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Public Transport for Tourists in Bengaluru

Bengaluru City

Bengaluru City

Public Transport In Bengaluru

Bengaluru is the fastest growing city in South Asia. The city has recently also emerged as the hub for Information Technology firms and Start-up firms. The city is thus aptly called as ‘Silicon City’.

The growing city has also witnessed a surge in international and domestic tourists from across the globe. The city is striving to cater to the needs of tourists through sufficient transportation arrangements. Bengaluru is well organized in terms of public transport available to the commuters and tourists.

Bengaluru has the following modes of public transport for the benefit of visiting tourists.

  • Public Transport Buses operated by Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation or BMTC
  • Namma Metro- Metro Rail connectivity
  • App-based Cabs/taxis
  • Metered Auto rickshaws/ Tuk-tuks
  • The self-drive option of rental scooters

This article discusses the above various options of public transport available to the tourists upon arrival in Bengaluru.

Public Transport Buses

Public transport buses in Bengaluru are popular modes of public transit in Bengaluru. The buses are operated by the state-owned Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation and popularly known as BMTC buses.

BMTC buses operate across the city through its vast network of bus routes and schedules and operated by both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned shuttle services. The city is served by three important bus terminals-

  • Kempegowda Bus Station- The City center
  • Shivajinagar TTMC- Central Business District
  • K.R. Market- Buses connecting rural areas of Bengaluru

BMTC buses have two categories of non-air-conditioned shuttle services-

  1. Blackboard buses- Blackboard buses operate within the municipal corporation limits of Bengaluru city. Route numbers 1 to 201 serve as blackboard buses and operate within the city. The ticket fares are fixed and charged accordingly.
  2. Red board buses- Red board buses operate outside municipal corporation limits of Bengaluru city. The ticket fares are higher in red board buses as compared to blackboard buses. The red board buses operate conveniently across Bengaluru connecting many residential areas and rural areas. Route number 202 to 600 onwards operate as red board buses in Bengaluru city.

BMTC also operates two categories of air-conditioned BMTC buses. They are

  1. Vajra Services- Vajra air-conditioned shuttle services operate to various residential and business hubs of Bengaluru city. Vajra shuttle services offer premium comfort of travel and ticket fares are higher compared to red board buses. Vajra shuttle services are the most preferred mode of transport popular amongst visiting tourists in Bengaluru
  2. Vayu Vajra Services- Vayu Vajra air-conditioned shuttle services operate exclusively to Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport. The air-conditioned shuttle services operate on round the clock basis from Bengaluru airport to various residential areas and city center of Bengaluru. Vayu Vajra shuttles offer a convenient mode of transport option from the airport and vice-versa.
Vayu Vajra air-conditioned shuttle bus operating from Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport BMTC Bus Terminal

Vayu Vajra air-conditioned shuttle bus operating from Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport BMTC Bus Terminal

Namma Metro

Namma Metro metro services began its operation in 2011 primarily operating between M.G. Road (Central Business District) and Baiyappanahalli (East Bengaluru). Namma Metro has two major lines/networks connecting the prominent business and resident localities of Bengaluru.

Namma Metro has the following routes in its network

  • Green Line- Nagasandra Metro Station to Yelachenahalli Metro Station
  • Purple Line- Nayanadahalli Metro Station to Baiyappanahalli Metro Stanton

Both the metro lines cross at the interchange terminal located at Kempegowda Metro Station. Kempegowda Metro Station is the central point for transit for BMTC bus passengers and passengers traveling by trains.

The fares for the Metro trains are fixed accordingly and the details can be checked at the ticket issuing counters at all the Metro stations. The timings for the Metro trains are usually between 5 am to 11 pm on weekdays and between 8 am to 11 pm on weekends.

Tourists may check with the information desk available at metro stations for more information on Metro timings.

App based Cabs/Taxis

Bengaluru is also popularly known for its app-based taxis. App-based taxis are a common mode of transport apart from Public Transport and Metro trains. Uber and Ola operate extensively across Bengaluru through their customized app-based taxi services.

You need to download respective apps from the app store, register as users and then opt for travel in app-based taxis/cabs. App-based taxis/cabs also operate from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport.

The tourists should check with the information desk and reach out to helpline numbers to seek more information on fares/tariffs.

Metered Autorickshaws/Tuk-tuks

Bengaluru is also popular for its metered autorickshaws. The autorickshaws ferry a maximum of three passengers from any location within the municipal limits of Bengaluru. The starting fare is fixed as enforced by local transportation authorities.

However, shared tuk-tuk services are not available in Bengaluru city.

Autorickshaws offer the best option to explore the city as it also acts as the last mile connectivity option to the passengers and tourists.

Self-drive Rental Scooters

Bengaluru also has newly launched self-drive rental scooters like Bounce and Vogo. These rental scooters work on apps to be downloaded by tourists. The app-based rental scooters offer an option and flexibility to explore the city on self-drive mode.

The riders need to register on their respective apps to rent a scooter. A valid driving license and an identity card are necessary to register as a user to rent a scooter. Please check with respective apps to know more details.

Conclusion

Bengaluru offers a wide variety of options to travel extensively within Bengaluru. Bengaluru’s public transport buses are popularly known as BMTC serve as the lifeline of Bengaluru and are the most preferred of transport for the local population.

Metered autorickshaws and app-based cabs/taxis otherwise forms an important source of commute within Bengaluru city for tourists.

Most preferred Public Transport Option

BMTC's Vayu Vajra Air-conditioned  Shuttle Buses parked at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport's BMTC Bus Terminal

BMTC's Vayu Vajra Air-conditioned Shuttle Buses parked at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport's BMTC Bus Terminal

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.