Bus operators in Ladakh
Leh Local Monastery Bus Timings
Leh to Stok Bus
Leh to Alchi Bus
Leh to Likir Bus
Leh to Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Nimmoo, Indus-Zanskar Sangam Buses
Leh to Phyang Bus
Leh to Sakti Chemrey Bus
Chemrey is a lesser known monastery but offers great views. There seems to be a bus too.
Multiple buses throughout the day starting with 8.30am and last at 4.30pm costing INR 50 per head. The last bus in the afternoon returns next morning.
Leh to Thiksey Bus
Thiksey is one of the largest gompas here. Read my Thiksey post here.
Daily bus at 8.30 AM for INR 30.
However, any Manali bound vehicle will pass through it.
Leh to Stakna Bus
Stakna is small but one of the most scenic monasteries. Here is my Stakna Post.
Daily bus at 4.30pm (returns 8.45am next morning) for INR 41 per head.
However, any Manali bound vehicle will drop you 1 KM from it.
Leh to Hemis Bus
I have never seen a direct Hemis Bus so can’t be sure. Your best bet is to reach Karu on the Leh-Manali Highway, around 35 KMs from Leh. The aforementioned Sakti-Chemrey Bus should pass through it if available. From Karu, Hemis is around 6-7 KMs. You can look for local cars, ask for lift, or simply walk/hike.
Here is my Hemis Post.
Leh to Shey Palace Bus
Shey is very near to the city. All the aforementioned buses to Thicksey, Stakna, and for that matter anything on Leh-Manali Road will pass through it.
Leh to Dah Beema (Brokpa Area/Aryan Valley) Buse Timings & Fare
These buses take you to Dah Beama, the area of the enigmatic Brokpa people. Even before reaching those villages, you come accross delightfully unexplored places like Domkhar and Achinathang. Interestingly, though lesser-known, these villages have more frequent and reliable, daily buses.
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Domkhar Prehistoric Rock Art Sanctuary
Leh to Skurbuchan 9.30 AM in summer 10 AM in winter Daily 187 per head
Leh to Domkhar Gongma 9 AM in Summer 9.30 AM in Winter Mon/Thurs 199 per head
Leh to Hanu Gongma 8.30 AM in Summer 9 am in Winter Every Friday 257 per head
Leh to Nubra & Turtuk Bus Timings & Fare
These buses take you to the famed Nubra & Shyok Valleys, which includes crossing the iconic Khardung La, and visiting the Bactrian Camels of Hunder, Balti Hospitality at Turtuk, and much more. Do note that there is a less explored branch of the road that goes towards Sumur & Panamik (Hotwater spring) after Khardung La.
Diskit & Hunder Bus Timings
Turtuk Bus Timings
Panamic Bus Timings
Diskit to Turtuk & Panamic Bus Timings
If you are spending multiple days in Nubra Valley, you can use the local bus service between Diskit and Turtuk and also Diskit and Panamic. They generally leave in teh afternoon, at around 2-3 PM, and come back next morning.
Leh to Pangong, Tso Moriri, Hanle Bus Timings & Fare
These buses take you to the eastern parts of the Ladakh, those iconic plains inhabited by nomads and dotted by lakes. The Pamgong Tso and Tso Moriri are there in everyone’s list and additionally there are places like Hanle & Chushul that you may want to explore.
Leh to Pangong Tso Bus Timings
As per the time table at the bus stand, there are three buses in a week to Pangong. However, according to most people I asked, there are only two, running every Saturday and Sunday! It is sparse, as well as confusing. No wonder most people end up opting for other options!
Leh to Pangong (Maan Marak) bus 6.30AM 270 Saturday and Sunday INR 270 per head.
Leh to Tso Moriri Bus Timings
Yes, there are only 3 buses in a month to Tso Moriri! So, you are probably better off finding other options. Alternately, you can go to places like Chumathang or Nyoma and look to hitchike from there!
Leh to Tso Moriri 10th, 20th, and 30th of every month 6.30AM INR 370 per head
Leh to Chumathang Bus 12 noon every Sunday INR 214 per head
Leh to Nyoma Bus 9 AM Monday and Thursday INR 275 per head
Leh to Hanle & Koyul Bus
These are some of the remotest villages here. Hanle has become famous of late, due to the astronomical observatory here.
Leh to Hanle Bus 7AM Every Saturday INR 492 per head
Leh to Koyul Bus 7AM Every Tuesday INR 473 per head
Leh to Chushul Bus Timings
Leh to Chushul bus leaves every Wednesday at 7AM and costs INR 394 per head
Leh to Chushul (via Marak) bus leaves every Sunday at 7AM and costs INR 406 per head
Leh- Srinagar Route Bus Timings & Fare
Leh to Lamayuru Buse Timings
Leh to Srinagar Bus Timing
Leh to Kargil Bus Timing
Leh to Zanskar Buses & Fare
Although I have never taken it, there seems to be a bus from Leh to Padum (Zanskar) or at least there is a proposal to do so. It halts at Kargil at night and leaves for Zanskar via Suru Valley the next morning. Do note taht a lot depends on road condition and availability of passengers. So, don’t take the following detail for granted and enquire at the bus stand a day before you leave.
Leh to Kargil Monday/Kargil to Padum Tuesday
Padum to Kargil Friday/Kargil to Leh Saturday
Leh to Padum Fare INR 900
Kargil to Padum fare INR 460
Buses to and from Manali, Keylong & Delhi
Please check that post. This post was mostly about internal transport in Ladakh. I have a seperate post on buses to Leh frm Delhi, Manali and Keylong. Read the post about HRTC buses to and from Leh.
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great information. I hope to go to leh from Manali by bus, In July 2022. Advice ? …peter
Yes you will get buses. Do check my other post about manali Leh bus service.
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When do the buses from manali to leh start plying? Will it be plying at end of May?
No one can exactly say that. You’ll have to check news after May.