Alternate title : Few things to keep in mind while getting around in Bangalore
Hi! I have been in Bangalore for almost 5 months now, and I felt like contributing in some way for the benefit of the people who have arrived in Bangalore for the first time or who will be coming here in the near future.
Here are a few things I have learnt about getting around in Bangalore:
If you have just arrived in Bangalore, try and go for a prepaid Taxi or Auto. Avoid random Taxis and Autos at all cost, unless of course, you are ready to shell out up to 2 or 3 times the actual travelling fare. If you do not have a lot of luggage, you can also use the BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) buses.
[@ The Airport] Take either Prepaid Taxi or a BIA(S) bus. If you are looking for a cheap way out, use the BIA(S) bus service. If you are unsure which bus to take, just talk to a conductor and he will be glad to help you out. Do NOT fall prey to those Cab Drivers who might try and lure you for a City drop at 200 or 300 rupees. Those are shared Taxis and you never get to know before hand who will be travelling with you. So, Avoid it.
You can also pre-book a Taxi from one of these Tele-booking Services.
Meru Cabs ( Online Booking | 080 – 44 22 44 22 )
Just Dial ( Online Contact | 080 – 69 99 99 99 )
Commuting around the City
If you are going to a place for the first time, I suggest you look up the route beforehand on Google Maps and decide the best mode of transportation accordingly.
(Bangalore is the one of the few Indian Cities to have bus routes available on Google maps)
Own a smartphone?? Use it!!
If you own one, it could be of great use! Use Google maps on your smartphone to get Bus routes on the go. You can plan your travel accordingly.
Here’s something else you might find helpful while travelling around the city…
If possible, take the BMTC Volvo as they are faster, safer and more comfortable. If you do not have an idea of the Bus routes, you can use the following links
Most of the Auto Rickshaw Drivers will not leave an opportunity to rob you. The Actual Rate is approximately 8 rupees per km. So try and bargain accordingly. It is highly possible that the Auto driver will merely drive away on hearing your bargain. Don’t be offended, it’s their style to say no!
Consider the normal charges are Z rupees, they will ask for 1.5 x Z after 10pm and before 7 am. In fact, the union has approved the 1.5 times charge post 10pm, so it is fair. Though, that does not mean that their Rate meters are in perfect condition. You can expect that the actual fare will turn out to be 25% more than the true fare.
After 10pm, if you have to travel at least 8-10km, take a cab instead. The Cab is likely to charge 150-160 bucks for 4 people whereas the Auto will demand about 200 (1 Auto). Again, the cabs I talk of are the pre-booked ones. If you use services like the JUST DIAL ( 080 – 69 99 99 99), you are likely to get a cab within 10 mins of booking. So use that instead. It’s much safer as well. At all costs, avoid the shared Taxis, like the Tata Sumo and Indica which stop at quite a lot of bus stops for pickup.
Here are two contrasting experiences involving Auto-Rickshaws.
When using buses to travel from Bangalore to another city, travel only in KSRTC buses or VRL travels. Both of these have well maintained Volvo buses which ply on time.
Let me know if I missed something…
(For exhaustive info on travelling in Bangalore, Check WikiTravel )
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