Trains Running between Kalka(KLK) & Shimla(SML) Railway Stations

There are approximately 6 trains that are operational between Kalka & Shimla railway stations. Rail Motor N G is the fastest train with a total journey time of 4 hrs 40 mins. The train departs from Kalka at 05:10 and reaches Shimla at 09:50. It is operational on all days of the week. Check out the table below to find information on all the trains between these two stations.

Train Details & Schedule

Train Departure (KLK) Arrival (SML) Journey Time Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Klk Sml Pass (1KS)
Departure (KLK) Arrival (SML) Journey Time
04:00 09:20 5:20 hrs
Days of Run
All days of the week
Klk Sml Pass N G (52457)
Departure (KLK) Arrival (SML) Journey Time
04:00 09:20 5:20 hrs
Days of Run
All days of the week
Rail Motor N G (72451)
Departure (KLK) Arrival (SML) Journey Time
05:10 09:50 4:40 hrs
Days of Run
All days of the week
Shivalk Dlx Exp N G (52451)
Departure (KLK) Arrival (SML) Journey Time
05:30 10:15 4:45 hrs
Days of Run
All days of the week
Kalka Simla Exp N G (52453)
Departure (KLK) Arrival (SML) Journey Time
06:00 11:05 5:05 hrs
Days of Run
All days of the week
Himalyan Queen N G (52455)
Departure (KLK) Arrival (SML) Journey Time
12:10 17:20 5:10 hrs
Days of Run
All days of the week

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Reviews for Kalka to Shimla

18 Reviews | 3317 Readers
Route: Udaipur to Shimla

"The romance of Toy Train "

3.9/5

Posted 29 June, 2016

It is possible to reach Shimla from Chandigarh by car in about three and half hours but journey by train is an altogether different experience. Trains are available from Kalka not Chandigarh and five trains with different timings ply between Kalka and Shimla everyday. The first train 52457 leaves Kalka at 4.00 am but reaching there so early from Chandigarh is difficult. This train is having first class coaches with comfortable seats and enough leg room. Advance booking for this train and train no 52451 (Shivalik Dlx exp) open 90 days before the journey date. Shivalik express leaves at 5.30 am and I rate this as the best train because the deluxe chair car seats are comfortable and lunch is served midway at Barog station. Advance booking for the remaining three trains 72451 (rail motor), 52453 and 52455 opens only 30 days before the journey date. We could get confirmed tickets only for the Himalayan Queen so there was no other option. The chair car seats in this train are small and congested, there is not enough leg room and space for luggage is limited. However, as the train moves you may get mesmerized by the scenic beauty of the hills and forget all discomfort. This train leaves Kalka at 12.00 noon.Kalka is a small place you don't find much at the railway station. The lunch packets available there are not good quality so better carry something with you from Chandigarh. Another option is buy biscuits, chips and fruit juices at Kalka and try spicy cutlets at Barog railway station.All up and down trains stop at Barog for 10 minutes to allow passengers buy eatables.


Live in Kolkata | 2 Reviews | 4857 Readers
Route: Karkala to Shimla

"The Joy Ride"

4.6/5

Posted 1 March, 2016

It is almost 10-00 AM. The Shivalik Express was bound to leave by 6-30. But since it is a connecting train to Kalka Mail, which is ultimately five hours late, the Shivalik, commonly known as the toy-train, was waiting for the passengers. Kalka station is long, divided in almost two parts, - one for the express trains going to and coming from other parts of India, and another one for the toy-trains. As the passengers got off the train, puzzled, running to and fro, it was the middle-aged, tall, fair, handsome station master, already standing in front of his room, directing the passengers towards the Shivalik Deluxe, waiting at that part. Apart from the turmoil created by and among the passengers, the station and the morning seemed to be calm, peaceful--a feel of comfort was there. The train was neatly decorated, nicely prepared for the tourists. The soft, padded seats are arranged face to face, by the window, with a small table in front of each, the windows large, without the barrier of rods, curtained. A carton of bottled mineral water is kept inside the compartment. The passengers get in one by one, have their seats according to the numbers put in their tickets. They are relieved now, becoming cheerful, also started expressing their excitement-- calling each other loudly, drawing out food packets from bags, and obviously taking out camera- privileged phones and real cameras. They couldn't even believe still now that they will have this toy-train-joy-train ride, the hope of which was almost discarded due to the several hours' late, couldn't ultimately made up by the train. Taking all the passengers-- puzzled, scattered, shouting, excited-- the train started ultimately and the ambience changed all of a sudden as it was out of the station. The landscape is changing, gradually, making the journey more and more exciting. After crossing a thin strip of city-- with car- jostled road several times, it was a journey through the hills, in the hills, amidst the lush green, velvet green, dark green. Frequently, we rode on bridges, beautifully designed in an old -fashioned way, reminding us of the architecture, typical in the British era; entered into the mystery of black tunnels. The train followed a winding course, -- with the result that we were often charmed to see the front or back end of the sweet, little reptile, going before or coming after us. The morning sun was still soft and soothing, with a comfortably bright weather, the sky clear-- the passengers joyful-- it was the atmosphere of mirth, of cheerfulness, of traveling, of exploring, of wondering, of becoming fascinated and having shots in cameras that seemed to be unputdownable. "Painted stations whistle by" --Gumman, Koti, Sonwara. Sometimes we stopped, sometimes didn't. Occasionally, we met a few other trains carrying passengers; journeying, not traveling. It was our enjoyment, their necessity. Still, face to face, the drivers stop, exchange a few words, restart; the passengers exchange glance. The stations are picturesque-- clean, decorated with flowers in hanging pots, devoid of hawkers, architecturally designed in the old fashioned way, giving it a classical European look. It seems that it will be a great pleasure to sit on one of these benches at any station, quietly, lonely and watching the few trains passing through the narrow tracks, their passengers laughing and clamouring and taking photos; or the calm, soothing, soft, green hills standing behind and front, having a language of their own, under the clear sky and in the pleasant sun,-- a bridge or a tunnel can be seen at a distance. As we reached Dharampur Himachal, the memories of my earlier journey by this toy- train flashed in my mind. The seat arrangements were different then, the train, more simply designed, yet, more seemed the joy and excitement. It was our first journey to hill's, first tour to Shimla. First sight of the Himalayas and Love at first sight. The fascination, the infatuation has changed to a pure love now, -- mingled with wonder and awe. After Kumarhatti-Dagshai, we had the breath- taking experience of going through the 1135 mts long Barog tunnel, the longest in this heritage route. Passengers are almost behaving like kids, shouting and playing childish mischief taking the advantage of invisibility. And out we came, at last. Oh! Relieved, after the dazzling light of the sun, to discover that the nature was all the same beautiful, safe, bright. At Barog, the train stopped, we were given refreshment, very quickly, yet cordially and smilingly-- bread, cutlet, packed juice, sweets and tea. We crossed numerous tiny drops of stations, with the sweet names like Solan, Salogra, Kandaghat, Kanch. This journey, from Kalka to Shimla, can be made by road also, if we are in a hurry. But that will merely be reaching the destination, not traveling, not even journeying. Here, the path, the voyage itself is an experience. Romance and charm lie in the unhurried journey through the winding course, slowly but steadily taking us, through the greenery, up and up the hills, creating the feeling that we are hugging the Himalayas, -- tenderly, lovingly crawling on her lap, finding comfort, shelter, joy in his huge body. The journey is a memorable one. Shimla became the summer- capital of the British India in 1864 and as a result, the broad gauge Delhi -Kalka line opened in 1891. Later, the Kalka -Shimla Railway line was build on 2 ft or 610 mm narrow gauge tracks by the Delhi-Ambala -Kalka Railway Company, beginning in 1898. The 96. 54 km long line was inaugurated by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, and was opened for traffic on November 9, 1903. In 1905, the line was regauged to 2ft 6 inches ( 762mm) to confirm the standards set by Indian War Department. In 2007, the Government of Himachal Pradesh declared this railway as a heritage property and the very next year, on July 8, this Kalka-Shimla railway was declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This fabulous route had originally 107 tunnels, among which 102 are in use today. The record says that this is a route with 864 bridges and 919 curves, the sharpest being 48 degrees. After Kathleghat and Shogi, we halted at Taradevi. We are reaching higher and higher, the weather is becoming charmingly cooler and cooler. The noon sun is shining at its brightest. The journey is revealing something new, something unexplored in each curve and turn. The Himalayas is exhibiting his beauty in front of my fascinated eyes. As the train stops, the passengers get down, roam, take photographs, excited with the aroma of traveling-- the kids in them are coming out. We are closer to our destination now. It is Jutogh. We started preparation for leaving. The five- hour amazing journey is coming to an end. I never expected to have this journey once again in my lifetime, I never know whether I will take this route again in future. But the memories will never fade away, --I am filled to the brim, I have drunk the nature to the lees. It is Summer Hill and the train left and started for Shimla station. It is 4 o'clock. The train has finally arrived at Shimla. Our journey by toy train is finished. We are waiting at the platform that has been hired to take us to the hotel.


4 Reviews | 8640 Readers
Route: Amritsar to Shimla

"Marvellous experince in train with family"

5.0/5

Posted 25 February, 2016

I went to Shimla for the second time but my family was experiencing first journey to hill station by train. The site seeing and the tunnels that came during the journey were unforgettable. The seats were in good condition. It was a toy train. But the main problem arises about cleanliness. There was a lack of cleanliness in and outside the train track.


4 Reviews | 6385 Readers
Route: Jalandhar to Shimla

"A nice experience"

3.9/5

Posted 5 January, 2016

It was a wonderful trip to Shimla awesome experience the scenery is amazing. Awesome people, ever ready to help, simple and sweet delicious cuisine and the trekking experience nearby was just awesome. It was nice to visit Shimla this October. We were planning to go to some place which is easily accessible from lucknow. So my family and one of my friend plans to visit Shimla.


3 Reviews | 6187 Readers
Route: Jalandhar to Shimla

"Every station was so clean and well-maintained"

3.6/5

Posted 4 January, 2016

The train experience on the so famous toy train was awesome. The train passes over 803 bridges crosses, 123 tunnels and 80 cross links. The train could be seen roaming around the hills of Shimla to kalka. The train experience was very nice. Every station was so clean and well-maintained. Hats off to the himachal tourism for such maintenance of their trains and the services.


Live in Ahmedabad | 5 Reviews | 7672 Readers
Route: Ahmedabad to Shimla

" A memorable journey"

5.0/5

Posted 3 January, 2016

We first time enjoyed 5 hours as a very very pleasure & memorable journey by toy train. We took lot of photos like tunnel bridge & you turn of train also run parallel highway in some destination. We were 2 family who travelled in toy train, the other family were also travelling for the first time and were also impress to our travel plan.


4 Reviews | 42011 Readers
Route: Chandigarh to Shimla

"Wonderful travel experience and good view "

4.3/5

Posted 13 August, 2015

Starting off at 4 Am, in the amid-st of the darkness, we left along with three friends without a premeditated plan about the destination. After reaching at Chandigarh Station, we took a decision to move to Shimla and boarded a train for Kalka in general. In a bitter cold at Kalka. We saw narrow tracks getting lost in the darkness. Those tracks were of the most famous TOY-TRAIN. We went to the ticket counter, got the tickets and started off with this adventure. Life's best trip indeed, with more than 500 tunnels and bridges, with snow all around, with the God loving scenario and with the narrow streets of small towns of Himachal, running along the train. A 5-hrs journey worth living and experiencing. Kulhad waali chai, Pakode and Himachal ki vaadiyan. Ended up in Shimla a place of heaven and thus underwent the best journey ever.


569 Reviews | 379699 Readers
Route: Baroda (Vadodara) to Shimla

"Good enjoyable journey with good view "

5.0/5

Posted 6 August, 2015

This Toy train is very good for calm journey with enjoyable natural scene. We sat at 6 Am. There we took breakfast, tea, coffee in the train. Railway give us water and news paper. We had a very enjoyable feel. This train are all type of facility available there guard are very kindly and very good behaviour. I think that any body going to Shimla, must travel in Toy Train.


2 Reviews | 19325 Readers
Route: Delhi to Shimla

"Awesome train journey and well-maintained train "

5.0/5

Posted 30 July, 2015

It's was my first trip with family to Shimla and the train from Kalka to Shimla is awesome. My family also enjoy with me. Good neat and clean environment. It was my dream to visit Shimla. Shimla is very clean city. Its food very testy. In train route, there is many breezes and tunnels. Its very pretty.


5 Reviews | 6533 Readers
Route: Jalandhar to Shimla

"Nice comfortable journey and unique experience"

4.3/5

Posted 19 May, 2015

It was very pleasant journey. Every time in year it is a very good journey. Greenery was everywhere on road. Must visit by train. It gives a lot of fun when it passes through many tunnels. It has a unique experience. It is very slow journey. But not uncomfortable.


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