Most Bangaloreans are already aware of this excellent service provided by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) but this blog is for the benefit of those tourists visiting this garden city.
Most of us living in Bangalore may not appreciate the efforts put in by BMTC to keep this service going, since most of these buses run half full and neither do we realise the convenience this brings to us until we use it. The best part of this service is that these buses run at half hr intervals 24 hrs a day with 1 hr interval post 1.30am upto 4.30am due to low traffic.
With air travel becoming the norm for long distance travel, we have been using this bus service to ferry our friends, relatives and clients regularly and they all love it. These buses are punctual, clean, comfortable, reliable and most importantly, they are cheap. This is the cheapest mode of transport to and from the airport which is located about 36 kms from the city centre.
An average ticket is priced between Rs 150 to Rs 210 ($2.5 – $3.5) for an A/c volvo coach depending on the distance traveled, while a Meru Cab or Easy Cab would cost between Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 ($10 – $16) for the same distance. So if you are a group of less than 4 or over 4 members it makes sense to use the bus since a cab can carry only 4 people.
There are 11 routes which span across the city to reach every corner with designated pick up points. You can even source the mobile number of the bus conductor from the BMTC control room or at your nearest bus depot who will tell you exactly when the bus would get to your stop.
When the airport was inaugurated, most of them complained about the distance and the infrastructure and said that Hyderabad airport was better in every count. But today, the connectivity that Bangalore airport has to the city is much better than Hyderabad (which is also located about 40kms from the city) or any other airport in India. Recently, these volvo buses have even started ferrying non airport travelers who either travel to their work place or home which has helped increase revenues for the department.
You will find a detailed table of various bus routes the moment you get out of the airport at the bus bay or at the link below. Once you open this link, you will find options which will show the bus timings, pick up points and rates for different locations.
Here are the bus routes as of Aug 2012:
|Route No.||Origin||BIAL||Via Places||All Routes pass by these bus stops|
|BIAS-4||HAL Main Gate||BIAL||Chinmaiah Hospital , Indiranagar Police station, Halsoor, Halsoor Lake , Taj Residency, Lakeside Hospital, St.Johns Road, J.C.Nagara||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
|BIAS-5||J.P.Nagara 6th Phase||BIAL||Jayanagara 4th Block,Shanthinagara Bus Stand,Hotel Ramanashree,Hotel Woodlands,Bangalore Club, High Grounds, Le Meridian, Windsor Manor||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
|BIAS-6||Kadugodi Bus Station||BIAL||Hope Farm, Whitefield Post Office, Siddapura, Marathahalli Bridge, HAL, Leela Palace, Royal Orchard, Domlur, Taj Residency, Lakeside Hospital, St.Johns Road, J.C.Nagara||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
|BIAS-7||H.S.R. Layout (BDA Complex)||BIAL||Madiwala, Forum/Checkpost, Shanthinagara Bus Stand, Richmond Circle,Chancery Pavillion, Bowring Institute, Bangalore Club, Indian Express, Vasantanagara, RM Guttahalli,||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
||H.S.R. Layout (BDA Complex)||BIAL||Koramangala, BDA Complex, Koramangala Sony World , Dell Software Complex, Domlur, M.G.Road, GPO, Windsor Manor, RM.Guttahalli||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
|BIAS-8||Electronic City||BIAL||Bommanahalli, Central Silk Board, Agara,Marathahalli Ring Road, K.R.Puram Railway Station, Kalyana Nagara,||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
||Kuvempu Nagar||BIAL||Central Silk Board, Agara,Marathahalli Ring Road, K.R.Puram Railway Station, Kalyana Nagara||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
|BIAS-9||Majestic/ KBS||BIAL||Shivananda Circle/Central, Grand Ashoka, Windsor Manner, R.M. Guttahalli||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
|BIAS-10||MCTC Bus Station||BIAL||Vijaynagar, Basaveswaranagar, Modi Hospital , Navarang , Malleshwaram,||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
|BIAS-11||Chikkalasandra Bus Stand||BIAL||Padmanabhanagara, Kathariguppe, Hosakerehalli Cross, PES College, BHEL Deepanjali Nagara,Vijayanagara, Navarang,Malleshwaram , Sadashiv Nagara, Bashyam Circle||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
|BIAS-12||Kuvempu Nagara (BTM Layout)||BIAL||J.P.Nagara Phase III,Jayangara 9th Block East,Jayanagar Bus Station,Vijaya College, Minerva Circle, Corporation, Kasturba Road, Basaveshwara Circle||Mekhri Circle, Hebbala, Kogilu Cross|
Airport Bus timings as of Sept 2013: You can access the website here for timings
We are receiving a lot of requests on the various pick-up points in the city and have stopped accepting them. Request you to download the entire route list by clicking on this link
You can also see the map of the various routes here Vayu Vajra Map
BMTC Contact Details:
BMTC airport kiosk information: Telephone No: 08027607989, Mobile: 7760991269
BMTC, Kempegowda Bus Stand: Telephone No: 2295 2311 / 2295 2314
BMTC, Shivajinagar Bus Stand: Telephone No: 2295 2321 / 2295 2324
Alternate modes of transport include certified Airport A/c cabs (Meru Cabs – 080 44224422, Easy Cabs – 080 43434343, Ola Cabs – 080 33553355, Taxi For Sure – 080 60601010) which are also available right outside the airport & will pick you up from any part of the city. These cabs are metered and will provide a bill at the end of your journey. Fares vary from Rs 14/km for Indica vehicles (from Taxi For Sure) and go upto Rs 20/km. You will also need to pay a toll of Rs 30 on your way back to the city.
For safety reasons, do not engage with the local touts who are always trying to fleece unsuspecting travelers landing in Bangalore.