How to get from Jaisalmer to Jaipur by train (or Jaipur to Jaisalmer) when you don't want to hire a private car or taxi or go by Jaisalmer to Jaipur bus. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

So if you’re thinking about taking a train from Jaisalmer to Jaipur, that means that you can follow this 2 week Rajasthan itinerary! (And stay at the best hostels in Rajasthan.)

It includes a 3-day Jaisalmer itinerary with an overnight camel safari and a 3-day Jaipur itinerary, as well as a one day trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal.

I went from Udaipur to Jodhpur by bus, then Jodhpur to Jaisalmer by train, and then Jaisalmer to Jaipur by train.

From Jaipur, you can fly south to Goa, and then go from Goa to Kerala for one week in Kerala!

 

Okay, so…

How to get from Jaisalmer to Jaipur by train when you’re backpacking north India?!

How to get from Jaisalmer to Jaipur by train (or Jaipur to Jaisalmer) when you don't want to hire a private car or taxi or go by Jaisalmer to Jaipur bus. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

RAJASTHAN MAP

First, get yourself oriented with Rajasthan!

Take a look at the Rajasthan map.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur map of Rajasthan. How far is Jaisalmer from Jodhpur? Distance? How many hours? Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget

 

How long does it take to get from Jaisalmer to Jaipur?

By road in a private car or taxi, it’ll likely take at least 10 hours to get from Jaisalmer to Jaipur.

By train, it will likely take at least 12 hours, possibly several hours longer depending on which train you take, not including possible delays!

 

Taking the train to Jaisalmer

There are a number of trains that you can take on this route.

I took the Ranikhet Express.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur train. Overnight train 3AC class on Ranikhat Express train. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

Why is the overnight train the best way to get to Jaipur?

The best reason could be… you get a night of accommodation included in your train ticket!

The Ranikhet Express is an overnight train.

This means that you will be sleeping for a good portion of the 13 hour train ride.

 

Which class train ticket to book?!

Since I would be sleeping much of the time, I decided to go for 3AC, as opposed to 2AC. (Plus 3AC is cheaper too.)

3AC means that there are 3 levels of beds.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur train. 3AC class for overnight train. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

It also means that during the day, you are potentially sharing the bottom seat with 2 other people during waking hours.

With 2AC, since it’s just 2 beds on a side, you’re only sharing the seat with 1 other person when you’re not sleeping.

Although, it is possible that even with a 3AC reservation you’ll get a sleeper with just 2 levels if you’re assigned to a side seat.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur train. 2AC or 3 AC class for overnight train. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

What are the train timings for the Ranikhet Express from Jaisalmer to Jaipur?

  • Jaisalmer departure: 12:45am
  • Jaipur arrival: Around 3pm

 

My train fare for 3AC was 980 rupees (US$15).

 

So this train has a scheduled daily departure from the Jaisalmer train station at 12:45am.

Since this train starts in Jaisalmer, it means that there a good chance of an on-time departure.

It also means that you can get on board well before the train departs. I was on the train by midnight, which also meant I could start sleeping sooner!

 

The train passes through other popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan, including Jodhpur the blue city.

It also passes through Ajmer train station, which is near Pushkar.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur train to Pushkar and to Ajmer. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

Both Jodhpur and Pushkar can be considered to be on the main Rajasthan tourist trail.

 

So this train can be an ideal train for any of these routes too:

  • Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (estimated arrival around 6:30am)
  • Jaisalmer to Ajmer (estimated arrival around 12:00pm)
  • Jaisalmer to Pushkar (train to Ajmer, then bus to Pushkar)

 

Or going in the opposite direction:

  • Jaipur to Ajmer
  • Jaipur to Pushkar (train to Ajmer, bus to Pushkar)
  • Jaipur to Jodhpur
  • Jaipur to Jaisalmer

 

How to store your luggage on the train

There are 2 main places you can keep your luggage on the train:

  1. You can bring it on the seat with you. If you do this, keep in mind that this can make for a crammed space.
  2. You can place it below the lowest seat.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur train. Luggage storage tips on overnight train. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

If you’ll be placing your luggage below the seat, a lock can be a good idea to put on your India packing list, since you won’t be able monitor your luggage the whole time. (You’ll be sleeping!)

There’s a hook that you can lock your luggage to.

But no matter what, always keep your valuables with you.

Although theft is relatively rare on trains, especially when you’re in AC class, you can never be too careful.

Thieves are sometimes opportunists, not necessarily looking to commit a crime but will go for it if they happen to see a good chance, so don’t give them any ideas!

You might consider using your small backpack with valuables in it as a pillow (with a blanket or clothes to make it softer).

 

Is food provided on the Ranikhet Express train?

With such a long train ride, what about food?!

On the Ranikhet Express, no food is provided. So it would be best to make sure to come prepared with water and snacks.

You will also likely find people coming through the train and selling water and snacks during the day.

At one point, there was someone that came around selling meals.

“Khana” is a good Hindi word to know when you’re traveling through Hindi-speaking parts of India!

It means food, and that’s the word the guy was yelling as he was walking through the train.

I was getting a bit hungry so I decided to get some food. I paid 120 rupees (US$2) for this meal.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur train food. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

So it came with curries, rice, and chapati… and a small plastic spoon. 😉

It’s made for Indians, so I found it to be very spicy!

(And I didn’t get sick.)

 

More Jaisalmer to Jaipur trains

While I took the Ranikhet Express, there are also other trains available.

You can search for train options for any routes using trainman.

This also allows you to see what seat availability is like.

This means that it can give you an idea of whether or not you will be able to wait to book your ticket until just a few days before you leave Jaipur.

Using trainman, you can plug in Jaisalmer JSM and Jaipur JP to get a list of train options you have.

It’s also useful as it displays the train fare as well.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur train timings schedule with train fare on trainman. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

How to book a train ticket to Jaipur

Jaisalmer to Jaipur train. Jaisalmer railway station. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

If you don’t want to book your train ticket online, there are 2 main ways you can book a train ticket in India:

 

1. Go to the train station and book your ticket

You want to go to the reservation counter (advanced tickets), as opposed to the booking counter (same day tickets).

In Jaisalmer, the reservation office is located right next to the entry to the train station.

If you’re going from Jaipur to Jaisalmer, in Jaipur, the reservation office is located in a separate building near the train station.

If you go to the train station to book a ticket, you’ll need to fill out a form with information that includes the train number you want to take.

So be sure to have researched the train ahead of time and keep the train number handy.

The easiest thing to do may be to save a screenshot in your phone of the train you want to take.

 

2. Locate a travel agency that sells train tickets

This is pretty easy to find around popular tourist areas.

You can expect to pay an added charge for this, but consider it the convenience fee of not having to go to the train station yourself.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur train. Jaisalmer railway station. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

More transportation options for Jaisalmer to Jaipur

Aside from taking a train to Jaipur, there are a few other options to reach Jaipur too.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur by bus

This route also has a number of buses available.

To check out what the bus options are for any particular route, have a look to redbus.

There are several private bus companies that do the Jaisalmer to Jaipur bus route on a daily basis. There are also Rajasthan government buses.

The duration of the bus varies depending on the bus, but you can expect to be on the bus for at least 12 hours.

Because it’s a long journey, you will likely want to opt for a sleeper bus.

This will allow you to spread out and lay down, and give you more flexibility during your ride too.

 

Jaisalmer to Jaipur flight

The absolute quickest way to reach Jaipur from Jaisalmer would be to book a flight!

Have a look to makemytrip to search for domestic flights in India.

 

 

Okay, so now that you (hopefully) feel more comfortable about traveling from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer…

What to do when you’re there?!

 

Top 3 things to do in Jaisalmer

 

1. Go for an overnight camel safari

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2. Eat at a rooftop restaurant with fort views

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3. Walk the streets of the golden city

Jodhpur to Jaisalmer itinerary for Rajasthan. Best things to do in Jaisalmer - walk golden city streets. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

See more of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer in 3 days and the best things to do on a camel desert tour.

 

 

Top 3 things to do in Jaipur

 

1. Visit Amber Palace

Jaisalmer to Jaipur itinerary for Rajasthan. Best things to do in Jaipur - best palaces Amber Palace fort. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

2. Visit a fort with great views

Jaisalmer to Jaipur itinerary for Rajasthan. Best things to do in Jaipur - best forts with views. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

3. See the iconic Hawa Mahal

Jaisalmer to Jaipur itinerary for Rajasthan. Best things to do in Jaipur - best palaces Hawa Mahal. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

See more of the best places to visit in Jaipur in 3 days.

 

 

How to get from Jaisalmer to Jaipur by train (or Jaipur to Jaisalmer) when you don't want to hire a private car or taxi or go by Jaisalmer to Jaipur bus. Backpacking Rajasthan, North India on a budget.

 

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