A popular hill getaway among the people of the north of the country, Manali receives a number of tourists round the year from Delhi. And travelling in a Delhi Manali bus is a call made by most of the frequent travellers. Even the solo travellers hitting the road for the first time concur with the choice. And before you think about how to reach Manali, well like many other hill stations the best way to cover the Delhi to Manali route is by road. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of booking a cab to reach the destination then a bus is what comes to your rescue.
Delhi to Manali Bus Booking
With Yatra you can book bus tickets online from Delhi to Manali with ease and face no inconvenience of standing in queues at the bus stations for the confirmation of you tickets. Simply go to our bus segment and choose the best for your journey from our inventory of buses. We offer you buses from both private and government fleet catering to every budget and taste. Type in your starting and destination points, date of journey along with the number of seats you want to book. The next page will show you a list of available buses with the price and their operators. Other details will be about the timings both arrival and departure, duration, and even the amenities provided inside the bus. Select the bus with the suitable timing and price and choose your seats from the seating plan. At this time you can also choose the preferred boarding point and proceed to pay after filling in your details. Your ticket along with other details will land in your inbox shortly after checking out.
Bus Services from Delhi to Manali
There are several types of buses between Delhi to Manali such as Volvo sleeper, semi sleeper, Bharat Benz AC semi sleeper, Himsuta AC sleeper or Himgaurav AC, Scania and non-AC ordinary buses. Most of the buses cover the stretch overnight so you can doze off in the bus while it traverses through hills and narrow cliffs. Delhi to Manali distance is 536 km which is also the Delhi to Manali distance by bus covered by many buses plying between the two cities and takes around 14 hours to reach the destination. The first bus leaves Delhi for Manali at 6.40 in the morning and the last bus departs Delhi at 10.30 pm. Delhi to Manali bus travel time is 13 hours 50 minutes which can vary on the traffic and weather conditions.
Delhi to Manali Volvo
Among the popular bus routes in the north India, Delhi to Manali serves a number of tourists every month who want to reach Manali the famous tourist magnet in comfort and at a good rate. And to cater to such a crowd and their needs there are several AC buses from Delhi to Manali operated by both state-run and private stakeholders which offer a delightful travel experience with utmost comforts and onboard amenities which include water bottles, reclining seats, blanket, charging points, entertainment screens, and more. An AC 2+2 semi-sleeper Volvo from Delhi to Manali takes around 14-15 hours to reach the hill station. The fare for the Volvo AC ranges between Rs 900 to Rs 1,500. The ticket price for the private buses might fluctuate as it depends on the seat availability and the number of takers while the state-run bus rates remain constant.
Boarding Points in Delhi
The ordinary bus to Manali run by the HRTC can be boarded from ISBT Kashmiri Gate at 6.40 am. For the travellers who’ve chosen a private bus operator, the city is full of boarding points. A few famous ones are: Majnu ka Tila, ISBT Kashmiri Gate, RK Ashram Metro Station, Karnal Bypass.
Drop Points in Manali
Private Bus Stand, Patlikuhal, Bus parking yard, Mall Road are a few prominent drop points in Manali.
Delhi to Manali Bus Fare
The bus ticket price from Delhi to Manali starts at Rs 700 and goes up to Rs 1,700. The price for a non-AC ordinary bus operated by HRTC from Delhi to Manali costs Rs 767 while a ticket for 2+2 AC bus operated by HimGaurav is priced at Rs 1,236. An AC Volvo or Scania bus ticket can be purchased at Rs 1,668. For more pricing check our list of buses and remember that prices are subject to change.
Delhi to Manali Bus Timetable
Delhi to Manali bus timings for HRTC ordinary buses are 5.40 pm and for AC Volvo or Scania the timings are 7 pm, 11.15 pm, 6.40 pm, 9.50 pm. RSRTC runs a bus from Delhi to Manali with duration of almost 15 hours at 10 pm which reaches Manali the next day at 1 pm right around the lunch hour. Most of the buses both private as well as state-run leave Delhi for their journey to Manali post 8 pm. Look for Volvo AC semi-sleeper buses which can be boarded from Delhi at 9 pm, 10.36 pm, 10.40 pm. For early boarding, there are buses by private players which leave the city at 5.15 pm, 5.40 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm. It’s recommended to take an overnight bus to complete the 15-hour long journey sleeping through the most part.
Delhi to Manali Bus Route
Take the National Highway 21 to cover the 532 km of Delhi to Manali by road passing Delhi- Panipat-Kurukshetra-Ambala-Zirakpur-Shimla-Bilaspur-Mandi-Kullu-Manali and this particular route takes 14 hours to reach Manali. The bus on the route halts at Karnal for the passengers to deboard and use the facilities and have something to eat. The next halt for the bus is for 30 minutes in Chandigarh sector 43 and one more stop for a meal at a dhaba in Punjab before the bus proceeds towards its destination.While private buses start from different locations scattered around the city the state-run buses start from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. And usually the journey is an overnight one which is obvious considering the amount of hours taken allowing the passengers to relax and enjoy a night’s sleep and wake up fresh in the morning for their destination. Some of the buses run by the private holders depart earlier in the evening around 5 pm onwards. Most of the buses are GPS enabled which keeps a track of your journey and the time left to reach the destination.
Hotels in Manali
Be it backpackers or the honeymooners there is a selection of hotels at different price points in Manali offering comforts depending on the preference, location and budget of the traveller. Chose from cosy cottages, resorts, and even homestays for that not away from home feeling. Book Allure Grand Resort, Sun Park Resort, Manali Cottages, Golden Tulip Manali, Moniker Resort & Spa, Tranquil Inn and more.
FAQ - Bus Tickets from Delhi to Manali
Q. How do I get to Manali by bus from Delhi?
A: There are nearly 166 direct bus plying between Delhi to Manali. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Manali from Kolkata is 11h 05m.
Q. When does the first bus depart from Delhi to Manali?
A: The first bus leaves from Delhi to Manali at 14:30 pm. It is a Non AC seaterbus run by HRTC.
Q. When does the last bus depart from Delhi to Manali?
A: The last bus leaves from Delhi to Manali at 22:43 pm. It is a Non AC seater bus run by Northern Travels.
Q. What is Delhi to Manali bus fare in Himachal Travel Lines?
A: The bus fare for an air-conditioned semi sleeper volvo bus by Himachal Travel Lines is INR 495.
Q. How much time it takes to travel by bus from Delhi to Manali?
A: Approximately 11:05 hours
Q. Who are the popular operators on the Delhi to Manali bus route?
Top operators on the Delhi to Manali bus route are HRTC
, KST Travels , Mountain Travels and ZIPGO Travels ..
Q. What is the best time to plan a vacation to Manali?
A: Being the hill station, the best time to visit Manali is round the year. It depends which season and activities you want to experience when planning a vacation. The winters start from December to March and the temperature dips to -15 degree Celsius during this time with everything covered in a sheet of snow. April to June is the summer time when the valley is green and the flowers blooming. July to November is when the skies become engulfed by the rain clouds.
Q. Which is the nearest airport to Manali?
A: The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar Airport also called the Kullu-Manali Airport. It is situated 50 km from Manali. Air India and its subsidiary for regional connectivity Alliance Air operate flights from the city. The better way is to take a flight to Chandigarh Airport which has a better connectivity to domestic destinations. Travel by road from Chandigarh to reach Manali via NH21 which would take anywhere between 6-8 hours.
Q. Does Manali have a railway station?
A: Jogindernagar railway station located in Kangra Vallley in the district of Mandi is the nearest railway station with a narrow guage line. But a preferable option is the Ambala Cantt railway station which is 300 km from Manali. Take the Kalka Shatabdi Express from Delhi, get down at Chandigarh and hop on a bus to reach Manali.