Local routes and public transport fares in India

India

We travel on a budget, independently and most of all locally! When planning your trip to India, you will undoubtedly appreciate detailed information on the routes, fares and the travel times to reach the destination. During my travels around India, I thoroughly recorded all individual details. So here you have them!

Keep in mind that in India the majority of bus drivers, rickshaw drivers, and their assistants are infamous for overcharging western tourists. Sometimes even multiple times. Every day they will try their nasty tricks and theatrical performances on you. Don't be afraid - push back and bargain. It is necessary to have beforehand a clue about the actual local fare and then bargaining itself is a straightforward process.

MUMBAI

 

The route, Vehicle, Fare (INR), Distance, Year

 

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai - Vile Parle Railway Station, Rickshaw, 70 INR, 15 min, 2013

Vile Parle - Church Gate, Train (90002 Mumbai Church Gate Local), 10 INR, 40 min, 2013

Church Gate - Mahim, Train (Local), 10 INR, 50 min, 2013

Church Gate - Mahalaxmi Dhobighat, Train (Local), 5 INR, 20 min, 2013

GOA and KARNATAKA

Mumbai (Dadar) - Pernem Railway Station, Train (Mandovi Express), 330 INR, 15 h, 2013

Pernem Railway Station - Pernem, Rickshaw, 30 INR, 10 min, 2013

Pernem - Arambol, Bus, 15 INR, 30 min, 2013

Chicalim - Panjim, Bus, 23 INR, 50 min, 2015

Panjim - Mapusa, Bus, 15 INR, 50 min, 2015

Mapusa - Arambol, Bus, 20 - 25 INR, 1,5 h, 2015

Mapusa - Calangute, Bus, 15 INR, 40 min, 2015

Arambol - Mapusa - Anjuna, Bus, 30 INR, 1,5 h, 2013

Anjuna - Mapusa - Calangute, Bus, 20 INR, 1,5 h, 2013

Calangute - Panjim, Bus, 20 INR, 1 h, 2015

Panjim - Ponda, Bus, 40 INR, 2,5 h, 2013

Ponda - Old Goa, Bus, 15 INR, 1,5 h, 2013

Ponda - Benaulim, Bus, 60 INR, 1,5 h, 2013

Panjim - Old Goa, Bus, 15 INR, 1,5 h, 2015

Panjim - Margao, Bus (Express), 40 INR, 2,5 h, 2015

Margao - Colva, Bus, 15 INR, 45 min, 2015

Margao - Benaulim, Bus, 10 INR, 30 min, 2013

Benaulim - Colva, Bus, 10 INR, 20 min, 2015

Benaulim - Madgaon Railway Station, Rickshaw, 200 INR, 30 min, 2013

Madgaon Railway Station - Hosapete, Train, 200 INR, 9 h, 2013

Madgaon Railway Station - Hubli JN, Train, 178 INR, 5 h, 2015

Hubli JN - Hosapete, Train, 158 INR, 3,5 h, 2015

Hosapete - Bazaar Rd Hampi, Rickshaw, 100 INR, 50 min, 2015

Bazaar Rd Hampi - Hosapete (morning), Rickshaw, 200 INR, 50 min, 2015

Hampi - to the second shore of the river Tungabhadra, boat, 10 INR, 5 min, 2015

Hampi - to the second shore of the river Tungabhadra (after 5 PM), fisherman boat, 300 INR, 5 min, 2015

Hubli - Margao, Bus, 150 INR, 5 h, 2013

Margao - Palolem, Bus, 40 INR, 1,5 h, 2015

Palolem - Canacona Bus Stand, Bus, 6 INR, 20 min, 2013

Canacona - Gokarna, Bus, 80 INR, 3 h, 2013

Kudle Beach - Gokarna, Rickshaw, 50 INR, 15 min, 2013

Gokarna - Mangaluru, Bus, 200 INR, 5,5 h, 2013

KERALA and TAMIL NADU

Mangaluru - Kochi, Bus, 317 INR, 13 h, 2013

Ernakulam - Fort Kochi, Ferry, 2,5 INR, 30 min, 2013

Kochi - Munnar, Bus, 85 INR, 4,5 h, 2013

Munnar - Alleppey, Bus, 144 INR, 5,5 h, 2013

Alleppey - Kollam, Ferry, 300 INR, 8 h, 2013

Kollam - Kallambalam, Bus, 24 INR, 1,5 h, 2013

Kallambalam - Varkala, Bus, 9 INR, 30 min, 2013

Varkala - Varkala Beach, Rickshaw, 60 - 70 INR, 15 min, 2013

Varkala - Trivandrum, Bus (new, AC), 340 INR, 1,5 h, 2013

Trivandrum - Kanyakumari, Bus, 70 INR, 2,5 h, 2013

Kanyakumari - Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Boat, 34 INR, 15 min, 2013

Kanyakumari - Chennai, Bus, 530 INR, 15 h, 2013

ANDAMAN ISLANDS

 

Chennai - Port Blair, Ferry, 2160 INR, 3 days, 2013

Port Blair - Havelock, Ferry, 360 INR, 3 h, 2013

Havelock - Neil Island, Ferry, 360 INR, 1,5 h, 2013

Port Blair- Kolkata, Ferry, 2160 INR, 5 days, 2013

WEST BENGAL and UTTAR PRADESH

Kolkata port - City Center, taxi (Ambassador), 200 INR, 30 min, 2013

Kolkata - Siliguri, Bus, 600 INR, 12 h, 2013

Siliguri - Darjeeling, Jeep, 130 - 150 INR, 3 h, 2013

Darjeeling Train Tour, Steam train, 335 INR, 2 h, 2013

Kalkata - Varanasi, Train, 352 INR, 12 h, 2013

PUNJAB and HIMACHAL PRADESH

Varanasi - Amritsar, Train, 430 INR, 18 h, 2013

Amritsar Junction - City Center, Cycle Rickshaw, 100 INR, 30 min, 2013

Amritsar - Manali, Bus (3x!), 420 INR, 14 h, 2013

Manali - Vashist, Rickshaw, 120 INR, 15 min, 2013

DELHI and RAJASTHAN and GUJARAT

Manali - New Delhi, Bus, 950 INR, 13 h, 2013

New Delhi Bus Stand - City Center, Rickshaw, 150 INR, 30 min, 2013

Goa Int. Airport - Delhi, Flight IndiGo, 3931 INR, 2,5 h, 2015

Domestic Terminal Delhi - Aero City, Bus Shuttle, 30 INR, 20 min, 2015

Delhi Aero City - New Delhi Metro, Airport Express, 50 INR, 40 min, 2015

New Delhi - Mumbai, Airport, 500 INR, 35 h, 2013

New Delhi - Jaipur, Train (CC Class), 680 INR, 5 h, 2015

Jaipur - Ahmedabad, Train (2AC), 1380 INR, 11 h, 2015

Ahmedabad center - Airport, Rickshaw, 250 INR, 1 h, 2015

Mumbai, Airport - Vile Parle, 5 km, 70 INR

Mumbai Dadar - outskirts close to the airport (night), 8 km, 250 INR

Mumbai, city ride, 4 km, 120 INR

Pernem Railway Station - Pernem, 3 km, 60 INR

Ponda, Center - Spacies Plantation, 3,5 km, 50 INR

Benaulim - Madgaon Railway Station, 7 km, 200 INR

Panjim, city ride, 3 km, 50 INR

Hosapete - Hampi, 13 km, 100 INR

Hubli, center - Bus Stand, 2,5 km, 40 INR

Kudle Beach - Gokarna, 1,5 km, 50 INR

Kochi, city ride, 1,5 - 2 km, 30 - 40 INR

Munnar - Old Munnar, 2 km, 30 INR

Allepey, city ride, 2 km, 30 - 35 INR

Varkala - Varkala Beach, 3 km, 60 - 70 INR

Trivandrum, city ride, 3 - 4 km, 80 INR

Chennai, Bus stand - Center, 11 km, 200 INR

Chennai, city ride, 6 km, 160 INR

Port Blair, NSRY Jetty - Center, 5 km, 70 INR

Port Blair, center - Phoenix Bay Jetty, 1 km, 60 INR

Port Blair, center - Cellular Jail, 1 km, 40 INR

Havelock Ferry Ghat - Beach n. 5, 5 km, 30 INR

Neil Island, Ferry Wharf - Kalapani Resort, 2,5 km, 110 INR

Kolkata, pulled rickshaw in the center, 1,5 km, 100 INR

Kolkata, city ride, 3 km, 40 INR

Kolkata, Sudder St. - Howrah Junction, 5 km, 100 INR

Varanasi, city ride,  5 - 6 km, 100 INR

Amritsar, city ride, 3 - 4 km, 100 INR 

Manali - Vashist, 3 km, 100 - 120 INR

New Delhi, Bus Stand - Main Bazaar Rd, 13 km, 150 INR

Jaipur, city ride, 3 km, 60 INR

Jaipur, Ever Green Guest House - Train Station, 3 km, 40 INR

Ahmedabad, city ride, 2 km, 40 INR

Ahmedabad, to the airport, 11 km, 250 INR

Rickshaw

 

Rickshaw fare depends mainly on the location. In the tourist areas like Goa or the vicinity of the popular national monuments, bizarre rickshaw drivers charge more than common sense would allow. Often much more than you would pay for a regular taxi in Prague, Europe  (50-60 INR per km). The only Indian city in which the rickshaw driver turned the taximeter on was Calcutta. Generally, standard rickshaw fare should range 12 to 15 INR per km. In fact, in case you mastered bargaining, as a white tourist you might be able to lower the price down to 20 INR per km. As the most expensive you will find short distances around the city (within 2 km).

 

Since the drivers absolutely refuse to use taximeters in all India, discuss with the driver in advance the fare for the specific route. After the ride, the drivers might still try their cunning tricks on you. Pay only what you initially agreed upon. It is always handy to have the right amount of cash ready or enough banknotes of the small denomination at least. You will spare yourself unnecessary disputes.

 

Rickshaw drivers often take advantage of the fact that the tourists don't know the local environment and claim that the actual distance of 1 km (on the map) is actually 2-3 km and thus tourist should pay more. On your smartphone, verify the actual distance, multiply by 20, and get the right fare.

 

See the rickshaw fare list (price for two persons) in the cities from our Itinerary.