Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC)

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Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) Bus Routes & Timings

RouteFirst BusLast Bus
Shimla to Chandigarh06:1223:30BOOK NOW
Manali to Chandigarh08:0021:30BOOK NOW
Delhi to Shimla05:0023:40BOOK NOW
Shimla to Ambala (Haryana)06:1222:40BOOK NOW
Jawala Ji to Chandigarh06:2521:35BOOK NOW
Shimla to Delhi06:1222:30BOOK NOW
Delhi to Solan05:0023:40BOOK NOW
Delhi to Kangra06:0023:30BOOK NOW
Solan to Delhi07:2323:40BOOK NOW
Delhi to Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh)05:2022:45BOOK NOW

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.

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 Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) on daily basis?
Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) covers 3216 routes (approx.) on daily basis.
What is the total number of Night Service Buses run by Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC)?
There are 304 Night Service Buses run by Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC).
What is the shortest & the longest route covered by Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC)?
Shortest route is Shimla to Solan and Longest route is Rakchham to Delhi
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.

HRTC News | Latest Updates on HRTC Buses

Last updated on: 10-02-2023

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

  • HRTC is going to start new buses services from Pandoga to Chandigarh
  • HRTC is going to replace all diesel buses with electric buses in Shimla. 
  • HRTC will run four additional buses from Manali to Delhi and Chandigarh to fulfil the travel demand during the festival season.
  • HRTC will run an additional bus service from Sadhupul to Shimla to control the rush on the route.
  • HRTC is going to run special buses from Delhi to the different parts of Himachal on the occasion of Diwali.
  • HRTC started bus service from Chanalag to Parwanoo via Chandigarh
  • Himachal Road Transport Corporation plans to purchase 372 new buses. It will contain 350 (BS-6) buses and 22 air-conditioned super luxury buses.
  • Bikram Singh, the Minister of Transport, announces the purchase of 206 buses for HRTC to increase road safety.
  • HRTC announced that Electric Buses would be running soon in the smart city of Dharamshala.
  • Himachal Pradesh Roadways is planning to start a bus service on the Darcha-Padum route via Shinkula Pass in Lahaul and Spiti.

How to Book a HRTC bus ticket online on redBus?

HRTC online ticket booking | Step-by-step Guide
  • 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.

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) Bus Types

The various types of buses run by Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation are:

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HRTC Online Reservation

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

HRTC bus booking

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.

Popular Pilgrimage Destinations with HRTC

HRTC operates buses to several religious locations, making it ideal for budget travel. HRTC is the most economical option to reach several pilgrimage destinations in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, etc. Choose HRCT to travel to:

  • Gangotri
  • Hamirpur
  • Haridwar
  • Kangra
  • Katra Vaishnodevi
  • Mathura
  • Rishikesh

You can view your tickets by clicking on the “My bookings” section. It is advised to print your e-tickets before your journey. Also, carry ID proof.

Special Tour Packages of HRTC

HRTC does not arrange for any special tour packages. The tour packages are arranged by HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation).

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.

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) Bus Images

Bus Amenities

Reclining seatNo
Hand Sanitisers ProvidedNo
Charging PointNo
Reading LightNo
Water BottleYes

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