In this article, I will provide information on Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Service. There is a frequent bus service to all the major tourist destinations in Ladakh and if you plan carefully, you can rely on it for visiting the local tourist attractions.
If you are not traveling to Ladakh by your own vehicle, then local sightseeing can become a bit problematic and a costly affair. Private taxi charges over there are enough to burn a hole in your pocket and not at all suitable for a budget trip. Then there is the entire issue of bringing non-local taxis and motorcycles in Ladakh.
The reliability of rented motorcycles is of course questionable. Getting a tourist-shared cab cannot always be an option as per your schedule. In all these situations, the best and most cost-effective way is to travel by bus.
Please note that this is an old article and the information may be outdated. For more recent details on the bus schedule, I will request you to take a look at Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Service Schedule and Timings.
How you can travel from Leh to Nubra Valley By Bus
Nubra Valley is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Ladakh and possibly the most connected as well after Leh town. The entire valley is well populated and there is plenty that you can see here. Read Tourist Attractions in Nubra valley for more details.
Depending on where you decide to halt for the night, from Leh to Nubra Valley will roughly be a journey of 120 odd kilometers; covered easily in 5-6 hours at maximum. There are several major villages en route like Diskit, Hunder, Sumur, Panamik and there is a direct bus plying between Leh and these villages. Details are as mentioned below.
Also read: Leh to Pangong Tso Bus Schedule & Fare
Leh to Nubra Valley Bus service
I will first mention the buses that go towards Diskit and Hunder. All these villages are on the same road that bifurcates from Khalsar and goes all the way till Turtuk, the last point where civilians are allowed.
Diskit / Hunder / Turtuk
Leh to Diskit Bus: There is a direct bus that goes to Diskit from Leh three times a week. It starts from Leh at 8 am every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and reaches Diskit by late afternoon where it halts for the night.
The next day, this bus returns to Leh starting from Diskit at 7 AM. Using this bus, you can go to Nubra Valley on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and return to Leh on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Fare per person is around Rs. 200.
Leh to Turtuk Bus: If you plan on visiting Turtuk, then there is a direct bus from Leh every morning at 6 AM. However, this is a weekly bus and plies only on Saturday. This bus also passes through other villages like Hunder or Thoise in case you want to get down there. Fare per person is Rs. 277.
Leh to Skuru Bus Service: Skuru is a small village in Nubra valley that falls ahead of Hunder, a little after Thoise. A bus to Skuru from Leh starts at 6 AM every Tuesday and Thursday. Fare is Rs. 224 per person.
Traveling by either of these three buses, you can easily reach Hunder or Diskit. However, if Turtuk is on your mind and you missed the direct bus, then from Hunder or Diskit you will have to find a public shared taxi that locals here use.
Sumur / Panamik
Coming to the other side of the valley, towards Panamik, mentioned below are a few buses that you can choose to travel in.
Leh to Sumur Bus: Sumur is a major village in Nubra valley and a bus goes here every Thursday and Saturday. It starts from Leh at 6 AM and reaches Sumur by late afternoon. Halting there for the night, it returns to Leh the next day. Fare per person is around Rs. 256.
Leh to Charasa Bus Service: This small village lies a little ahead of Sumur, going towards Panamik. To reach here or even Sumur, you can board a bus from Leh at 6 AM every Saturday. Fare is Rs. 247 per person.
Leh to Khimee Bus Service: A little ahead of Panamik towards Warshi is the small village of Khimee. A bus from Leh starts at 6 AM every Tuesday for Khimee. Fare per person is Rs. 252. This is the bus that you can board to reach Panamik directly from Leh.
Leh to Taksha Bus: This is another village a little after Panamik and a weekly bus to here starts from Leh at 6 AM every Thursday. Fare is Rs. 252 per person.
Buses within Nubra Valley
For local travel within Nubra Valley, mentioned below are buses that travel between the local villages.
Panamik to Diskit Bus: There is a daily morning bus from Panamik to Diskit at 7.30 AM.
Diskit to Turtuk Bus: There is a bus from Diskit to Turtuk at 2.30 PM daily. It reaches Turtuk at around 6 PM.
Turtuk to Diskit Bus: From Turtuk, there is a daily bus to Diskit at 6 AM every morning.
All these buses are JKSRTC operated. If you want to travel to Nubra valley in either of these, you will have to plan it on either a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.
For all other days, there may be minibusses or shared cabs running from Leh to Nubra by private tour operators for which you will have to inquire about with any of the travel agents in Leh. Another option is to board either a tourist-shared taxi or a public shared taxi.
Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Fare
As you can see from the details above, planning a trip to Nubra Valley by Bus is not really that difficult or costly. A two-way fare per person to Nubra Valley will be a total of about Rs. 500.
There are several accommodation choices in Nubra valley where you can get a room for as little as Rs. 400 – Rs. 500. Add it with meal charges of about Rs. 150-200 per person and you can easily plan a 2 day trip to Nubra Valley for around Rs. 1500 per person at most.
Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Booking
All of the above-mentioned buses are local government-run ordinary buses and there is no advance ticket or booking available. You will have to reach the Leh bus stand, board a bus, and pay the conductor.
If however, you would like to book in advance, then your only choice is the minibusses or shared cabs operated by the local tour operators.
Leh to Nubra Valley Shared Taxi
You can get a shared taxi for Diskit from Leh Bus stand, the 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.
From the Diskit bus stand, you can easily get a shared taxi for Leh. These taxis leave Diskit at around 9-10 AM.
Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Online Booking
There is no online booking available either for JKSRTC or private mini-buses.
Leh to Nubra Valley Distance
It will depend on where you want to travel in Nubra Valley but Diskit is at a distance of about 120 kilometers from Leh. Sumur and Panamik will also be around the same distance. Add another 20 odd kilometers if you want to reach Turtuk.
Leh to Nubra Valley Travel Time
A journey from Leh to Nubra Valley by Bus would take about 6-7 hours.
Accommodation at Nubra Valley
There are multiple choices available for accommodation. You can choose to either stay at a hotel, guest house, or as a paying guest. For more details, read Accommodation in Nubra Valley – Guest Houses, Hotels, and Paying Guest.
Mobile Network in Nubra Valley
BSNL, Airtel, and Jio have good network connectivity in Nubra Valley. You will be able to make and receive calls as well as browse the internet. For more details, please take a look at Mobile Network in Ladakh and Data Connectivity.
Nubra Valley Altitude
Nubra Valley is actually at a lower altitude than Leh. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft.
Nubra Valley Weather
Days are moderately warm and the sun can be quite harsh. Nights however are extremely cold and you will need a heavy jacket if you want to step out of your hotel after the sun goes down.
Nubra Valley by Bus
Mentioned below are a few good-to-know details that can help you plan better.
- All these buses are just ordinary roadways buses; not even semi deluxe. Locals here use these buses to travel around and you should keep your expectations in terms of comfort to zero.
- If you want to travel by luxury or deluxe bus, there are a few tour operators who provide that service in form of minibusses. Contact any of the tour operators in Leh and you can get the details.
- All these buses travel past Khardung La so if you just want to visit the pass, you can board any of them.
- If you intend on doing some photography, then you will have to carefully pick your seat, or else you will just be clicking pictures of a mountain wall. After Leh, the valley is mostly on the left side until Khardung La top. So you should pick a seat along with the door of the bus. After Khardung La, the valley remains on the right side mostly so switch seats; shift to the row behind the driver’s seat.
- All of the above-mentioned buses halt at Khardung La top for a brief period of time, about 10-15 mins.
Leh to Nubra Valley Bus – Conclusion
I hope this information on Leh to Nubra Valley bus service was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I will be happy to answer. You can also follow me on Instagram and chat with me live there or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there.
Is this jksrtc (leh to Nubra & Leh to Pangong)bus service available in month of Oct?I reach Leh in 4th Oct 2022.
I am planning to visit Leh at the end of March. Please let me know if the buses are functional during that time.
Yes, the local bus service will be functional. If not a bus, you can easily get a shared cab.
Your all the blogs have helped me lot in many ways to plan for leh laddakh trip..
I have read all the Comments to get my answers…but still i didn’t found some..
1. I am planning to visit turtuk from leh by bus…can u tell me at what time bus will reach turtuk..will it take full day…and will there be any time left to explore turtuk..so i can take next day bus to diskit..
2. If covered diskit first then will have to wait for next whole day for 2.30 pm bus will take me to turtuk in the evening still getting less time to explore. Will have to spend one more day at turtuk and take return on 4th day .
3. I want to visit kargil from leh…are there any buses from leh to kargil in d morning and how much time will it take to reach there so will i get time to explore kargil b4 sunset and…next day kargil to lamyuru ..then stay at ule/alchi then 3rd day return to leh.. i can plan accordingly..
Is my trip going to work by bus.
I have got bus departure time but didn’t got arrival for same… causing me issues in planning my trip..
All help is welcomed.
Many thanks in advance..
1. Leh to Turtuk by Bus is a full day journey, won’t get time for sightseeing upon arrival.
2. You don’t have to wait for the Bus. You can easily find shared cabs going towards Turtuk in the morning from Diskit.
3. There is a morning bus from Leh to Kargil, reaches late afternoon. If not the bus then you will easily find a shared cab from Leh bus stand for Kargil.
I am glad that such bloggers exist. Such deep clear information is rare. I just had a small doubt, in the beginning of the video you said Leh to diskit we have to book a day prior and in the end end you said all the booking ar done inside the bus by the conductor. Could you please clarify?
Leh to Diskit is a busy route, recommended to book tickets prior. Best to have it done as soon as you reach Leh, making all bus bookings. As far as I recollect, some tickets can happen by the conductor if bus isn’t full, especially the seats close to the driver 😀 Anyways, for diskit you will also find share cabs easily.
Vargas- we are traveling in india in november and were hoping to get up to Leh and possibly Nubra valley– is the weather too awful that time of year for the trip– and is transport available from Leh to Nubra? tnank you for your time
Kimberly – November is going to be very cold so please pack and prepare accordingly. For transport, you will have to rent a private cab, no other way.
It possible when i’m traveling to leh at late november ? Its public bus still operating??
Hi Biru, No the bus service stops by late September.
Hello Vargis, I am planning to hitchhike from Manali to Turtuk. Request you to guide me and please mention the best time to hitchhike. Thanks, Sitanshu Banerjee.
Hello Vargis, I am planning to hitchhike from Manali to Turtuk. Request you to guide me in this context and mention the best time to hitchhike. Thanks, Sitanshu Banerjee
Please let me know,
1. Is there any public bus available from Turtuk to Leh ??and if yes please advise timings and duration of travel?
Hey bro, Assalam Walekum. ☺
All I would say is your website is a Bible for laddakh and Spiti valley. Keep up the good work. Cheers mate. Hope you would recognize me 🙂
Hope you are doing well.
I am landing in Leh in last week of Aug. and intend to drive down to Sumur (Nubra Valley) the same day via Khardung La. Quick question regarding the altitude sickness, is it ok to drive to Sumur via Khardung La as soon as I reach Leh . I have average fitness levels.
Looking forward to your response.
Hi Surya – Even if you could do that, you still will have to stay back in Leh to get your permits done. To answer your question, not it is not advised to travel to Nubra on the same day when you land in Leh.
Got it. Thanks Vargis.
You are doing an awesome job helping out here.
Keep it up
Thank you Surya.
Hi i am planning a trip to leh from 14 Aug to 20th Aug 2018, can you suggest me the itinerary for the same? and what transport i can opt for all those travel.
Also share if you have any local contacts who can help me in leh regarding the same.
Thanks in advance
Not sure if you have already but if not then take a look at the article below. This should help. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thank you for all your articles! I have found them extremely helpful in planning my forthcoming trip later this month.
I would just like to know about the luggage limitations if any on shared taxis from Leh to Nubra, and back from the valley to Pangong and back to Leh. Would you have an idea about this, please? I’m asking as I have to check out of my hotel in Leh for the trip to Nubra.
Thanks in advance!
Hello – There is no luggage limitation anywhere. Just do not carry a bit too much that may become difficult to carry around in a car.
Hi Vargis! How are you? I am thinking of going to Lahaul Spiti this year. Do you think it is possible by public transport?
Hi Komal, I have been well. How are you? Yes, Spiti is definitely possible by public transport. Take a look at the post below please.
As far as I know based on my last year trip, it is very difficult to get a shared cab from Diksit in the afternoon. Most of the cabs return by 12 in the afternoon. This was the information given to me by cab stand people. You can try your luck. It would also be extremely tiring too.
Hi Vargis! How have you been? I am planning to go to Lahaul Spiti this year. Do you think it is possible entirely by public transport?
Hi Komal, I have been well. How are you? Yes, Spiti is definitely possible by public transport. Take a look at the post below please.
I am planning a backpack trip..
My plan is to visit Turtuk and Hanle on public transport
Can you please suggest on how shall I plan it out?
Also can you also suggest on permit required before getting up in these buses for these locations
Many thanks for info 🙂
Hello – Take a look at this article please. This should give you an idea of how to plan your trip by public transport.
There is a daily bus from Diksit at 2.30 pm daily to Turtuk. There is no other public transport available. On your return you can try hitchhiking which works very well if you are traveling alone in Ladakh. Also there is a 6 am daily bus from Turtuk to Diksit.
Thanks Komal 🙂 How have you been?
I was looking for some details regarding Leh Ladakh trips, and came across your super detailed informative blogs. Really appreciate giving out all these information in depth.
I am also traveling solo to ladakh from 24th August till 28th August. And ya like you said hiring a private vehicle is seeming to be a costly affair. Specifically if someone’s traveling solo.
I was wondering if these shared taxis also allow to stop at certain spots like if traveling from leh to nubra then stop at khardungla. And this might sound silly, but have to ask, are public washrooms easily accessible there.
Your question is very pertinent. Washrooms do are an issue especially during travel. A lot places do not have washrooms and instruct to go in open. Shared taxis don’t necessarily stop at Khardungla but you can force and convince them to. Like when we had enquired he had said a no (a day prior), but when we actually took a different shared cab, he did stop. Probably because we were all tourists. Depends, if there are a lot of locals, the driver sometimes hesitates. Completely depends on your negotiation.
Thank you so much Kaustubh.
Thank you Kaustubh Bhai for answering that.
You’re welcome Vargisbhai and Induji. Please note, most important pitstops and villages on the way do have restaurants that have washrooms too. Don’t let that be a hindrance to your plans!
Thank you for the assurance.. That helps 🙂
I’m going to Leh in November and would like to visit Nubra Valley. I found a private taxi company but the price they quoted me for an overnight trip to Nubra was 14,000 to 15,000 rupees. That is well above my budget. It sounds like the bus would be a much cheaper option. Does the bus run all year round?
Yes the bus service remains available throughout the year but the frequency decreases in winter, due to heavy snowfall. Another choice would be a shared taxi which will cost almost same as a Bus. You can get it from Leh Bus stand.
The taxi specifically leaves from Polo Ground and costs INR400 per person till Diskit. It is daily service. Travelling to and from Nubra is not an issue as many locals travel.
Hi Vargis,Kaustabh I am planning 1 day trip to diskit to see that Monastary via sharing cab.
My plan is to leave early and come back same day by late evening (at the most before dinner).
Will returning become a problem for me? i will be able to get a sharing transport from diskit to leh, right?
sacarstic statment (As my journey days are coming nearby, i am getting nervous here thinking about transport 🙂 )
Hi Jack – It depends on how early you are able to board a shared cab. If you are on your way to Diskit say by 6-7 AM, then yes, a return journey will be possible. On a different note, why not rent a bike in Leh to visit rather than depending on public transport?
Oh thnkx for the reply.
Bike wont be possible coz i will be going with my dad, even tho i knw to ride, pillion seat may create a back problem for him
Ideally returning same day is tiring. As Vargisbhai said. If you leave by 6-7, you can definitely reach back by late night. I am not too sure if there will be a shared cab or bus available back same day in the late afternoon. I can share with you the shared cab guy number who had dropped me from Leh to Diskit. You can enquire with him. Diskit generally public transport is not an issue because locals are frequent. But most locals go to and fro only in the morning until afternoon. If you need any other help pls feel free to ask. Don’t get butterflies in your stomach as trip nears 🙂 this trip is life changing. Vargisbhai is very helpful, I have been thankful to him for helping me during my last year’s trip!
Thanks Kaustubh Bhai
Is the bus service is full functional for Nubra and pangong , from leh during 23rd April to 1 st may …and what about Share taxi during this time.
Nubra – this place even the locals frequent for work and other reasons. So pretty much bus will be there on some days (couple of days in will week) finda shared cab to Nubra everyday from Polo ground. This won’t be an issue.
Pangong – no shared cabs available unless the tourist ones which you would have to check and enquire prrsonally. Buses they put up a timetable but I am unaware when is this done or is it a year round thing.
Thanks for the reply Kaustubh Bhai. How have you been? Aap toh gayab hi ho gaye.
Komal, I am planning for a solo trip too, next month in July and mostly will be using only public transport! It shall be of great help if you could share your experiences + itinerary. Thanks a lot in advance!
Can i post 2200 word long post here?
Hi Komal – Yes, absolutely. Just email me your write up with a few pics and I will post it with your name. From what I can tell, a lot of people are already waiting to read about your travel plan so they could plan their own trip accordingly..
Missed mentioning, my email is [email protected]
I can not see it in this blog. Can you please share your writing to nazeemkottalath(at)gmail.com? That would be very much appreciated.
Nazeem – It is posted here.
Thank you Mr.Vargis Khan and Komal.
Eagerly waiting for your write up Komal.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your work on this website which helped me execute my solo trip to Ladakh so beautifully. I had a lifetime experience with people at Ladakh. I am completely humbled by their generosity and warmth. I traveled by foot, public transport as well as hitchhiked. The information provided by your website was more than sufficient to plan my trip. I can’t thank you enough for it.
Just a small suggestion. You can may be add little more information about Turtuk especially the museum which is being run by the direct descendant of the last Yagbo King of Baltistan. None of the people I met knew about it.
Hi Komal, Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it and glad that the information I put here was helpful. Even I had never really heard about the museum, would you mind sharing your findings and I would add it here.If possible, would you also mind sharing how you traveled by public transport? If it is something I could add here to help others, it would be great.
Komal, I’m traveling solo to Leh on July mid week and I’ll be depending the public transportation. Can you please share your itinerary, how you went from one place to another, mobile network availability in each places and cost of accommodation / food.
I’m sorry for asking so many questions. Thanks in advance.
Hello Vargis and Nazeem,
I am so sorry in delay in responding. Give me 3-4 more days to document my travel and share the information with you. Trying to juggle between regular work and writing.
Thanks and sorry for delayed response.
HI Vargis and Nazeem,
I am sorry for the delay in replying. Just caught up with work and writing. I am in the process of documenting my travel. Please give me 3-4 more days to respond. Thanks.
Sure. Take your time.
Posted here Nazeem.
Thank you for your suggestions. Please let me know if there are some reasonably priced accommodation available at Jispa. I couldn’t find anything on internet. Thanks.
Hi Komal – Take a look at this article. I have provided stay options on entire Manali Leh highway here, including Jispa.
Google or do a search on Facebook for Greenland camp Jispa. They are hospitality partners of monkinshorts.com. Camps and rooms are well maintained and clean.
Thank you Varghis for your advice. I have few more questions.
1. Does the bus to Manali stop at Jispa? And will I get a connecting bus to Delhi from there.
2. Is local sightseeing in Leh town possible by foot? Also if you can suggest a budget accommodation in the town where bus, taxi stand and market are easily accessible.
Thanks once again for such a prompt response.
Hi Komal – You are welcome !!!
1. Yes you can stop the bus at Jispa and get down there. Keep a note of the timings as the bus will arrive the next day from Leh at the same time so board that one. Or, catch a shared cab to Keylong from Jispa and then take a bus from there to Manali.
2. Leh is a very small town, you can cover it on foot in an hour end to end; everything is nearby, don’t worry. Take a look at this article for hotels.
Your website is really so awesome. It has given me enough confidence to do a solo trip to Leh through public transport. I have used it extensively to plan my day-to-day trip solely based on it. I would like to vet my Itinerary with you.
Leh Trip Itinerary
Day 1 (2nd June) – Reaching Leh by flight and resting
Day 2 (3rd June) – Work (One way it is work trip)
Day 3 (4th June – Sunday) – Leh – Tsemo Gompa, Tsemo Fort, Leh palace, Jama Masjid, main market
Day 4 (5th June) – Leh – Walk to Sankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa
Day 5 (6th June – Tue) – Bus to Diksit or Hundar, Nubra Valley
Day 6 (7th June) – Turtuk and go to Panamik
Day 7 (8th June) – Panamik to Leh
Day 8 (9th June – Fri) – Hemis Monastery, Shey Palace, Thiksey Palace – shared Taxi
Day 9 (10th June – Sat) – Bus to Pangong Lake
Day 10 (11th June- Sun) – Return from Pangong Lake
Day 11 (12th June) – Leh –Sindhu Ghat and rest
Day 12 (13th June) – Bus to Keylong
Day 13 (14th June) – Keylong (not sure whether it is scenic enough to stopover. Please advise)
Day 14 (15th June) – Bus to Delhi
16th June – Return to Delhi in morning
All the travel is through buses. If I get shared taxis I would avail them. I have one query how to go from Diksit or Turtuk to Panamik through public transport.
Thanks a lot for such a great work.
Hi Komal – Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it.
Keylong is not really that scenic, just another town on the road. If you have an additional day, halt at Jispa and spend at the camp or huts there. It is way more scenic than Keylong.
The only way to go from Diskit to Panamik is via shared cabs, ones that the locals here use. You will have to ask around while you are there in Diskit.