The Himachal Road Transport Corporation which is commonly known as HRTC started during the time of 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 the year 1974, the Himachal Government Transport was merged with Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation and was named as Himachal Road Transport Corporation or HRTC. HRTC is headquartered at Shimla . HRTC booking can be easily made on the redBus website or app.
HRTC has made the 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 in almost 2,850 routes. HRTC online booking can be made using the redBus app if you want to travel into any of the cities served by these buses. HRTC booking can be done both online and offline but HRTC online booking saves a lot of time.
Amenities on HRTC buses
The 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 making the HRTC bus booking. Also, the fare would increase depending on the facilities you want to have while travelling. Different amenities provided in a HRTC bus are:
- First Aid Kits
- Charging points
- Hand rest
If you opt for HRTC online booking, you can have a look at all the amenities a bus would provide and then book tickets accordingly. HRTC 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 in advance to the day of 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 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 redBus website or app.
Types of HRTC Buses
Owing to the 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 audience. 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
HRTC covers almost all routes of Northern India. Also, Himachal Pradesh is a very cool region and is home to several hill stations. Therefore, the crowd remains constant throughout the year and increases a bit more during the holiday season. Some of the popular cities covered by these buses are:
You can view the names of all the cities the HRTC connects using the redBus app.
Popular Pilgrimage Destinations with HRTC
North India is also full of several pilgrimage destinations. A lot of people prefer travelling by buses as buses are cheap and convenient. Some of the popular pilgrimage destinations which the HRTC covers are:
- Katra Vaishnodevi
You can view your tickets by clicking on “My bookings” section. It is advised to print your e-tickets before your journey. Also, carry ID proof.
If you're planning to travel to Himachal Pradesh by an HRTC bus during the Covid-19 pandemic, learn about Himachal Pradesh Travel Guidelines in detail.