How to Reach Sonamarg Jammu and Kashmir

How to reach Sonamarg

By Air
Nearest Airport – Srinagar – 87 kilometers
By Rail
Nearest railhead(s) Udhampur 153 and Jammu 219 kilometers.
By Road
Sonamarg is well connected to all major destinations. State Transport buses and taxis run daily to various places.

In Detail

By Air

Srinagar’s Sheikh-Ul-Alam Airport is about 87 km from Sonamarg. It has good connectivity with almost all major cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Bengaluru and Jammu. Tourists can hire either cabs or local taxis.  

If you are a couple, try hiring a shared taxi for much less price. Negotiate before you settle down as some operators become noisy when arriving at your destination.

By Rail
Nearest railhead(s) are Udhampur 153 and Jammu 219 kilometers. Jammu being the oldest among the two has maximum trains whereas Udhampur is getting the newly introduced trains. Some of the trains departing from Udhampur to Delhi are: Himsagar express that touches the farthest station Trivandrum, Andaman express, Uttar Sampark Kranti express etc.

Local taxis and cabs are available at both stations for various destinations in the valley. If travelling in a group you can also hire mini buses. We advise to negotiate beforehand and never turn to other operator midway, as noisy scenes are reported. Couples and small families can try hiring a shared taxi and you can save much money travelling.

By Road
Sonamarg is well connected with all cities within Kashmir. State run buses / private luxury buses / taxis / cabs are available. It is 87 kilometers from Srinagar and it takes around 2.5-3 hours due to the high altitude snake bends consuming most time at hills.

Special Tip
If you can wait for a few minutes, even rigid cab owners give in to charging per person. This benefits all individual passengers and couples because booking a full cab means paying manifold.

Driving Own Vehicle
Many tourists bring their own vehicles while travelling to Sonamarg from Jammu. We want to add that there are several places en route, developed for the convenience of the motorist. Among them Jajjar Kotli, Kud, Patnitop, Batote, Ramban, Banihal and Qazi Gund, all have tourist bungalows and provisions for meals, snacks, petrol pumps and repairs.

Some of these like Kud offer delicacies like Patisa. Others have a post office and mobile charging facilities as well.

If you are travelling on own vehicle we recommend you to change your tyres with those that can handle roads in this region. It can make a huge difference in costing and budget travelers should consider another mode of travel.

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