Volvo or Taxi for Delhi to Manali?

Only Manali Trip : Opt for Volvo

If you plan to just visit Manali (and not combine it with a trip to Shimla), Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali is the most cost effective, comfortable and convenient option.

Taxi for Manali Sight seeing

Hire local taxi at Manali for Rs. 3,500. For the said fixed price, taxi will cover all key destinations over two days.

Hotels for Manali Volvo trip

If you are travelling by Volvo, suggest Hotels on Manali Road, circuit road, Hadimba temple road or in Aleo area as they are accessible by autorickshaw. Do not go for "Manali Volvo Package" that is offered by tour operators, instead book Volvo and hotel seperately as you can save serious money by making your own bookings.

Shimla and Manali Trip : Opt for Taxi

If you plan a typical tour of 2 days in Shimla and 3 days in Manali, then it might be better to hire a taxi for the whole trip from New Delhi itself. It may sound counter intutive but that is the reality. Let's work the economics for a couple travelling from New Delhi.

Charges of Volvo Trip (Delhi - Shimla - Manali) without accommodation

Route Mode Fare Per Person Fare for two
Delhi to Shimla Volvo Bus Rs. 880 Rs.1,760
Shimla local sightseeing (Taxi) Local taxi Rs.2,500
Shimla to Manali Dlx Non AC bus Rs.500 Rs.1000
Manali local sightseeing Local taxi Rs.3,500
Manali to Delhi Volvo Bus Rs.1.220 Rs.2,400
Total Rs. 11,160

Volvo and Taxi charges comparison

Delhi to Manali By Volvo Travel cost Cost:Rs.11,160
Delhi - Shimla - Manali by Taxi Taxi fare : Rs. 14,000
Taxi option deserves a 30% premium as it has many benefits including
  • Pick up from Delhi - Airport, Station or your residence
  • Most star hotels at Manali are at the outskirts. Taxi at hand is very helpful.
  • Visit to Shimla and Manali in the comfort of a taxi. Eight hour Shimla - Manali by bus is not very comfortable.
  • Customised sightseeing trip
  • Hassle free schedule that suits your comfort.
  • Taxi at your disposal for the entire trip is of great convenience.
  • Drop back to Delhi

Taxi operators for Delhi - Shimla - Manali - Delhi tour

Taxi service from Delhi to Manali You could bring down the cost by travelling to Chandigarh in Shatabdi Express (train) and then hiring a taxi from Chandigarh. Note: We do not hold brief for any operator. Please feel free to go with any taxi operator.