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How to Reach Manali

Manali is a captivating destination that allures people from all across the globe. It is among the most popular tourist places in India due to which reaching Manali is not a tough task. This beautiful hill station is well-connected to different parts of the country by various modes of transport. Nestled in the Kullu Valley, Manali does not have its own airport or railway station, however, the valley houses an airport. The nearest major railhead is situated in Chandigarh and the hill town is easily accessible from the nearby towns by well-maintained highways. Here is the detailed information about how to reach Manali via rail, air, and road.

Let's have a detailed look of the best way to travel to Manali by Train, Flight, and Road

Manali by Air

Set at a distance of 50 km from Manali, Bhuntar airport is the nearest domestic airport and the gateway to Manali. Regular flights operate to the airport from major cities of the country like New Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot, and Dharamshala. On reaching the airport, travelers can take taxis to reach Manali. Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is the nearest international airport to Manali which is located at a distance of 556 km. For Delhi to Manali flights, tourists can reach Bhuntar Airport from the national capital and then proceed towards Manali by taxi or bus. Other major cities of the country are connected with Bhuntar Airport via Delhi. Most of the states have connecting flights for Kullu.

Travel by Flights

Travel Time



Delhi to Manali flight

1 hour 20 minutes

364 KM

Indira Gandhi International Airport to Bhuntar Airport

Chandigarh to Manali flight

 50 min

140 KM

Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Airport to Bhuntar Airport

Amritsar to Manali flight

2 hours 10 minutes

216 KM

Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport to Bhuntar Airport (connecting)

Pathankot to Manali flight

2 hours 10 minutes

148 KM

Pathankot Airport to Bhuntar Airport (connecting)

Bangalore to Manali flight

8 hours 35 minutes

2112 KM

Kempe Gowda International Airport to Bhuntar Airport (connecting)

Mumbai to Manali flight

12 hours 35 minutes

1494 KM

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport to Bhuntar Airport (connecting)

Jaipur to Manali flight

5 hours 15 minutes

565 KM

Jaipur International Airport to Bhuntar Airport (connecting)

Manali by Train

Jogindernagar railway station is the closest railhead to Manali. This is a narrow-gauge station, which has limited connectivity with the nearby states. It connects the hill station with major cities of the country via Chandigarh and Ambala. After reaching the railway station, tourists can take a taxi or bus to reach their destination. Other major nearest railway stations from Manali are Pathankot Junction and Chandigarh railway station, which are situated at 293 km and 305 km respectively. Both the stations are well-connected with the country. Delhi to Manali ticket price is also affordable to which Pathankot is the nearest station. Tourists can reach Manali from these places without hassle.

Travel by Train

Station Name

Travel Time


Train Name

Delhi to Manali train

Pathankot Railway Station

09 hours 30 mins

484 KM

Jammu Rajdhani

Amritsar to Manali train

Pathankot Railway Station

02 hours 35 min

114 KM

Pathankot Express

Ludhiana to Manali train

Pathankot Railway Station

01 hours 10 min

172 KM

Jammu Tawi Special

Chandigarh to Manali train

Chandigarh Railway Station

04 hours 45 min

265 KM

Hemkunt Special

Jammu to Manali train

Pathankot Railway Station

02 hours, 10 min

112 KM

Jammu Mail

Manali by Road

Manali is well-connected to major cities of the country via road. Both Himachal Pradesh state bus service and private buses regularly operate between Manali and other regions of the country. Traveling to Manali by road is the most cost-effective way. Delhi to Manali buses ply frequently from the national capital. Via numerous national and state highways, Manali is well-connected to Chandigarh (305 km), Dehradun (227 km), and Ambala (370 km). Shimla to Manali and Chandigarh to Manali buses are also easily available.





Delhi to Manali distance

532 KM

13 hours 10 min

NH 44 & NH 3

Amritsar to Manali distance

394 KM

10 hours 40 min

NH 503A & NH 3

Pathankot to Manali distance

293 KM

8 hours 50 min

NH 154 & NH 3

Dharamshala to Manali distance

215 KM

7 hours 10 min

NH 154 & NH 3

Chandigarh to Manali distance

298 KM

8 hours 50 min

NH 154 & NH 3

Jammu to Manali distance

402 KM

10 hours 40 min

NH 44 & NH 154

Shimla to Manali distance

247 KM

8 hours 10 min

NH 154

Ludhiana to Manali distance

330 KM

9 hours 20 min

NH 154 & NH 3

Kullu to Manali distance

40 km

1 hour 10 minutes

NH 3

Kasol to Manali distance

78 KM

2 hours 25 minutes

Manikaran Road & NH 3

Getting Around in Manali

Manali is frequented by tourists from all over the country. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh among families and couples. This is among the favorite hill stations of India for honeymooners. Travelers can easily travel in the town due to its good transporting system. For the shortest distance, it is advisable to walk and for faraway places, cabs and taxis are available here. Mall Road and Old Manali is easily accessible on foot. Here we are mentioning some of the options for getting around in Manali. Check it out to enjoy the sightseeing in Manali.

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) Bus:

The government-run bus has a great network in Himachal Pradesh, which makes it one of the best ways to visit nearby places of Manali including Manali to Kasol, Manali to Chandigarh, and Manali to Delhi. In fact, HRTC is also a popular mode of transport among budget travelers for going on a Manali to Leh trip. With the state-run buses, tourists can choose to visit these popular destinations and delight in the breathtaking beauty of Himachal. Manali to Leh tunnel is among the most popular route on which HRTC buses ply regularly in the season. While booking Manali tour packages, tourists can add numerous tourist destinations in the itinerary which they wish to explore.

Rent a bike in Manali:

Bike rentals in Manali are very affordable due to which this is also among the most popular mode of transport among adventure enthusiasts. Manali to Leh distance is easily covered by tourists on the bike. Manali Ladakh bike tours are fondly preferred by thrill-seekers and nature lovers. At a minimal rent, different types of bikes are easily available with which people can explore the tourist places nearby Manali including Solang Valley, Sissu, Jispa, Sarchu, Chandertaal, Suraj Taal, Leh Ladakh, and Spiti Valley.

Manali Taxi:

It is one of the most comfortable and convenient modes to get travel around Manali. Taxis are easily available in Manali to enjoy sightseeing tours near the hill town. People embark on a trip to Solang, Kasol, Manikaran, Tirthan Valley, Sainj Valley, Kullu Valley, and Leh Ladakh. This is a fast mode of travel, which makes the Manali trip memorable.

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