Getting there & away
From the bus stand (251344), buses run direct to Badami (Rs 60, 4½ hours, seven daily) and Bidar (Rs 150, seven hours, four daily). Buses head every half-hour to Gulbarga (Rs 70, four hours), Hubli (Rs 80, six hours) and Sholapur (Rs 61, two hours). Eight evening buses go to Bengaluru (deluxe Rs 292, 12 hours) via Hospet, and a few buses a day go to Hyderabad (deluxe Rs 312, 10 hours) and Pune (Rs 172, eight hours).
From Bijapur train station (244888), there are four daily trains to Sholapur (Rs 21, 2½ hours), which has connections to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. An express to Bengaluru (sleeper/3AC Rs 310/550, 12 hours, three weekly) also passes through, as do ‘fast passenger’ trains to Mumbai (chair/sleeper Rs 70/151, 12 hours, three weekly) and Hyderabad (sleeper Rs 123, 15½ hours, daily).