Once in land in the Srinagar airport, you can just walk out and get yourself a prepaid taxi to get directly transported to the Gulmarg ski resorts. It is 45 kms away from the airport and the car ride takes about one and a half hours to three hours (depending on weather and road conditions). The last 12 kms of the entire journey takes most of the time. This half of the road is through mountains and ends at the Gulmarg ski resorts.
It will always be wiser to incorporate the airport pick up with your resort booking in advance. It is not only cheaper this way but also hassle free since your chauffer will be waiting for you at the airport arrival with a welcome board in hand. When booked in advance, the hotel includes this conveyance in your stay package into a negotiable price. The hotel cars always have tire chains to ride through snowy road, so there is no need to change cars in between, unlike the airport taxis.
During winter season, due to bad road conditions, you might need to change vehicles at Tangmarg id you have hired a prepaid taxi from the airport. Tangmarg is the town situated just below Gulmarg. Since the airport taxis are not equipped with 4-wheel drive on snow laden roads, you need to switch cars to more dependable ones. The road from Tangmarg twists and turns to climb to spectacular heights of around 1800 to 2660 meters.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, you can try getting to Gulmarg with the help of the shared taxis. This would be the cheapest way of conveyance. However, the journey can get extremely long and tiresome. Shared taxis tend to have frequent stops and drop the co-passengers whenever they want to get down. Also, they try to accommodate as many passengers as possible. So, the drive can get a little too uncomfortable, what with the windy and nauseous roads.
Cheap or expensive, whichever means you choose to reach up top, the ski resorts, Gulmarg will welcome your arrival at any time of the year.