Srinagar to Leh Bus 2023 – 2024 – Srinagar Leh Bus Service

by Vargis.Khan

Tourist season in Ladakh has already started and thousands of people have already visited the place in previous months. Srinagar Leh highway was declared open a few weeks ago and it is now only a matter of days before the Manali Leh route too becomes accessible for vehicles. If you too have been planning to visit Ladakh in the coming days and traveling on Srinagar to Leh route was on your plans, then below is the latest on Srinagar to Leh Bus 2021 explaining how this bus service is going to look this year.

The journey from Srinagar to Leh is a 2 days affair with a night halt at Kargil. You will not be changing buses in Kargil and it will be the same bus that you boarded from Srinagar which will take you to Leh from Kargil the next day. On the other hand, the journey from Leh to Srinagar is a non-stop affair of about 18 hours. That is correct. This bus actually runs from Leh to Srinagar at a stretch with no halts in between. Further details are provided in the article below.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide

Srinagar to Leh Bus 2021

There are two types of Buses available from Srinagar to Leh or vice versa. The first and the most popular one is the govt. bus fare from Srinagar to Leh operated by JKSRTC. These are a mix of luxury, semi-deluxe, and ordinary buses. The second category is of the buses that are operated by private tour operators and these are mostly semi-deluxe mini-buses or tempo travelers. The majority of the buses available are ordinary JKSRTC buses and these play on the route on a daily basis.

Srinagar to Leh Bus JKSRTC

In theory, there are supposed to be 3 types of buses available from Srinagar to Leh, all provided by JKSRTC. The first one is a super luxury bus, the second one a deluxe, and the third a semi-deluxe bus. In reality, however, there is just one Bus available which is mostly a semi-deluxe one.

Srinagar to Leh Bus Time Table

The bus starts from Srinagar at around 7 am, arrives at Sonamarg around 11 am, Drass at around 2 pm, and finally reaches Kargil between 4 to 5 pm. It halts overnight at Kargil. The coach will start at 7.30 am the next morning from Kargil and reach Leh around 3 pm.

Also Read: Is Srinagar Leh Highway Safe or Tourists?

Srinagar to Leh Bus Schedule

This is a daily bus from Srinagar. Usually, it is just one bus every morning but depending on the bookings, JKSRTC may run a second bus on the same day.

Srinagar to Leh Bus Price

Srinagar to Leh Bus Fare for super luxury buses is Rs. 1300 per person. For a deluxe bus, it will cost you about Rs. 900 per person and Rs. 700 for a semi-deluxe bus. Normally, it is just a semi-deluxe bus operating on the route so Rs. 700 per head is what you will be spending for the journey.

Also Read: How to Plan a Road Trip on Srinagar Leh Highway

Srinagar to Leh Distance by Bus

This bus starts from Srinagar, travels via Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil; and covers a total distance of 425 kilometers before finally arriving at Leh.

How to Book a Ticket for Srinagar to Leh Bus 2021

The bus completely operates on the number of tickets sold. This is how JKSRTC decides whether they would need to assign one bus on a particular day or more than one.

To book your seat, you will need to arrive at TRC and buy a ticket for your date of travel. Please note that buying in advance is mandatory and you may not be able to board a bus if you didn’t have the ticket is already. It is possible that you reached the Bus stand and were allowed to buy a seat on the spot but I wouldn’t recommend taking that chance.

Srinagar to Leh Bus Online Booking

There is no online booking portal available for JKSRTC Buses yet. The only way to get a ticket is to buy one in person.

Srinagar to Leh Bus Route

The route of the Bus will be as mentioned below.

Srinagar – Ganderbal – Kangan – Sonamarg – Baltal – Zojila – Dras – Kargil – Mulbekh – Namika La – Fotu La – Lamayuru – Nimmoo – Leh

Srinagar to Leh Sleeper Bus

There is no sleeper Bus available between Srinagar and Leh.

Srinagar to Leh Deluxe Bus

The only Deluxe Bus available is the JKSRTC Bus from Srinagar to Leh.

Srinagar to Leh Volvo Bus Fare

There is no Volvo Bus available on the route. The ones operated by JKSRTC are normal deluxe buses and the private operators mostly use tempo travelers.

Leh to Srinagar Bus in December

This Bus starts sometimes in May and plies until late October and sometimes even in November but there is no bus service available on the route in the month of December.

Srinagar to Leh Bus Journey

I have received feedback from a lot of people who traveled on the route in the JKSRTC Bus. Almost all of them came back with positive feedback. The journey was not really a luxurious one but comfortable enough considering that you will be sitting on a Bus for 2 days traveling in a hilly area.

Also Read: Srinagar to Leh Travel Time and Suggested Itinerary

Delhi to Leh via Srinagar by Bus

There is no direct bus from Delhi to Leh that goes via Srinagar. If you want to complete this journey, you will first have to reach Srinagar from Delhi by Bus and then board the Leh Bus that I described above.

Jammu to Leh Bus Service

There is no direct bus from Jammu to Leh. There is no direct Bus available from Jammu to Kargil as well. The only way to travel from Jammu to Leh is to first reach Srinagar and then go to Leh.

Srinagar to Leh Tempo Traveller

These are all mostly operated by private tour operators. They complete the journey non-stop without a halt in between. The starting time from Srinagar is about 5 PM and arrival at Leh is in the morning at 8 AM.

Clothes to Pack for Ladakh Trip

Irrespective of the fact that you will be traveling by a Bus, it is very important that you pack the right type of clothes for your trip. The weather of Ladakh is cold and unpredictable and varies highly depending on the month and time of the day. The trick is to bring clothes that can be worn on top of one another, according to the temperature of the day. For more details, please read What Kind of Clothes to Pack for Ladakh Trip.

Best time to Visit Leh Ladakh

If you were traveling by bus, the best time to visit Ladakh would be in late June, July, August, or September. Weather in these months remain to be pleasant and the bus service on all routes will remain available. For more details, please read When is the Best time to visit Ladakh.

Acute Mountain Sickness

Yes, altitude sickness will be one of your biggest concerns while visiting Ladakh. Take a look at How to Handle Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh to know what AMS is, what its symptoms are, and what can you do to avoid it.

Srinagar to Leh Bus 2021 – Conclusion

I hope the information above on Srinagar to Leh Bus 2021 – 22 was of help. If you have any other questions; or need any further details; 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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Saroj Majumdar June 5, 2023 - 5:43 pm

I like to see your blog… Please carry on…

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2023 - 6:59 am

Thank you !!!

Farooq Ahmed dar April 6, 2023 - 1:42 pm

I want to your number

K R Sarma April 15, 2023 - 11:34 am

I am 70. Going for Amarnath yatra. Can I use bus srinagar- leh upto sonmarg and take bus from sonmarg to Kargil and leh the next day

C N CHATTERJEE April 21, 2023 - 4:42 pm

We (two) are also going to Amarnath Yatra, starts on 2nd July, after completing the yatra we will proceed to Leh via kargil by bus. After visiting Leh and near by areas we thereafter will proceed to Chandigarh by bus..and then back to kolkata.

sayem June 30, 2022 - 9:36 am

hi i m solo traveler fm bangladesh. Pls suggest me about srinagar to leh travel by bus including covid rule, is the bus spend some time all station? etc thanks

Khazir Muhammad Ellahie March 26, 2023 - 12:52 am

To visit Leh 7 to 10 in June july is best time

Vargis.Khan March 26, 2023 - 1:33 pm

Yes, it is a good time

Faruk Hosain June 1, 2022 - 3:39 pm

I am planning to go srinagar in 10th june.i need an information that bus service Between srinagar to leh is open or not this time?

Krishna May 28, 2022 - 1:30 pm

Hi ji good evening i am krishna from coimbatore tamilnadu. i am darshan amarnath ji as on 13 07 2022.from 14 07 2022 to visit kargil and sangam leh 17 07 2022 early morning flight to Jammu .So I wants ur guidance pl. Many thanks we 3 gents

SACCHIN April 29, 2022 - 6:34 am


Vargis.Khan April 29, 2022 - 7:21 am

4 days is way too less. You will have to add more days

Vishal Pongurlekar April 7, 2022 - 10:54 am

Hi, Vargis Khan
We are a group of 14. Is there any volvo types bus available from Srinagar to Leh. We will reach Srinagar on 26th evening and will do sightseening in kashmir for 1 or 2 days and than proceed for leh.
Pls mention the cost per ticket as well

Vargis.Khan April 8, 2022 - 6:04 am

There is no Volvo bus available for now Vishal.

Mayur Gijam September 12, 2021 - 7:25 am


As per timetable pic of Jksrtc bus stand in Leh which I recently got through friend, There is Leh to Zanskar bus at every Monday. There is no mention where in Zanskar though πŸ™‚

Any idea if it’s operating and how much time it takes? It starts 5AM so is it two days journey or 1 day.

Thank You for any response πŸ™‚ stay safe

P K Saha August 17, 2021 - 9:09 am

Hotels can be booked on arraval at Kargil?

P K Saha August 17, 2021 - 7:35 am

I’m a Solo traveler, I will be traveling from Srinagar to Leh in 3rd week of Sept 2021. Hotels can be booked on arraval at Kargil?

Shreya July 10, 2021 - 12:28 pm

Hi Vargis, is there any bus service or transport available right now from srinagar to leh. I am planning in month of August?
Thanks in advance.

Anita June 19, 2021 - 6:32 am

I’m a Solo traveler, I will be traveling from Srinagar to Leh in 1st week of Sept 2021. But I heard there is NO Bus Service from Srinagar to Leh as of now. Before booking any Hotel, I would like to know would remain the same till Sept?

Vargis.Khan June 19, 2021 - 7:12 am

It is hard to say anything right now because of the COVID situation right now Anita.

Manthan February 14, 2021 - 6:56 am

hello Vargisbhai, we are planning a family trip with kids, (younget being 7 years old) in june 1st week from srinagar to leh to manali… is it ok ? and, my question is, if we pick a jkrtc bus from srinagar for leh which stops at kargil as you told, will that journey allow us to enjoy on route sites like jkrtc bus Drass, zijilla Kargil local sites and lamayaru ? request to reply soon as we need to book flight asap,

Mohamed Sanoob January 27, 2021 - 2:52 pm

Hello vargis, I’m planning a trip to leh in the month may.Will the bus services from srinagar to leh start in May.please reply

Sheetal Sharma August 30, 2020 - 10:32 am

Hi , I’m planning to come in next few days . Can we travel now coz of Covid16 everything was closed?

Aman kumar shukla December 9, 2019 - 5:45 pm

Sir, I am coming to Leh on 25th December Can you tell whether I will get a bus or taxi to Sri Nagar from the vehicle or will I

Ruveer December 3, 2019 - 12:37 pm

Hello Vargis,
Thanks for the valuable information.
I am planning to visit Keh on 14th Dec, can you please tell me is there bus service running in this time from leh to srinagar??

Vargis.Khan December 3, 2019 - 8:32 pm

The road is closd already Ruveer, no bus service available as of now.

Ramesh November 28, 2019 - 7:28 am

Any public transport with sightseeing included from srinagar to leh

Vargis.Khan November 28, 2019 - 2:43 pm

with sightseeing, no

Nikhil Nangare October 13, 2019 - 6:34 am

Hi Sir
I want some Details
1. Bus time Leh To Srinagar
2. Cost of mini bus from Leh To Srinagar
3. Total time of travel from Leh To Srinagar

Vargis.Khan October 13, 2019 - 2:12 pm Reply
Ha August 1, 2019 - 7:16 am


Do you know where is the bus drop-off point in Kargil? We want to book a hotel in advance nearest the bus station but cannot find any information about it.

Anindita Chatterjee August 1, 2019 - 9:03 am

I have the same concern. Don’t know which hotel to book Or if the bus will take us to one of their known hotels! Hope we get a reply.

Vargis.Khan September 15, 2019 - 9:04 am

it is Kargil Bus stand near Iqbal bridge.

Pijush Roy July 15, 2019 - 8:14 am

While the Srinagar to Leh bus has a night halt at Kargil , any reason why the Leh to Srinagar bus trip is non stop ?

Vargis.Khan September 15, 2019 - 9:01 am

I am not sure but if you want to, you can get off at Kargil.


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