How many BMTC buses are there in Karnataka
Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka in southern India, has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. This has put tremendous pressure on local public transport and has created problematic traffic management issues. The new subway commuter train has made it easier to get around Bangalore and offers a welcome alternative to buses for commuters. Metro ridership is expected to reach 500,000 passengers per day in 2019.There was a corresponding decrease in bus ridership, which currently stands at around 4.8 million passengers per day.
The subway train may be of use to tourists, especially those on a budget or those escaping from traffic jams. However, most visitors use app-based taxi services like Uber for short trips. Find out what to know in this guide to public transportation in Bangalore.
How to get there Ride the subway train
The Bangalore Metro train (called Metro Bangalore) connects the business and residential areas of the city. The metro started in 2011 and is Bangalore's first rail-based public transport system. It's on time, faster and more convenient than taking the bus. The network is being built in several phases and is still under construction, although phase I is now in operation.
Phase I consists of two lines going north-south (the green line) and east-west (the purple line). They intersect in the Kempegowda Majestic metro station in the city center. A walkway also connects this station to the City Bus Stand, Terminal Statebus and City Railway Station (long distance for Indian Railways trains).
Tourists can use the metro in the following ways:
- Take the purple line to popular Bangalore attractions like Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, MG Road, Indiranagar and Halasuru (Ulsoor Lake).
- Take the Purple Line from the central MG Road area to the Indiranagar nightlife district.
- Take the green line to Krishna Rajendra (KR) Market and Lalbagh.
- For heritage take Green Line to Sampige Road in Malleswaram. This is one of Bangalore's oldest neighborhoods and it can be explored on this walking tour.
- Take the green line in the huge fabric market at Srirampura.
Riding the bus in Bangalore
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operates various normal and specialty bus services in the city. There are more than 6,000 buses on 2,000 routes! Over 750 of them are air-conditioned. The bus is widely used by commuters in Bangalore. It's an inexpensive way to get around, but is subject to traffic conditions, including widespread traffic jams and congestion. If you don't know the system well, taking the bus can be tricky. Ordinary city bus only displays the line number in English.
Destination and route information are written in the respective national language. The BMTC has an app for Android users that provides detailed real - time information about buses in the city. The app's handy travel planner - feature will help you find all of the bus stops, travel time, the location of the bus stop, and where the bus is. Google Maps also has bus information. The price will depend on the type of bus, with varying degrees of comfort.
Sightseeing bus for tourists
Tourists will be most interested in the BMTC Bangalore Darshini bus service. This special air-conditioned bus takes passengers on a full day city tour that covers 14 attractions. It departs daily from Kempegowda bus station at 8:45 am and returns at 6:00 pm The cost is 400 rupees per person for adults and 300 rupees for children. Attractions are the ISKCON Temple, Bull Temple, Vidhana Soudha, Tipu Sultan Palace, Karnataka Silk Emporium, Cubbon Park and Government Museum. This bus service is an inexpensive option for sightseeing.
The downside is that one would get rushed and not spend a lot of time in each place. Online bookings can be made here. Enter “BENGALURU” in the “From” field and “BENGALURU Darshini” in the “To” field. There is usually vacant seat however remains so you can just turn up the day and buy a ticket for the bus.
Airport shuttle bus
BMTC also operates an air-conditioned Vayu Vajra airport shuttle bus service along multiple routes. It is used by a small percentage of flyers. Most are budget travelers who don't want to pay the expensive taxi ride to the city center (Bangalore Airport is about 40 km / 25 miles north of the city center). However, taxis offer more flexibility. Bus route KIAS-9 will take you from the airport to the Kempegowda bus station in the Majestic in the city center. There are deductions every 30 minutes around the clock, from the designated area outside the airport terminal.
You can buy a ticket on board. The fare is around 250 rupees (as opposed to a taxi at 500-700 rupees) and the journey time is around an hour and 30 minutes. As you are leaving the airport, check for details of the screens in the arrivals hall.
Taxis in Bangalore
App-based taxi services Uber and Ola (the Indian equivalent of Uber) have been the most convenient way to get from the Bangalore area. For travelers, this means there is no longer any need to deal with taxi scams and ripoffs. Although prices have increased and gush prices apply during periods of high demand, costs remain affordable. The rate for a small taxi (UberGO) consists of a base rate of 38 rupees (that's just over 50 cents) and 14.20 rupees per kilometer. Uber tends to be a bit more expensive than Ola, but the standard of service is higher and availability is better.
Bicycles and scooters in Bangalore
Bicycles and electric scooters are great ways to bypass Bangalore traffic jams. They are available through vehicle sharing app Yulu. Licenses and helmets are not required. All you need to do is find a Yulu Zone on the app from where the bikes (known as Yulu Moving) and scooters (known as Yulu Miracle) can be picked up and dropped off. The app requires users to keep a balance in a mobile wallet and withdraws a deposit. However, Uber recently partnered with Yulu and will be giving users the option to book through their app.
Auto rickshaws in Bangalore
Auto rickshaws are available in Bangalore, but not recommended for travelers who are new to the city. Drivers are reluctant to load through the meter and insist on massively inflated fixed tariffs. It can also be a language barrier with the drivers who do not speak English. It's a lot easier to take an Uber.
Car and motorcycle rental in Bangalore
Hiring a car and driver in India is common and preferred to rent a a self drive car. This is due to the condition of the roads and the behavior of the driver (most do not follow the traffic rules). Your hotel or travel agent can easily arrange a car and driver for a day on the town in the city. UberHire is an alternative option that lets you book an Uber at a flat rate for two or four hours. If you want to rent a self-propelled vehicle and have the appropriate international driver's license, Zoomcar is a popular choice.
Wheelstreet and ONN Bikes offer motorcycle rentals in Bangalore. Bounce is a scooter sharing service with one way rental destination at mile to mile connectivity.
Tips for traveling in Bangalore
- With the exception of the airport shuttle bus service, it switches public transport down largely at night in Bangalore.
- BMTC buses generally stop running at 10pm There are a few night buses on certain routes, departing from Kempegowda bus station in the Majestic.
- Subway trains run until about 11.30pm
- Traffic congestion in Bangalore is perhaps the worst in India. It starts at 7am and is hardest 9am to 11pm. In the afternoon it starts again at around 3pm and is extremely hard from 5pm to 10pm
- Buses get very crowded during peak hours.
- Ideal to stay close to sights in the subway line and tourists in a central area.
- When flying to or from Bangalore, get flying early in the morning or late at night to avoid the traffic. Don't take a midday flight.
- The weather in Bangalore is usually pleasant, so riding a scooter or bike for local sightseeing is pleasant.
- Uber or Ola really is your best choice for a quick and hassle free ride.
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