Ladakh Bus Service: Schedule 2018 – 19

by Vargis.Khan

Traveling to Ladakh by public transport seems to be gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. It was not really a popular or a good choice until a few years ago; but after recent boost in tourism, a lot of people have started to travel here by either a Bus or shared taxi. If you too were planning a trip to Ladakh this year; and have been thinking about traveling by local buses, then below is the schedule of the Ladakh Bus Service in year 2018 – 19. This is actually a picture of the board put up at the main bus stand in Leh city itself that a friend of mine clicked and sent me. The schedule including fare per person and the frequency is mentioned in the picture below.

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Please click on the picture to view it in full size. Mention below is the schedule in case the picture above is not clear or the text is not readable.

Leh Ladakh Bus Service

All these buses reach their respective destination on the mentioned days and make the return journey the next day. So you can actually use the same bus to go back to Leh that you arrived with.

Leh to Saboo Bus – Two Buses daily at 8 AM and 5 PM. Fare per person is Rs. 20
Leh to Mudh Village – There \is bus from Leh to Mudh every Wednesday at 9.00 AM. Fare per person is Rs.297.
Leh to Choushot – Daily bus at 8.00 AM and 4.30 PM. Fare per person is Rs. 25

Leh to Tso Moriri Bus Service – There are still only three buses to Tso Moriri from Leh, on 10th, 20th and 30th of every month. It starts from Leh at 6.30 AM and fare per person is Rs. 370.

Leh to Chumathang Bus – There is a direct bus from Leh to Chumathang on every alternate Saturday. Fare per person is Rs. 214 and the bus starts from Leh at 12 PM.

Nubra Valley Bus Schedule

The below mentioned buses travel to Nubra Valley from Leh

  • Leh to Turtuk Bus – There is a weekly bus to Turtuk every Saturday from Leh at 6 AM. Fare per person is Rs. 316
  • Leh to Skuru Bus – One Bus every Tuesday at 6 AM from Leh. Fare per person is Rs. 256.
  • Leh to Diskit Bus – One Bus every Saturday at 6 AM from Leh. Fare per person is Rs. 197.
Pangong Tso Bus Schedule

All of the below mentioned buses can be used to reach Pangong Lake from Leh. The first one is the direct bus to Leh which will drop passengers at Spangmik. Rest are buses to other villages near the lake.

  • Leh to Pangong Bus – There are four buses every week from Leh to Pangong on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6.00 AM. Fare per person is Rs. 270.
  • Leh to Chushul Bus – One Bus every Wednesday at 6.30 AM from Leh. Fare per person is Rs. 394.
  • Leh to Chushul Bus via Merak – Every Sunday at 6.30 AM. Fare per person is Rs. 406.
  • Leh to Phobrang Bus – Weekly Bus on Saturday at 7.00 AM from Leh. Fare per person is Rs. 300.
  • Leh to Koyul Bus – One Bus every Tuesday at 6.30 AM. Fare per person is Rs. 473.
  • Leh to Hanle Bus – This is written as Hunleh on the board. This is a weekly bus from Leh to Hanle at 6.30 AM every Saturday. Fare is Rs. 492 per person
  • Leh to Tsaga Bus – Every Friday from at Leh 9.00 AM. Fare per person is Rs. 356
  • Leh to Tangtse Bus – This bus runs three times a week; on every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, at 6.30 AM from Leh. Fare per person is Rs. 186.
Buses from Ladakh

Below is the schedule of Buses that you can take from Leh city for your return journey home via Manali or Srinagar.

Leh to Srinagar Bus – There is a daily bus from Leh to Srinagar. It starts at 2.00 PM from Leh, runs non-stop all night and arrives at Srinagar the next morning between 7.00 to 9.00 AM. Fare per person is Rs. 1,058.

Leh to Keylong Bus – The schedule of this is not updated because Manali Leh highway is not yet open. This is a daily bus that starts from Leh at 6.00 AM and arrives at Keylong by 7.00 PM. This is the bus that you will use for your journey to Manali. After arriving at Keylong, you will board a bus for Manali from there the next morning. Fare for Leh to Keylong is around Rs. 500 and then another Rs. 175 for Keylong to Manali.

Leh to Kargil Bus – This is again a daily bus from Leh. It starts at 6.30 AM from Leh and arrives at Kargil by afternoon. Fare per person is Rs. 578

Leh to Manali Semi Deluxe Bus – It is updated on the board but this bus is not really available.

Leh to Jammu Bus – It too is mentioned there on the board but this service too does not exist. There is no direct bus between Leh to Jammu. You will have to break the journey between Leh to Srinagar and then Srinagar tO Jammu by two different buses.


I hope the information above was of help. If you need any questions, or need any further details; please feel free to ask in the comment section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.

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sunny December 10, 2019 - 6:09 pm

kya january months me hum pangong lake ghum skte h

N June 6, 2019 - 5:02 am

If i want to make stay at Kargil and take bu From kargil to leh . will there be any choice ?

Greta S. May 15, 2019 - 11:17 am

Is it possible to get from Turtuk to Leh by some shared wehicle if I’m not able to catch Sunday bus?
Last week of June,solo traveller.

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2019 - 12:51 pm

You will have to find a way back to Diskit from Turtuk and then board a shared cab from there. Turtuk to Leh direct would be tough

Kuber March 14, 2019 - 12:43 pm

Leh se nimoo ke liye bus milegi ?

Vargis.Khan March 14, 2019 - 6:17 pm

Haan mil jaayegi. Kisi bhi Kargil ki taraf jaati hui bus ya shared taxi mein beth jana aur Nimmoo utar jana.

surya January 24, 2019 - 1:20 pm

Hi Vargis Thaonks for the information. I’m reaching leh on 29th Jan 2019. Can you please inform me if I could get any public transport like jkrts buses, shared transport and any other means of transport to, TURTUK, DISKIT, PANAMIK, PANGONG AND LIKIR. Your help would be highly appreciated. I also would like to know how the local people go to nearby villages and Nubra valley in winters particularly in Janualry and February months,

Thanks in advance,

nisith January 15, 2019 - 5:39 pm


can you please update if buses to Pangong, hanle & Tso moriri runs through out the year , specifically in the winter months……

Vargis.Khan January 15, 2019 - 6:20 pm

No, not in winter months

Μιχάλης Σούλης (@miguelsulis) December 24, 2018 - 11:42 pm

Hello Vargis, thanks a lot for all the helpful information. would you happen to know if there is regular public transport between 1. Leh Shey, and 2. Leh Lamayuru, and their schedule? Thanks a lot.

Vargis.Khan December 25, 2018 - 5:42 am

Thanks Miguel. You will have to rely on shared cabs for both these destinations which you can get from Leh Bus stand.

Sanjay November 19, 2018 - 12:33 am

Vai nubra valley jane k liye kon sa bus badiya rahega.sukru main jaien to uha se hunder kitna dur padega.sukru utar k camel ride kiya ja sakta hain ki nahi.

Vargis.Khan November 19, 2018 - 1:13 am

Skuru wali bus Hunder hoke hi jaati hai. Pehle Diskit aata hai, phir Hunder aur phir Skuru.

Arup Dey September 5, 2018 - 7:28 am

Hi Vargis,

I hope you are doing well 🙂

In the above time table, all the times are for leaving Leh to different destinations. But my question is what is return time table from those destinations to Leh.


Vargis.Khan September 5, 2018 - 12:49 pm

Hi Arup Dey – The bus makes the return journey the next day to Leh

Arup Dey September 6, 2018 - 5:34 am

Thanks Vergis Bhai 🙂

Vargis.Khan September 6, 2018 - 12:09 pm

Welcome Bhai

Vikash Abdool Trump August 11, 2018 - 5:17 pm

Going to Leh next week and my budget is tight. I just want to visit places like Nubra, Pangong, Sangam. It looks like I can make great savings if I travel by bus.
Are the bus services reliable?
Are shared taxi to these attractions easy to find?

Vargis.Khan August 11, 2018 - 9:25 pm

Yes to both your questions.

Shiva August 5, 2018 - 6:31 pm

Hello vargis bhai,
Thanks a lot.. It is very helpful. I’m planning to visit ladakh in Sep. I just want to know is there any public transport or sharing cab option between the nubra like between Diskit to turtuk.


Vargis.Khan August 6, 2018 - 12:48 am

Hi Shiva Bhai – Yes you can get a shared cab within Nubra itself. Frequency won’t be that great but you can find mode of transport. If not then just hitchhike. There will be a lot of tourists in Nubra valley and won’t say no for a lift. Or you can talk to people at the hotel you are staying at and see if anyone is headed towards your destination. If you find 4 to 5 people with the same itinerary, then all of you can even rent a private cab and share the cost.

Shilpa P July 21, 2018 - 5:20 pm

Hello Mr Vargis.. I want to know if there is any public transport from Hanle to Leh. Also are there any private cab options that can be taken for reaching Leh and what will be the cost?

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 7:41 pm

Please see row 10 in the attached image. That is Hanle, spelled as Hunleh there. A Private cab will cost at least Rs. 15 to 17k for a 2 days journey to Hanle.

tawhidul hasan May 16, 2018 - 11:02 am

Thank you brother for your helpful information.i am bangladeshi and planning to make a trip to ladakh in the last week of june in this year. would you please inform me when the HPTDC bus will start it’s first journey towards ladakh from manali in this year. I am egerly awaiting for your reply.

Vargis.Khan May 16, 2018 - 4:57 pm

Hi Tawhidul – Permits in Ladakh are not being issued to Bangladeshi citizens this year so I will not advise you to come at all. Please take a look at the post below.

tawhidul hasan August 11, 2018 - 6:12 am

hi vargis told me that ladakh is restricted for bangladeshi this year. i want to know that can i go only to leh from manali and leh to srinagar. not need to go nubra and pangong. i heard the roads from leh to srinagar and manali to leh are very beautiful.

Vargis.Khan August 11, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Yes Tawhidul Bhai – Until Leh there is no problem but you cannot go beyond Leh towards Nubra or Pangong. There is not restriction for traveling from Srinagar to Leh or Manali to Leh

tawhidul hasan August 11, 2018 - 6:13 pm

thanks a lot for your prompt reply. your kind information wil help me for making up my plan.vargis vai another questions is that what is the fare of a 4 seater private taxi from manali to leh . we are four in numbers. will the cab take a hole day for reaching leh or will it take a night halt at keylong. what is the fare for a 4 seater private cab from leh to srinagar .your kind information will help me planning my budget. again thanks a lot for your informative blog.

tawhidul hasan May 16, 2018 - 10:05 am

Thanks a lot for your information. i am bangladeshi.From my childhood i have heard a lot about i am planning to visit this place. i am plannig to come last week of june. would you please inform me from what date HPTDC will start it’s journey to leh from manaly. I am egerly awaiting for your reply. please also mention me the fare.

Vargis.Khan May 16, 2018 - 4:58 pm

Hi Tawhidul – Permits in Ladakh are not being issued to Bangladeshi citizens this year so I will not advise you to come at all. Please take a look at the post below.

Srinivasan G May 14, 2018 - 5:31 pm

How should i book for a bus ride? Can i do it online?

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 4:47 pm

There is no booking system available.

Srinivasan G May 14, 2018 - 5:59 am

IF i dont get permit to hanle can i take a bus ????
should we obtain ILP for travelling in buses too

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 5:42 pm

Permit is applicable irrespective of how you are traveling. Even if by a Bus, you will still need to get the permit.

Srinivasan G May 16, 2018 - 3:26 am

How many days are the permits valid?
Is it better to get permit from hotel people or get it by my own. My hotel guy informed permits to hanle are not given?

Vargis.Khan May 16, 2018 - 3:53 am

Yes Hanle is off the limits this year. For details on the permit, see the post below.

Abhra Ghosh May 13, 2018 - 4:20 pm

Thanks a lot…I will be traveling solo and on a restricted budget and this will work for me perfectly as I am planning to go to Leh on around 10th next month.
It will be more helpful if you have any information regarding these two questions-
1. The same bus returns from pangong on the next day, but any idea when it reaches Leh approximately? Will it be possible to catch the bus for Srinagar after returning from pangong?
2. There are sharing manali-Leh taxis, which are available from manali and Leh for both side journey. I know, from manali, they starts around mid night (approx 2 am) and reach Leh around 6 pm. But, what about Leh to manali service? What is the starting time of those cabs from Leh? Will it be possible to catch those cab on the very same day after returning from pangong by bus?
Thanks again for your beautiful blogs…

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 5:53 pm

You are welcome Abhra.

1. No you will not be able to catch the Srinagar Bus. It will actually be a very close call as the bus too reaches Leh around 2-3 PM.
2. Shared cabs for Manali start from Leh late at night only so that they can make it to Manali by evening next day.

Abhra Ghosh May 15, 2018 - 6:53 pm

Okk… thanks a lot bhaiya…

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 7:04 pm

You are welcome


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