How much a private or shared taxi is going to cost in Srinagar is one of the most frequent questions that I get to hear. This query comes from both people traveling just in Kashmir and people traveling from Srinagar to Leh. Posted below is a picture of the taxi rates I clicked from the taxi stand in Srinagar that can be helpful. It has rates for both local sightseeing and Srinagar taxi rates for a drop / return journey to Leh or Kargil as well.
Rates in 2017 or afterwards can be a little different but the change won’t be drastic. There may be a slight increase or none at all.
Please note that the charges mentioned above are for simple small taxis like Indica or Sumo. For luxury taxis, the charges will even be higher. For traveling by a Tavera, increase the charge by 10%, for Xylo add another 20% and for Innova and Scorpio, add another 25-30% of the total fare. So for example, a trip to Gulmarg here would be Rs. 2100 in Indica or Sumo, about Rs. 2400 in Tavera or Xylo, and about Rs. 2800 in Scorpio or Innova.
Srinagar Taxi Rates for Private & Shared Taxis
If you are planning a trip to Ladakh, then the most important thing you need to keep in mind is that a taxi from Srinagar is only good enough for a drop to Leh. It will only travel on Srinagar Leh highway and will not take tourists to any other area for sightseeing. For example, if you are planning to cover Zanskar valley while going to Ladakh, then you will need to leave the Srinagar taxi in Kargil and book another Kargil registered taxi from there for Zanskar.
I am not really sure but I think the Srinagar registered cab will also not take you to Sham Valley as well. However; I have spoken to a few drivers in Srinagar and as per them, Zanskar is not that big a problem; main issue is in Ladakh you if you are lucky, you may find a driver in Srinagar who can take you to Zanskar as well.
Srinagar to Leh Taxi
There are both private and shared taxis from Srinagar to Leh. They usually cover the journey from Srinagar to Leh either in one day or two days.
If you are planning to visit some other areas like Gulmarg as well and would like to extend the journey for a longer duration, a per day charge will apply.
Srinagar to Leh Private Taxi Fare: If you are in for a non-stop journey spread over a period of 18-20 hours, then a private taxi will cost you about Rs. 15,000. For a 2 day journey, it will cost you about Rs. 17000. A trip for more than 2 and up to 6 days will cost about Rs. 30,000. Please note that if you do this in a single day, there is a high chance that you may face high altitude sickness in Ladakh as the gain in altitude will be sudden within a few hours.
Srinagar to Leh Shared Taxi Fare: If you are a solo traveler, then a shared taxi would be your best bet. This again is a one day non-stop journey and charges per person will be Rs. 2200. This is a great choice if you are on a budget trip but do not want to travel by a bus; or get stuffed in a public shared taxi with other locals.
Srinagar to Kargil Taxi:
Like Leh, taxis to Kargil are also private and shared both. This journey can either be done in one, two or three days as per your convenience.
Srinagar to Kargil Taxi Fare: For a drop to Kargil from Srinagar in one day, charges would be around Rs. 8000. For a 2 day return journey, you will pay Rs. 14000, and for 3 days return journey fare would be Rs. 15,000.
Srinagar to Kargil Shared Taxi Fare: There is also the option of shared taxis to Kargil for solo travelers. This is a one day journey and fare per person is Rs. 1000.
Srinagar to Jammu Taxi Service
Srinagar to Jammu is just a single day journey. You will start from Srinagar in the morning and taxi will drop you to Jammu by evening. If for some reason, you want to cover it in 2 or more days, then you will need to speak with the taxi driver and a per day charge will apply.
Srinagar to Jammu Private Taxi Fare: For a drop to Jammu from Srinagar, you will pay around Rs. 500 for private taxi.
Srinagar to Jammu Shared Taxi Fare: For a shared taxi, fare per person would be around Rs. 800.
Jammu to Srinagar Private Taxi Fare: If you are however traveling the other way, from Jammu to Srinagar, the same charges will apply; Rs. 5000 for a private taxi and Rs. 800 – Rs. 900 for shared taxis.
I hope this information on Srinagar taxi rates was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I would be glad to answer.