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About HRTC | Himachal Road Transport Corporation

  • Owner: Himachal Road Transport Corporation, Government of Himachal Pradesh 
  • Founded in: 1958
  • Head office: Shimla , Himachal Pradesh
  • Types of Services offered: Local, intercity, and interstate buses.
  • Total Number of Buses/ HRTC Fleet: 3,358
  • Total number of routes: 2,573
  • Total number of depots: 29
  • Types of Buses Offered: HRTC Himgaurav, Volvo Bus, Delux, Himmani, Semi-Delux, Ordinary buses, Seater, AC Sleeper, and Non AC Sleeper
  • Approx. Revenue: INR 180.82 lakhs per day
  • Popular Bus Routes: Delhi to Kullu, Shimla to Chandigarh, Delhi to Bilaspur, Delhi to Mandi, Shimla to Ambala, Delhi to Sundernagar, Delhi to Dehra, and Mandi to Delhi.
  • Areas Served: Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, New Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand.
  • Awards and Achievements: “Commendable Initiative Award” for “Operation of Electric Buses to Rohtang Pass and around Manali” under “Best City in Urban Transport Initiatives” by the Government of India in 2018, India Bus Award in 2-18 Operation of Electric Buses from Manali to Rohtang Pass, etc., under “Excellence in Environmental Initiative- Public”, SKOCH Order of Merit Award for Operating Electric Buses between Manali and Rohtang Pass in 2018, Lowest Operation Cost, Maximum and Highest improvement in KMPL award for years, 2001-02, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2016-17.

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HRTC News | Latest Updates on HRTC Buses

Last updated on: 05-02-2024

Read the latest news updates about the Himachal State Road Transport Corporation HRTC buses here: 

  • In Una, Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri announced the imminent launch of an HRTC bus route connecting Una to Vrindavan. As part of the pilgrimage service, HRTC manages 175 bus routes linking religious sites within the state and beyond. Notably, additional routes are being established for various religious destinations outside the state, including 50 for Haridwar and 6 for Ayodhya. Agnihotri disclosed this information during his address in Una
  • HRTC has rolled out a new initiative allowing travellers to pay their bus fares by scanning the QR code at HRTC booking counters in Chandigarh, Delhi, Dehradun and Haridwar.
  • The Himachal Road Transport Corporation has announced a significant alteration in the route of Volvo buses travelling from Shimla to Parwano. The buses will no longer pass through Pinjore, Kalka and Parwanoo as revealed by HRTC officials on Tuesday. 
  • HRTC deployed 23 additional buses during Dusshera to avoid inconvenience in Kullu.
  • HRTC started new bus servoce for the pilgrim to visit Chintpurni and Jwalamukhi temples, located in una and Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Rohan Chand the Managing Director of HRTC highlighted the Pratham Darshan Seva bus service include routes from Chintpurni temple to Khatushyam temple as well as Naina devi temple to Baba Balaknath temple. 
  • The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) started one Volvo and deluxe bus each from Hamirpur to New Delhi via Chandigarh here yesterday. The buses would travel through the newly constructed Kiratpur-Manali four-lane highway and reach Chandigarh in three hours and 50 minutes and Delhi in eight hours and 50 minutes.

How to Book a HRTC bus ticket online on redBus?

HRTC online ticket booking | Step-by-step Guide to book HRTC bus online
  • From the top of this page, enter your 'source' and 'destination' cities. After feeding your travel details, mention the date of journey, and click on 'search'.
  • A list of HRTC buses will be shown. You will need to select a bus & seat as per your preference and availability. Now click on the “Proceed to Book” button.
  • You will have to enter personal details in the “Passenger Info” & “Contact Info” section.
  • If you have an offer code, add the same and proceed to the payment section. Once the payment is made, you will receive an e-ticket or m-ticket on your registered mobile number/ email ID.

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Popular Pilgrimage destinations to Travel with HRTC bus

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) is a state-run bus service in Himachal Pradesh, India, that connects various parts of the state, including many popular pilgrimage destinations. Pilgrimage tourism is an important aspect of Himachal Pradesh, and HRTC makes it possible for devotees and tourists to visit some of the most revered places with ease. Here are some of the popular pilgrimage destinations accessible via HRTC:

  • Manikaran: Manikaran, located in the Kullu district, is famous for its hot springs and the ancient Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara. HRTC provides regular services to this sacred destination.
  • Chintpurni: The Chintpurni Temple in Una district is dedicated to the Goddess Chinnamastika. HRTC buses ply regularly to this revered temple, making it accessible for pilgrims.
  • Jawalamukhi:The Jawalamukhi Temple is known for its eternal flame and is considered one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. HRTC buses connect this temple to various parts of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Shimla's Kali Bari Temple:Shimla’s Kali Bari Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali, is a popular pilgrimage spot in the state. With frequent bus services, HRTC ensures that devotees can visit this temple easily.
  • Baijnath: The ancient Baijnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located in the Kangra district. Regular HRTC buses connect Baijnath with major cities and towns in the region.
  • Chamunda Devi Temple: Also situated in Kangra district, the Chamunda Devi Temple is a prominent Shakti Peetha. HRTC offers regular services to this important pilgrimage site.
  • Raghunath Temple in Kullu: Dedicated to Lord Rama, the Raghunath Temple in Kullu is another significant religious site accessible via HRTC.
  • Naina Devi Temple in Bilaspur: The Naina Devi Temple, located in Bilaspur district, is considered one of the Shakti Peethas. HRTC buses make it possible for pilgrims to visit this sacred spot.
  • Laxminarayan Temple in Chamba: The ancient Laxminarayan Temple in Chamba is a popular destination, and HRTC provides convenient transport to this site.

HRTC buses also connect with the other states of India like Uttarakhand Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Jammu Kashmir. You can also travel to the other popular pilgrim route such as Haridwar, Kangra, Rishikesh, Katra Vaishno devi, Mathura, Vrindavan, with HRTC buses. You can view your tickets by clicking on the “My bookings” section. It is advised to print your m-tickets before your journey. Also, carry ID proof.

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The Himachal Road Transport Corporation, commonly known as HRTC, started during independence and was jointly formed by the state of Punjab and the Railway department of India. It was known as Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation. It operated in both Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Later, in 1974, the Himachal Government Transport was merged with Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation and was named Himachal Road Transport Corporation or HRTC. HRTC is headquartered in Shimla. HRTC booking can be easily made on the redBus website or app.

HRTC has made connectivity via roads a dream come true for the cities in north India. Better roads were built for the smooth running of buses and cars. At present, the HRTC buses operate on almost 2,850 routes. HRTC online booking can be made using the redBus app if you want to travel to cities served by these buses. HRTC booking can be made online and offline, but HRTC online booking saves a lot of time.

Amenities on HRTC buses

HRTC buses are well-equipped with all kinds of amenities. The convenience of first aid kits, etc, can be availed by all passengers irrespective of the class of bus they are travelling with. Some services are optional and can be chosen by the passenger while booking the Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus. Also, the fare would increase depending on the facilities you want to have while travelling. Different amenities provided in an HRTC bus are:

  • Water-Bottles
  • Pillows
  • First Aid Kits
  • Snacks
  • Air-Conditioners
  • Televisions
  • Charging points
  • Hand rest

If you opt for HRTC online booking, you can look at all the amenities a bus would provide and then book tickets accordingly. HRTC's booking service is quite transparent. You can decide on what you want and then book tickets. HRTC bus tickets can also be booked 60 days before the day of the journey.

Popular Travel Routes Covered by HRTC

HRTC owns a giant fleet of buses. It has about 3,100 buses as part of its fleet. Also, these buses are usually full as they operate on busy routes. HRTC is also planning on extending the number of routes within the state in a phased manner. Therefore, it is advised to make the HRTC booking well in advance. With HRTC online booking, you can view HRTC bus timing and schedules of different buses and then make a choice. Listed below are some of the most popular routes covered by HRTC buses.

Over 3,000 routes are covered by HRTC buses. You can pick the route and make an HRTC online booking on the redBus app. HRTC bus tickets can be easily booked in advance by using the redBus website or app.

Types of HRTC Buses

Owing to its huge fleet, the Himachal Road Transport Corporation has different types of buses as a part of its fleet. You can make an HRTC booking after weighing in all of your options. These buses serve a wide range of audiences. Therefore, these buses need to be affordable. Extra features can be availed, and a bus with better amenities can be booked depending on your budget. The different kinds of buses operated by HRTC are:

  • Volvo Buses
  • Deluxe Buses
  • Himsuta AC Volvo/Scania 2+2
  • Semi-Deluxe Buses
  • Ordinary Buses
  • A/C Sleeper Buses
  • Seater Buses
  • Non-AC Sleeper buses
  • Electric buses

You can visit the redBus app and select from these buses based on your preferences.

Popular Cities Covered by HRTC Buses

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HRTC buses cover almost all routes in Northern India. Additionally, Himachal Pradesh has a lot of hill stations and is a very cool place. As a result, the audience never changes throughout the year and only becomes slightly bigger around the holidays. Popular cities that HRTC covers include:

  • Kullu
  • Manali
  • Kangra
  • Dharamshala
  • Chamba
  • Delhi
  • Shimla
  • Chandigarh
  • Mandi
  • Bilaspur
  • Ambala

If you are planning to travel to any of the cities in Himachal Pradesh, you can book the online HRTC bus ticket via redBus without standing in long queues. You can also see the HRTC bus timings, Via routes, and day and night buses based on your preference.

Special Tour Packages of HRTC

HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) doesn't organize any special tour packages; instead, these packages are coordinated by HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation). The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) is a state government body responsible for promoting tourism in Himachal Pradesh, India. Established with the aim to develop and advance tourism in the state, HPTDC has significantly contributed to making Himachal Pradesh a prominent tourist destination.

HRTC Bus Pass Info

  • Smart Card is available for INR 50 and offers a 10% discount on HRTC buses. Valid for 2 years and available for the general public.
  • The green card is available at INR 50, allowing a 50% discount for bus routes operating within 50 km of the place from where the card is issued. It also has a validity of 2 years.
  • Samman card is an exclusive scheme for senior citizens. The card is available at INR 50 and is valid for one year. The car holders can get a 50% discount on all HRTC buses except the luxury AC buses.

HRTC Bus Services

HRTC has a good frequency of buses that run all throughout the day ensuring safety and comfort of passengers. HRTC staff are known for assisting passengers consistently. Travellers prefer HRTC due to its convenient and on time bus services across various routes.

HRTC Bus Types

The various types of buses run by HRTC are:

  • ORDINARY
  • HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2+2
  • HIMGAURAV 2+2 AC
  • LUXURY AC MINI BUS
  • HIMMANI DELUXE 2+2 NON AC
  • ORDINARY EXPRESS
  • HIMTARANG ELECTRIC BUS
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Book HRTC Online Bus Tickets

Booking HRTC online bus tickets from redBus is fast and simple. You can book HRTC ticket by choosing online secured payment options at any time. Every traveller is eligible to ongoing offers and cash backs.

Frequently Asked Questions on HRTC buses

What are the popular routes covered by HRTC buses currently?
HRTC covers over 3000 routes in and around Himachal Pradesh, connecting various cities and towns. Some popular HRTC bus routes are Delhi to Una, Delhi to Kullu, Manali to Delhi, Dalhousie to Delhi, Shimla to Ambala, Mandi to Delhi, Delhi to McLeodganj, Shimla to Chandigarh, and Delhi to Bilaspur. To see the details of HRTC buses for your destination, check the redBus app.
What are the in-bus amenities provided by HRTC?
Some of the amenities provided by HRTC buses are Air-conditioners/fans, water bottles, first-aid kits, pillows, charging points, televisions, and hand rests. You can check the amenities provided on the HRTC bus for your route when making your HRTC online booking on redBus.
How can I book my HRTC bus ticket online on redBus?
Booking an HRTC bus is easy and hassle-free on the redBus. To book the HRTC bus ticket, you choose your source and destination, see the various buses available for your destination, select the HRTC bus from the bus operator list, select your preferred bus, see the user ratings, choose your preferred seat, make your ticket payment through any of the multiple secure payment options and get your confirmed HRTC ticket in a few easy clicks.
What are the types of buses provided by HRTC?
HRTC has a huge fleet of different types of buses such as Volvo buses, Deluxe buses, Semi-Deluxe buses, A/C Sleeper buses, Ordinary buses, Seater buses, Electric Buses, and Non-AC Sleeper buses. You can see the types of HRTC buses available on your route while making your HRTC online booking.
How many buses are in HRTC?
HRTC began operating in 1974 with only 300+ buses which have now grown to 3000+ buses offering services in Himachal Pradesh and neighbouring states. HRTC buses are the primary mode of transportation in Himachal Pradesh, with negligible railway facilities.
What is the Total Number of Routes covered by HRTC on daily basis?
HRTC covers 4105 routes (approx.) on daily basis.
What is the total number of Night Service Buses run by HRTC?
There are 352 Night Service Buses run by HRTC.
What is the shortest & the longest route covered by HRTC?
Shortest route is Palampur to Kangra and Longest route is Ayodhya to Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh)
Do I need to carry ID proof while travelling using E-Ticket?
Yes, you have to carry the ID Proof while travelling using an E-Ticket otherwise you may be asked to purchase a new ticket.
Can I give my e-ticket to someone else for traveling?
No, your e-ticket only belongs to you and is non-transferable. HRTC bus tickets can be used only by the person whose name is indicated on the ticket purchased.
I'm planning a vacation in Himachal Pradesh during New Year. Can I book an HRTC bus to reach?
Yes, there are a number of HRTC buses that offer services to popular Himachal tourist places like Manali, Kullu, Shimla etc. You can easily book an HRTc bus online. However, we advise you to book in advance to avoid the hassle.
How are HRTC ordinary buses?
HRTC offers Ordinary Buses (2X3) that are equipped with latest comfortable hi-tech seats. These buses are plied on long and intra-state routes on ordinary fare.
I don’t have a credit card. Can I make my HRTC booking without a credit card?
You can book your HRTC bus ticket on redBus without a credit card. redBus has multiple payment gateways for the convenience of passengers. The modes of payment available for HRTC online booking on redBus and various MASTER/VISA/Maestro credit cards are debit cards and net banking of various banks.
What is the fare of HRTC buses per km?
HRTC ordinary buses generally charge 74.00 paise per passenger per Kilometer. However, this may vary as per the bus type and hillside roads.
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