How much shimla travel costs for a couple !

Calculating the cost to your vacation in Shimla in advance may be a good idea to keep things organized and well on track.We all know that Shimla is one of the most romantic & popular hill-stations in North India.

Roughly , three kinds of people head over to Shimla – group of students on a tour , honey-moon couples and amateurs.Majority of the visitors are the honeymoon couples from all parts of India wanting to make their trip memorable.

Shimla mesmerizes the visitors with its pine and deodar forest ranges,snow covered mountain ranges, natural beauty,wildlife sanctuaries and prehistoric monuments.

Transport Cost Analysis

A one way trip to Shimla by bus from Delhi ISBT should cost you around INR 900

There are two major points of entry into Shimla , from New Delhi and from Chandigarh.If you start your travel from New Delhi , Chandigarh falls in your way as well.

New Delhi is a popular starting point for the travelers across India.The travelers , further ,can take here a taxi , bus or train to Shimla.

You can book your seats in comfortable buses to Shimla in advance to reduce the hassles although tickets can also be purchased on board.

Cost of Bus Travel to Shimla from New Delhi

You can take a bus from Inter State Bus Terminal at Kashmere Gate in Delhi which is very near to Old Delhi railway station.

The cost is per individual in Indian rupees.The HPTDC buses start from Himachal Bhawan near Janpath in Connaught Place.

In my personal view , HRTC buses , are comfortable and best but there is heavy rush for it so needs an advance booking.

Bus Operator Type Cost (INR) Website Address

Going by the above fare table you can assume that the bus travel cost to Shimla from Delhi for 2 people roughly comes around – INR 1800.(*upper bound)

Also adding the return journey cost it becomes – INR 3600

Cost of Train Travel to Shimla from Delhi

Himalayan Queen Toy Train Interiors

Shimla is well approached by trains from Delhi but you need to wait for the connecting train at Kalka Station in Chandigarh.This is because there is narrow gauge tracks and toy trains runs on these routes.

Delhi to Kalka

Train Type Origin Combined Fare (INR) Dep. Time Arrival at kalka Wait Time at Kalka Connecting Train from Kalka
HIMALYAN QUEEN (14095) Mail Express DELHI S ROHILLA 435 + 255 05:35 AM 11:10 AM 1 hour Himalayan Queen (52455)
KALKA SHTBDI(12011) Rajdhani New Delhi 635 + 255 07:40 AM 11:45 AM 35 minutes Himalayan Queen (52455)

Going by the above table the train fare for 2 persons till Kalka comes around INR 1800 (*upper bound).Himalayan Queen reaches Shimla in the evening so you can take a panoramic view of the city lights,

To reach Shimla at day time you need to board another popular toy train from Kalka called – Shivalik Deluxe special , but , it departs to Shimla from Kalka at 05:30 AM.

Again if you add the cost of the return journey from the source it should be INR 3600

Porter Charges at the Shimla station

Maqsood is a popular face at the Shimla railway station.He has been working at the station as a porter for nearly three decades now.

There will however be plenty of porters more than willing to carry your luggage at the station but do remember to fix a price beforehand and bargain hard.

You will need a porter because most of the hotels are over the sealed area on Mall Road where no cars or taxis are allowed to come to the hotel without a special permit.

I put the porters tariff to be INR 200 at maximum.In a round-trip it should cost you at most INR 400.

Comparing Some Budget Hotels Tariff’s Near Mall Road

HOTEL TARIFF (INR) Restaurant Travel Desk
Hotel Dalziel 3500 Yes Yes
Hotel Sansar 3400 No Yes
Hotel Gulmarg 3874 No Yes
Hotel Surya 3785 Yes Yes

The hotel’s per night stay tariff in a double bed room with basic facilities near mall road ranges from INR 3400 to INR 3785.Considering the upper limit we can calculate the tariff for 2 nights and 3 days like this

2 Nights+3 days = 2 X 3785 = INR 7570

I have compiled list of some of the premium budget hotels above , which are located near Mall Road.Since taxis or cars are not allowed in mall road, you can contact the hotels in advance , to arrange a pick up from the station or bus stand .This is because the hotels need to obtain special permit for the mall road.

Approximate budget expected to be spent on Food & Drink

Food and drink in Shimla is expected to be a little more expensive than non hilly places like Delhi.There are popular places like Indian coffee House and Barista to taste some beverages like coffee and tea.

A small eatery called Tara Bhojnalaya near AG office on mall road serves some nice food especially to mention – the hot and sour soup.Some hotels , where you stay , have in-house restaurants and it is a great respite when you get back back to your hotel room in the evening after a tired sight seeing.

Let us consider a situation in Shimla where we are spending on food which includes tea , cold drinks , ice creams at random for 2 people and lunch and dinner as well.This is the most likely to be calculation for a day .

Food + drink = INR 1000 (per day)

So for 3 days it comes around INR 3000

Cost on Local Sight Seeing in Shimla

Taking a view of the mountains in Kufri.

An average expenditure on covering local attractions including Kufri , Mashobra and Naldehra for a small car should be around INR 1800-INR 2000 per day.You can also break your journey in to two parts covering some on the first day and others on the next day.

I believe it should take you 2 days to cover most of the attractions in and around Shimla.So i put my final figures for the travel to be around INR 2000.

Cost on Adventure & Recreations

Horse Ride at Naldehra is most likely to cost you between INR 350 to INR 500

At places like Naldehra and Kufri you will need mediums of transport like horse ride or ATV to view high altitude places like Lovers Point and Golf Club.

Kufri has an added attraction with the opening of an amusement park.Inside this park you can enjoy adventure sports like rides, pools and world's highest go-kart track.

The expected expenditure in adventure and recreations should be around INR 2500

Calculating the cost on Shopping in Shimla

Shopping in Shimla can be done in Lakkar Bazar ,Lower Bazaar and stretch of markets along the mall road including the State Emporium.You can buy things like wooden crafts , winter wear , tribal jewelry , artifacts,apple pickles and souvenir’s.So,I assume, that a modest shopping budget may be kept around INR 3000-5000.

The Total approximate cost for a Shimla tour for couples

Details Expenditure
Travel Cost (Onward and Return) INR 3600
Cost of Stay(2 Nights+3days) INR 7570
Cost on Food(3 days 2 People) INR 3000
Cost on Sight Seeing INR 2000
Cost on Adventure & Recreations INR 2500
Total Cost = INR 18670

So folks this is my final figure i.e.INR 18670 for couples.I hope it helps you in planning your budget travel to Shimla.



Himanshu is blogger and an avid adventure enthusiast with a passion for travel and cultural immersion.