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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

How can one reach Bangalore?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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Whether you are travelling to Bangalore for a holiday or on business, the good news is that it is well connected to the rest of the country. This IT hub, centre of educational institutions and popular haven for entrepreneurs sees visitors all through the year. There are ample transport options that connect you to and fro from the city.

  • Air

If you are standing at the airport with your ears fixed to the flight announcements, you might just think that all flights go to Bangalore. Well, there are so many flights that connect Bangalore to the rest of the country. The Bengaluru International Airport connects around 10 domestic and 21 international destinations. SpiceJet, Indigo, Kingfisher, Air India and GoAir are among the many carriers that you can pick from. Flight rates keep fluctuating so compare different carrier prices before booking your ticket. The earlier you book your ticket the better it is for your pocket.

The Bengaluru International Airport is at Devanahalli. You’ll need half an hours drive to reach MG Road from here. You can easily get a prepaid taxi/auto outside the airport and if you are travelling light, a bus ride could be fun as well. The option of shared cabs is also available but travelling with strangers and unfamiliar roads don’t really go that well.

The early morning flights between November 15 to February 15 often get delayed due to fog so call on +91-80-66782255/+91-80-66782251 to confirm timings. The airport authorities are strict about timings these days, so reach the airport 2 hours in advance for domestic and 3 hours in advance for international flights and if you have less luggage you could opt for web check in.

  • Rail

If you’d want to travel by train, you’ll be happy to know that there are enough and more trains running towards and out of Bangalore. There are two main stations - The Bengaluru City (Station Code: SBC) which is bang opposite the Majestic Bus Stand and the other is Yeswantpur Junction (Station Code: YPR). If you need to reach the city, The Bengaluru City is a better option. Keep this in mind while booking your ticket. In case you get down at Bengaluru East (Station Code: BNCE) there is a ring road near it. Book your tickets on https://www.irctc.co.in/ at least 3 months in advance to get a confirmed seat.

There are ample trains to get out of Bangalore as well. You can easily spot an Indian Railway Booking Counter around the area or ask your hotel for assistance. The route between Mysore to Bangalore is very busy so if you need a ticket to Mysore, reach the counter early. If you are travelling short distance then you can opt for sleeper class and save some money!

  • Road

You could either pick a bus to Bangalore or choose to drive down.

There are so many buses, private and state run, that you’ll actually lose count. All buses arrive at and depart from Bengaluru Bus Stand near the railway station. You can easily get a bus from The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus stand near Majestic Bus Stand to all southern states. There are volvo buses, A/c and non A/c buses to choose from. Of course buses connect Chennai, Goa, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Tipupati, Madhurai, Hyderabad and Managalore but the one the volvo bus that connects Kerala is a pure luxury. It is an overnight journey and you get to cuddle up in blankets provided in the buses itself. But again, either get in touch with a travel agent or reach the bus stand in time to get a seat.

  • Car

Unless you love to drive, traveling by car is not a very recommended option. You’ll be too tired to enjoy your holiday. But if you still want to drive down get a cab and fix a rate before you hop on. A round trip will always be friendlier on the pocket than a one way trip. An air conditioned car would make you less tired and although it will cost more. Have a rough idea about the distance and fares before you set out to hire a cab.

While a car may seem like a good idea, it will turn out to be more expensive and tiring than a train. Of course trains are a more convenient and comfortable option. Since Bangalore is a IT hub, hot spot for students and haven for entrepreneurs, it has frequent flyers and hence the flight charges don’t usually fluctuate too much. So if you want to save on time and are ready to shell out some money, fly down to Bangalore. Also, the drive from the airport to the city is a gorgeous one!

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