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How to book online tickets for Shimla Toy Train 

Kalka to Shimla through toy train offers a grand view of pine covered hill tops, flora and fauna, and the typical picture which makes the hills, queen of hills. Toy train is the best mode of transport to explore the treasuries of great Himalayas. Toy train has now come under the world heritage list of UNESCO and stands at fourth rank.

Time taken by tiny toy train to reach Shimla is around 5-6 hours. The Kalka Shimla route is 96 km long, including 103 tunnels except for one which no longer exists. The Kalka Shimla train track is a narrow gauge.  Every tunnel has its own story. The longest tunnel of Barog will take around 3 minutes to reach the other end.

Follow these simple steps for Toy Train booking

Step 1: Go to the IRCTC website.

Step 2: Register yourself on the website.

Step 3: Click on the link ‘plan my travel’.

Step 4: The source station to select is Kalka (KLK) and destination station is Simla (SML)

Step 5: Fill in other details like the travel date, type of ticket you want.

Step 6: After you have examined the availability of the desired coach and train, click on’Book Ticket’.

Step 7: The ticket reservation page will appear where you will have to check if the train details are the same as you opted for. Then feed in details like number of passengers, age, gender and seat preferences. *Senior Citizens can avail 30% discount on the base fare.

Step 8: After filled all the details, click on the ‘Make Payment’ option.

Step 9: After you make the payment, you will receive an SMS and/or an email with all the ticket details which you will have to take a print out of (provided you’ve opted for e-ticket option)

Step 10: There are two options for the ticket, i-ticket which will be delivered to an address you submit and e-ticket of which you’ll have to take a print out.

Kalka to Shimla train timings / timetable

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
52455 Himalayan Queen Kalka 12:10 Shimla 17:20
52457 KLK SML Pass Kalka 03:30 Shimla 08:55
52459 KLK SML Special Kalka 05:10 Shimla 09:50
52451 Shivalik Deluxe Kalka 05:45 Shimla 10:35
52453 KLK SML express Kalka 06:20 Shimla 11:35
52459 Him Darshan Express Kalka 07:00 Shimla 12:55

Shimla to Kalka train timings / timetable

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
52456 Himalayan Queen Shimla 10:40 Kalka 16:10
52458 SML KLK Pass Shimla 14:20 Kalka 20:10
52460 SML KLK Special Shimla 17:25 Kalka 22:05
52452 Shivalik Deluxe Shimla 17:50 Kalka 22:45
52454 SML KLK express Shimla 18:30 Kalka 23:30
52460 Him Darshan Express Shimla 03:50 Kalka 09:15

Please not that the Kalka Shimla toy train bookings open only one month in advance (except Shivalik Deluxe train, it will open three months before from travel date), not like other trains which open two months in advance. Bookings have to be done in advance especially in summer and winter, as large numbers of tourists are pouring in. During Dussehra holidays, Christmas Eve and New Year, there is so much rush, it’s better to book your ticket early. The service is available seven days a week. Toy train advance bookings can be done online through a number of websites. IRCTC, a government undertaking of the Indian Railways is the nodal agency for all online ticket bookings of  Kalka Shimla trains. Tickets can also be booked from affiliate websites of IRCTC. The following are some of the links: | IRCTC Online Passenger Reservation System | |

The Shimla Kalka toy train bookings can also be done anywhere in India at Indian railways online ticket counters. Since the journey through the toy train takes more time so you can enjoy sightseeing of Himalayan hills. The train will pass through lush green landscapes, dense pine and deodar forests which will surely make you wordless.


Qus:-Which toy train to be preferred in order to enjoy fully?

You better plan a journey for Shivalik Dlx or Rail Motor Car. Both have First Class service, cushioned seats and better viewing wide window glasses.

Qus:- How can i book vistadom coach from kalka to shimla?

You can only book tickets one month in advance on line and booking can be done on IRCTC.

Qus:-Is there any rule, that shivalik dlx have to wait, until howrah-kalka mail reach to kalka station?

There is no such rule defined by the Railways, but it has so happened that Shivalik Deluxe departs from Kalka only after the Kalka mail train arrives.

Qus:-Does the Shimla railway operate in December & January ?

Yes its opened all year and the experience is worthwhile during these times because of snowfall.

Content last updated in January 2021

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