Cities of Rajasthan, the northwestern Indian state, are well connected by means of national highways and rail network. Buses and trains are the main means of transport travellers choose to get from Jaisalmer, the westernmost frontier town of India, to Jodhpur, the Sun City.
As both cities sit in the immediate vicinity of Thar Desert, temperatures can be extreme all year round what means you’d better opt for air-conditioned means of transport to make your travel bearable.
While there are airports in both Jodhpur and Jaisalmer with the latter is operational again after a two-year hiatus, there are no direct flights between the two cities.
What is the distance from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur?
The shortest route connecting Jaisalmer and Jodhpur is via a combination of national highways 11 and 125 – 285 km. Travelling via national highway 11 and state highway 61 is slightly longer – 310 km.
How long does it take to get to Jodhpur from Jaisalmer?
You need six hours in media to get to Jodhpur from Jaisalmer. There is a superfast train which covers the distance in four and a half hours and driving in a private car can take a bit under five hours if you do not stop en route. But if you take a bus or an ordinary fast train, expect to spend between 5 and 7 hours.
What is the best way to travel Jaisalmer–Jodhpur route?
Both buses and trains are totally ok. The choice depends on your budget and flexibility as far as the departure time is concerned.
Trains have fewer departures but are generally more comfortable while buses are cheaper and leave for Jodhpur any time of the day.
If you think of flying, it is definitely not the best way to travel between these destinations. Your options are limited to connecting flights via Ahmedabad or Jaipur – a considerable detour from your route though it will not necessarily make the whole journey longer – but will make it more expensive for sure – than if you travel overland.
How to get from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur by train
There is a direct railway line between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur with daily train departures. While the choice is not too wide as there are only three daily trains – schedule-wise they are all very convenient.
Which trains ply the route between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur?
There is the morning JSM JU Express 14809 at 7 am and the afternoon JSM DLI Express 14660 at 4.45 pm.
The only daily night train from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur is Ranikhet Express 15013. It leaves at 1 am.
The superfast BDTS JSM Express 22932 offers an evening departure but runs once a week on Saturday.
How long do train need to reach Jodhpur?
The fastest trains are BDTS JSM and Ranikhet Express, both taking under five hours to reach Jodhpur.
The two remaining options travel slower and need six hours.
What is the price of railway tickets to Jodhpur?
All the three daily trains have the cheapest second class seats and non air-conditioned Sleeper Class tickets priced between INR550 and INR650 and third class air-conditioned berths at INR1,000.
Second and first class air-conditioned berths are available in Ranikhet Express and JSM DLI Express. They normally cost INR1,200-INR1,800.
We recommend travelling in an air-conditioned carriage; even third class will do if you need to save some rupees in your pocket.
How to get from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur by bus
Buses offer regular departures from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur and from this point of view they are the most convenient way to travel. There are buses of different classes – from ordinary to air-conditioned 2+1 coaches allowing you to choose the level of comfort you require.
Which bus company to choose?
The state-owned Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) runs 11 daily buses from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur from 4.45 am till 4 pm.
Private bus companies also serve the route with around two dozens of departures a day. The most popular of these include M.R. Travels and Chouhan Travels with the latter alone offering about a dozen of buses daily.
When do buses from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur leave?
While there are departures throughout the day from 3.30 am, the majority of them are morning departures leaving before noon.
There are fewer buses in the afternoon and there is normally only one late evening departure at 10.15 pm arriving to Jodhpur rather inconveniently by 4 am though it is a sleeper bus.
How much are bus tickets?
The cheapest seats do not normally cost over INR300 while the most convenient ones in luxury coaches go for INR600 and up.