Kalka Shimla railway train timings | train types

Kalka Shimla railway toy train journey is an added attraction for tourists visiting Shimla. Economical, deluxe and premium services for travelers on the Kalka-Shimla rail section are made available by the Indian railways.  The time table is set as per further train connectivity and general tourist requirements. Special  holiday special  trains are also run during the holiday season. Visit the Indian railways website for the latest update on timings and services.

Types of Kalka Shimla toy  trains

The Kalka Shimla trains can be divided into three categories economical, deluxe and premium. Economical are the cheapest and premium services are the costliest.

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Economical Category toy trains

Kalka Shimla Mail

This is the oldest train service available on this track. This train takes less than six hours to reach either side. There are wooden coaches attached in this train with small windows and also there are plain wooden seats with no cushions. This train stops at Shoghi also.

The Himalayan queen

This is an improved version with new coaches and this is the most popular train today. It has cushioned standard chair car seats with large windows for greater views and good ambiance. It takes a little less time than the mail train. More on Himalayan Queen

Deluxe Category toy trains

The deluxe Rail Motor Car

The Deluxe Rail Motor Car is a visual delight as it resembles a bus of the Second World War vintage. Carrying 14 passengers at a time, it reaches its destination in 4.25 hrs. The car is fitted with a transparent fiber-glass roof, for a clear view of the sky. Time-cum-temperature display unit, altimeter and route indication board gives valuable information while traveling.

The Shivalik Deluxe Express

The Shivalik Deluxe Express is a connecting service to Howrah-Kalka Mail for Shimla. It accommodates 120 passengers and reaches its destination in 4.45 hrs.

The coaches are equipped with wall-to-wall carpeting, wide glass windows and reversible cushioned chairs. Improved lighting and a music system creates a pleasant atmosphere. The fare for both Deluxe Rail Motor Car and Shivalik Deluxe Express is the same with a complimentary meal at the picturesque Railway Station of Barog. More information on Shivalik Deluxe

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Premium Services

The Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach

The Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach provides a luxurious ambience for a dream holiday. It can accommodate a part of six persons and is equipped with folding cushioned bed, refrigerator, on-board-kitchen and dining table with cushioned chairs.  The fare includes complimentary accommodation of two luxurious retiring rooms at Shimla for the day and free meals en-route.

The Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach

A comparatively late entrant on the Kalka-Shimla section is the Shivalik Queen, which is a luxury coach. It is divided into two portions consisting of two coupes each. The coach is equipped with ultramodern facilities and fittings like wall-to-wall carpets, altimeter, fancy lights, chrome plated luggage rack. These coaches are attached to other trains as per requirements.

If you have any complaint or suggestion related to Kalka Shimla Railway, please contact:

Director (Tourism & Catering), Railway Board, Rail Bhawan, Raiseena Road, New Delhi – 110001

Ph. No. 011-23384922 | Fax no. 011-23383000 | Email: dctg@rb.railnet.gov.in

Kalka to Shimla train timings / timetable

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
52456 Himalayan Queen Kalka 12:10 Shimla 17:20
52457 SML KLK Pass Kalka 04:00 Shimla 09:20
72451 Rail Motor Kalka 05:10 Shimla 09:50
52452 Shivalik Deluxe Kalka 05:30 Shimla 10:15
52454 SML KLK express Kalka 06:00 Shimla 11:05

Kalka Shimla holiday special trains run in the peak tourist season only

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
02451 Kalka Shimla Special Kalka 07:00 Shimla 12:10
02453 Kalka Holiday Special Kalka 12:45 Shimla 06:10

Shimla to Kalka train timings / timetable

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
52456 Himalayan Queen Shimla 10:30 Kalka 16:10
52458 SML KLK Pass Shimla 14:25 Kalka 20:10
72452 Rail Motor Shimla 16:25 Kalka 21:35
52452 Shivalik Deluxe Shimla 17:40 Kalka 22:25
52454 SML KLK express Shimla 18:25 Kalka 23:20

Shimla Kalka Holiday Special trains: these run in the peak tourist season only

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
02452 Kalka Shimla Spl Shimla 15:50 Kalka 21:10
02454 Kalka Holiday Spl Shimla 09:25 Kalka 15:20

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21 comments to Kalka to Shimla train timings

  • i want to book advance tickets of toy train. could you please help me how to book these tickets from Delhi.

    Looking for your response!

    Himanshu Jain

    • Himachal Travel advisor

      You can book the tickets online at IRCTC website at irctc.co.in. Select source station as Kalka (KLK) and Destination as Simla (SML) (note the spelling). The bookings for toy trains open 30 days in advance only. The tickets for Himalayan Queen, Shivalik Deluxe and rail car can be booked online

  • raj

    i want to book in advance tickets of toy train. Please tell me the right way to buy it online or on cash payment.

    • Himachal Travel advisor

      The best way is to book the kalka shimla toy trains online at http://www.irctc.co.in. Step by step booking procedure is as follows
      Enter source station as kalka and destination as Simla.
      You will get the list of trains. Himalayan Queen, Shivalik Deluxe, rail-car etc. will be there. All these are toy trains.
      Book the train you want according to availability and timings.
      The toy train booking opens 30 days in advance only.

  • sulagna

    i want to know the fare of shivalik deluxe express and rail motor car and their timings from kalka to shimla and shimla to kalka?

  • mayank

    I want to travel from shimla to kalka by toy trains in December 2013.When and how ticket can be booked? No.of passengers are 2. Can train seats booked for two persons.please respond.

    • Himachal Travel advisor

      Yes tickets can be booked one month in advance from IRCTC online booking website: irctc.co.in website. Select source station and SML and destination KLK. You will get the list of train. Book the train whose timings are convenient for you.You can book up-to 6 seats in one ticket



  • akash

    i wana know about book the ticket of holiday spl train can i book online

  • pawan singh

    can we travel today from kalka to shimla by train.

  • Rahul Joshi

    How can i book tickets for Premium service trains. I am not getting any option on irctc site.

  • ranbir

    tickts cant be booked 5/6 days earlier???

  • swarup dutta

    we are planning to visit shimla on 10th June, since the online tickets are not available on irctc from kalka to shimla on 10th, is there a way to but the tickets from the kalka station counter and board the train? Can we board the train without reservation?

    • Himachal Travel advisor

      Yes there are unreserved bogies also. Holiday special trains also run during this time. If unable to board the train taxi is easily available

  • S. R.Mehta

    Whether on snow fall journey of toy train is cancelled?we planned book tickit from Shimla to Kalka on 30th March

    • Himachal Travel advisor

      There is no snowfall in March month. The toy train runs normally in snow season also. Toy train is cancelled in very rare circumstances.

  • J R Raturi

    Please convey the how much period /time before we can book ticket in shivalik delux train from kalka to simla.

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