TRANSPORT OF SIKKIM

MEANS OF TRANSPORT IN SIKKIM

TRANSPORT OF SIKKIM

Sikkim is one of the most famous tourist destinations in North East India. Almost all the modes of transportations systems in Sikkim are available to visit Sikkim. Sikkim is connected by airways and roadways. There are no direct transportation services to Sikkim by railways. The nearest railway station to Sikkim is New Jalpaiguri which is 125 km away from the Gangtok (Capital of Sikkim), The station is well-connected to major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, and other important cities of the country. Sikkim Transportation offers two types of modes to travel around in Sikkim, Taxi and bus are the preferred mode of transportation in Sikkim. Several taxis and buses are used, to travel along the winding roadways of Sikkim, by both residents and tourists. These vehicles are ideal to travel along the rough terrain of Sikkim and its surrounding areas. find below more about the mode of transport of Sikkim, how to reach Gangtok by using Sikkim national transport or public transport serves.  

MEANS OF SIKKIM TRANSPORTATION 

Sikkim is well connected by airways, railways, and roadways, If you are planning to trip to Sikkim, keep your worries aside regarding local transport in Sikkim. Sikkim has sufficient means of transport, thus it is not a problem to move around the beautiful state. In spite of being a hilly state, the transportation of Sikkim is comfortable and more frequent to enjoy the ride on the world’s most beautiful valley.

Airways Transport in Sikkim

Airways Transport in Sikkim

  • Bagdogra Airport: Bagdogra Airport is located in West Bengal and about 125 km from Sikkim township and is the nearest major airport to visit Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Dooars. Bagdogra airport is well connected with all the major cities in India. One can also opt for helicopter services operated by the Sikkim transport department which offers daily services from Bagdogra to Gangtok and will only take about 20 minutes to reach.  

  • Pakyong Airport: The nearest airport to Gangtok is Pakyong, which is around 35 km from Gangtok. The Pakyong airport is the only operational civil airport handling commercial flight operations in Sikkim, and SpiceJet will be the first and only airline to offer daily direct air connectivity between Delhi, Kolkata, and the Sikkim.

 

Railways Transport of Sikkim

Railways Transport of Sikkim

Sikkim transportation does not have its own railway station, The nearest railway stations to Gangtok are New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri located in West Bengal. which are well-connected to major cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, and Mumbai.  You can easily get public or Sikkim national transport likes buses or taxis from these stations till Sikkim as they are well connected. It takes about 4 - 5 hours to travel from these stations to Gangtok. 

 

Roadways Transportation System in Sikkim

Roadways Transportation System in Sikkim

Traveling to Sikkim by road is one of the most preferred ways, The Transportation System in Sikkim is buses and taxis which serve as the means of transport in Sikkim and connectivity to other districts and neighboring states like West Bengal.  Major highways connecting Sikkim to other parts of the country are NH 10 and NH 310A. Sikkim is well connected by road with Siliguri, Bagdogra, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling & Kalimpong. From there, one can easily get a private and shared taxi to Sikkim, bus service is also operated by Sikkim National Transport (SNT) from neighboring states to the major cities of Sikkim.

 

MEANS OF TRANSPORT IN SIKKIM

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  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Q: What are the means of transport in Sikkim?

Answer:  Sikkim Transportation service offers all the modes to visit in Sikkim, The means of transport in Sikkim are airways, railways, and roadways. To travel around in Sikkim and neighboring states like West Bengal, Sikkim National transport (SNT) provide buses and taxis service, which are the most popular transportation system in Sikkim.

Q: Which is the nearest airport to Gangtok?

Answer: The nearest airport to Gangtok is Bagdogra Airport around 125 km from Gangtok city, Which is well connected to India's cities like Delhi, Guwahati, and Kolkata. 

Q: Which is the nearest railway station to Sikkim?

Answer: The nearest railway station to Gangtok is known as an NJP - New Jalpaiguri Railway station in Siliguri. It is almost 125 Km away from Gangtok (Capital of Sikkim). It takes around 4- 5 hours to reach the Gangtok city from New Jalpaiguri Railway station. 

Q: What is the travel time & distance from Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok by road?

Answer: Bagdogra to Gangtok distance is 129 Kms ( Via NH 10 ) and takes about 4.5 to 5 hours to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra airport.

 

Q: How to reach Gangtok from Siliguri by using public transport?

Answer: Travelers can reach Gangtok from Siliguri by road and air, Siliguri and Gangtok are connected conveniently by well-maintained roads and at the airport, travelers can easily avail private and shared taxis, and buses, also Bagdogra to Gangtok helicopter service available (takes 35 minutes one way). 

Q: How can I book helicopter service from Bagdogra to Gangtok?

Answer: Travelers can book tickets for the helicopter from Bagdogra to Gangtok by call at 03592-203960 between 10 AM to 5 PM. Helicopter services from Bagdogra start at 11:00 AM (Daily), and it takes 35 minutes to reach Gangtok and one-way Bagdogra to Gangtok helicopter fare is Rs. 3,500/person.

Q: Where is the Sikkim National Transport (SNT) Bus Terminus located in Siliguri?

Answer: The National Transport of Sikkim is located on Hill Cart Road, Near Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus, Ward 3, Janta Nagar, Siliguri, West Bengal 734001. This Bus Terminus is one of the most important bus terminal in North Bengal.

Q: Who is Transport Minister of Sikkim?

Answer: Shri D.T Lepcha is the transport minister in Sikkim.