Chandigarh is located at a distance of 229 km from Amritsar. This is the shortest route on the Grand trunk road. Distance from the Grand Trunk Road and NH 95 is 236 km. However, the best way to reach Amritsar is by car, a journey of 4 hours. The places covered on the way to Chandigarh are Amritsar - 43 km -> Rayya -50 km -> Jalandhar - 50 km -> Banga - 43 km -> Rupnagar - 61 km -> Kharar-20 km -> Chandigarh. On the way, there are several rest stops, hotels and dhabas. Options range from Lucky Vaishno Dhaba to Haveli and Magicland. Petrol pumps such as AH Padam Petroleum and HP Petrol Pump are also available at regular intervals.
Transport options from Amritsar to Chandigarh
Amritsar to Chandigarh By Car: Take a car or hire a cab to drive to Chandigarh which takes around 4 hours. Approximate cost per kilometer ranges from INR 8 to INR 23 depending upon the type of car. Travelling by car is ideal for families with kids, senior citizens and while in groups.
Amritsar to Chandigarh By Train: Take a direct train to Chandigarh from Amritsar, a journey about 5 hours. Swarna Shatabdi is best train to and fro. In almost all the stations you can find refreshment stalls and small eateries. Economical and comfortable, travelling by train is ideal for families with senior citizens and children.
Amritsar to Chandigarh By Flight: By Flights: Take a flight from Amritsar Airport to Chandigarh Airport, which halts at Delhi. The journey takes around 3 hours to complete. You can hire taxis, cabs and buses to reach Chandigarh city centre, which is located at a distance of around 10 km. Although flights are easily available, this mode is is expensive and time-consuming owing to a lot of airport formalities.
Amritsar to Chandigarh By Bus: Take a direct bus from Amritsar to Chandigarh, which takes around 6 hours. Chandigarh bus stand is located at a distance of around 8 km from the Chandigarh city centre. You can reach the city centre from the bus stand by hiring buses, auto-rickshaws and cabs. Travelling by bus is economical and ideal for individual travellers and youngsters.
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This new train between Amritsar and Chandigarh is a boon. It is a super fast express and with AC coaches as well. It takes approx 5 hours and is always on time. Food is served within. It is the best source for low cost travel. Plus there is not much booking. So you can book tickets 10 -20 days in advance.
There are good roads and beautiful sceneries through out. Punjabi Dhabas are very good place for on road food. Some of them are having toilets much much better than Delhi airport's equivalents. There are many toll plazas spoiling the smooth flow of vehicles. Some of them have very long boring traffic block.
The roads are much better, but on a hot day without an AC vehicle, it would be a difficult travel. The AC in our vehicle was not working, so had a very difficult time. It takes around 4-5 hours of travel, I suppose it depends on the traffic. I understand there are Govt Benz buses between these cities.
Time taken to reach Amritsar from Chandigarh was three and half hours. Bus was very clean and comfortable. Either you can take a short nap or watch a movie and by the time you feel fresh you are at Amritsar. The bus drops you at hall gate which is very near to Golden Temple.
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