New Jalpaiguri NJP to Gangtok

New Jalpaiguri is a major railway station in North West Bengal.It is nearest railway station to Gangtok.For details of Train from your city to New Jalpaiguri check IRCTC website with station code NJP for New Jalpaiguri.Travel guide for Gangtok to New Jalpaiguri is at Gangtok to NJP.You can also download Gangtok travel guide for free.

New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok transport options

You should not worry about transportation.After reaching the platform just move out of it and you will see lot of people approaching you.They are drivers or agents.You should not directly book your vehicle through them as it will cost more.You should just move outside the railway station and reach Taxi stand.

You can take either shared taxi or reserve taxi from the stand just outside the railway station. Bus service is also available but from Siliguri which is at a distance of 8 kms from New Jalpaiguri railway station.

Bagdogra to Gangtok transport options

Bagdogra is nearest airport to Gangtok.It is situated 8 kms from Siliguri.Often tourists ask me about Bagdogra to Gangtok travel.So I am including this topic here itself instead of writing a separate post.The transport options mentioned above are applicable for this case as well.

Taxi is by far the most convenient option to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra.The route is same as that to New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok.The distance however increases by ten to twelve km.So time taken is increased by 20 or so min.

The taxi rent is somewhat inflated but not much.You should add 200 INR to 300 INR on top of rate from NJP.I have dealt with this below in the post.So read that section for more details.

New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok Bus service

Bus is cheaper than either shared taxi and reserved ones.You can take shared autos to reach Siliguri from the railway station.The fare of shared autos are not much.They will take 30 INR to 50 INR per person.The rates may differ slightly depending upon the season.

It is better to clarify the rates before boarding the vehicle.Moreover in shared autos chances are lesser of paying more as there will be local travelers as well.You can get idea of the fare from local passengers traveling along with you.

Bus service from NJP to Gangtok is decent.There is one bus per hour approximately.You need to take ticket from counter.The ticket cost is around 150 INR.The bus stops at couple of places for refreshments.It takes around 5 hours to 6 hours to reach Gangtok with Bus.Standing is not allowed in bus so you can rest assured of berth.

New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok Shared Taxi

But in case you do not want to go for bus then shared taxis are next budget friendly option.Here I am using the word Taxi for cars like Innova,Indica,Tata Safari and other vehicles of similar category.The cost of shared taxis vary from 150-300 INR for each person depending upon the season.

Please negotiate before agreeing to give a fare and also don’t take shared taxis from any agency as it is much costlier.There are many shared taxis available so finding one will not be an issue.

The trick in selecting shared taxis is to look for one which will get filled early.The taxis will not leave unless it is filled to capacity.So you should not board a taxi which is empty initially as you might need to wait more.

NJP to Gangtok Reserved Taxi

The most costly option is reserved taxi.The cost of reserved taxi varies from 1500 INR to 2500 INR.The price depends upon the car you are selecting.The price also depends upon season.In peak season the prices may shoot up and in off season you will get vehicles in cheaper rate.

It becomes best option if you have a group close to seven or eight member.As cost of shared and reserved taxi will be same.The cost also depends on season.So before finalizing one try to get price quote from one or more taxis.

NJP to Gangtok in night

Many travelers have asked asked me below questions

  • Should I travel from New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok in night with family?
  • What time it takes to reach Gangtok from New Jalpaiguri?
  • Which is best tour agent for Gangtok?

Traveling from NJP to Gangtok is not recommended in night.I would say you can travel but it is not advisable.It is hilly region.There are places with no shop or human presence.Imagine in case your vehicle has some problem will there be a way out.Also driving in hilly region in night is not safest of option.

The time to reach Gangtok from New Jalpaiguri is dependent on traffic jam.Traffic jam is heavily dependent upon weather conditions.On an average the journey takes 4 hours to 5 hours.The distance between NJP and Gangtok is 114 km.But on hilly region 25 km/hr to 30 km/hr is standard.But this time may go up by an hour and half in case of jams and all.

I am not attached or represent any tourism company or tour agent.I am a traveler like you.You have lots of tour agents to choose from.

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  1. Supratim Banerjee

    Dear Sir,
    Please provide us the cost of one car fair from NJP Rail Station To Gantok (Near Lal Market) for 5 nos Adult & one- child on at 9.00AM morning on 20-04-2014.
    Moreover also please note that we will go to Nathula, Baba Mandir & Chhangu. If possible please inform me the vehicle fare on 21./04 & 22/04.
    Thanking You, Waiting for your reply.
    Supratim Banerjee

  2. sankar chakraborty

    i want to know the times and fares of bus services from siliguri bus stand to Darjeeling and Gangtok.pls reply as early as possible.

  3. Abhishek Paul

    But in peak season will i get good hotels after reaching there as i am travelling with my 3 yr old daughter.

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      you can but if traveling with kids /family pre booking makes it bit comfortable

  4. Abhishek Paul

    Hi, I am traveling to Gangtok-Pelling-Darjeeling (6 Nights) om May 21. Should i book hotel online and take taxis on location. Or should i take a package which includes both hotel and transportation which is more expensive.

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      you can book hotel online or after reaching there as per your comfort package is not required


    esha samip here.i m from bhadrak odisa.i jst want to for honeymoon travel which one is better and economical.i want to share 3-4 days in gangtok,darjeeling and peling.
    hope for possitve result.

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      you can book the hotels on line according to your plan or after reaching need of any travel agency

  6. rajan

    this is Rajan we 4 frd r plan for reach on 4 Jan 14 NJP for Gangtok visit guide us budget hotel and safest transportation and sight seeing we will back on 5th Jan 14 8:30 pm to NJP

  7. Shinjan Patra

    We are planning to visit gangtok in mid february,can you just tell me what will be the weather then???what kind of clothes we have to carry????

  8. Daksha

    is transportation available for Aritar, Zuluk, Reshi from NJP/Siliguri including Bus service.
    Can you provide information on weather conditions since i shall travel with children of 10-12 year old


  9. Daksha

    Hi, i am planning a visit to off track zuluk silerygaon pedong and gnathang trip on 22.december13, can you please help me to know transportation availability and weather conditions. i shall travel with my two kids of 10 & 12 years old.

  10. Bijendra Agrawal

    Which season is best for going gangtok? Ii love enjoying snow fall..

  11. Subhas

    I have a query about the weather condition. Actually we (four person) are planning to start our tour to Gangtok on 29/12/13 as well as booked our ticket on that date. Also want to know that how much the busses are available from Siliguri bus stand (Tenzing Norgay Bus Ter.) to travel upto M. G. Marg, Gangtok.

    Wait for your valuable reply.


    Dear Madam, 1st time I’m gong to Gangtok along with my wife and 7 years old son. We will reach NJP on 1.11.13. 02.11 we decide to enjoy sight seeing in Gangtok, on 03.11 we will go to Nathula, Baba Mandir & Chhangu. If possible please inform me the vehicle fare on 02.11 & 03.11 and the temperature and precautions to be taken. Thanking You, Waiting for your reply. TAMAL

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Vehicle fare would not be too different from fare mentioned in this post..Temperature will be great but do not forget to carry light woolen cloths

  13. Rameshkumar

    I want to hire a taxi from New Jalpaiguri to reach Darjeeling on 11.11.2013 morning 9 am. Can you please give a lead. We are 4 persons.

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      you can get from railway station itself..I am not attached with any travel agency

  14. Alex

    Thanks for your article. I am planning to get down at NJP and then move to Darjelling and then to Gangtok….I heard the NJP – Darjeling toy training functions..does it function now….? If yes How to book a ticket … u think my plan is good.? I am coming from Chennai…

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Your plan is fine..I am unable to provide you information about NJP to Darjeeling toy train..

  15. Esha Upadhyay

    No it is available from Siliguri..But please check once when you land there as I went there couple of years back

  16. anil kumar

    please tell me visit to Gangtok in rainiseason is it safe. i planned in 07.09.2013 to 09.09.2013

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      No it is not advisable..You will not enjoy if rain occurs during that period..

  17. Esha Upadhyay

    The main attractions of Varanasi are Ganga Aarti,Kashi Vishwanath temple,Sarnath and Shitala Mata mandir.

  18. Asit Gope

    hi.. I am asit from calcutta.. your doing a very good job by providing useful information about travel to Gangtok.. I would be very pleased if u can guide me about travel to varanasi and places to see since this is my first visit to varanas with my family. we are going to stay there for two days.. 9.10.13 and 10.10.13.

  19. Sreenivasan Thulasiraman

    nice info,… needy! thank you,.. udin :)

  20. Arvind Sakthivel


    We will be reaching NJP around 10:30pm to 11:00pm. Is the station a safe place at that hour? Can you get Taxi’s during that hour?

    I will be accompanied by wife and daughter, hence the concern.


    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Travelling at night to Gangtok is not advisable.It is hilly region and in case there is problem with vehicle you will get trapped.I do not have idea whether station is crowded with passengers at night or not.We reached there around 10 AM during our tour.So no idea.

      But best way is to stay at hotel for few hours and then leave early next day.You should judge the platform situation after reaching there and act accordingly.

  21. Amit Kumar Chatterjee

    I want to go to Gangtok after reaching NJP on 14th May’13 and want to visit sikim for 3-4 days. Can u pl tell me how i will reach gangtok and in which hotel I can stay and in three days which will be the best place to visit. I’m from middle class family and presently staying in Orissa. It will be very helpfulful if the approximate cost of hotel and tour can be informed by u.

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      How to rech Gangtok from NJP is already mentioned above..Hotel depends on your budget..You could cover Gangtok one day and then visit Pelling after that…Please visit this post to see all places to visit near Gangtok.

      I am not related to any tour or travels so will not be able to give info about cost.This post and others are based on my Gangtok tour experience.

  22. sumedh

    i read it somewhere else that from NJP to gangtok takes 2 hrs by taxi ..pls check and clarify …

  23. Esha Upadhyay

    No…you can not drive at 60 kms per hour speed on these roads.I went there and the post is based on real experience.Total distance is 110-120 kms and average speed can never exceed 30 kms per hour

  24. Mandar

    Hi, Thanks for the info. Can you please advise how much time it takes to travel from Jalpaiguri to Gangtok by taxi? Also I cant see the date, when this article was written. Knowing date will help me to calculate the prices in present time. Thanks

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      It will take 4.5 hours to 6 hours.Time depends upon rainfall and traffic conditions…the price is of two years before so you can add 50 INR in it

  25. Esha Upadhyay

    i would not suggest traveling at night (driving is tough).you can stay overnight at njp…

  26. Mohit

    What are the options if we want to start from Gangtok at night, i.e. round 11pm? Is it safe or is it better to stay overnight at New Jalpaiguri?