A road tip to Ladakh is best advised by your own vehicle. This is beneficial in a number of ways and allows you to explore much more in a limited time. With that said, bringing your own vehicle for the trip is not always a choice for everyone. Some people do not feel confident enough to drive, while others have little time. Many people live a little too far to drive from home. The next best thing to do is to take a flight to Ladakh and rent a taxi for local sightseeing. If you were also planning to do the same, the Ladakh 2020 taxi rates mentioned below can help you determine the total cost and plan your budget.
There is a small increase in taxi fares on all routes compared to the previous year, but this is usually the case every year. Tourism in Ladakh is increasing and the number of tourists increases with each season. With the growing number of people visiting here, the demand for taxis has also increased. And an increase in demand is always followed by an increase in cost, as is the case with Ladakh today.
Should you book a taxi in advance? I would say yes, you should. Last year, during the high tourist season, people found it difficult to find a taxi, because everyone who called was already booked. If you plan to visit from June to September, I recommend that you book a taxi before your visit.
Taxi fares in Ladakh 2020
Is booking a taxi in Ladakh easy in your pocket? Well, not really, unless you were traveling in a group. Taxi fares in Ladakh are expensive, but they also have their own benefits. If you were not sure whether to hire a taxi there, read Why you should hire a taxi in Ladakh. Perhaps the information posted here can help you make a final call.
Now, addressing the topic of taxi fares, there are cars available for rent in Ladakh.
- Class A – Innova, XUV and Aria
- Class B – Scorpion, Safari, Large Juice, Xylo, Tavera, Qualis
- Class C – Juice, Eco, Van
Type A taxis are the most expensive, followed by classes B and C. There is also the option of hiring a time traveler or a Maxi taxi if you are traveling in a large group; rates which I will share in an article to follow.
Let me first post some of the most common routes used by tourists and taxi fares on those routes. After that, I will detail and provide information based on different parts of Ladakh. Along with taxi fees, I am also posting information about how much it will cost you on a time traveler; in case you are traveling in a larger group.
Taxi fares at Leh airport
To explain this better, I will detail the information in different regions of Ladakh. I will start with your arrival in the city of Leh. If you want to book a taxi to pick you up at the airport and drop off at the hotel, here’s how much it will cost.
Leh Airport to City Taxi Fare
Depending on the distance from your hotel, a taxi from Leh airport to the city of Leh will cost between Rs. 550 to Rs. 1,500. As you can see in the graph above, fares for class A and B taxis are exactly the same. There is a slight difference in class C taxi fares, but it is not very significant. The Choglamsar bridge is 9 km from the airport and Stok Palace is 15 km away.
Taxi fare to Leh
Next, let’s talk about the fare you will pay if you rent a taxi to travel to and from Leh City. The three places that I highlighted in the chart below are probably the most relevant for most tourists.
Leh to Khardung La Taxi Fare
If you rent a taxi to Khardung La, of course it can’t be just a drop, because you will also use the same taxi to return. That is the reason why it shows Rs. 0 in the drop-down field. Depending on the type of taxi chosen, a trip from Leh to Khardung La and back costs between Rs. 2,300 to Rs. 2,600.
Taxi fare from Leh to Leh Palace
Depending on the chosen taxi, a taxi from your hotel to Leh Palace (return and return) will cost between Rs. 200 to Rs. 300
Leh to Shanti Stupa Taxi fare
Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa are indeed located nearby, so you can rent the same taxi to both places. But a taxi just to Shanti Stupa will cost between Rs. 200 to Rs. 350
Taxi fare Leh to Nubra Valley
Then let me provide you with information on how much a taxi costs from Leh to Nubra Valley. You can refer to the table below to determine the taxi fee for a respective location; but the part highlighted in blue is the most relevant for tourists in my opinion.
Taxi fare from Leh to Pangong Tso
Depending on the type of taxi chosen, a taxi from Leh to Pangong Tso and return in 2 days will cost between Rs. 9k to Rs. 11k. If you want to continue traveling and explore further, a round trip to Chushul will cost Rs. 13,000 for a day; and Rs. 16,000 for two days (for class A taxis). Venture further into the Chumathang valley; a private taxi to Hanle will cost around Rs. 17,000 round trip. If you want to complete the Pangong – Chushul – Tso Moriri – Leh circuit, a three-day trip on this route will cost about Rs. 24,000.
Taxi fare Leh to Tso Moriri
A day taxi from Leh to Tso Moriri and return will cost Rs. 12,000. If you extend the trip for 2 days and return the next day, it will cost about Rs. 15,000. See the table below, detailing the rates, depending on the various ways in which this journey can be carried out.
Taxi fare from Leh to Kargil
A private taxi from Leh to Kargil will cost Rs. 9000 for drop and Rs. 12,000 for the return trip via Lamayuru. However, if you followed the Batalik route, charges will be Rs. 12,600 for fall and Rs. 16,400 for a return trip.
Leh to Srinagar Taxi fare
A private taxi from Leh to Srinagar will cost Rs. 17000 for a day journey. If you want to interrupt the trip in 2 days with an overnight stop in Kargil, it will cost Rs. 20,000. For a trip back to Leh, it will cost Rs. 26,000.
Taxi fare from Leh to Jammu
A private taxi that takes you from Leh to Jammu costs Rs. 28,500 for 2 days of travel and Rs. 31,300 for 3 days of travel. For a return trip to Leh, fees will be Rs. 37,000 for 2 days and Rs. 40,700 for 3 days.
Taxi fare from Leh to Drass
A private taxi from Leh to Drass will cost around Rs. 12,000 for a drop and Rs. 16,000 for the return trip.
Taxi fare from Leh to Sonamarg
A private taxi from Leh to Sonamarg will cost Rs. 14,000 for a drop and Rs. 19,000 for return trip.
Taxi fare to Leh Manali Route
Below is a graph detailing the taxi fare on the Leh to Manali route in 2019.
Leh to Keylong Taxi fare
A taxi from Leh to Keylong will cost Rs. 20,000 to drop and Rs. 26,000 for return trip
Taxi fare from Leh to Manali
For a 2-day trip, a taxi from Leh to Manali will cost Rs. 22,000 for fall and Rs. 30,000 for the return trip.
Taxi fare from Leh to Tso Kar
If you just want to visit Lake Tso Kar on the Manali Leh road, a private taxi will cost around Rs. 8000 for return trip and Rs. 6000 for drop.
If the taxi is used for more than specified days, the destination will be charged by category, as detailed below.
- Innova, Aria, Xuv: Rs. 3097 for the whole day and Rs. 1548 for half a day
- Scorpio, Qualis, Grande, Safari, Xylo: Rs. 2942 for the whole day and Rs. 1470 for half a day
- Sumo, Eco, Van: Rs. 2668 for the whole day and Rs. 1337 for half a day
- Full day means 8 hours and half day means 4 hours.
- The charge on hold in the first hour will be free and the remaining hours @ Rs. 314 per hour for all types of vehicles.
- Extra entry on routes from planned routes is charged up to 8 Kms @ Rs. 314
- The tariffs have been prepared for the year 2019-20, applicable from April 1, 2019.
- 50% of the invoiced amount must be deposited in advance on long routes such as Manali, Srinagar, other routes in the Leh district.
- Night stop fees @ Rs. 350 / – for all types of vehicles.
- AC on demand @ Rs 7 / – per km and will be collected directly by the driver.