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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

How can one travel within Bangalore?

Abhishek Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Well, in a city with the most developed infrastructure, from where most big offices and companies operate and students call their second home, finding travel options is the last thing you need to sweat about. Buses, taxis and autos are easily available all around the place.

  • Buses

This is the most economical and easily available travel option in Bangalore. Most of the bus boards are in Kanada. You might want to check BMTCRoutes.in beforehand if you are keen on travelling by bus. Remember, red buses are long route ones, blue and white are the ones that run within the city. Green buses connect the suburbs with the city, Then there are Vajra and Pushpak buses services too! These have comfortable seating and AC interiors and thus are slightly more expensive as well. If you plan on travelling via bus the whole day, get a pass from the bus stations (not applicable for Vajra service). The only drawback with bus travel is that there is a high chance of confused with the routes. You might want to carry a map. Kemegowda bus stand (Majestic), City Market and Shivajinagar are the important bus stops in the city. Minimum bus fare in Bangalore is INR 4.

  • Auto

An auto isn’t a bad idea to travel around Bangalore. There is a prepaid auto stand right near the main railway station. There are meters and fixed fares. INR 20 is the basic fare and INR 11 is added for every extra kilometre. When you get into an auto, check whether the driver has turned the meter on. If not ask him to do so. Haggling with drivers in a new city (where you don’t know the language) is the last thing you want to do. There is a surcharge of 50% after 10 pm. Paying anything above this is unnecessary. An auto driver will know the routes well so there are less chances of getting lost.

  • Taxis

While hiring a taxi, you usually get to pick either an Omni, Logan or Tata Indica. There are many taxi services in the city apart from the regular Meeru and EasyCabs. If you still find it difficult ask your hotel for help or log onto taxiGUIDE.in. The drivers are polite and most of them hail from either Karnataka or Kerala. You can always ask them to show you the popular eating joints and shopping spots around Bangalore. They’ll also know of local shopping spots where you’ll get to bargain as well. Fares usually start at INR 450 for in and around the city but talk to the driver about the rates before you hop on.

Whichever travel mode you pick, while travelling in Bangalore be prepared to get stuck in jams every now and then. The traffic scene seems to worse than that in Delhi! When you plan to travel to a place, keep a buffer time and avoid peak hours 9 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 7 pm. Buses may seem like a good and economical option but if it is your first time in Bangalore you’ll get confused with the roads. So hire a cab or get an auto. There are no street maps or signs available and if there are any, they’ll be in Kananda. If you have a GPS system on your phone, turn in on when you set out for the city.

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