Getting there & away
Bengaluru’s huge, well-organised Central bus stand is directly in front of the City train station. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC; 22870099) buses run throughout Karnataka and to neighbouring states; the Rajahamsa is its comfortable deluxe model. Other interstate bus operators:
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC; 22873915)
Kadamba Transport Corporation (22351958) Goa.
State Express Transport Corporation (SETC; 22876974) Tamil Nadu.
Computerised advance booking is available for most buses at the station; KSRTC also has convenient booking counters around town, including one at Devantha Plaza. It’s wise to book long-distance journeys in advance.
Numerous private bus companies offer comfier and only slightly more expensive services. Private bus operators line the street facing the Central bus stand, or you can book through an agency.
Bengaluru’s City train station is the main train hub and the place to make reservations. Cantonment train station is a sensible spot to disembark if you’re arriving and headed for the MG Rd area, while Yesvantpur train station (Rahman Khan Rd), 8km northwest of downtown, is the starting point for Goa trains.
Rail reservations in Bengaluru are computerised. If your train is fully booked, it’s usually possible to get into the emergency quota; first, buy a wait-listed ticket, then fill out a form at the Divisional Railway Office building immediately north of the City train station. You find out about 10 hours before departure whether you’ve got a seat (a good chance); if not, the ticket is refunded. The train reservation office (139; 8am-8pm Mon-Sat, 8am-2pm Sun), on the left as you face the station, has separate counters for credit-card purchases (Rs 30 fee), women and foreigners. Luggage can be left at the 24-hour cloakroom on Platform 1 at the City train station (from Rs 10 per bag per day).
Airline offices are generally open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, with a break for lunch. Domestic carriers serving Bengaluru include the following:
Air Deccan (39008888, call centre 9845777008; 35 Cunningham Rd)
Air Sahara (22102777; 39 St Mark’s Rd)
Indian Airlines (25226233; Housing Board Bldg, Kempegowda Rd)
Jet Airways (25550856, call centre 25221929; Unity Bldg, Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Rd)
Spice Jet (1800 180 333, 0987-180333; www.spicejet.com)
Some of Bengaluru’s international airline offices:
Air France (25589397; Sunrise Chambers, 22 Ulsoor Rd)
Air India (22277747; Unity Bldg, Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Rd)
Alitalia (25591936; 66 Infantry Rd)
British Airways (1800 180 1213, 1800 102 1213) All booking enquiries can be made on these toll-free numbers.
KLM & Northwest Airlines (22268703; Taj West End, Racecourse Rd)
Lufthansa (25588791; 44/2 Dickenson Rd)