Both Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are located in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. It is the largest Indian state, home to the wide and inhospitable Tsar Desert and the Aravali mountain range.
Your choice of transportation options to get from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer is mostly limited to trains and buses. Though both cities have airports, there are no direct flights between the two and the relative vicinity of Jodhpur to Jaisalmer makes it senseless to fly via other airports.
How far is Jaisalmer from Jodhpur?
The distance between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer is about 300 km via National Highway 125 and 11.
How long does a journey to Jaisalmer take?
Either way, by train or by bus, expect to spend between 5 and 7 hours on the move.
What is the best means of transport for Jodhpur–Jaisalmer route?
Both trains and buses need more or less the same time to reach Jaisalmer so from the point of view of duration of travel it does not matter whether to travel by rail or road.
Buses offer more departures a day providing you with more flexibility and are generally cheaper than trains.
Trains are a comfier alternative if you prefer to sleep your journey all through as 1st, 2nd and 3rd class carriages have berths.
How to get from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer by train
Jodhpur is connected to Jaisalmer by railroad with three trains plying the route daily. Train is a comfortable, safe and budget-friendly option to get to Jaisalmer. It is the recommended means of transport for this route.
When do trains to Jaisalmer leave?
There is basically one early morning train, DLI–JSM Express 14659 leaving at 5.30 am, an evening Ranikhet Express 15014 at 6 pm and the night JU JSM Express 14810 around midnight. Schedule-wise, all of these trains arrive very conveniently to Jaisalmer either in the early afternoon or early morning.
There is also a superfast BDTS JSM Express 22931 which leaves in the morning at 7.25 am but it has only one departure a week on Saturday.
How long is the train journey to Jaisalmer?
The fastest train needs five and a half hours to reach Jaisalmer, while the rest normally arrive to their destination from six to 7 hours after departure.
How much do train tickets cost?
There are all types of seats and berth on trains serving Jodhpur-Jaisalmer route. The cheapest are non air-conditioned seats and Sleeper Class priced at INR550-650.
Yet with Indian trains we always vote for investing some more rupees and buying a ticket to an air-conditioned class, third, second or first. Prices range within INR1,000-INR1,600 limit. Note that the pricier 1st and 2nd class berths are on offer in DLI JSM Express and Ranikhet Express only.
How to get from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer by bus
Buses regularly ply the route between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. There is a good choice of departures, and you can choose between ordinary and air-conditioned buses – opt for the latter if you can.
Which bus companies serve the route?
The main bus operator on Jodhpur-Jaisalmer route is the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). There is also a handful of private companies including Kalpana Travels, Chouhan Travels and Jakhar Travels which offer more spacious and comfortable air-conditioned 2+1 coaches.
How many buses a day serve the route?
The first bus of the day leaves Jodhpur at 3.30 am, the last one – at 6 pm. There are over two dozens of daily buses but no night buses between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
How long does a bus ride take?
The majority of buses need 6 hours to reach Jaisalmer.
Where do buses leave from Jodhpur and arrive in Jaisalmer?
All RSRTC buses leave from the main bus stand in Jodhpur close to the railway station in the centre of the city.
Other companies use different bus stops around the city, most frequently – 12th Road Circle and Bombay Moter Circle.
In Jaisalmer, the majority of buses, both state-owned and private, bring passengers to the main bus stand in Gadisar Road, also located very centrally. Other bus stops include Hanuman Circle and Air Force Circle.
How much is the bus fare to Jaisalmer?
The cheapest buses cost from INR300. Plusher coaches with more legroom and less seats sell tickets from INR600.