Delhi to Shimla trains

kalka shimla toy train

Toy train traveling into the hills

Delhi to Shimla by train is the most sought after train journey in the North Indian hills. While there is no direct train between Delhi to Shimla, one has to change trains at Kalka for Shimla. The broad gauge rail track from Delhi ends at Kalka. Kalka to Shimla it is a narrow gauge track.

Trains from Delhi leave from Sarai Rohala, New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations. Himalayan Queen (Train no. 14095) starts from Sarai Rohala station at 05.45 am and reaches Kalka at 11.10 am. Shatabdi Express (Train no. 12011) leaves from New Delhi station at 07.40 am and reaches Kalka at 11.45 am.bThis is the best train on this route. The fare in Shatabdi till Kalka is Rs. 485/ in AC chair car. Both these trains make convenient connection for the Kalka – Shimla; Himalayan Queen toy train which departs at 12.10 pm from Kalka.

The Howrah Kalka Mail is an overnight train leaving from Delhi station (popularly known as Old Delhi station) at 09.25 pm and reaches Kalka the next morning at 04.30 am. This train connects the Rail Motor Car and Shiwalik Deluxe Express train to Shimla. The best Kalka Shimla train I believe is the Shiwalik Deluxe Express (Train no. 52451) departing Kalka at 05.30 am. Breakfast is served en route at Barog station and is included in the fare. Kalka – Shimla track is included in the UNESCO world heritage rail sites.

rail car kalka to shimla

Rail Car on Kalka Shimla train track

Journey by Kalka – Shimla toy train takes longer time than by road since the track is narrow gauge and the route is entirely hilly. This is a scenic journey and is recommended as long as you are not rushing into the hills. Reservations on the internet can be made on the IRCTC site or through any railway booking counter across India. More information on the trains is available on the Indian Railways site.

In case one wants to taxi up from Kalka to Shimla, taxis charges are from Rs. 1400- 2200 for a drop depending on the type of vehicle. There is a taxi stand just outside the Kalka Station. Starting point of toy trains is the same where the trains from Delhi stops at Kalka. So just relax! Toy trains from Kalka wait for the connecting trains from Delhi. Don’t get worried if your train is running a little late to Kalka.

Shimla is listed as Simla on the Indian Railways site. Don’t be disheartened if the system says no trains for Shimla. Try Simla instead.

Here is a video of Kalka Shimla toy train journey by Rail Car.

Following is a chart of trains on Kalka – Shimla route. FC, CC, 2S means First Class, Chair Car and Second class. Chair cars and First Class have comfortable sitting options. There are no AC coaches on these trains. As you travel into the hills AC is not required as nature provides the best air conditioning!

Trains between Kalka to Shimla

TRAIN NUMBER TRAIN NAME CLASS DEP KALKA ARR SHIMLA FARE DAYS OF RUNNING
72451 RAIL MOTOR FC 05.10 am 09.50 am 305 All days
52457 KLK SML PASS. FC 04.00 am 09.20 am 240 All days
52451 SHIWALIK DLX CC 05.30 am 10.15 am 375 All days
52453 KALKA SML EXP FC 06.00 am 11.10 am 280 All days
52453 KALKA SML EXP 2S 06.00 am 11.10 am  60 All days
52455 HIMALAYAN QUEEN CC 12.10 pm 5.20 pm 245 All days


Trains between Shimla to Kalka

TRAIN NUMBER TRAIN NAME CLASS DEP SHIMLA ARR KALKA FARE DAYS OF RUNNING
52456 HIMALAYAN QUEEN CC 10.30 am 04.10 pm 245 All days
52458 SML KLK PASS. FC 02.25 pm 08.10 pm 240 All days
72452 RAIL MOTOR FC 04.25 pm 09.35 pm 305 All days
52454 SML KALKA EXP FC 06.15 pm 11.15 pm 280 All days
52454 SML KALKA  EXP 2S 06.15 pm 11.20 pm  60 All days
52452 SHIWALIK DLX CC 05.40 pm 10.25 pm 465 All days

 

If you are planning a trip to Shimla Kullu Manali and wish to hire a taxi in Shimla Manali please contact Himachal Taxi for safe and reliable taxi service.

Disclaimer: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and timings directly with the Railways before planning your trip. Updated on March 23, 2014

26 Responses to Delhi to Shimla trains

  1. Does 101 Rail Motor Wait for Howrah-Delhi-Kalka Mail to arrive before leaving for simla.
    There is only 20 min difference between the trains so am not sure.

    Gaurav Kumar May 22, 2009 at 11:50 am Reply
    • The Hwr-Kalka mail reaches by 4.30 am. Rail car normally waits for this train. Mind you there are no other travelers at Kalka at 5 in the morning to travel to Shimla since by road is a shorter route.

      NITYIN May 22, 2009 at 6:28 pm Reply
      • It was really very useful information well it will be great if you can tell how to book advance ticket of toy train from Kalka to shimla as irctc site does not have Shimla as “to” station

        Bhawana Tripathi July 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm Reply
        • Instead of Shimla, put SIMLA in -to- station and you can book train tickets 30 days in advance.

          NITYIN July 17, 2014 at 11:56 am Reply
  2. Does 101 Rail Motor Wait for Howrah-Delhi-Kalka Mail to arrive before leaving for simla.
    There is only 20 min difference between the trains so am not sure.

    Gaurav Kumar May 22, 2009 at 11:50 am Reply
  3. Does 101 Rail Motor Wait for Howrah-Delhi-Kalka Mail to arrive before leaving for simla.
    There is only 20 min difference between the trains so am not sure.

    Gaurav Kumar May 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm Reply
    • The Hwr-Kalka mail reaches by 4.30 am. Rail car normally waits for this train. Mind you there are no other travelers at Kalka at 5 in the morning to travel to Shimla since by road is a shorter route.

      NITYIN May 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm Reply
  4. Thanks for the information. It is so nice to have the enttire information at one place. Can you also please give some information about VOLVO buses in Himachal Pradesh.

    Surya Prakash May 9, 2010 at 8:01 am Reply
  5. Thanks for the information. It is so nice to have the enttire information at one place. Can you also please give some information about VOLVO buses in Himachal Pradesh.

    Surya Prakash May 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm Reply
  6. Thanks for the info … it was really helpful …

    Gani Iyer January 27, 2011 at 9:21 am Reply
    • Really valuable information at one place

      Amit March 31, 2011 at 9:05 am Reply
  7. Another useful article on reaching Manali and distances http://www.himachaltaxi.com/reach-manali-by-train-and-distances.html

    NITYIN May 25, 2011 at 8:01 am Reply
  8. can u help me with this..
    SML KLK EXP(52454) boarding from shimla at 6:15 pm and reach kalka at 11:20 pm is this train connects to KALKA MAIL (12312) which leaves kalka station at 11:55 pm…..
    plz reply ASAP

    Intikhab alam August 16, 2011 at 9:22 am Reply
    • Yes, This train connects the Kalka Mail from Kalka.

      NITYIN August 17, 2011 at 6:20 am Reply
  9. This information is very useful for happy tour. I am very thankful to you to provide me such type of information which i needed. 

    Regards 

    Zameeruddin Ansari

    ZAMEERUDDIN September 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm Reply
  10. I have booked the ticket from delhi to kakla form Kalka hawra , from kalka to shimla by SML KALKA EXP,
    Kalka Hawra train reaching time at kalka at 4.30 AM, and Train for kakla to shimla depart at 6:15 AM ,

    I want to know if Kalka Hawra get delayed i miss the train then what is the option ?

    rahul September 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm Reply
  11. Thank you Mr Nitin for such a complete and informative article on the trains and connections from Delhi to Kalka and Kalka to Shimla and back. I have searched so many sites for various answers and queries I had about which would be the best connections and when to book hotels depending the journey times and you have put all that to rest. I can now proceed to book our travel to Shimla. However, I see that the article was written in 2008, would all the timings given still be good and valid till date, we intend to travel in March 2014.

    Sherry Weber November 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm Reply
    • Hello

      Thank you for the comment. Yes the article was written in 2008 but the timings are updated. If you read the Disclaimer, it is mentioned that Updated on Feb 2013. Though every care is taken to update the article, but please cross check the timings on the Indian Railway website to be doubly sure.

      NITYIN November 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm Reply
  12. My apologies for mispelling your name.
    Regards,
    Sherry

    Sherry Weber November 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm Reply
  13. I have booked tickets from surat to kalka in paschim ex.that will reach to kalka at 16:45, now how ican reach shimala, pl give some option

    iqbal January 30, 2014 at 3:33 pm Reply
    • There is no train to Shimla after Paschim Express arrives. You can either stay back at Kalka for the night and take the morning Shiwalik Express to Shimla. Else if you don’t want to stay at Kalka, take a cab from Kalka station to Shimla. It will be a 3 hours drive to reach Shimla.

      Himachal Live News January 30, 2014 at 9:59 pm Reply
  14. sir I want to go delhi to Shimla . which train is suitable for going to please tell me time table and trains

    savinder chauhan August 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm Reply
    • All details are mentioned in the article along with connecting trains. Best would be take to the morning Shatabdi Express from Delhi to Kalka and take the connecting Himalayan Queen from Kalka to Shimla.

      Himachal Live News August 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm Reply
  15. Does Himalyan queen(kalka to shimla) wait for shatabdi Exp(Delhi to Kalka) or Himalyan Queen(Delhi to Kalka) if the delhi trains are delayed??

    Ravi Kumar October 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm Reply
    • Himalayan Queen (Kalka to Shimla) is an extension of the same train from New Delhi. The train from Delhi arrives at around 11 am and the train from Kalka leaves at 12.10 pm. So there is plenty of time in between and if for some reason the train from Delhi gets delayed for a reasonable time then the Shimla train is delayed.

      However, Kalka Shatabdi normally is not delayed but the difference in timing is just 15 minutes between the two trains. Himalayan Queen does not wait for Shatabdi but this train is hardly delayed.

      NITYIN October 7, 2015 at 3:21 pm Reply
  16. Thanks a lot Nityin for your inputs. Just one more Query is Himalyan Queen(whichstarts from delhi) also an toy train?

    Ravi Kumar October 8, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply

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