Information on Bangalore City
Getting to and around Bangalore
Direct flights connect Bangalore to major international airports such as Chicago, Frankfurt, Singapore, Paris, London and Kuala Lumpur. Air-India, British Airways, Air-France, Lufthansa, Thai-air, Air-Emirates and several others operate daily flights from Bangalore. The airfares are reasonable. Travel time to destinations in Europe and Asia are about 8 hrs and to the US is about 16 hrs. The airport also operates domestic flights to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Goa, Kochi and other cities. Additionally, Bangalore is well served by Indian railways, which operate several super-fast trains to other major cities.
Once off the plane, you'll need to go through immigration (if you are on an international flight) and then collect your bags. You'll then pass through customs and into the small arrival hall. If you need to get money, there is an ATM on the left just before you go outside the terminal. There are also a few money change booths that will accept all manner of foreign currency.
The best way to get into town is to take a prepaid taxi. There are two choices: a government run service with lower prices or a private operator with better service. At the government-run counter (look for the K.S.T.D.C. booth), you mention the locality you want to reach and pay a fixed amount. You get a receipt with the registration number of the taxi that will pick you up printed on it. Locate the taxi (the driver will probably be waiting for you just outside) and you're set.
Another option is to arrange with your hotel in Bangalore to have a driver pick you up at the airport. Some hotels, especially those in the higher price ranges, provide this service for free if you are staying with them. If it's your first time traveling to Bangalore, this is by far the easiest way to get from the airport to your hotel. The driver will be found outside the airport with a card bearing your name. Upon arriving at your destination a tip of 20-40 Indian Rupees is plenty.
The Bangalore City railway station is situated in the centre of the city, around the Majestic Bus stand. All trains, both local and long-distance, arrive and depart from here. A new terminal at the Yeshwantpur railway station (not very far away from the main railway station) is growing and there are a few outbound trains that regularly arrive and depart from it.
Bangalore also has a railway station in the Cantonment Area, called the Cantonment Railway Station - this is centrally located and in a better part of town. Not all trains stop here, though. However, there is a proposal to develop this into a new hub, in order to ease congestion out of the ever-bustling Bangalore station.
Bookings can be done at either the railway station or at a few of Indian Railways booking counters at major residential areas. Booking can also be done online from the Indian Railways website (www.irctc.co.in). Trains do fill up, but most trains have a special reserved quota for foreigners, which can work to your advantage. You have to book at a special desk at the train station, and show both a foreign passport and some proof (such as an ATM receipt) that your money came from a foreign account.
A video departure board in the station will tell you what platform your train is on and what time it leaves. Train travel is usually fairly cheap
Recommended Cab Services in Bangalore
It is suggested that you avail the services of these two popular/ reliable cab services in Bangalore:
- OLA Cabs, Contact: 080 3355 3355
- Meru Cabs, Contact: 080 4422 4422
- Easy Cabs, Contact: 080 4343 4343