How to Reach Chandigarh
- By Air: Flights come in from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Goa and even Srinagar.
- By Train: The Shatabdi Express from Delhi is very popular and almost always fully booked. Book your tickets wayyy in advance. Train names: Paschim Express to Mumbai, Kalka Mail to Howrah, Dehradun-Chandigarh Madras Express (Monday) to Chennai, Kerala Sampark Kranti (Wednesday) to Kochuveli (Kerala), Chandigarh Lucknow Express (daily) to Lucknow, Chandigarh-Jaipur Garib Rath to Jaipur, Chandigarh Bandra Terminus Super-fast Express (Sunday) to Bandra Terminus (Mumbai), Chandigarh Bandra Terminus Super-fast Special (Wednesday) to Bandra Terminus (Mumbai).
- By Car: The city is extremely well connected by road. However, the road can and does get terribly, terribly foggy during winter mornings and nights. Be careful. New Delhi - 260 km, Shimla - 110 km, Manali- 320 km, Dehradun - 175 km, Amritsar - 250 km.
- By Bus: Inter State Bus Terminus in Sector 43 serves destinations to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Jammu, and Delhi. Delhi buses leave practically every 15 minutes. Prices are comparable to trains.
Local transport information for tourists is easily had – Chandigarh prides itself on it’s highly organised public transport services.
- By Bus: The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) runs around the city, and also to Mohali and Panchkula. Timings are from 6:00am – 10:00pm. Prices are dirt cheap. You’ll find a complete map of the city’s bus routes at the back of each ticket. The Hop-On-Hop-Off bus, once you buy its ticket, will let you travel the city’s major tourist spots.
- By Car: The city’s cab services are super-comfy and have A/C. Driving around the city in a rented car is a good deal too.
- By Auto-Rickshaw: The pink tuk-tuks will not follow the metred fare. Negotiate before you get on. Official prices are Rs. 10/- for 1st km and Rs. 8.