Shimla to Manali

Shimla to Manali distance is 242 kms and its takes approx 7 hrs by road. Out of the 27 reviews shared by travellers, 4% prefer Bus, 96% prefer Car or Cab respectively.

Manali does not have a train station, and the nearest station is Chandigarh, at a distance of 174 kms from Manali.

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"August is an off-season to visit Manali"

Posted 4 Dec

Travelled by: Car

Travelled as: Couple

We visited Manali in the month of August 2013. We had taken a taxi from Shimla to Manali so that we can take the benefit of sight views on the way. It was a very nice trip and we enjoyed the trip a lot. Although we had visited the place in wrong season but still we enjoyed the trip. We had visited to Hadimba Temple, Van Vihar, Monasteries which were very peaceful places. We also went to Rohtang Pass which was a exciting and adventurous. The time we spent on bank of Beas river can be said to be the best time we had in Manali as it was a soothing experience. If you want to take some time away from fast and tiring life in cities, Manali is the perfect option to visit with family and friends.



"Scenic journey with rafting stop in between"

Posted 22 Dec

Travelled by: Car

Travelled as: Group

We started early in morning at around 8 o clock. The view on the way was awesome and breathtaking. On the way stopped at multiple points to take snaps. We had lunch at a dhaba on the way. We visited Sunder Nagar Lake and we stopped by a dam. The river Beas was very photogenic. We stopped for an amazing rafting experience near Kullu. The journey was one of the best I have done in recent times.


Prasann Nair


"Car journey offers beautiful views"

Posted 1 Apr

Travelled by: Car

Travelled as: Couple

About the route, we don't know much, but the person provided by Holiday.IQ was extreme superb. Mr. Sitesh, who is with us, our entire trip which start from Shimla to Manali and ends in Chandigarh. He manages each and every point with his vase experience. He always reach our hotel before time and suggest to us what to do. I had used Makemy journey group which is provide by Holiday.IQ team. And the transfer facility was superb. I had facing little beat problem with the weather but the person Mr. Sitesh handled it very clearly. With Mr.Sitesh we find the journey comfortable. from Shimla to Manali, the road condition was not good. We had used NH3 to reach Manali and the route was scenic but the road condition is not good. We got lots of dhabas, restaurants and refreshment stalls entire r ...Read More


Prashant Kumar


"A good journey "

Posted 21 Jan

Travelled by: Car

Travelled as: Couple

Quite good. Driver was quite helpful. But it should be given clearly in ternary that travel time is more than 12 hours by car. It will help to make a mindset. Although the journey was good as the driver was quite helpful. I would recommend to take car for passengers having travel sickness due to height and long travel.




"Good road & we enjoyed the complete trip"

Posted 15 Oct

Travelled by: Car

Travelled as: Family

Road was so good that we enjoyed the whole trip from Shimla to Manali. We started early by 8 in the morning from our hotel, on the way we did the white water rafting at Kullu. That was really breath taking. Since they had a separate cloak room for changing we had no difficulties and enjoyed a lot. The group who took us for rafting (introduced to us by our driver) was very friendly, decent helpful, kind with presence of mind. So the rafting was very much joyful. There are restaurant\'s along the way but we didn’t stop anywhere as we didn\'t felt hungry. If you are interested you can try one or more of them. Vaishnav Devi Temple at Kullu is one more place that is very special due to the wood work inside the temple and its a must see temple here.

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Journey Overview

The distance between Shimla and Manali is 250 km. It takes a little more than six hours to reach Manali from Shimla, by car, with couple of breaks in between. Take the Shimla bypass out of Shimla, which connects to NH 88. Follow Nh88 to Bilaspur via Jutogh, Sallaghat, Darlaghat and Brahmpukhar. After crossing Bilaspur, take a right turn to reach NH 21. Drive 50km on NH 21 to reach Mandi. From Mandi, 41 km away is Aut, with Pandoh in between. And from Aut, Manali is just 68 km away. It is an excellent road and there are many places to stop, for refreshment and refuelling.

Transport options from Shimla to Manali

Shimla to Manali By Car: Hire a cab or take a car from Shimla to Manali, which takes a little more than 6 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR9 to INR160 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Travelling by car is suitable for kids, seniors and group travellers.

Shimla to Manali By Bus: Take a direct bus from Shimla to Manali, which takes about 9 hours. Manali bus stand is located in the city centre. Not recommended as it is uncomfortable.

Shimla to Manali By Train: Travelling by train is not recommended as there are no direct trains available from Shimla to Manali.

Return: Manali to Shimla

Travel by Car/Taxi

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica A/C 9 1170
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 12 1560
Toyota Qualis A/C 12 1560
Ford Ikon A/C 15 1950
Hyundai Accent A/C 15 1950
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Recommended for Family Vacation

"The thought of Manali in snowfall season gave us a chill itself??.. We visited Manali in e... Read More - Srivalli Mutnuru

Recommended for Hills

"Reaching Rohtang Pass Zero Point, it seemed we had been at Khilan Marg in J& K. All around... Read More - Swapan

Recommended for Romantic Getaway

"Van Vihar, a large forest area full of tall Deodar trees, developed as a park, to spent so... Read More - Rizwanuddin

Recommended for Adventure Travellers

"River beas is the only river passes through the Manali town. The flow is very high, the so... Read More - ABHINAV

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