Getting from Bangalore to Goa
Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, is the capital of Karnataka. It is now a large cosmopolitan city and the major centre of India’s IT industry.
Goa is a state located in West India. It is a former Portuguese colony and still has a unique mix of architecture which attracts tourists. Goa is a hub for tourism in India and has been attracting travelers for decade. Panaji is the state capital. The only airport in the state is Dabolim Airport, located close to Vasco da Gamma.
If you need to have the flexibility to travel any day of the week, then the bus is your best bet, but make sure to choose a sleeper for this journey. Otherwise, the train is a good choice (but it only departs Bangalore on Tue, Fri and Sun).
Flights from Bangalore (airport code: BLR) to Goa
Bengaluru International Airport (BLR) serves Bangalore and handles both domestic and international traffic. The airport is located about 40 km from the central business district. BLR is hub for Blue Dart Aviation, Deccan Aviation and Kingfisher Airlines.
Dabolim Airport (GOI) is located in Vasco da Gama and is the only airport serving the state of Goa.
The flights between Bangalore and Dabolim are operated by: Air India, Jet Airways, Jet Lite and Kingfisher Airlines. The flight time is about 1h. Regardless of when you fly in 2012, expect to pay from Rs 2716 / US$51 one way on Jet Airways. Return flights start at Rs 5005 / US$94 on Kingfisher Airlines.
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Buses from Bangalore to Goa
There are three bus companies which run buses between Bangalore and Goa (Old Goa). Together, they offer 12 departures per day. The travel time is between 12 h and 13 h. The departures from Bangalore are in early evening (from 4:50 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.) . Fares start at Rs 450 one way in a sleeper berth in a non AC bus. If you choose an AC bus, the sleeper berth starts at Rs 650 one way.
On the way back, catch one of the 16 buses from Goa to Bangalore. They also depart in early afternoon and the same fares are applied.
Sites like this one list the departures from various bus companies and also make it possible to book the tickets online.
Trains from Bangalore to Goa
There are two express trains connecting Bangalore to the state of Goa
- Yesvantpur Vasco da Gama Express departs Bangalore on Sundays and Tuesdays at 3:15 p.m. The travel time is 14 h and the general fare is Rs 135 one way. The sleeper fare is Rs 267.
- Chennai Vasco Express departs Bangalore on Fridays at 8:10 p.m. and the travel time is 15 h 45 min. The general fare is Rs 139 and if you want a sleeper then expect to pay Rs 272 one way.
Both trains stop in Madgaon Junction and Vasco Da Gama. Madgaon Junctions serves Margao, the second largest city in the state of Goa. Both cities are well connected to the rest of the state by buses.
You can see the train schedule and fares on this website .
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Driving from Bangalore to Goa
Should you decide to rent a car and drive between Bangalore and Panaji, the capital of Goa, you can take NH 4 and cover the 629 km in about 10 hours. Of course, make sure to plan some stops along the way. The NH 206 and NH 17 route offers some lovely sights as the last part of the road runs along the sea side (from Sakkalbert to Panaji).