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Kalka Shimla toy train booking

Kalka Shimla Vistadome CoachKalka 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.  It fascinates the visitors and there is no going back to their native places. The scenic beauty which starts from Kalka to Shimla is thrilling and wonderful throughout the route.

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. Visitors will also come across the artful humped bridges. The toy train ride covers main passenger points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Barog, Taradevi, Summer hill and Shimla.

Kalka Shimla toy train booking

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. So go online and do the bookings.

We at Sunrise Holidays Shimla also assist in booking Kalka Shimla Toy train tickets from the guests who take travel packages from us. Fill in the form below to get in touch with us for your travel needs in Himachal Pradesh. We have our own hotels in Shimla and Manali and a fleet of taxis

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

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.

The train schedule of various trains which run between Shimla and Kalka is given below. Select your convenient time and book the tickets.


  1. The transparent roof Vistadome coach is attached to Kalka Shimla Express train ( 52453/52454)
  2. Kalka Shimla Special is the newest and most expensive train on this toy train Route

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

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 10:40 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

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

Content last updated in January 2021

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