Dharamsala to Rishikesh: Travel Options & Budget Tips

Rishikesh is approximately over 490 kilometers away from Dharamsala. The quickest way to travel from Dharamsala to Rishikesh is by flight, which typically takes around 4-5 hours. Alternatively, the most economical option is to take a bus or train via Ambala, which may take approximately 11-12 hours.

The distance between Dharamshala and Rishikesh by car is approximately 490 kilometers. However, this distance may vary depending on the chosen route. The time taken to cover this distance also varies based on factors such as driving speed and stoppage time during the journey.

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Q. What is the cheapest way to get from Dharamsala to Rishikesh?

The cheapest way to get from Dharamsala to Rishikesh is by bus and train, which costs ₹550 – ₹1,800 and takes approximately 13h 43m.

Q. The Fastest way to get from Dharamshala to Rishikesh?

The fastest way to get from Dharamsala to Rishikesh is by flying, which takes 4h 51m and costs ₹9,000 – ₹22,000.

Q. Distance Between Dharamshala and Rishikesh?

The distance between Dharamsala and Rishīkesh is 490 km, while the road distance is 490 km.

Q. How long it takes from Dharamshala and Rishikesh?

It takes approximately 12h 16m to get from Dharamsala to Rishikesh, including transfers.

Q. Dharamshala to Rishikesh Without Car?

The best way to get from Dharamsala to Rishīkesh is by bus, which takes 12h 53m and costs ₹1,300 – ₹2,600. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs ₹9,000 – ₹22,000 and takes 4h 51m. There is not direct flights runs between Dharamshala and Rishikesh ( Dehradun Airport)

Q. Driving Time and Safety concern?

Yes, the driving distance between Dharamsala and Rishīkesh is 490 km. It takes approximately 8h 13m to drive from Dharamsala to Rishīkesh, and it safe to travel by raod.


HRTC (  Himanchal Government Buses ) operates a bus from Mcleodganj to Haridwar once daily. Tickets cost ₹800–₹1,900 and the journey takes 12h 30m. Alternatively, IndiGo Airlines, SpiceJet, and Vistara fly from Dharamsala (DHM) to Dehradun (DED) four times a day.

Recommendation:  If you take flight then book with Indigo other operators are not reliable.

Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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