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Getting from Delhi to Bangalore

Delhi is India’s second largest metropolis. New Delhi, part of Delhi is India’s capital. However, don’t worry if you hear people referring to the capital using both names; it’s common and the names are interchangeable. Delhi is also an important hub for those traveling to the rest of India and to/from other countries in the region.

Bangalore is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, a large and cosmopolitan city in India. The official language is Kannada, but many people speak English so you really don’t need to worry.

Quick summary

The easiest way to travel between Delhi and Bangalore is by train. Unless you are on a very low budget, you should get a sleeper with AC for your journey. Or , for 2.5 times the price of a train ticket you can fly in just 2 ½ h.

Flights from Delhi (airport code: DEL) to Bangalore

Delhi and the capital of New Delhi are served by Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), the busiest airport in India in terms of traffic. It is located 16 km from New Delhi and is hub for the following airlines: Air India, Air India Regional, Blue Dart Aviation, GoAir, IndiGo, Jagson Airlines, JetLite, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet.

Bangalore is served by Bengaluru International Airport (BLR) , located 40 km from the central business district. It handles both domestic and international traffic and is hub for Blue Dart Aviation, Deccan Aviation and Kingfisher Airlines.

Flights between Delhi and Bangalore are operated by Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet. The flight time is 2 ½ h. Single fares start at Rs 4445 / US$84 on Jet Airways in early 2012. Return flights start at Rs 8732 / US$165 on Kingfisher Air.


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Trains from Delhi to Bangalore

There are seven trains from Delhi to Bangalore but only one of them runs every day of the week. It leaves Delhi at 9:15 p.m. and arrives in Bangalore 40 ½ h later. You can check the schedule here . Single fares start at Rs 536 / US$10 in a seat (no AC) . The most expensive ticket is Rs 3375 / US$64 in a sleeper with AC.

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Buses from Delhi to Bangalore

Due to the long travel distance, there aren’t any direct buses between Delhi and Bangalore. You can , however, travel from Delhi to Mumbai , Mangalore, Udupi, Manipal, Kundapur, Dharwad, Dharmastala or Kollur and then to Bangalore by bus.

You can travel from Delhi to Mumbai by train. There are 10 daily departures and the 16 h to 31h, depending on the train. The cheapest fare is Rs 390 / US$7 in a sleeper without AC. The fare is Rs 542 / US$10 if you choose a chair seat in an AC car; or Rs 1500 / US$28 if you choose a sleeper in an AC car.

Buses from Mumbai to Bangalore are operated by this company . There’s a bus leaving daily at 7:05 p.m. from Mumbai (finding out the price requires logging onto their website, though).

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Driving from Delhi to Bangalore

If you are brave enough to plan to drive in India, you can rent a car in Delhi and drive the 2114 km via NH 7 to Bangalore. The travel time is 1 day 5 hours but make sure to plan some stops along the way to get the appropriate rest.

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