If you were planning a trip to Kashmir anytime soon; and wanted to rent a taxi there for either local sightseeing; or for traveling to Ladakh or Zanskar; then below are the Srinagar Taxi Union Rates 2018. The picture below lists rates of taxis for visiting places in Kashmir Valley locally; or for renting a taxi for a drop to Kargil or Leh. These rates are for private taxis including SUVs Scorpio, Tavera and Innova. Some small hatchbacks too are available for rent and may cost you a little less but the difference will not be that great. On a majority basis, only large cars and SUVs with good ground clearance get rented mostly. The rates below are not for A.C. vehicle. If you need the A.C. in the car turned on than it will cost you an additional 19% of the total rent of the cab.
The rates above as a matter of fact are the same from last year. For last couple of years, the taxi unions in Srinagar have not changed their rates much but an increase in 2018 is expected. Exact amount and time is not decided but taxi operators are speculating an increase of about 20 to 25% in total fares in 2018.
For now these rates remain applicable but it is possible that you may be asked to pay up to 25% more of this cost while you were in Srinagar. If the rates increase than I will post the review rates here at this post.
Also read: Current Situation in Srinagar for Tourists
Rates mentioned above are all for private taxis but shared cabs too are available for some of the popular tourist destinations. I have mentioned the shared taxi rates further in this article.
Important thing to know while renting a cab in Srinagar is that these taxis will not be allowed to ply on routes in Ladakh and Zanskar. This is a dispute that the local taxi operators in these areas have; or maybe you can call it an agreement as well. Taxis registered in Srinagar do not take tourists for sightseeing in Ladakh and Zanskar; and vice versa. So if you rented a cab from Srinagar, it will drop you either at Kargil or Leh; from where you will have to rent another cab for visiting Zanskar or Ladakh.
The rates are applicable for a pick and drop at Tourist Reception Center, also known as TRC, in Srinagar. It is located on Srinagar Leh highway near Dal Lake. If you however wanted the driver to pick you from a different location; like your hotel or airport than they may charge you a little extra for that.
Also read: Is Srinagar Leh Highway Safe for Tourists?
Srinagar to Ladakh Taxi
Ladakh in recent years has come up as one of the hot favorite tourists destinations in our country. From Srinagar, you will easily find both private and shared taxis going towards Ladakh. Thing however is that the shared cabs do the journey in a non-stop manner, running all the way to Ladakh with no stop. If you want to break the journey in 2 or 3 days, you will have to opt for a private taxi. If you rent a taxi for Ladakh and would like to add a stay at other places like Gulmarg then a per day charge will apply.
Also read: Srinagar to Leh Bus Service
Srinagar to Leh Private Taxi Fare
A one day journey from Srinagar to Leh in a private taxi will cost you about Rs. 15,000. The cab will travel non-stop for about 18 to 20 hours and will drop you at Leh. If you break this journey in 2 days then the charge will increase to Rs. 17,000. Any more than 2 days and up to 6 days, this journey will cost you approximately Rs. 30,000.
For journeys of more than 2 days, your accommodation at places in between is of course not included. You also will not be required to pay for the driver as well. For night stay, you will have to look for a hotel for yourself and driver will find his own accommodation.
Also, if you completed the journey in 18 hours, a non-stop cab that is, then chances are that you will definitely suffer from altitude sickness. Your gain in altitude will be sudden in a matter of few hours and you will experience of symptoms of acute mountain sickness.
Also read: How to Handle Mountain Sickness in Ladakh?
Srinagar to Leh Shared Taxi
A shared taxi from Srinagar to Leh will cost you approximately Rs. 2,200 per person. If you are traveling alone; or on a budget and do not want to be traveling in the bus then boarding a shared taxi from Srinagar for Leh is a great choice. The only drawback is that these taxis travel non-stop for about 18-20 hours; with very limited breaks and can get uncomfortable. It is not a good option if you are traveling with family.
Srinagar to Leh Taxi Fare One Way
If you want to book a taxi for one way journey from Srinagar to Leh then it will cost you Rs. 14,000 for one day journey and Rs. 17,000 for 2 day journey. If you however want to book a cab from Srinagar for return journey as well then you will have to book it for 6 days; for a total of Rs. 30,000.
Taxi from Srinagar to Kargil
You will board a taxi from Srinagar to Kargil for either visiting Kargil, or Zanskar valley or to continue to Ladakh after a stay at Kargil. Like Ladakh, the options for taxi service to Kargil too are in the form of private and shared taxis; charges of which are as mentioned below.
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Srinagar to Kargil Taxi Fare
From Srinagar, for a drop to Kargil in one day, the taxi will cost you Rs. 6,400. For a return journey as well back to Srinagar the very next day, the taxi will cost you Rs. 13,200. If you want to stay at Kargil for a day and return to Srinagar on Day 3, then a 3 days journey will cost you Rs. 14,730.
Srinagar to Kargil Shared Taxi
A shared taxi from Srinagar to Kargil will cost you Rs. 900 to Rs. 1000 per person. The journey will be completed in one day and the cab will reach Kargil by evening.
Srinagar to Jammu Taxi
A private taxi from Srinagar to Jammu will cost you Rs. 4,900 for one day journey. A shared taxi from Srinagar to Jammu will charge Rs. 700 per person. It is a one day journey. Taxi will start from Srinagar in the morning and will reach Jammu by late afternoon.
Jammu to Srinagar Taxi Rent
Private taxi from Jammu to Srinagar for a one day journey will charge you Rs. 5000 approximately. If you board a shared taxi then it will cost you Rs. 800 – Rs. 900 per person. These taxis are available at Jammu Bus stand and complete the journey to Srinagar in one day.
Also read: Tourist Places in Srinagar City and Around
Srinagar Airport Taxi Fare
A private taxi to drop at the airport in Srinagar will cost you Rs. 700. For pick up from the airport and drop at your hotel will cost you Rs. 1,026.00
Srinagar to Gulmarg taxi Fare
A Srinagar to Gulmarg taxi will cost you Rs. 1,850 for one way drop. If you however would like to return to Srinagar by the same cab then it will cost you Rs. 2,050
Srinagar to Pahalgam Taxi Fare
A private taxi from Srinagar to Pahalgam will cost you Rs. 2,500 for drop and Rs. 2,950 for a return journey.
Srinagar to Sonamarg Taxi Fare
From Srinagar, a private taxi will cost you Rs. 2,400 for a drop to Sonamarg. If you would however like to book the same cab for return journey as well then it will cost you Rs. 2,850
Srinagar to Yusmarg Taxi Fare
A private taxi for a return journey from Srinagar to Yusmarg will cost you Rs. 2,050
Srinagar to Baltal Taxi Fare
A private taxi from Srinagar to Baltal for one day journey will cost you Rs. 3,650. If you however booked the same cab for your return journey as well to Srinagar the next day then the taxi will cost you Rs. 5,170. For a three days trip with a stay at Baltal or Sonamarg or any other place on the way, it will cost you Rs. 6,590.
Srinagar Sightseeing Taxi Fare
Last but not the least, mentioned below are the taxi rates for sightseeing in Srinagar city.
- If you booked a private taxi for the Mughal gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar, then it will cost you Rs. 1,270.
- A private taxi for an extended trip including the above mentioned three garden plus Parimahal, S. Temple, and Hazratbal would cost you Rs. 2,330
- If you just want to go to Hazratbal and come back, it will cost you Rs. 700
- For visiting Parimahal and Chasmashahi gardens, a private taxi will cost you Rs. 900
- A taxi for taking you for sightseeing around the old city will cost Rs. 1,000
Srinagar Taxi Union Rates 2018 – 2019
I hope the information above on Srinagar Taxi Union Rates 2018 was of help. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.