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Airport

International and domestic flights arrive at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport, about 40km north from the MG Rd area. Domestic flights also leave here with daily connections to major cities including Chennai (Madras), Mumbai (Bombay), Hyderabad, Delhi and Goa. Carriers include:

Air India

GoAir

IndiGo

Jet Airways

Transport Options

Metered AC taxis from the airport to the centre cost between ₹750 and ₹1000, while Uber/Ola cab rates are usually around ₹500 to ₹600; these rates include the ₹120 airport toll charge. Air-conditioned Vayu Vajra buses run regularly from the airport to destinations around the city and cost ₹170 to ₹260. If you're from the airport straight to Mysuru catch a Flybus.

Bus

Bengaluru’s huge, well-organised Kempegowda bus stand, also commonly known as both the Majestic and Central, is directly in front of the City train station. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC; www.ksrtc.in) buses run to destinations in Karnataka and neighbouring states. Mysuru Road Satellite Bus Stand 8km southwest of the centre is another important terminal: most KSRTC buses to Mysuru, Mangaluru (Mangalore) and other destinations southwest of Bengaluru leave from here as does the Flybus to Bengaluru airport.

The KSRTC website lists current schedules and fares. Booking online isn't always possible using international credit cards, but travel agents can. It’s wise to book long-distance journeys in advance.

Private bus operators line the street facing Kempegowda bus stand.

Major Bus Services from Bengaluru

Chennai

Fare (₹)

398 (R)/491 (V)/693 (S)

Duration (hr)

6-7

Departures

25 daily, 5.35am-11.30pm

Ernakulam

Fare (₹)

619 (R)/1139 (V)

Duration (hr)

10-12

Departures

7 daily, 4pm-9.45pm

Hampi

Fare (₹)

629 (R)

Duration (hr)

Departures

1 daily, 11pm

Hosapete

Fare (₹)

334 (R)/599 (V)/696 (S)

Duration (hr)

8

Departures

17 daily, 4.30pm-11.30pm

Hyderabad

Fare (₹)

713 (R)/989 (V)/1190 (S)

Duration (hr)

9-11

Departures

27 daily, 7.30am-11.30pm

Mumbai

Fare (₹)

1383 (V)

Duration (hr)

18

Departures

3 daily, 3pm-8pm

Mysuru*

Fare (₹)

123 (R)/299 (V)

Duration (hr)

2-3

Departures

51 daily, 24hr

Ooty*

Fare (₹)

639-839 (V)

Duration (hr)

7-9½

Departures

9 daily, 6.15am-11.15pm

Panaji

Fare (₹)

919 (V)1800 (S)

Duration (hr)

11-13

Departures

5 daily, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Gokana

Fare (₹)

549 (R) 789 (V) 882 (S)

Duration (hr)

9-11½

Departures

4 daily, from 8.30pm-10.15pm

Fares: (R) Rajahamsa Semideluxe, (V) Airavath AC Volvo, (S) AC Sleeper

*leave from Mysuru Rd Satellite Bus Stand.

Train

Bengaluru’s City train station is the main train hub. There’s also Cantonment train station, a sensible spot to disembark if you’re arriving and headed for the MG Rd area, while Yeshvantpur train station, 8km northwest of downtown, is the starting point for trains to Goa.

The computerised reservation office has separate counters for credit card purchase, women and foreigners. Head to the Divisional Railway Office for last-minute reservations. Luggage can be left at the 24-hour cloakroom on Platform 1 at the City train station.

Major Trains from Bengaluru

Chennai

Train No & Name

12658 Chennai Mail

Fare (₹)

255/910

Duration (hr)

6

Departures

10.40pm

Chennai

Train No & Name

12028 Shatabdi

Fare (₹)

785/1060

Duration (hr)

5

Departures

6am & 4.25pm Wed-Mon

Hosapete

Train No & Name

16592 Hampi Exp

Fare (₹)

255/970

Duration (hr)

Departures

10pm

Hubballi

Train No & Name

16589 Rani Chennamma Exp

Fare (₹)

270/1045

Duration (hr)

Departures

9.15pm

Madgaon, Goa

Train No & Name

17311 Mas Vasco Exp

Fare (₹)

360/1405

Duration (hr)

15

Departures

8.10pm Fri

Mysuru

Train No & Name

12007 Shatabdi

Fare (₹)

300/835

Duration (hr)

2

Departures

11am Thu-Tue

Mysuru

Train No & Name

12614 Tippu Exp

Fare (₹)

90/310

Duration (hr)

Departures

3pm

Trivandrum

Train No & Name

16526 Kanyakumari Exp

Fare (₹)

410/1605

Duration (hr)

16½

Departures

8pm

Fares: Shatabdi fares are AC chair/AC executive; Express (Exp/Mail) fares are 2nd-class/AC chair for day trains and sleeper/2AC for night trains.