent a cab there, then please read Why you should rent a taxi in Ladakh. Maybe the information posted here can help you make a final call.
Now coming to the topic of taxi rates, there are cars available for rent in Ladakh.
- A Class – Innova, XUV and Aria
- B Class – Scorpio, Safari, Sumo Grande, Xylo, Tavera, Qualis
- C Class – Sumo, Eco, Van
Type A of the cabs is the most expensive one followed by B and C class. There is also the choice of hiring a tempo traveler or a Maxi cab if you were traveling in a large group; rates of which I will share in a following article.
Let me first post some of the most common routes used by tourists and taxi rates on these routes. After this, I will then break it down and provide information based on different parts of Ladakh.
Leh airport taxi Rates
For the sake of explaining this better, I will break the information down in different regions of Ladakh. I will begin with your arrival in Leh city. If you want to book a cab to pick you from the airport and drop at the hotel, then below is how much it is going to cost you.
Leh Airport to City Taxi Fare
Depending on how far your hotel is, a taxi from Leh airport to Leh city will cost you between Rs. 550 to Rs. 1,500. As you can see in the chart above, the charges of A and B Class taxis are exactly the same. There is a small difference in the rates of C Class cabs but it is not too significant. Choglamsar Bridge is about 9 kilometers from the airport and Stok Palace is about 15 kilometers.
Leh Sightseeing Taxi Fare
Next let us talk about the fare that you will be paying if you rent a cab for sightseeing in and around Leh City. The three places that I have highlighted in the chart below are probably the most relevant ones for majority of the tourists.
Leh to Khardung La Taxi Fare
If you rent a taxi for Khardung La, then it of course cannot be just a drop because you will also be using the same cab to return. That is the reason why it shows Rs. 0 in the drop field. Depending on what type of cab you chose, a drive from Leh to Khardung La and back will cost you between Rs. 2,300 to Rs. 2,600.
Leh to Leh Palace Taxi Fare
Depending on which cab you chose, a taxi from your hotel to Leh Palace (drop and return) will cost you between Rs. 200 to Rs. 300.
Leh to Shanti Stupa Taxi Fare
Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa are in fact located quiet close so you can actually rent the same cab for both the places. But a cab just for Shanti Stupa will cost you beteen Rs. 200 to Rs. 350.
Leh to Nubra Valley Taxi Fare
Next let me provide information on how much a taxi will cost you from Leh to Nubra Valley. You can refer to the chart below to determine the taxi rate for a respective place; but the part highlighted in blue is the most relevant one for tourists in my opinion.
Depending on the type of cab you chose and destination you opt for, a cab from Leh to Nubra valley and return in 2 days will cost you Rs. 10 – 12k for Diskit and Hunder. If you go as far as Turtuk then this fare would increase to Rs. 12 to 14k. If you also include Panamik and make it a 3 days trip, then the fare would be between Rs. 18k to 21k. Please refer to the rates below for more information.
Leh to Pangong Tso Taxi Fare
Depending on the type of cab you chose, a taxi from Leh to Pangong Tso and return in 2 days will cost you between Rs. 9k to Rs. 11k. If you want to continue traveling and explore even further, then a round trip to Chushul will cost Rs. 13,000 for one day; and Rs. 16,000 for two days (for A Class cabs). Venturing further into Chumathang Valley; a private taxi to Hanle will cost about Rs. 17,000 round trip. If you want to complete the Pangong – Chushul – Tso Moriri – Leh circuit then a three day trip on this route will cost you about Rs. 24,000.
Please refer to the chart below for more information on the taxi rates. The ones highlighted in blue in my opinions are the most relevant ones for tourists.
Leh to Tso Moriri Taxi Fare
A one day taxi from Leh to Tso Moriri and return will cost you Rs. 12,000. If you extend the journey for 2 days and return the next day, then it will cost you about Rs. 15,000. Please refer to the chart below detailing fares depending on various ways that this journey can be done.
Leh Srinagar Route Taxi Fare
Below is a chart detailing fares on Leh to Srinagar route.
Leh to Kargil Taxi Fare
A private taxi from Leh to Kargil will cost you Rs. 9000 for drop and Rs. 12,000 for return journey via Lamayuru. If you however went via Batalik route then the charges will be Rs. 12,600 for drop and Rs. 16,400 for a return journey.
Leh to Srinagar Taxi Fare
A private taxi from Leh to Srinagar will cost you Rs. 17000 for a single day journey. If you want to break the journey in 2 days with a night halt at Kargil then it will cost you Rs. 20,000. For a return journey to Leh, it will cost you Rs. 26,000.
Leh to Jammu Taxi Fare
A private taxi dropping you from Leh to Jammu will cost you Rs. 28,500 for 2 days journey and Rs. 31,300 for 3 days journey. For a return journey to Leh, charges will be Rs. 37,000 for 2 days and Rs. 40,700 for 3 days.
Leh to Drass taxi fare
A private taxi from Leh to Drass will cost you about Rs. 12,000 for a drop and Rs. 16,000 for return journey.
Leh to Sonamarg Taxi Fare
A private taxi from Leh to Sonamarg will cost you Rs. 14,000 for a drop and Rs. 19,000 for return journey
Leh Manali Route Taxi Fare
Below is a chart detailing taxi fare on Leh to Manali route in 2019.
Leh to Keylong Taxi Fare
A taxi from Leh to Keylong will cost Rs. 20,000 for drop and Rs. 26,000 for return journey
Leh to Manali Taxi Fare
For a 2 days journey, a cab from Leh to Manali will cost Rs. 22,000 for drop and Rs. 30,000 for return journey.
Leh to Tso Kar Taxi Fare
If you just want to visit Tso Kar lake on Manali Leh highway, then a private taxi will cost about Rs. 8000 for return journey and Rs. 6000 for drop.
Sham Valley Route Taxi Fare
Below is a rate list showing how much a private taxi from Leh will cost you on the Sham Valley route. I have mentioned the rates for all the places but the ones highlighted on the top will be the most relevant ones for tourists.
Below are the taxi fares for some other routes in Ladakh.
Nubra Valley Taxi Rates
Below are the taxi rates if you hire a private taxi in Nubra Valley itself. These rates are for taxis available from Diskit for visiting other places in Nubra Valley.
If the taxi is used for more than specified days to the destination will be charged for the category as detailed below.
- Innova, Aria, Xuv: Rs. 3097 for full day and Rs. 1548 for half day
- Scorpio, Qualis, Grand, Safari, Xylo: Rs. 2942 for full day and Rs. 1470 for half day
- Sumo, Eco, Van: Rs. 2668 for full Day and Rs. 1337 for Half Day
- Full day mean 8 hours and half day mean 4 hours.
- Waiting charge fir the first hour will be free and remaining hours @ Rs. 314 per hour for all type of vehicles.
- Extra entry into routes from the planned routes is chargeable upto 8 Kms@ Rs. 314.
- The rates has been prepared for the year 2019-20, applicable from 1st April 2019.
- 50% of the billed amount should be deposited in advance in long routes Like- Manali, Srinagar others routes of Leh district.
- Night halt charges @ Rs. 350/- for all types of vehicles.
- AC on demands @ Rs 7/- per Km and will be collected by the driver directly.
Ladakh Taxi Rates 2019 – Conclusion
I hope the information above on taxi rates in Ladakh in 2019 was of help. If you have any questions; or need any further information; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.