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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the different means of transport in Port Blair?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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When in Port Blair you'll have plenty of travel options to explore the place. Of course you can walk or hire an auto rickshaw for shorter distances but for longer destinations you could glance through the following options:

  • Walking

If you have a good pair of sneakers at hand, walking might seem like a good idea. But keep it as a short distance option. The terrain is hilly and rugged and walking is not an easy option. It can also tire you out way too easily. So maybe you should consider other options as well.

  • Auto

You can spot the traditional yellow and black taxis easily around Port Blair but especially around the bus top. And, the good part is the you don't need to haggle with the drivers. The metres help you calculate the rates easily and so there is no way anyone can cheat you on that. Do ask the driver for the existing rates per metre before you hop on.

  • Buses

For far destinations take a bus. If you are travelling to Wandoor, Bharatang, Rangat, Mayabunder or Diglipur option of a bus would work well. Keep in mind that the state run buses turn out to be more economical than the private ones. Once again, the travel desk at your hotel should help you with the bus schedule.

  • Ferries and Boats

Ferries or boats are another option to travel across the city. The only hassle here is the long queues to get a ticket at the jetty. Plus, these countershave no fixed timings. If long lines are not your thing you could try talking local fisherman into dropping you. He will be more than happy at INR 2000 approximately to sail between Havelock and Port Blair for instance.

  • Helicopter

Then there is the helicopter service. It will take you about 35 minutes to reach Little Andaman from Port Blair and cost you about INR 1500 (service available on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). A helicopter will drop you at Havelock in 20 minutes at INR 850 (service on Tuesday only) and you can reach Diglipur via Mayabunder in one hour (service on Tuesday) in INR a little more than INR 2000. For details contact Civil Aviation, Port Blair: +91-3192-230480.

There are also shared jeeps that connect smaller villages. And, in case you are in a mood to splurge you can hire an entire jeep for yourself. Keep a map handy at all times and ask the travel desk at your hotel for landmarks and directions. In case you think you are lost, don't hesitate to ask for directions.

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