Very few autorickshaw drivers use meters but if yours does 50% is added to the metered rate after 10pm.


Bengaluru has a comprehensive local bus network, operated by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC;, with a useful website for timetables and fares. Red AC Vajra buses criss-cross the city, while green Big10 deluxe buses connect the suburbs. Ordinary buses run from the City bus stand, next to Kempegowda bus stand; a few operate from the City Market bus stand further south.

To get from the City train station to the MG Rd area, catch any bus from Platform 17 or 18 at the City bus stand. For the City Market, take bus 31, 31E, 35 or 49 from Platform 8.


There are thousands of Uber and Ola drivers in Bengaluru. To hire a conventional cab for a day reckon on around ₹2000 for eight hours.

Olacabs Professional, efficient company with modern air-con cars. Online and phone bookings. Meru Cabs are another good operator.


Bengaluru’s shiny new AC metro service, known as Namma Metro, is still a work in progress, but it does have two lines up and running. There was no interchange between the two, despite what the official maps indicate, at the time of research. The most relevant route to tourists is the Purple Line, which runs east–west: useful stops include Kempegowda (for the bus terminal), MG Rd (for shopping and bars) and Indiranagar (for restaurants and nightlife). Trains run about every 15 minutes, 6am to 10pm, and tickets are priced at ₹10 to ₹22 for most journeys. For the latest updates on the service, log on to