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Many of you based in Bangalore might be aware of this unique initiative started by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation a few months back in February of 2010. In its third month, this initative has gained considerable momentum in promoting local commuters, motorcyclists and car users to leave their vehicles behind for one day and travel by the city bus to work.

Earmarked for the 4th of every month, this special day is heavily promoted by BMTC and the media to convince daily commuters to travel by bus on this particular day. Extra buses are operated on this day to accommodate the additional passengers who wish to travel. Local celebrities and few company MD’s have also boarded a bus on this day and are happy with the service.

BMTC launches BIG 10: Apart from this, BMTC has been trying out new initiatives to enthuse commuters to use the bus and has introduced the BIG 10 or the G series of special service. 10 major arterial roads (Big-10) have been identified as high density traffic corridors with dedicated point-to-point Bus Services, both A/C and non-A/C buses. These buses ply from all corners of the city right to the city centre. For ex: G2 goes from Electronic City right upto Brigade Rd and similarly another route connects Bannerghatta National Park to Brigade Rd.

You will find detailed route map of all the 10 routes here and here

So the next time you wish to travel around Bangalore, you might want to take the bus since its cheaper, safer and less hassle free unlike our auto rikshaw.

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Airconditioned Volvo service to Bangalore Airport

Air-conditioned Volvo service to Bangalore Airport

Most Bangaloreans are already aware of this excellent Airport 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. We also tend to underestimate the convenience this service offers us until it’s take away. The best part is that these buses run at half hr intervals 24 hrs a day with 1 hr interval post 1.30am up to 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.

Bus bay at the Bangalore Airport

Bus bay at the Bangalore International Airport

An average ticket is priced between Rs 150 to Rs 250 ($2.5 – $4) for an A/c Volvo coach depending on the distance traveled, while a Meru Cab or Ola Cab would cost between Rs 600 to Rs 1,100 ($10 – $18) for the same distance. So if you are a group of three or over four 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 arrive at your stop.

When the airport was inaugurated, most travelers 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. Today, these Volvo buses even ferry 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. The link below will help you with options such as bus timings, pick up points and rates for different locations.

http://www.mybmtc.com/airportservices

Airport Bus timings as of Feb 2015 available here: You can access the website here for timings and fares

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, Mega Cabs – 080 47474747, Ola Cabs – 080 33553355, TaxiForSure – 080 60601010, Uber – via the app) 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 TaxiForSure) and go upto Rs 20/km. You will also need to pay a toll of Rs 115 on your way back to the city from the airport.

For safety reasons, do not engage with the local touts who are always trying to fleece unsuspecting travelers landing in Bangalore.

Team GreatEscapes

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