- The nearest airport (IATA code KUU) is at Bhuntar town, situated on NH 21 about 50 km south of Manali and 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Kullu town. Indian Airlines and some private airlines have regular flights to the airport. Chandigarh airport is the nearest international airport at a distance of 308 KM.
- Manali can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH 1 up to Chandigarh and from there by national highway NH 21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu town. The road distance from Delhi to Chandigarh is 260 km and from Chandigarh to Manali is 308 km. The total distance from Delhi to Manali thus is 568 km (331 mi). Buses ply heavily on this route and are available from all major bus terminals.
- Manali is not easily approachable by rail. The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (308 km), Pathankot (350 km) and Kalka (290 km).