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Transports & Fares from Darjeeling
To other Destinations

I have created this section to give you idea about available transport modes &†fares between Darjeeling and other destinations. This will be helpful if you are planning to visit places near Darjeeling like Gangtok, Kalimpong, Mirik, Kurseong, Takdah, Tinchuley, Manebhanjan, Sandakphu, Srikhola, Chota &†Bara Mangwa, NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra etc. 
Fares updated: January 2015 
Note: Fares are subject to change and should be taken as indicative. The reserved taxi/car fares vary depending on the tourist season &†demand. 
Darjeeling to Kalimpong 
  • Distance: 70kms (takes approximately 2.5 hours by road) via Teesta Bazaar 
  • Shared jeeps are available from Chowk Bazaar (Lower Bazaar area) of Darjeeling from 8am to 2pm. Rate: Rs. 110/- per person, up to 10 persons in a Jeep. You can also reserve more than one seats or a full row if you want comfort. 
  • Reserved taxis are also available. Rate: Rs. 2200/- for a small car. If it is a return trip (a day trip with sightseeing in Kalimpong), rate is Rs. 3,000/- 
  • Buses have been discontinued. 
    Darjeeling to Gangtok 
  • Takes about 4 hours by road from Darjeeling via Teesta Bazaar 
  • Shared jeeps available from Chowk Bazaar (Lower Bazaar area) of Darjeeling from 8am to 2pm. Rate: Rs. 200/- per person, up to 10 persons. 
  • Reserved taxis are also available. Rate: Rs. 2500/- for a small car. 
  • No bus service between Darjeeling and Gangtok 
    Darjeeling to Pelling 
    Pelling is in western Sikkim and takes about 4.5 hours to reach by car from Darjeeling. Small reserved cab fare is about Rs. 3,000/-. There is no bus service on this route. You can get limited shared jeeps from chowk bazaar. 
    Darjeeling to Mirik 
  • 49kms from Darjeeling town. Takes about 2.5 hours by road via Sukhiapokhri 
  • Shared jeeps are available from Darjeeling (Chowk Bazaar area) between 8am and 11am. In case you are visiting Mirik for day trip, you will get return shared jeeps from Mirik Bazaar area between 11am to 2pm. One way shared jeep fare: Rs. 80-100/- per person. 
  • There is a mini bus service between Darjeeling and Mirik. The bus leaves Chowk Bazaar area at 8am and starts from Mirik at 2pm for Darjeeling. Fare: Rs. 60/- per person (one way). 
  • One way fare to Mirik by a small reserved car is Rs. 2000/-. 
  • Reserved car/taxi fare for a day round trip to Mirik from Darjeeling is Rs. 2500/- for a small car. Usual day trip time is 9am to 4pm. The trip also covers Jorpokhri (a nice forested place with a lake), a stop at Simana (a border village &†view point) and Pasupathi Nath Market at the India Nepal Border where you can buy foreign goods &†clothes.  
    Darjeeling to Kurseong 
  • 31kms from Darjeeling and takes about 1.5 hours by road. 
  • Shared jeeps available from Chowk Bazaar (Lower Bazaar area) of Darjeeling from 8am to 2pm. Rate: Rs. 75/- per person, up to 10 persons. 
  • Toy Train Service is available between Darjeeling Station and Kurseong. The train (no. 52544) departs Darjeeling at 10:15am reaching Kurseong at 13:10pm. The train from Kurseong (no. 52545) leaves at 3pm reaching Darjeeling at 5:50pm. It is hauled by a Steam Engine having 2 or 3 coaches (number &†combination of first and second class coaches vary). Note that the timings are subject to change. One way First Class fare is Rs. 190/- and Second Class Rs. 30/- (indicative). You can book through the site or at any DHR station including in Darjeeling. 
  • Reserved car/taxi fare: Rs. 1500/- (small car) 
  • Bus service currently not available. 
    Darjeeling to Siliguri/NJP/Bagdogra 
  • Takes about 3.5 hours by Hill Cart Road. Note that the Hill Cart from Kurseong remains closed due land slides. So a detour via Pankhabari is taken these days. 
  • Shared jeeps are available from Chowk Bazaar &†Gandhi Road stand through out the day time. Rate: Rs. 130/- per person up to Siliguri via Pankhabari or Rohini, Rs. 160/- per person up to New Jalpaiguri (NJP) via Pankhabari or Rohini, and Rs. 200/- per person to NJP via Mirik. 
  • Private small car fare: Rs. 2500/- (note that this is more than the pre-paid fare for small reserved car that you pay at the station or airport for reaching Darjeeling). The Darjeeling to NJP/Bagdogra oneway fares are charged higher as the taxi may need to return without a passenger (if you know Hindi, the driver will say with a smile ... 'khali aana parega na'). 
  • Bus service is available from Darjeeling to Siliguri main bus stand (currently via Mongpo since a section of the Hill Cart Road is closed). Fare: Rs. 80/- per person. 
    Darjeeling to Teesta Bazaar 
  • Takes about 1.5 hours by road. 
  • Shared jeeps are available for Kalimpong which can be availed to get off at Teesta Bazaar. However, you may need to pay the fare up to Kalimpong. Fare: Rs. 100/- per person. 
  • Reserved car/taxi fare: Rs. 1800/- for a small private car. 
    Darjeeling to Takdah / Tinchuley 
  • Takes about 1.5 hours by car 
  • Reserved small car costs Rs. 1500/- 
    Darjeeling to Lamahatta 
  • A half day round trip to this eco tourism village having a lovely manicured road side garden is about Rs. 1500/- in a small taxi. It takes about 1 hour to reach Lamahatta from Darjeeling. 
    Darjeeling to Lava (104kms)/Lolegaon (126kms) 
  • From Darjeeling, Lava takes about 4 hours and Loleygaon about 5 hours, both via Kalimpong. 
  • Shared jeeps are available up to Kalimpong, from there you can get another shared jeep for Lava/Lolegaon (total fare is Rs. 200/- per person for Lava and Rs. 250/- per person for Loleygaon). 
  • If you take a private car from Kalimpong for Lava, the fare is about Rs. 1500/- 
  • From Darjeeling a private small car (one way) fare is about Rs. 3,000/-. 
    Darjeeling to Bijanbari 
  • Takes about 2.5 hours to reach by road 
  • There is no shared jeep available for Bijanbari 
  • A bus leaves Darjeeling Chowk Bazaar area twice daily (8am and 10am). The bus starts from Bijanbari for return journey at 12noon and 2pm. 
  • A return day trip by a small private car will cost around Rs. 2000/- 
    Darjeeling to Manebhanjan and†Sandakphu 
  • Manebhanjan is 26kms from Darjeeling and Sandakphu further 32kms up along a gravel (boulder) road. 
  • Manebhanjan takes about 1 hour 15 minutes from Darjeeling and Sandakphu another about 4.5 hours (with tea breaks in between). 
  • Shared Jeep fare from Darjeeling to Manebhanjan is Rs. 50/- per person. 
  • Small private car from Darjeeling to Manebhanjan will take about Rs. 1200. 
  • From Manebhanjan you will need a Land Rover or a Jeep for Sandakphu. A reserved Jeep fare is Rs. 4800/- plus Rs. 1000/- for each night stay. 
    Darjeeling to Bara/Chota Mangwa 
  • 47kms from Darjeeling. 
  • No shared jeeps all the way to the Mangwas from Darjeeling. You can get one up to 6th mile (Rs. 50/- per person). 
  • Reserved private car will take about Rs. 1700/- to Chota or Bara Mangwa. 
    Hello Raj, 
    This is a terrific website!! Can you please help with the fares between Darjeeling and Manebhanjan, and then onward to Sandakphu. Thank you.. 
    Deepak Sen (September 2012) 
    Hi Dipak, The rates should be taken as indicative as they can change anytime. 
    Between Darjeeling and Manebhanjan, there are several transport options. You can take a shared jeep for a fare of Rs. 50/- per person. But remember, they stuff in at least 10 persons in a jeep. You can however book two seats per person for more comforts.  
    You will get shared jeeps back from Manebhanjan to Darjeeling at similar rates. The jeeps start as soon as they get filled up. 
    Alternatively you can take a small private car (like Santro, Maruti Van etc). The fare between Darjeeling and Manebhanjan is currently Rs. 800-1000/- for a small reserved car. However, if you go though a travel agent, you are likely to pay more. Some agents of course ensure cars in good condition with experienced drivers. 
    From Manebhanjan, you will need to take a four-wheel drive Jeep or Land Rover for Sandakphu. It's a gravel road full of stones and normal cars can't go. The current fare from Manebhanjan to Sandakphu &†back is Rs. 4800/- plus Rs. 500/- for every night stay. 
    You can however take only a drop to Sandakphu (in case you are planning an onward trek from there). In that case the fare would be a little cheaper and will not include the night charge. 
    Raj/ (September 2012) 
    Raj ... I will be staying in Darjeeling on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day... I'm relieved that it won't be a problem to pre-arrange a private taxi for NJP. Any idea how much that will cost? 
    Bryan Fleck (October 2012) 
    The present pre-paid taxi fare from NJP station to Darjeeling is Rs. 1480/- for a small car. However on your way back down to NJP/Bagdogra, it can easily shoot to Rs. 2000/-. It's an opportunists' world out there. Reason? The taxi might have to return empty without a passenger although †I haven't seen one returning empty in the last 20 years though. 
    So check out with 2-3 taxi drivers at the stand on the previous day before settling with one. It's a high time of the year and I doubt you can bargain though. There is a small taxi booking kiosk on Gandhi Road right next to the Police Point. You should check with them the rate and it can serve as a good reference point. If you find the rates similar to what the drivers are quoting, book through the kiosk for more reliability. 
    Raj/ (October 2012) 
    Darjeeling to Makaibari: Transport &†Fares 
    Hi, What would be the cab fare from Darjeeling to Makaibari via Kurseong? We plan to go down to Makaibari from Darjeeling for a homestay for a night and then going down to NJP. What would be the onward fare from Makaibari to NJP? 
    Arup (Jnanuary 2013) 
    Hi, Makaibari is only 3-kms from Kurseong town and therefore the fare would be more or less the same. The driver nay ask for Rs. 50 more for Makaibari. A small cab fare from Darjeeling to Kurseong is Rs. 1200/- (depending on the season/demand). It takes about 1.5 hours to reach. From Kurseong onward to NJP or Bagdogra, the fare would be about Rs. 1200 (takes about 1.5 hours). 
    Raj (January 2013) 
    Hi, I want to go to Darjeeling in March end,2013. Can you please tell me whether any private taxi or share jeep available from Darjeeling to Teesta Bazaar. My destination will be Bara Mangwa actually. Do I need to break the journey at Teesta bazar or there is any direct jeep to Bara Mangwa from Darjeeling?? please tell me share jeep fare and private vehicle (small car) fare.. Thanks in advance..  
    Manoj Debnath (January 2013) 
    Hi, You can take a shared jeep for Kalimpong or Gangtok and get off at Teesta Bazaar. The shared jeep drivers do not usually like to take passengers for Teesta Bazaar if they get passengers directly for Kalimpong or Gangtok. One way to get around this problem is to pay the fare for Kalimpong/Gangtok although you get down at Teesta Bazaar. Current shared jeep fare for Kalimpong is Rs. 75/- and Gangtok Rs. 150/-. These jeeps are available between 8am to 2pm from Chowk Bazaar (Lower Bazaar) area. 
    Once you reach Teesta Bazar you will need to find a transport (a car or another jeep) for Bara Mangwa. 
    From Darjeeling, you can also take a reserved taxi directly for Bara Mangwa. Private taxi fare directly from Darjeeling to Bara Mangwa/Chota Mangwa would vary depending on the season ... should be around Rs. 1200 - 1400. 
    Raj (January 2013) 
    Hi, Amazingly detailed article. Thanks a ton. Just a few queries -  
    1) I can get pre-paid taxis only from Bagodra Airport or NJP correct? If I'm travelling from Darjeeling/Gangtok, that won't be possible?  
    2) What's the most cost effective private car from Darjeeling to Gangtok and then Gangtok to Bagdodra again?  
    ADKW (February 2013) 
    Hi, There is no official pre-paid taxi counter in Darjeeling run by the state government. However there is a small kiosk across the Gandhi Road police point (at the club side taxi stand) which is run by the drivers association. You can book or pre arrange a taxi from there. That would be more reliable than going through an individual driver and rates would also be similar. The rate would be cheapest for a small car like Santro, Wagon R, Alto etc. Regards, 
    Raj (February 2013) 
    I will be traveling in Darjeeling for about 3weeks, mainly into remote villages and tea gardens. Since I will be doing it alone I have decided to do it on a Motorbike. I have already contacted a co. who are renting me a bike with all the travel gears including GPS etc. Just wanted to seek your advise and would like to know in your opinion what are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling on motorbikes in the outskirts of Darjeeling. 
    Priya Ranjan Singh (March 2013) 
    Hi Priya, I hope you have experience riding a bike on hilly terrain, you won't see many of them in Darjeeling area. There is no disadvantage as such. Ensure that you get a well maintained and relatively new bike. You won't get any breakdown services in remote areas. Carry enough (and spare) fuel, a raincoat, a sun glass amongst other gears. There are hardly any signs on the roads giving directions. So you will need to rely on locals &†villagers to find places. Good Luck!! 
    Raj (March 2013) 
    Thank you Raj, 
    I am much relived now, I am aware that hardly any one plans trip on a Motorbike in Darjeeling hilly area so I was slightly apprehensive :). The Co. I am hiring the bike is called Adventures Unlimited, they have some great reviews about their Enfield Motorbikes by many reviewer who rent bike from them for mostly to go to Nepal or Bhutan. 
    If you remember I was in touch with you on many occasion in past, I have benefited great deal from your website. I will be travelling most likely end of April and wish if itís possible to meet you in Darjeeling on a cup of tea to get your input on my project on "Darjeeling offbeat stay" that I am working on. 
    Priya Ranjan Singh (March 2013) 
    Darjeeling to Bhutan (Paro) 
    Hi Raj, I intend to come 2-3 days early and explore Darjeeling and then make my onward journey to Bhutan. I will be reaching Bagdogra around 15th June and have my flight to Bhutan on 17th. I need your help in deciding whether it is a good option to plan these 3 days in Darjeeling during this time of the year (mid June). Besides, please also let me know whether it'll be good to travel to Bhutan by road from Bagdogra or by air (to Paro). Thanks a lot in anticipation. 
    Sunny B (April 2013) 
    Hi Sunny, 
    Mid June would be monsoon time and it rains or drizzles almost all the time in Darjeeling, unless you get a lucky dry spell. But monsoon has its own advantages and disadvantages in the hills. Go through Darjeeling Weather to know what you may expect here in monsoon. 
    I suggest you take a flight from Bagdogra for Paro. By road it'll be a long tiring journey for the whole day. You will need to clear your documents at Phuentsholing which is over 4 hours drive from Bagdogra/Siliguri. And from there another 6/7 hours all the way up to Paro. During monsoon, there are also chances of landslides .... so avoid road journey. 
    Raj ( April 2013 
    I want to know whether I can hire a car from Darjeeling and take it to Pelling to Yuksom &†again back to Darjeeling. Are WB cars allowed to Yuksom? Do I need to check whether the car or driver has a registration of Sikkim or not? 
    Somendra Nath De (March 2014) 
    There are some vehicle restrictions in Gangtok, not in Pelling or Yuksom. You can take a car from Darjeeling to Pelling and then to Yuksom. Yuksom is close to Pelling. Makes little sense though as you will end up paying driver's night stay charges at all the places. Better take a separate car from Pelling for the west Sikkim tour. Why do yo want to come back to Darjeeling? Are you planning a day trip from Darjeeling to Pelling and Yuksom? That's not practical. 
    Raj ( March 2014 
    Will be in Darjeeling early April (Cedar Inn). I would like to plan a visit to my old school - Geothals Memorial school Kurseong. I recall (some 40 yrs. ago) the toy train used to stop at the base of the school. Is this still a stop? I am trying to determine if it is best to take the train or a taxi. Cost versus time, your input would be valuable. Very good information on your site. Thank you 
    Ian Wickins (March 2014) 
    There is no scheduled stoppage of toy train at the base of Goethals. The closest is Kurseong station which will require quite some walk to the school. So take a taxi (Indicative rate: Rs. 1500 one way). Takes 1.5 hours. This will also give you time flexibility. The train runs only twice daily between Darjeeling and Kurseong, takes 3.5 hours. A round trip taxi fare (small taxi) including time required to visit the school can cost about Rs. 1800. 
    Alternatively you can take a shared Jeep from the club side stand or the Chowk Bazaar stand (Rs. 75 per person). They ply frequently between Darjeeling to Kurseong (and back) from 7am to 3pm. Takes about 2 hours one way. They stop frequently to drop and pick up daily commuters on the way. Shared Jeeps take at least 10 persons. So it can be quite uncomfortable. You can however pay for and reserve two seats (preferably next to the driver) and have a comfortable space to sit :) 
    Raj ( March 2014 
    Myself along with my son( 5 yrs old) and spouse are planning to visit north Bengal hills in Dec 14. Please find below the tentative itinerary. 
    Reach NJP and proceed to Lamahatta. Next day proceed to Darjeeling and stay for a couple of days. Travel to Jorpokhri Tourist Lodge and stay for 1 night. Proceed to NJP via Mirik. 
    Now I have few questions on which I need your expertise. I want to cut down my travel costs on car bookings. So would prefer to have shared taxis if otherwise itís too difficult. I plan to book all the 4 middle row seats if available to have some comfort. 
    1) Will it be advisable to travel in shared taxi moving towards Kalimpong from NJP and get down at Teesta Bazar. From Teesta bazaar will taxis be available for Darjeeling which I believe will pass over Lamahatta. Please suggest. 
    2). Lamahatta to Darjeeling -- Will seat in shared jeeps be available. Otherwise what can be the dropping charges from Lamahatta to Darjeeling. 
    3) Is there any shared taxi route starting from Sukhiapokhri to Mirik or I have to catch the ones starting from Darjeeling. 
    Looking forward towards your suggestions. 
    Sugata Ghosh (August 2014) 
    You can get shared jeeps from Teesta Bazaar area moving towards Lamahatta and then to Jorebanglow/Ghoom. But most would be coming from Kalimpong and may not have adequate seats. You may not get jeeps starting from Teesta Bazaar when you want. A better idea is to come up to Jorebunglow from NJP and then take a jeep for Lamahatta. Although this might be a bit longer route, you will likely get seats. 
    From Lamahatta to Darjeeling ... you will need to catch a passing jeep and seats may not be always available. Take a reserved car to Darjeeling ... should take about Rs. 1200. From Sukhiapokhri, you will get shared jeeps starting for Mirik. 
    Raj ( August 2014 
    Upto what time is the travel means (bus / shared taxis - jeeps) available from Darjeeling to Gangtok. Can I book these online? 
    Sachin Gupta (September 2014) 
    There is no bus now from Darjeeling to Gangtok. Shared taxis are usually available till 3pm. Private taxis on the stand are available till 6pm, however if you book one in advance, they can come any time to pick you up. You can't book these online. You need to go down to the stands and book. 
    Raj ( September 2014 
    Dear Raj 
    I am not sure if our previous request reached you as the internet connection was lost! Firstly thanks for your very informative website. We are travelling to Darjeeling shortly and have been trying to find information on the journey time and cost of a small private car from Darjeeling to Pelling (and possibly on to Yuksom). We would be grateful for any information you can provide. 
    With many thanks. 
    Janice Bolton (September 2014) 
    No I didn't receive your earlier note. Small cab from Darjeeling to Pelling would cost around Rs. 3,000/- (takes about 4.5 hours). Pelling to Yuksom would be another Rs. 800/- or so (takes about an hour). But note that once you reach Sikkim (i.e. Pelling or Yuksom, you will need to take a local car for sightseeing. Cars from Darjeeling can only drop you to a place in Sikkim). 
    Raj ( September 2014 
    K M Shah (March 2015) 
    We are two sr.citizens. Want to visit Darjeeling, Pelling and Gangtok. Is it advisable to go to Pelling from Darjeeling or to go to Gangtok? I will reach Darjeeling on 17th May and stay for two nights and proceed to Sikkim ( Gangtok 3 nights and Pelling 2 nights ). We would like to make our journey by shared vehicle. I will be grateful if you can guide me. I will take Darjeeling tourism card as soon as my programme is finalised. 
    Pelling road is quite bad these days. So choosing Pelling first would have helped you come down faster on your last day of return from Gangtok. However for availing shared jeeps, visit Gangtok first (no direct shared vehicles between Darjeeling and Pelling). 
    Raj ( March 2015 
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