Continuing from the previous article where I talked about the bus between Srinagar and Ladakh, in this article, I will provide details on the reverse route of this same service, the Leh to Srinagar Bus. If you were planning your trip to Leh by public transport, the information below can be of help.
Even though people prefer to travel by their own vehicle, completing this journey by Bus too is a different kind of experience in my opinion. It is a great choice if you were traveling on a strict budget; or with your family. If you have been to Ladakh before and have been thinking about a second trip, maybe you can think about going there by Bus; just to add a different perspective to the journey.
Leh to Srinagar Bus Service
There are two types of buses available to travel between Leh and Srinagar. The first one is a government-run bus; operated by Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation. The other buses available are by private tour operators. The JKSRTC Buses are a mix of luxury, semi-deluxe, and ordinary. Private tour operators mostly provide semi-deluxe mini-buses.
JKSRTC Bus From Leh to Srinagar
There are three different kinds of buses offered by JKSRTC on this route. One is MCV, 19 and 14 seaters which are full luxury buses. The second one is a deluxe bus and the last one being a semi-deluxe. There could also be an ordinary bus which will be the least comfortable of all but cheapest as well. The ordinary bus may or may not be available but the MCV, Deluxe and Semi Deluxe bus is a daily service.
Also read: Is Srinagar Leh Highway Safe for Tourists?
Leh to Srinagar Bus Fare
Bus Fare from Leh to Srinagar per person is Rs. 1,300 for an MCV Luxury Bus, Rs. 919 for a Deluxe bus and Rs. 737 for s Semi – Deluxe. Ordinary Bus if available would cost around Rs. 500 per person. Source: JKSRTC
Where to Board the Bus
You can board this bus from the main bus stand at Leh.
Leh to Srinagar Bus Timings
This bus starts at 2 PM from Leh; runs non-stop with very few breaks; and arrives at Srinagar the next day at 7.30 AM after a journey of about 18 hours.
Leh to Srinagar Bus Booking
You will have to buy your ticket for this bus at least a day in advance, or at least in the morning; a few hours before the journey. There is no other booking system available and you cannot buy a ticket for more than a day in advance.
There is no online booking system available for this service. You will have to buy a ticket in person from the bus stand itself.
Leh to Srinagar Bus Route
This bus follows the Srinagar Leh highway via Kargil. The route of the journey will be,
Leh – Nimmu – Khalsi – Lamayuru – Fotu La – Namika La – Mulbekh – Kargil – Dras – Zoji La – Sonamarg – Kangan – Ganderbal – Srinagar
Leh to Srinagar Volvo Bus
There is no Volvo between Srinagar to Leh, just the MCV by JKSRTC which is as good as a Volvo.
Leh to Srinagar Bus in April
This bus is not available in the month of April. It becomes operational only by May when Zojila has been freed from snow and declared safe for a bus to ply by the authorities.
Leh to Srinagar via Bus
If the 18 hours long non-stop journey seems a bit tiring then there are other options that you can consider for this journey. You can try contacting the local travel agents and see if they have a bus available on the route that does the journey in 2 days.
The best way however would be to do so yourself. There are daily buses and shared taxis available between Leh – Kargil, and Kargil – Srinagar. My suggestion would be that you catch an early morning bus from Leh towards Kargil and stay for the night there. The next day, catch the daily morning bus from the Kargil bus stand and arrive at Srinagar by evening.
The same routine you can follow by shared cabs as well. These start from the Leh bus stand itself. Board a shared cab from Leh to Kargil and then catch one from Kargil to Srinagar.
This way you would complete this journey in 2 days at a relaxed pace and not rushed through it all the way.
I hope the information above on Leh to Srinagar Bus service was of help. If you need any other information or have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.