Srinagar Taxi Rates for Private & Shared Taxis

by Vargis.Khan

How much a private or shared taxi is going to cost in Srinagar is one of the most frequent questions that I get to hear. This query comes from both people traveling just in Kashmir and people traveling from Srinagar to Leh. Posted below is a picture of the taxi rates I clicked from the taxi stand in Srinagar that can be helpful. It has rates for both local sightseeing and Srinagar taxi rates for a drop / return journey to Leh or Kargil as well.

srinagar taxi rates

Srinagar Taxi Rates

Rates in 2017 or afterwards can be a little different but the change won’t be drastic. There may be a slight increase or none at all.

Please note that the charges mentioned above are for simple small taxis like Indica or Sumo. For luxury taxis, the charges will even be higher. For traveling by a Tavera, increase the charge by 10%, for Xylo add another 20% and for Innova and Scorpio, add another 25-30% of the total fare. So for example, a trip to Gulmarg here would be Rs. 2100 in Indica or Sumo, about Rs. 2400 in Tavera or Xylo, and about Rs. 2800 in Scorpio or Innova.

Also read: Is Srinagar Leh Highway Safe for Tourists?

Srinagar Taxi Rates for Private & Shared Taxis

If you are planning a trip to Ladakh, then the most important thing you need to keep in mind is that a taxi from Srinagar is only good enough for a drop to Leh. It will only travel on Srinagar Leh highway and will not take tourists to any other area for sightseeing. For example, if you are planning to cover Zanskar valley while going to Ladakh, then you will need to leave the Srinagar taxi in Kargil and book another Kargil registered taxi from there for Zanskar.

I am not really sure but I think the Srinagar registered cab will also not take you to Sham Valley as well. However; I have spoken to a few drivers in Srinagar and as per them, Zanskar is not that big a problem; main issue is in Ladakh. However if you were lucky, you may find a driver in Srinagar who can take you to Zanskar as well.

Also read: What to See on Srinagar Leh Highway?

Srinagar to Leh Taxi

There are both private and shared taxis from Srinagar to Leh. They usually cover the journey from Srinagar to Leh either in one day or two days.

If you are planning to visit some other areas like Gulmarg as well and would like to extend the journey for a longer duration, a per day charge will apply.

Srinagar to Leh Private Taxi Fare: If you are in for a non-stop journey spread over a period of 18-20 hours, then a private taxi will cost you about Rs. 15,000. For a 2 day journey, it will cost you about Rs. 17000. A trip for more than 2 and up to 6 days will cost about Rs. 30,000. Please note that if you do this in a single day, there is a high chance that you may face high altitude sickness in Ladakh as the gain in altitude will be sudden within a few hours.

Srinagar to Leh Shared Taxi Fare: If you are a solo traveler, then a shared taxi would be your best bet. This again is a one day non-stop journey and charges per person will be Rs. 2200. This is a great choice if you are on a budget trip but do not want to travel by a bus; or get stuffed in a public shared taxi with other locals.

Also read: How to Plan a Ladakh Trip by Public Transport?

Srinagar to Kargil Taxi

Like Leh, taxis to Kargil are also private and shared both. This journey can either be done in one, two or three days as per your convenience.

Srinagar to Kargil Taxi Fare: For a drop to Kargil from Srinagar in one day, charges would be around Rs. 8000. For a 2 day return journey, you will pay Rs. 14000, and for 3 days return journey fare would be Rs. 15,000.

Srinagar to Kargil Shared Taxi Fare: There is also the option of shared taxis to Kargil for solo travelers. This is a one day journey and fare per person is Rs. 1000.

Also read: Guest Houses and Hotels on Srinagar Leh Highway

Srinagar to Jammu Taxi Service

Srinagar to Jammu is just a single day journey. You will start from Srinagar in the morning and taxi will drop you to Jammu by evening. If for some reason, you want to cover it in 2 or more days, then you will need to speak with the taxi driver and a per day charge will apply.

Srinagar to Jammu Private Taxi Fare: For a drop to Jammu from Srinagar, you will pay around Rs. 500 for private taxi.

Srinagar to Jammu Shared Taxi Fare: For a shared taxi, fare per person would be around Rs. 800.

Jammu to Srinagar Private Taxi Fare: If you are however traveling the other way, from Jammu to Srinagar, the same charges will apply; Rs. 5000 for a private taxi and Rs. 800 – Rs. 900 for shared taxis.

Also read: Srinagar to Leh Travel Time


If you are planning a trip to Ladakh in near future, I would recommend taking a look at some of the article below in order plan to plan your trip better.

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

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David S. January 4, 2021 - 7:43 pm

HI Vargas, thanks for your helpful article. My group will fly from Delhi to Srinagar then take a taxi to Leh over 2 days. Can I get the taxi directly at the Srinagar airport or do I need to go into town to get one? The earliest flight gets us into Srinagar at 8:25. We’ll need to collect our bags and complete the airport processing. Does that leave us enough time to catch a taxi that morning to head to Leh or should we plan on getting the taxi the following day? Thanks

MAHESH February 23, 2020 - 4:43 pm

Please give me cab/taxi details from Leh to Srinagar for family members total 4 Nos. persons. Give details of One way taxi cost,total travelling hours, taxi type and additional details by you

Sudha January 2, 2020 - 12:12 pm

Hi Vargis…I would like to visit Srinagar during 3rd week of January. I have booked a bus to Jammu from Delhi. Which is the best and safest way to reach Srinagar from Jammu? Will the highway get blocked frequently? How soon they will clear the block? Please suggest..

Vargis.Khan January 3, 2020 - 1:21 pm

Hi Sudha – The best way is to catch a bus from Jammu to Srinagar. The highway is all open right now but can get blocked if it snowed heavily on the route. There is no telling how long it may remain blocked. Sometimes it can be for a couple of days.

GOWRISANKAR` March 4, 2020 - 7:20 am

Hi Vargis, is Bus service available from Jammu to Srinagar? if yes can you give brief about time table and from where we can get the buses.

Tarasish Mohanty August 2, 2019 - 8:33 am

Hi Vargis.

In October i am planning LEH LADAKH .



Darius July 30, 2019 - 7:48 am

As I realize on Leh Srinagar route there is no buses traveling at the day as Srinagar Leh route.
I can only take shared taxi tour or just shared taxi in terms to admire landscape around Leh Srinagar Highway. Or maybe I can catch just bus Leh Kargil and the next day Kargil Srinagar. Is it possibility like that?

Vargis.Khan July 30, 2019 - 12:49 pm

Yes, it is possible. Take a shared cab from Leh to Kargil and then Kargil to Srinagar.

talatshaikh29 June 7, 2019 - 8:57 am

Hi Vargis,

We are a group of 3 people and we are reaching Jammu at 6 in the morning. We want to leave for Banihal as soon as possible. We want to go by shared cabs. Do you have any contact? Are the shared cabs available so early in the morning?


Prashant May 8, 2019 - 12:22 pm

I need to go Srinagar from leh .want all the details like fare of taxi in sharing and private

Dhaval May 6, 2019 - 11:33 am

Hi Vargis,

We are group of 8 Friends and what to travel from Shrinagar to Leh via Road in June End. We are looking for transport which accommodate us all in one along with luggage. Is Tavera would be ok or we need bigger vehicle like tempo traveller? What will be charge for one way dropping ? Do we need to do advance booking ?

Vargis.Khan May 6, 2019 - 1:37 pm

Hi Dhaval – A tempo traveler would be better with all the luggage for 8 ppl. Please talk to Faisal in Srinagar @ 9596 410670 and he can give you a cost estimate.

SAURABH TRIPATHI April 26, 2019 - 7:07 am

HI Vargis I wish to travel Srinagar by own cab. Can I get an driver for Srinagar to Leh travel??

Vargis.Khan April 26, 2019 - 2:22 pm

Hi Saurabh,

Yes you can. Please contact Faisal in Srinagar at 9596 410670.

ABU April 25, 2019 - 7:43 pm

Hey Khan, i will reach srinagar end of may around 1 PM, planned to go Gulmarg, Is shared taxi or public bus service is available ? If then is there any choice to book bus tickets early. Can you please help me on this. I dont want to go on private taxi.

Vargis.Khan April 25, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Hi Abu,

Please see the post below. Should answer your questions.

Kavitha Sharma February 3, 2019 - 9:20 am

Hi Vargis, I am Kavith. Planning a trip to Leh. I wanted to understand more on What are the Permits you have mentioned that will be required in Leh?

Vargis.Khan February 3, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Hi Kavitha – Please take a look at the article below.

Sunil Agarwal January 15, 2019 - 1:24 pm

Hello vargis sir hum 24 feb ko jammu aana hai waha se srinagar sonmarg. Gulmarg pahalgam. & Return jammu via patnitop ya phir katra. Aap koi cab booking ka no ho to dijye. Inova chaiye. 4 person hai

Vargis.Khan January 15, 2019 - 6:21 pm

Aap Faisal se baat kar lijiye … 9596 410670

142vallabh Nagar November 27, 2018 - 6:30 am

Bhai mujhe english nahi aati he hindi me baat kar sakta hoo kya

Vargis.Khan November 27, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Bilkul Bhai. Puchhiye kya pucchhna hai.

142vallabh Nagar November 27, 2018 - 6:29 am

Bhai mujhe english nahi aati hindi me baat kar sakta hoo

Vargis.Khan November 27, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Bilkul Bhai. Puchhiye kya pucchhna hai.

Satyajit November 21, 2018 - 3:06 pm

sonemarg,gulmarg & pahelgam completed from srinagar, however 2 days

Vargis.Khan November 23, 2018 - 4:41 am

You did all that in 2 days Satyajit?

Parth Patel September 14, 2018 - 5:12 pm

Hello Vargis,

Thanks for the all the help and support you are giving to everyone of us here.

Wanted to know about your thoughts on our itinerary

We are a group of 5 Friends planning to visit LEH by road from Srinagar on 29th Morning till 7th October in leh. We have 8 nights 9 days for the journey, following is our itinerary-

Srinagar Airport – Kargil (1 Night) – Leh (1 Night) – Nubra (1 Night) – Pangong (1 Night) – Hanle (1 Night) – Tso Moriri (1 Night) – Leh ( 2 Nights )

Does it sounds good – as of now have heard that snowfall has started there in leh, and some issues are going on in pangong camp sites and Tso moriri , so m thinking not to book any hotels as of now and do all the bookings after reaching there, since i doubt we will not be able to go at all the places,

Do you have any resources there who can help/guide us for our whole trip and a taxi too.


Vargis.Khan September 14, 2018 - 10:36 pm

Hi Parth – Your plan looks good but may have to add a day in between after you arrive in Leh to arrange for permits. And yes, not booking in advance is a good idea. You need a taxi where, from Srinagar or Leh?

Parth Patel September 15, 2018 - 7:14 am

Thanks for the Prompt revert Vargis, m thinking to ask for permits to hotel people only in leh have shortlisted The Silk Route hotel. will it work !

We Needed Innova taxi for whole trip from Srinagar airport on 29th September till our drop at Leh airport on 7th October (Including sightseeing and all).

Are Srinagar taxi’s allowed for sightseeing in Leh including Nubra, Pangong ,Hanle and Tso moriri ???

And Will we be able to complete all the places since winter has started over there, camps are started getting closed from this month onwards, Bcoz some people are saying that staying at Pangong lake has been banned by supreme court, Hanle & Tso moriri are also closed for tourists now.

Can you provide some information on it.


Vargis.Khan September 16, 2018 - 2:48 am

Hi Parth,

1. Yes if the hotel agrees to keep the permits arranged.
2. Please contact Faisal in Srinagar at 9596410670 for taxi in Srinagar.
3. No. Srinagar registered taxi will not be allowed in Ladakh.
4. Yes you will be able to visit all places.
5. For Pangong stay, see this post.

Parth Patel September 16, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Sure Vargis will contact faisal, will visit all the places as per itinerary and thanks for pangong post too, it’s really helping brother.

Once again thanks a ton for all the help brother, Means a lot.

Vargis.Khan September 16, 2018 - 6:28 pm

You are welcome brother !!!

Tarvinder September 25, 2018 - 8:48 am

Hi. Even i am planning same trip on same dates. We are 2 families with 3 kids about 10 years old. Is it advisable to stay in pangong.

ANJANA July 13, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Hi Vargis, we are a group of 4 people and we are planning to travel Ladakh in July 2018. Please help us in finding a good cab service provider for travelling from Srinagar to Ladakh with a stop at kargil.


Vargis.Khan July 13, 2018 - 1:22 pm

Hi Anjana – Please speak with Faisal in Srinagar @ 9596410670

Insha mir August 11, 2018 - 8:28 pm

Anjana u need car i will do best for u

Vinod July 10, 2018 - 3:21 pm

Hello mr Khan.
I coming from Delhi to leh via flight. Bt return flight is from Shrinagar, so how I come back to Shrinagar from Leh. And how many time it will be take, and fare??
Bus/Taxi? Which one is affordable.
I’m single in trip.

Abhishek Jain July 6, 2018 - 5:41 pm

I will be traveling this October, an you pl. tell me what will be approx. cost for cab for following plan:

Pax: 5 Tavera

Day 1: Arrive at 2, local Srinagar. Rs. 1200
Day 2: Gulmarg, return. Rs. 2200
Day 3: Sonamarg, return. Rs. 3300
Day 4: Pahalgam, return. Rs. 3300
Day 5: local Srinagar till 12 to Airport. Rs. 1000

Vargis.Khan July 6, 2018 - 7:08 pm

Please have a word with Faisal in Srinagar at 9596410670. Give my reference and he will provide you the lowest cost estimate. Taxi rates in Srinagar are not really bound to union and open for negotiation.

Abraham June 27, 2018 - 4:59 pm

Hello Vargis,
We are a group of 12 people and we are planning to do a circuit from Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Manali – kullu – Dharamshala – Gulmarg – Srinagar.

We are planning to take 1 car and 4 bikes. How many days do you recommend to do this circuit. And how to manage the car hires in each region.


Vargis.Khan June 27, 2018 - 5:03 pm

Hi Abraham – I will recommend 2 weeks for the entire circuit. Are you planning to rent both bikes and cars for the journey?

Joy Bagish June 16, 2018 - 3:31 pm

Hi Mr.Khan, we are 7 people will be reaching at Jammu by Himgiri Express around 12 PM on 15th Oct, 2018. Will we get any cab to reach Srinagar on that day or do we have to stay that day at Jammu.

Please help.

Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 2:16 pm

You will have to stay at Jammu that day Mr. Bagish. Most of the public transport to Srinagar starts in first half of the day, not after noon.

Abid hasan June 4, 2018 - 8:16 am

Sir aapka contact no.kuch information chahiye Srinagar ghumne ke liye

Poulami sarkar June 3, 2018 - 12:20 pm

Hi vargis
I want to visit leh during mid October 2018..
My question is…

May I able to reach leh through manali leh highway arnd 15th October?

If not..can it be possible to enter leh through srinagar -drass- Lamayuru- Leh route?? In this route the same can.. which I will hire from srinagar..will be with me in entire leh trip covering nubra-hundar-pangong-hanle- tsomoriri??

Can you please provide some car contacts for both the routes pls

Thanks much

satyendra Kumar May 22, 2018 - 11:15 am

Hi Mr. Khan

My return ticket for Delhi from Jammu by duranto exp. At 7:20 pm. 30 may.
How can I reached Jammu by share taxi form Srinagar and which time to check out my hotel in the morning 30 may.

Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Hello Mr. Kumar,

There are several early morning buses and taxis from Srinagar to Jammmu that you can board. Please take sure that you are on your way as early as possible, check out of the hotel possibly by 5-6 AM. The road betweeen Jammu and Srinagar is a busy one and traffic jams on it are not uncommon so give plenty of time to yourself for the journey.

SK Sachdeva May 12, 2018 - 7:15 am

Vargis bhai, I along with my wife reaching Srinagar airport on 12 th June morning at 7.30am, will take a taxi to reach Gulmarg around 10,booked the gandola in 11-12noon slot(phase 1and 2)overnight stay at JKTDC one bhk hut and morning return to Srinagar so as to reach there around 12noon. Fine would like to know the reasonable car fare for this Airport – gulmarg-Srinagar (hotel Welcome dal lake).

Vargis.Khan May 12, 2018 - 9:09 pm

SK Bhai please talk to Faisal in Srinagar at 9596410670. He runs his own taxi. The price he will get you will be lower across Srinagar, this I can guarantee. Book with him and this guy can be a huge help in arranging a safe trip for you in case of any incidents in Srinagar.

parama guha May 16, 2018 - 1:31 pm

hello mr. Khan

since the rate chart is of last year could you kindly tell me what would be the cost of srinagar airport pick and drop from boulevard road dal lake?

please also let me know the one way rate from srinagar to gulmarg and gulmarg to pahalgam.

are there deluxe buses(like volvo or similar) available for travelling from srinagar to various places like gulmarg, sonmarg, yusmarg, pahalgam etc? or are the buses ordinay coaches. i will be travelling to srinagar with my father from 21st amy to 1st june 2018.

looking forward to your help and guidance.


Vargis.Khan May 16, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Hello Parama, Please see the post below for this year rates. There is no change though.

SK Sachdeva May 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

Thanks dear for sharing Faisal no.I will definitely contact hm before reaching there but will you plz share one or two more reliable contact nos. since during peak season he might be preoccupied, in that case we wl hv alternate options too.

Vargis.Khan May 13, 2018 - 5:09 am

Do not worry, In case he is preoccupied, he will ensure himself that he directs you to some other reliable person.

SK Sachdeva May 13, 2018 - 5:16 am

Thanks dear for ur valuable response

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 6:04 pm

You are welcome !!!

Sia April 29, 2018 - 8:35 am

Solo budget trip to cover srinagar drass kargil leh.hw to go from sringr to leh ..and travel in leh ladakh…taxi rates appear to be 30k n al

Vargis.Khan April 30, 2018 - 7:31 pm

You can travel by Bus from Srinagar to Leh and then in Ladakh as well.

Prof Sushil April 23, 2018 - 9:39 am

Vergis Bhai,
What options could be there for a group of 8 adults to travel together from Srinagar to leh? A tempo traveller? or two taxis?? Thanks.

Vargis.Khan April 23, 2018 - 3:12 pm

Sushil Bhai both options are available. It entirely depends on your personal choice.

Pukit Knp April 8, 2018 - 8:58 am

I am going with 5 adults and 3kids below 12 years…….so innova will be any problem for kids in high altitute….and to leh ladak we should take 1 day break

Vargis.Khan April 8, 2018 - 5:40 pm

Innova should be OK and yes Srinagar to Leh is minimum 2 days journey. For traveling with children, please take a look at the post below.

Ranjit March 30, 2018 - 11:19 am

I want to travel with my family to Leh from Srinagar with 2 children’s ( 9 yrs and 12 yrs) , want to travel by 20th May from Srinagar, please suggest is this time is OK as far as road condition.

Vargis.Khan March 30, 2018 - 10:04 pm

Hello Rajnit Bhai, Yes this time is quite OK to travel from Srinagar to Leh. Road conditions will be better and improved with no chance of any rain anywhere.

TANAY MITRA March 25, 2018 - 9:54 am

Hello Vargis jee
Please tale me rate of share taxi from Jammu railway station to Srinagar at 2pm on mid october’18.
Also tale me rate of Gulmarg,sonmarg,pahelgam tour
Share car taxi for two person from sringar

Ritu September 10, 2017 - 10:18 am

Hello vargis
Is there availability of sharing taxi from Jammu to Srinagar at night after 10 pm.. please reply asap..

Vargis.Khan September 10, 2017 - 3:51 pm

Hello Ritu – I am sorry but I do not have information about shared taxis from Jammu

UmaR August 1, 2017 - 8:36 am

also, how about getting a rented bike (avenger) on midway dropped from Leh to ride and leave at Manali, how are road as we’re not expert bikers , security and charges, I can see lots of followers to you

Vargis.Khan August 1, 2017 - 3:10 pm

Roads are a mix of good bad and ugly. Average rental of bike from Leh would be around Rs. 1500 per day. You can rent a bike from Leh and drop it in Manali but that may cost you an additional 15000 just for leaving the bikes at Manali, apart from the daily rental.

UmaR August 1, 2017 - 8:29 am

Hi Vargis,
we r 2 people will be traveling from Jammu -Srinagar – Leh – Manali, in mid September, would be looking for deluxe bus or shared cab, any help on this

Vargis.Khan August 1, 2017 - 3:08 pm

Hello Umar – For Srinagar to Leh Bus, take a look at the article below.
For shared cabs, go to Tourist reception center in Srinagar before noon and you will get a shared cab heading towards Leh or Kargil.

PS Goankar July 12, 2017 - 4:59 pm

Hi Vargis,
How is the scenario in Srinagar? any updates from that side?

Vargis.Khan July 12, 2017 - 8:02 pm

Hi PS,

Tourists are still traveling and visiting is what I can tell you. Things in Srinagar change by the day so there is no definite telling.

PS Goankar July 14, 2017 - 10:34 am

Got it… Thanks !!!

PS Goankar July 4, 2017 - 9:52 am

Hi Vargis,
How early in the morning can we hire a shared taxi from Tourist Reception Centre? or is it wise to speak to some shared taxi guy a night before? Pls advice.

Vargis.Khan July 5, 2017 - 2:31 pm

Hi PS – Yes, if you need a taxi early in the morning than it would be wise to make arrangements with a driver the evening before.

PS Goankar July 6, 2017 - 4:43 pm

Thanks Vargis, This info will help a lot. Now I will have to check a good accommodation near by.

Vargis.Khan July 6, 2017 - 6:05 pm

Thanks PS Bhai. Finding a hotel in Srinagar won’t be a challenge at all, plenty of choices there.

vishal naik May 8, 2017 - 9:22 am

Please share details about from where and how to get shared taxi from srinagar to leh? Will be traveling on 30-may-2017. We are two persons only. Which is much safer shared taxi or bus?

Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 3:47 am

Both are equally safe Vishal, all depends on your personal choice. Go to Tourist reception center at Srinagar and you will find both the bus and taxis over there.

Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 3:48 am

It is the address mentioned in the image I posted in the article.

Mohan Raj May 7, 2017 - 12:01 pm

As am travelling on 17th june-2017 to sri nagar, will i get a shared taxi for 2 at 1pm 0r 2pm to kargil or one stretch to leh.

Vargis.Khan May 8, 2017 - 2:00 am

It will be hard to get a shared taxi at 2 but you should be able to get one between 12 to 1


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