Shimla Railway Station

Shimla Railway Station in Winter
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Thousands of common travelers visit Shimla every year. The city is not only visited by the common travelers but numerous adventure seekers also prefer this one of the most popular hill stations as their destination.  Flanked by lofty hills and deep forest of Cedar, Oak, Deodar and Pine, Shimla can be reached by road and rail both.

The main railway station of Shimla is the Shimla Railway Station located about 1-2 km from the center of the city. Shimla is connected to Kalka, one of the most important gateways of north India through narrow gauge. Kalka connects to the rest of India through frequent and well developed rail services.

About Shimla Railway Station

Station Code of Shimla Railway Station is SML. The station comes under Northern Railways Division of Indian Railways. Through a narrow gauge line of about 90 km, Shimla Railway Station is connected to Kalka, one of the most important rail heads of northern India. The journey from Kalka to Shimla is an amazing one. Travelers enjoy the journey on toy trains through the lofty mountain ranges and lush green forests. The breathtaking landscapes during the train journey are very captivating.  From Shimla Railway Station, one can easily reach Shimla Bus Stand in few minutes.

From the bus stand, they get conveyance to reach various parts of Shimla. Accommodations of different types are also available outside the railway station too.

Facilities available at Shimla Railway Station

Shimla is one of the most popular tourist spots of India and is visited by thousands of tourists from all over the country as well as the world. Shimla Railway Station is part of the heritage Shimla-Kalka Railway Line thereby has many amenities and facilities for the travelers. The station has computerized ticket booking office, waiting room, and refreshment room offering veg. and non-veg. food items. The station also has food stalls and tea stalls for the travelers. A G.R.P office is also here in this important rail head. 

Shimla Railway Station
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Shimla Railway Station has two important airports close to it. They are:

Shimla Airport which is about 10 km from Shimla Railway Station
Chandigarh Airport which is about 60 km away from Shimla Railway Station


Connectivity of Shimla Railway Station

Shimla and Kalka are connected through narrow gauge railway line. Kalka has many important trains running through it connecting major cities of India Kolkata, Jodhpur, New Delhi, Mumbai, and others. Kalka and Delhi has regular train services. In this railway sector, Ambala Cantonment is another important rail head that has connectivity with major cities and towns of India. The distance between Ambala and Kalka is about 85 km.


Important Trains Between Delhi and Kalka


Train Name:
Himalayan Queen
Train No.: 4095

Train Name: Shatabdi Express
Train No.: 2011

Train Name: Shatabdi Express
Train No.: 2005

Train Name: Kalka Mail
Train No.: 2311


Kalka Shimla Railway

The Kalka-Shimla Railway was built in the year 1903. The railway line is one of the highest railway lines of the world and is located at an altitude of 2076 m. During the journey that starts from the foothills of Shivalik at Kalka, the journey covers the places Summer Hill, Salogra, Barog, Taradevi, Kandaghat, Solan and Dharampur in between. During summers, the clear sky, lush green surroundings and magnificent mountain ranges offer picturesque landscapes for the travelers. Winters offers snow-capped mountains and make the entire journey very charming.

Train of Shimla-Kalka Railway
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The entire railway track between Shimla and Kalka is a narrow gauge line of 2 ft 6”. The journey gets accomplished after passing through 102 tunnels. The longest of these tunnels is the Barog which is about 1143.11 m long. Taradevi has another tunnel in this railway line. The entire railway track has about 864 bridges. The bridge between Kandaghat-Kanoh, bridge no. 493, is a bridge is built in 3 stages. This arch bridge is also popular as “Arch Gallery”.

Important Trains running between Kalka and Shimla


Train No.:
KS / 2KS
Train Name:  Kalka Shimla Passenger / Shimla Kalka Passenger
Departure (Kalka): 4 am
Arrival (Shimla):  8:15 pm
Departure (Shimla): 2:25 pm
Arrival (Kalka): 9:20 am

Train No.: 241 NG Superfast / 242 NG Superfast
Train Name: Shivalik Deluxe Express
Departure (Kalka): 5:30 am
Arrival (Shimla): 10:15 pm
Departure (Shimla): 5:30 pm
Arrival (Kalka): 10:15 am

Train No.: 251 Mail / 252 Mail
Train Name: Kalka Shimla Mail/Shimla Kalka Mail
Departure (Kalka): 6:00 am
Arrival (Shimla): 11:05 pm
Departure (Shimla): 6:05 pm
Arrival (Kalka): 11:00 am
  
Train No.: 255 Express / 256 Express
Train Name: Himalayan Queen Express
Departure (Kalka): 12:10 pm
Arrival (Shimla): 4:05 pm
Departure (Shimla): 10:35 am
Arrival (Kalka): 5:20 pm

Train No.: 253 Holiday / 254 Holiday
Train Name: Holiday Special
Departure (Kalka): 6:30 am
Arrival (Shimla): 9:05 pm
Departure (Shimla): 3:50 pm
Arrival (Kalka): 11:55 am

Train No.: 101 Rail Motor Car / 102 Rail Motor Car
Train Name: Rail Motor Car
Departure (Kalka): 11:35 am
Arrival (Shimla):  4:25 pm
Departure (Shimla): 11:30 am
Arrival (Kalka): 3:40 pm

Train No.: 257 Holiday / 258 Holiday
Train Name: Holiday Special
Departure (Kalka): 12:45 pm
Arrival (Shimla): 3:20 pm
Departure (Shimla): 9:25 am
Arrival (Kalka): 6:30 pm

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    Nisha from Rishikesh 1489 Days ago

    i want to know that how much time it will take to reach shimla from rishikesh

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    shimlaonline.in Expertfrom 1484 Days ago

    Hi Nisha, By train it takes about 15-18 hours. However, we prefer to choose a private car or hire a taxi as it will only take about 6-7 hours max in that case. Thanks

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