Transport Facilities in JammuJammu, has a plethora of options for travel within the city and to places which are near to it. The city offers a wide gamut of means of transport and a visitor or a local resident can choose any of the available options based on his needs and budget. Over the recent past, Jammu’s administration has taken care to improve the transport facilities of the city, to enhance the experience of its visitors and tourists.
Air Travel in JammuBeing the northernmost city of India and one of the most popular tourist attractions, an option of connectivity by air is imperative. The only airport that caters to all the air travel requirements in Jammu is the Jammu Airport, also christened as the Satwari Airport. This airport is located at a distance of 14 km from the international border of India-Pakistan.
Some of major flight carriers and the destinations within which they operate are mentioned below:
Air India- Operates flights to and from Jammu and Delhi, Leh and Srinagar.
GoAir- Operates flights to and from Jammu and Delhi, Goa, Srinagar, Ranchi and Mumbai
Indigo- Operates flights between Jammu and the other cities like Delhi, Srinagar and Patna
JetKonnect- Operates flights between Jammu and the other cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Srinagar.
SpiceJet- Operates flights to and from Jammu and other cities like Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai and Srinagar.
Railway Station and Trains in Jammu:
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The Himsagar Express, which goes to Kamyakumari, Tamil Nadu, is the second longest running train in India, in terms of time and distance and it originates from this station, Jammu Tawi and covers the entire distance in 70 hours.
Major express trains that commence their journey from Jammu Tawi are:
- Jammu Rajdhani Express to New Delhi
- Duronto Express to Delhi Sarai Rohilla
- Shalimar Express to Delhi
- Malwa Express to Indore
- Durgavati Express to Jabalpur
- Muri Express, (JammuTawi - Rourkela) via Ranchi
- JammuTawi - Chhindwara Express to Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh via. Delhi Sarai Rohilla
- Lohit Express to Guwahati
- Amarnath Express to Guwahati
- Himsagar Express to Kanyakumari
- Swaraj Express to Bandra Terminus, Mumbai
- Vivek Express to Bandra Terminus, Mumbai
- Navyug Express to Mangalore Central, Mangalore
- Andaman Express to Chennai Central
- Himgiri Express to Howrah, Kolkata
- Jhelum Express to Pune
- Sarvodaya Express to Ahmedabad
- Hemkunt Express to Rishikesh
- Archana Express to Rajendranagar, Patna
Public Transport in Jammu:Travel within the beautiful locales of Jammu is very convenient and is aided by various means of local transport like buses, local taxis, cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws and matadors which are the mini buses. Jammu and Kashmir state transport (J&K SRTC) buses or coaches and buses run by Jammu and Kashmir tourism will also enable you to travel locally or to the nearby places around Jammu.
State Transport Contact Details:Important numbers provided by Jammu & Kashmir Road transport corporations are as follows:
Tourist Services Jammu: 0191- 2576562
Inter State Services Jammu: 0191-2577475
District Services Jammu: 0191-2477475
Cargo Services Jammu: 0191-2476962
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Road Connectivity in Jammu:The National Highway 1-A is the primary source of connectivity to all other parts of the country. Distances of some of the nearby places of Jammu are listed below which will help you plan your travel itinerary better in case you want to explore the places in the vicinity of Jammu.
Amritsar- 243 kms
Chandigarh- 436 kms
Delhi- 586 kms
Srinagar- 305 kms
Leh - 705.1 kms
Katra- 48 kms
Manali- 428 kms
Patnitop - 108 kms
Mansar - 62 kms
Local Transport in Jammu:
Bus Services in Jammu:There is a brilliant inter city connectivity because of the availability of daily bus services which operate from Jammu to Srinagar, Delhi, Amritsar, Ambala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Shimla, Manali and Haridwar.
Apart from the J&K SRTC the road transport corporations of other cities like Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh also ply their bus services between Jammu and various cities in north India. The interstate bus services operate to and from the Jammu General Bus Stand. There is a wide range of choices available to the visitor and they can choose the kind of bus they want to travel in, depending on the budget, duration and comfort.
The most common kinds are the Super deluxe, deluxe/ video coaches and A-class buses which travel to Srinagar and the starting point could either be the railway station or the Tourist Reception Centre. Also available are the B-class buses to Srinagar which leave from the General Bus Stand. There are also some private travel agencies which operate their deluxe and super deluxe coaches.
Tourist TaxisThere is a provision of a shared system of travel in tourist taxis. These are mainly Tata Sumos which ply between Jammu and Srinagar and are managed by private operators.
There is also availability of Taxi’s for sightseeing within the Jammu city and can be hired at Jammu from the Special Tourist Taxi Association, Tourist Reception Centre. They will also provide taxi’s for a visit to nearby towns like Katra, Kathua etc.
A visit to some of the architectural grandeurs and historical delights is included in the local sightseeing tour, which spread across a duration of 2-3 hours. The places which are frequented often by the tourists are: Amar Mahal Museum, Dogra Art Gallery, Ranbireshwar Temple, Raghunath Mandir, Bahu Fort and Bagh-e-Bahu.
The TRC complex in Jammu houses Tourism Department information centre, J&K TDC offices and J&K SRTC offices which can help you with more detailed and up to date information about the timings and car rental rates and procedures.
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List of Travel Agents in Jammu:
- J K Travel India
(0191) 2471956, 9419186758
- Holiday Quenchers
- Maa Sharda Tour & Travels
- Ahlan India Travels Jammu
- Viraaj Travels
- Make My Journey
(01923) 222240, 9622583810