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Air

A few airlines (Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and Air India) fly daily between Delhi and Dehra Dun’s Jolly Grant Airport – about 20km east of the city on the Haridwar road – with fares starting at around ₹2500 each way. A taxi to/from the airport costs around ₹1100, or take a bus heading to Rishikesh from the Inter State Bus Terminal and ask to be dropped at the airport (₹40).

Bus

Nearly all long-distance buses arrive and depart from the huge Inter State Bus Terminal, 5km south of the city centre. Here there are restaurants, ATMs and cyber cafes.

To get there take a local bus (₹5), vikram 5 (₹15) or an autorickshaw (₹200). A few buses to Mussoorie leave from here but most depart from the Mussoorie bus stand (₹60, 1½ hours, half-hourly between 5.30am and 8pm) next to the train station. Most head to Mussoorie's Library bus stand. There are also buses from the Mussoorie bus stand to Barkot – for Yamnotri – (₹240, five hours, 5.30am and 11am); Purola – for Har-ki-Dun – (₹250, seven hours, 6.30am); Uttarkashi (₹280, seven hours, 5.30am) and Joshimath (₹505, 12 hours, 5.30am).

Private buses to Joshimath (₹400, 12 hours, 7am) and Uttarkashi (₹300, eight hours, 7am, 9am and 1.30pm) leave from the Parade Ground bus stand, where you can show up and get your ticket on the bus.

Buses from Dehra Dun

The following buses depart from the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT). Head to counter 22 for all enquiries.

Chandigarh

Fare (₹)

260

Duration (hr)

6

Departures

half-hourly 4am-10pm

Delhi (AC/Volvo)

Fare (₹)

533/754 ordinary/AC

Duration (hr)

7

Departures

frequent

Delhi (ordinary)

Fare (₹)

290

Duration (hr)

7

Departures

hourly 4am-10pm

Dharamsala

Fare (₹)

675

Duration (hr)

14

Departures

5pm

Haldwani (for Nainital & Almora; AC/Volvo)

Fare (₹)

365/693

Duration (hr)

10

Departures

hourly

Haridwar

Fare (₹)

75

Duration (hr)

2

Departures

half-hourly

Manali (AC/Volvo)

Fare (₹)

650/1264

Duration (hr)

14

Departures

6.45am, 3pm, 10.15pm

Ramnagar

Fare (₹)

295

Duration (hr)

7

Departures

7 daily

Rishikesh

Fare (₹)

55

Duration (hr)

Departures

half-hourly

Shimla

Fare (₹)

550

Duration (hr)

10

Departures

5 daily

Taxi

A full taxi to Mussoorie costs ₹1250, while a share taxi should cost ₹180 per person; both can be found in front of the train station at the taxi stand. Taxis charge ₹1650 to Haridwar or Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh, and ₹1100 to Jolly Grant Airport.

Train

Dehra Dun is well connected by train to Delhi, and there are a handful of services to Lucknow, Varanasi, Chennai and Kolkata. Of the multiple daily trains from Dehra Dun to Delhi, the best are the expresses: Shatabdi (train 12018, chair/executive ₹880/1400, six hours, 4.55pm); Janshatabdi (train 12056, 2nd class/chair ₹160/520, six hours, 5.05am); and Nanda Devi Express (train 12206, 3AC/2AC/1st class ₹595/830/1380, six hours, 11.30pm).

The overnight Dehradun–Amritsar Express (train 14631, sleeper/3A class ₹270/735, 12¼ hours) to Amritsar departs nightly at 7.05pm.