Tourist season in Ladakh has already started and thousands of people have already visited the place in previous months. Srinagar Leh highway was declared open a few weeks ago and it is now only a matter of days before Manali Leh route too becomes accessible for vehicles. If you too have been planning to visit Ladakh in coming days and traveling on Srinagar to Leh route was on your plans, then below is the latest on Srinagar to Leh Bus 2020 explaining how this bus service is going to look this year.
The journey from Srinagar to Leh is a 2 days affair with a night halt at Kargil. You will not be changing buses in Kargil and it will be the same bus that you boarded from Srinagar which will take you to Leh from Kargil the next day. On the other hand, the journey from Leh to Srinagar is a non-stop affair of about 18 hours. That is correct. This bus actually runs from Leh to Srinagar at a stretch with no halts in between. Further details are provided in the article below.
Srinagar to Leh Bus 2020
There are two types of Buses available from Srinagar to Leh or vice versa. The first and the most popular one is the govt. bus fare from Srinagar to Leh operated by JKSRTC. These are a mix of luxury, semi-deluxe and ordinary buses. The second category is of the buses that are operated by private tour operators and these are mostly semi-deluxe mini buses or tempo travelers. The majority of the buses available are the ordinary JKSRTC buses and these play on the route on a daily basis.
Srinagar to Leh Bus JKSRTC
In theory, there are supposed to be 3 types of buses available from Srinagar to Leh, all provided by JKSRTC. The first one is a super luxury bus, the second one a deluxe and third a semi-deluxe bus. In reality, however, there is just one Bus available which is mostly a semi-deluxe one.
Srinagar to Leh Bus Time Table
The bus starts from Srinagar at around 7 am, arrives at Sonamarg around 11 am, Drass at around 2 pm and finally reaches Kargil between 4 to 5 pm. It halts overnight at Kargil. The coach will start at 7.30 am the next morning from Kargil and reach Leh around 3 pm.
Srinagar to Leh Bus Schedule
This is a daily bus from Srinagar. Usually it is just one bus every morning but depending on the bookings, JKSRTC may run a second bus on the same day.
Srinagar to Leh Bus Price
Srinagar to Leh Bus Fare for super luxury buses is Rs. 1300 per person. For a deluxe bus, it will cost you about Rs. 900 per person and Rs. 700 for a semi-deluxe bus. Normally, it is just a semi deluxe bus operating on the route so Rs. 700 per head is what you will be spending for the journey.
Srinagar to Leh Distance by Bus
This bus starts from Srinagar, travels via Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil; and covers a total distance of 425 kilometers before finally arriving at Leh.
How to Book a Ticket for Srinagar to Leh Bus
The bus completely operates on the number of tickets sold. This is how JKSRTC decides whether they would need to assign one bus on a particular day or more than one. To book your seat, you will need to arrive at TRC and buy a ticket for your date of travel. Please note that buying in advance is mandatory and you may not be able to board a bus if you didn’t have the ticket is already. It is possible that you reached the Bus stand and were allowed to buy a seat on the spot but I wouldn’t recommend taking that chance.
Srinagar to Leh Bus Online Booking
There is no online booking portal available for JKSRTC Buses yet. The only way to get a ticket is to buy one in person.
Srinagar to Leh Bus Route
The route of the Bus will be as mentioned below.
Srinagar – Ganderbal – Kangan – Sonamarg – Baltal – Zojila – Dras – Kargil – Mulbekh – Namika La – Fotu La – Lamayuru – Nimmoo – Leh
Srinagar to Leh Sleeper Bus
There is no sleeper Bus available between Srinagar and Leh.
Srinagar to Leh Deluxe Bus
The only Deluxe Bus available is the JKSRTC Bus from Srinagar to Leh.
Srinagar to Leh Volvo Bus Fare
There is no Volvo Bus available on the route. The ones operated by JKSRTC are normal deluxe buses and the private operators mostly use tempo travelers.
Leh to Srinagar Bus in December
This Bus starts sometimes in May and plies until late October and sometimes even in November but there is no bus service available on the route in the month of December.
Srinagar to Leh Bus Journey
I have received feedback from a lot of people who traveled on the route in the JKSRTC Bus. Almost all of them came back with a positive feedback. The journey was not really a luxurious one but comfortable enough considering that you will be sitting in a Bus for 2 days traveling in a hilly area.
Delhi to Leh via Srinagar by Bus
There is no direct bus from Delhi to Leh that goes via Srinagar. If you want to complete this journey, you will first have to reach Srinagar from Delhi by Bus and then board the Leh Bus that I described above.
Jammu to Leh Bus Service
There is no direct bus from Jammu to Leh. There is no direct Bus available from Jammu to Kargil as well. The only way to travel from Jammu to Leh is to first reach Srinagar and then go to Leh.
Srinagar to Leh Tempo Traveller
These are all mostly operated by private tour operators. They complete the journey non-stop without a halt in between. The starting time from Srinagar is about 5 PM and arrival at Leh is in the morning at 8 AM.
Clothes to Pack for Ladakh Trip
Irrespective of the fact that you will be traveling by a Bus, it is very important that you pack the right type of clothes for your trip. The weather of Ladakh is cold and unpredictable and varies highly depending on the month and time of the day. The trick is to bring clothes that can be worn on top of one another, according to the temperature of the day. For more details, please read What Kind of Clothes to Pack for Ladakh Trip.
Best time to Visit Leh Ladakh
If you were traveling by Bus, the best time to visit Ladakh would be in late June, July, August or September. Weather in these months remain to be pleasant and the bus service on all routes will remain available. For more details, please read When is the Best time to Visit Ladakh.
Acute Mountain Sickness
Yes, altitude sickness will be one of your biggest concerns while visiting Ladakh. Take a look at How to Handle Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh to know what AMS is, what its symptoms are and what can you do to avoid it.
Srinagar to Leh Bus 2020 – Conclusion
I hope the information above on Srinagar to Leh Bus in the year 2020 – 21 was of help. If you have any other questions; or need any further details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.