Ladakh Bus Service – 2017 : Frequency, Fare and Schedule

by Vargis.Khan

While majority of the people traveling to Ladakh use their own vehicle to get there; as well as for local sightseeing; a lot of us not really have that luxury available. There could be several reasons behind it. Some people do not feel comfortable riding or driving in that terrain; others live a bit too far to bring their own vehicles and a lot of people would rather catch a flight because they are short on time. One of the biggest reasons however is budget. Traveling by your own vehicle would of course be a lot more expensive if you just caught a bus to reach your destination. Whatever the reason maybe; reaching Leh and using Ladakh bus service or shared taxis for local sightseeing is also becoming a popular way for a trip to Ladakh.

 If you too are planning a trip to Ladakh by public transport; then below is the schedule of Ladakh Bus service for the year 2017. A friend of mine, Kaustubh, recently traveled to Ladakh and was kind enough to click the pictures below and send.

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The images above have schedules of all bus services to all the popular tourist destinations in Ladakh. The second and third image are the same. Just that the first one is a bit dark, hard to read; and the flash made some parts of third image unreadable so I kept them both in the article.

Frequency of Ladakh bus service has really been a challenge; in case the days of the availability of the bus do not match your itinerary then another great option is to travel by shared taxis. You can get shared taxi to Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri from Leh bus stand and fare is almost same as that of the bus.

The bus from Leh to Delhi starts from Leh Bus stand at 5 AM. You will need to buy your ticket a day before and reach the bus stand by 4.30 AM. It reaches Keylong by around 6-7 PM. Passengers are required to make their own accomodation arrangements and you can easily get a hotel near the bus stand itself for Rs. 600 – Rs. 800. There is also a unisex dormitory near the bus stand where you can get a bed for Rs. 100. Next day it starts at 6.30 from Keylong and the ticket is Rs. 850 till Delhi. It reaches Manali by noon and starts from there for Delhi at 1.30 PM; reaching Delhi at 4.30 AM the next day.

You can get a shared taxi for Diskit from Leh Bus stand, fare per person is Rs. 400. The taxis usually start in the morning, around 8 AM towards both Panamik and Diskit. It reaches Panamik at around 1 to 2 PM.

There is a daily morning bus from Panamik to Diskit at 7.30 AM.

There is a bus from Diskit to Turtuk at 2.30 PM daily. It reaches Turtuk at around 6 PM.

From Diskit bus stand, you can easily get a shared taxi for Leh. These taxis leave Diskit at around 9-10 AM.

From Turtuk, there is a daily bus to Diskit at 6 AM every morning.

I hope the information above was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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Ikshit July 2, 2018 - 8:52 am

Hi!

I have heard that shared taxi is not available from leh to pangong and vice versa or leh to nubra and vice versa and personal taxi is only option. Is it true.

Also if one has to drop either of nubra or pangong coz of tight schedule, which one to drop. I am more inclined to see pangong than nubra. Thanks

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Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:19 pm

I do not think that is true. Shared taxis are still available. Nubra or Pangong will be a completely personal choice, both are equally beautiful.

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Ikshit July 3, 2018 - 9:43 am

Hi!

Thanks for the reply. Few more queries.

!. shared taxi fare from leh to pangong and vice versa- Where to get them. Where do they drop us in pangong and how far the tents will be from there.

2. Share taxi fare from srinagar to leh- Is it advisable to halt in kargil or go directly.

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Vargis.Khan July 3, 2018 - 1:54 pm

1. About Rs. 400 – 500 per person. Camp sites won’t be far from where they drop you.
2. About Rs. 2000 – 2500 per person. It is better to halt at Kargil.

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Menghani Sudesh July 2, 2018 - 7:56 am

Hi Vargis,
Thanks for all your post. Really it helps a lot.
Shall i book online or booking on the spot is better option.
And 2nd is i i have my return ticket book from Srinagar. So, can i cover Leh to Srinagar in one day.
Thanks in advance.

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Menghani Sudesh July 2, 2018 - 8:00 am

Sorry I missed to mention.
I my earlier post i mean hotel booking.

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Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:21 pm

Hi Menghani,

1. There is a huge tourist rush in Leh this year so booking in advance would be better to avoid any last minute hassles.
2. There is a daily bus from Leh that starts at 2 PM and runs non-stop till Srinagar for 18 hours; reaching Srinagar in the morning next day.

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Aom May 2, 2018 - 3:02 pm

Hello
I going to Srinagar on 19 May 2018 so I would like to take a bus from Leh to Srinagar.
Is there only 1 bus go to Srinagar right 2 PM?
Can i book it online ? or when i should book the ticket?

If i book taxi how much should i spend?

Thanks you 🙂

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Vargis.Khan May 2, 2018 - 6:41 pm

https://vargiskhan.com/log/srinagar-to-leh-bus-service-fare-schedule-book/

Take a look at the post above under the “Leh to Srinagar Bus” heading

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Ruth August 18, 2017 - 11:56 am

Hi Vargis,

Thanks for the update on the public bus schedule. There seems to be a difference in the Leh – Pangong schedule from what i frequently got. This one is more frequent compare to the usual Saturday – Sunday departures.

So according to this the bus from Leh to Pangong leave every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.. which means the bus back from Pangong will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday is it correct?

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Vargis.Khan August 18, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Hi Ruth – Correct. The bus will return the next day.

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Ruth August 18, 2017 - 5:01 pm

Hi Vargis, thanks for the reply. Is this schedule still applicable for September this year. I’m traveling there early September. Also if I want to go back from Pangong to Leh on a Thursday instead which means there’s no bus, how do you suggest for the best option to go for. Is finding sharing taxi from Pangong Lake to Leh easy or is hitchhiking a transport back to Leh possible?

Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan August 18, 2017 - 5:47 pm

Hi Ruth, Yes the schedule is applicable for September as well. In case you are coming back on a day when there is no bus, then you will have to either find a shared taxi or hitchhike. Hitchhiking is not really that difficult in tourist season, a lot of people do it and you will easily find a ride back. Another choice is to look for a bus coming back from Changthang valley, places like Chushul, Tsagha, Hanle or Koyul. All these buses travel through Spangmik. Talk to the villagers there and they will give you the exact time when the bus passes through the village.

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Mandar M August 3, 2017 - 5:41 am

As far as shared taxi for nubra is concerned till what time will you get a share cab?

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Vargis.Khan August 3, 2017 - 2:33 pm

You can get a shared taxi from Leh Bus stand for Diskit until 8 AM I believe.

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