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Trivandrum International Airport

Trivandrum International Airport, 4km west of the city centre, serves international destinations with direct flights to/from Colombo in Sri Lanka, Malé in the Maldives, and Gulf destinations such as Dubai, Doha, Sharjah, Muscat, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Within India, Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo and/or SpiceJet fly to/from Mumbai, Kochi (Cochin), Kozhikode (Calicut), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Chennai, Delhi, Goa and Hyderabad.

Transport Options

Buses run between Trivandrum's East Fort bus stand and the airport (₹12, 10 minutes) every 20 minutes from 6am to 8.30pm, including several daily orange FlyBus air-con services. Prepaid taxis from the airport cost ₹350 to the city and ₹500 to Kovalam.

Bus

State-run and private buses use Trivandrum's giant but orderly enough KSRTC Bus Station Complex, opposite Trivandrum Central train station.

Buses leave for Kovalam (₹17, 30 minutes) every 20 minutes between 6am and 6.30pm from the southern end of the East Fort bus stand, next to the Municipal bus stand. For Varkala, it's easier to take the train.

Buses from Trivandrum KSRTC Bus Station Complex

Alleppey

Fare (₹)

150-240

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 10min

Bengaluru

Fare (₹)

920-1450

Duration (hr)

16

Frequency

2pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 5pm, 7.30pm

Chennai

Fare (₹)

830

Duration (hr)

12-16

Frequency

8 daily 9.45am-7.30pm

Ernakulam (Kochi)

Fare (₹)

230-390

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 20min (AC hourly)

Kanyakumari

Fare (₹)

80

Duration (hr)

3

Frequency

2.30am, 4.30am, 5.30am

Kollam

Fare (₹)

80-150

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency

every 15min (AC hourly)

Kumily (for Periyar)

Fare (₹)

250

Duration (hr)

8

Frequency

8.15pm

Madurai

Fare (₹)

370

Duration (hr)

8

Frequency

13 daily 8am-9.30pm

Munnar

Fare (₹)

400

Duration (hr)

8

Frequency

6.45am, 1pm, 10.30pm, 11.15pm, 11.45pm

Mysuru

Fare (₹)

1050

Duration (hr)

14

Frequency

5pm, 7.30pm, 8pm

Neyyar Dam

Fare (₹)

40

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 30-60min 5.05am-7.50pm, 10.55pm

Ooty

Fare (₹)

695

Duration (hr)

15

Frequency

3pm

Puducherry

Fare (₹)

720

Duration (hr)

14

Frequency

1.15pm

Thrissur

Fare (₹)

350-400

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 20min

Train

Trains are often heavily booked; reserve ahead online or visit the upstairs reservation office just north of Platform 1 on the north side of Trivandrum Central train station. While most major trains arrive into Trivandrum Central in the city centre, some express services terminate at Kochuveli train station, 7km northwest of the centre – check in advance.

Within Kerala

Within Kerala there are frequent express trains to Varkala (2nd class/sleeper/3AC ₹45/140/495, one hour), Kollam (Quilon; ₹55/170/540, 50 minutes to two hours) and Ernakulam (Kochi; ₹95/165/495, 3¾ to five hours), via Alleppey (₹80/140/495, 2¼ to 3¼ hours) or Kottayam (₹80/140/495, three hours). There are also numerous daily services to Kanyakumari (2nd class/sleeper/3AC ₹60/140/490, 1½ to three hours).

Major Interstate Trains from Trivandrum Central

Bengaluru

Train Name & No

16525 Bangalore Exp

Fare (₹; Sleeper/3AC/2AC)

420/1145/1650

Duration (hr)

18¾

Departures (daily)

12.45pm

Chennai

Train Name & No

12696 Chennai Exp

Fare (₹; Sleeper/3AC/2AC)

470/1245/1785

Duration (hr)

16¾

Departures (daily)

5.15pm

Coimbatore

Train Name & No

17229 Sabari Exp

Fare (₹; Sleeper/3AC/2AC)

255/685/985

Duration (hr)

Departures (daily)

7.15am

Mangaluru

Train Name & No

16604 Maveli Exp

Fare (₹; Sleeper/3AC/2AC)

370/980/1325

Duration (hr)

13¾

Departures (daily)

6.45pm

Mumbai

Train Name & No

16346 Netravathi Exp

Fare (₹; Sleeper/3AC/2AC)

670/1805/2655

Duration (hr)

31

Departures (daily)

9.30am