Local Transportation and Parking
Local bus service is frequent in Shimla City from 7 am to 9 pm and buses are available to all the places in the City. Buses runs mainly on the Ring Road (Covering Main Bus Stand, Lift, Chota Shimla, Kasumpti, Sanjauli, Mehli, Lakkar Bazaar Bus Stand, Victory Tunnel, Boileauganj, Totu, Summer Hill, Tutikandi. There is one Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) 4kms from main city at Tutikandi and all the buses out of Shimla ply from this place to out of Shimla town and other States. The buses from out of District and other states also arrive at this ISBT. ISBT is well connected with main town and one can avail local bus service and taxis from this place. ISBT is multi-story building having Hotel, Restaurant, Fast-Food shops, SRS theater and Parking for private vehicles. Taxis are freely available from all the points in Shimla for local travel and sight seen. Daily Tourist Buses are run by HPTDC for local sight seen and booking in them can be done at the Tourist Information Centre on the Mall. Shimla City is placed on hill top and all the major places like Mall, Ridge, Kali Bari, Lakkar Bazaar are located on it, to reach these places one has to walk on foot from the ring road on steep hill and its the only mode of travel on hill slopes. One can avail the facility of lift run by HP tourism from cart road, which links the Cart Road to Mall. Government owned Taxi Service is available from many parts of the town (Bus Stand, Sanjauli, Summerhill, New Shimla, Kasumpti) upto CTO at Mall Road and Lakkar Bazar area.
Shimla is congested town and one can face parking problem if coming by own vehicle. There are many parking places operated by private parties. One should take special care of Sealed and Restricted roads in Shimla, all the roads leading from cart road to mall side are sealed and restricted roads. Parking on the sides of Cart Road is also prohibited. There is heavy fine on violation of any of the rules. The entry of vehicles on prohibited roads is allowed on the basis of Permits. Private vehicle owners can get temporary permits on payment basis (Rs. 100/- per day)to ply there vehicles on restricted roads of the town from the Deputy Commissioner office Shimla situated near CTO The Mall Shimla. Main parking places in Shimla are:-
- ISBT Parking.
- Car Parking near Lift (Approx 800 vehicles).
- Car Parking near High Court.
- Railway Station Godown Parking near Victory Tunnel.
- Old Bus Stand Parking.
- Car Parking Chhota Shimla.
- Parking at Sanjauli.