Getting there & away
To handle overcrowding at Hyderabad airport, a massive new international airport recently opened at Shamshabad, about 20km southwest of the city.
Hyderabad’s long-distance bus stations are mind-bogglingly efficient. Mahatma Gandhi bus station (24614406), better known as Imlibun, has an advance booking office (8am-9pm). For Nagarjunakonda, take one of the frequent morning buses to Vinukonda or Macherla and get off en route. For trips to Karnataka, better go with KSRTC (24656430).
Secunderabad’s Jubilee bus station (27802203) is less convenient, but does operate Volvo AC buses to Bengaluru (Rs 620, 10 hours, three daily), Chennai (Rs 670, 12 hours, one daily) and Visakhapatnam (Rs 675, 13 hours, one daily).
Private bus companies with super-deluxe services are on Nampally High Rd, near the train station entrance.
Secunderabad, Hyderabad – also known as Nampally – and Kacheguda are the three major train stations. Most through trains stop at Secunderabad and Kacheguda, which is more convenient for Abids. Bookings can be made at Hyderabad and Secunderabad stations from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday (to 2pm Sunday). Both stations have a tourist counter. For general inquiries, phone 131; for reservation status, 135.
Indian Airlines has the highest domestic fares, with Jet, Air Sahara and Kingfisher following close behind. Air Deccan, along with online budget airlines GoAir, Indigo, Paramount and spiceJet, has the lowest.
Domestic airlines in Hyderabad:
Air Deccan (9845777008, airport 27902794)
Air Sahara (66782020; Secretariat Rd)
Indian Airlines (1800 1801407; HACA Bhavan, AG’s Office Rd)
Jet Airways (39824444; Adarsh Nagar, Hill Fort Rd)
Air India (call centre 1800 227722, airport 23389711; HACA Bhavan, AG’s Office Rd)
British Airways (23211270, 23296437; Chapel Rd)
Cathay Pacific (27702234; 44 SD Rd, Secunderabad)
Emirates (66234444; Rd No 1, Banjara Hills)
GSA Transworld Travels (23210947; Chapel Rd) For Qantas.
Interglobe Air Transport (23233590; Chapel Rd) For Air New Zealand, Delta, Indigo, South African, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
Jetair Tours (23298773; 1st fl, Summit House, Hill Fort Rd) For American, Austrian, Bangladesh Airlines, Gulf Air and Royal Jordanian.
KLM (airport 27905015)
Lufthansa (23481000; Begumpet) Next to the Lifestyle Building.
Nagarjuna Travels (23372429; Raj Bhavan Rd, Somajiguda) For Sri Lankan Airlines.