Bengaluru Airport's Shuttle Services
Bengaluru known as Silicon City is a popular tourist and business destination located in Karnataka State in Southern India. The city is connected to Kempegowda International Airport to various international and domestic destinations. Some of the popular international destinations with direct connectivity to Bengaluru include Singapore, Hong Kong, Brussels, Frankfurt, San Fransico, London, Paris, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bangkok, Singapore, Male, Colombo, etc. The airport began its operations in May 2008 to serve domestic and international destinations and is located in Devanhalli on the National Highway 44, in the outskirts of Bengaluru city. The airport is named after Kempegowda- the founder of Bengaluru (Circa 1500)
Upon reaching Bengaluru airport, the airline passengers can avail themselves of cabs/taxis and public transport to reach the city center. Bengaluru's public transport forms an excellent connection to reach the city center from the airport. Public transport in Bengaluru city is managed by state-owned Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation or popularly known as BMTC buses. BMTC operates a fleet of low-floored air-conditioned public transport buses, popularly known as 'Vayu Vajra' shuttle services. These Vayu Vajra shuttle buses operate frequently from Bengaluru Airport and connect to the city center and various residential areas spread across Bengaluru city.
Vayu Vajra shuttle buses operate on a round-the-clock basis to the city center from the airport's BMTC bus terminal located opposite the airport's Terminal 1. Vayu Vajra shuttle bus services are the most common and preferred mode of transport to reach the airport from the city center. Vayu Vajra shuttle buses are blue-colored coaches with the facility of LED display boards, low-floor, and consist of pneumatic doors for the convenience of the passengers.
Travel tickets to Vayu Vajra shuttle buses are available with the onboard crew members. Passengers also have the facility to avail contactless ticketing at the BMTC information desk available located at the airport's BMTC bus terminal. BMTC has recently added a new feature to its bus passengers traveling to the Airport. The bus passengers can access the website www.ksrtc.in and book tickets online. The facility will be of immense help to the airline passengers especially those arriving from international destinations and intending to avail of hassle-free public transport facility from the airport
Inter-city Shuttle Buses to the Airport
The airline passengers arriving at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport intending to travel across other popular tourist destinations can also avail the facility of inter-city air-conditioned shuttle buses. The shuttle buses are arranged by the state-owned Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation or KSRTC.
KSRTC operates frequently to Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport through 'Flybus' - an air-conditioned shuttle bus service. The air-conditioned Flybus shuttle buses presently operate to Mysuru, Coorg, and Manipal (via Mangaluru). Flybus shuttle buses depart from the BMTC bus terminal opposite the airport's Terminal 1A. Ticket bookings to Flybus shuttle buses are available on its website www.ksrtc.in. As also passengers can avail the facility of ticket booking at the information desk located within the airport's BMTC bus terminal.
The Need For Non Air-conditioned services to the Airport
The recent outbreak of coronavirus has impacted the operation of the public transport shuttle bus services in Bengaluru. BMTC in Bengaluru has taken several steps to overcome and mitigate the risks and prevent the possible spread of coronavirus.
BMTC has thus made sufficient arrangements through Vayu Vajra air-conditioned shuttle bus services round the clock, Vayu Vajra air-conditioned shuttled bus services have otherwise served as an excellent and best public transport option to the airport passengers to reach various parts of the city from Kempegowda International Airport. BMTC can further make necessary arrangements to operate non-air-conditioned shuttle bus services in order to provide comfortable travel to the passengers.
Currently, the operation of route number 284AP, a non-air-conditioned shuttle bus service operates to the Airport but only from Hebbala via the Airport Expressway. The bus runs on a skeletal schedule to the airport via Begur Village, Airport Expressway, and Airport SEZ area. BMTC is further suggested to operate non-airconditioned shuttle bus services from Yelahanka Railway Station to Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport via Yelahanka TTMC, Ballari Road, and Airport Expressway.
The need to introduce non-air-conditioned shuttle bus services to Yelahanaka Railway Station from the airport is highly essential, considering the otherwise exorbitant prevailing air-conditioned shuttle bus fares and primarily owing to lack of direct bus connectivity to the nearest railhead from the airport. Further, as the BMTC bus terminal at Yelahanka TTMC is conveniently located next to Yelahanka Railway Station, the suggested move will thus help the passengers to commute by trains up to Yelahanka easily and then reach Bengaluru Airport by BMTC shuttle buses.
Non Air-conditioned Inter-City Shuttles to the Airport
KSRTC has also arranged for excellent non-stop connectivity to Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport from Mysuru, Coorg, and Manipal through a direct inter-city Flybus air-conditioned shuttle bus services. The Flybus shuttle bus services provide exceptional facilities like non-stop run, travel comfort, on-time departure, and convenient availability of buses to the airport. Flybus airport shuttle buses began it's maiden run to Mysuru in 2013 and later spread its network to Coorg and Manipal via Mangaluru. Flybus airport shuttle buses are the most popular choice of mode of public transport amongst airline passengers arriving at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport.
KSRTC may also introduce non-air-conditioned inter-city shuttle bus services between Mysuru and Kempegowda International Airport. The move to introduce non-air-conditioned shuttle services will be very beneficial for bonafide airline passengers who otherwise do not intend to opt for long air-conditioned bus journeys from the Airport to Mysuru and vice-versa. Also while considering the current prevalent exorbitant air-conditioned shuttle bus fares to the airport, the airline passengers from Mysuru will otherwise get an opportunity to reach the airport only by paying much lesser charge in non-air-conditioned shuttle buses.
While air-conditioned buses provide excellent state of the art travel facilities and comfort, non-air-conditioned shuttle buses, if introduced, may help to provide vital connectivity to various destinations at an affordable ticket fare to reach the international airport in Bengaluru.
With the outbreak of the pandemic, the need to travel in non-air-conditioned shuttle buses to the airport has become imperative. The introduction of non-air-conditioned shuttle services both by BMTC and KSRTC is the need of the hour.
The shuttle bus services offer the comfort of non-air-conditioned travel along with the ease of lower ticket fares. The suggested positive move will highly benefit many bonafide airline passengers and thus give rise to huge demand and popularity to utilize public transport shuttle services to reach Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport, located in Devanahalli on the outskirts of Bengaluru city.
Public Transport to the Airport
Bengaluru Airport's Shuttle Services
- Bengaluru Airport's Shuttle Services
Airport shuttle bus services in Bengaluru operate on a round-the-clock basis connecting various parts of the city through AC buses. Bengaluru Airport witnesses high passenger arrivals-both domestic and international and shuttle services are the best
Bengaluru's Inter-City Airport Shuttle Services
- Bengaluru's Inter-City Airport Shuttle Services
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation or KSRTC operates inter-city shuttle bus services from Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport. The shuttle services- christened 'Flybus,' connect to major cities in Karnataka directly from the airport'
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