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Getting around in Goa(Inside Goa )

Getting around in Goa(Inside Goa )

Getting around in Goa(Inside Goa )

By BusTravelling around Goa is fairly easy. There is an extensive road network which connects most places in Goa with motorable roads. There are private as well as state transport corporation run bus services which service all the major locations.Despite the overcrowding, noise and off-schedule service, there is a special charm in travelling in the private buses which are brightly painted and filled with colourful local characters.

Do not be surprised if you see buses making unscheduled stops, especially in the rural areas, to pick up passengers waiting at all sorts of places besides the regular bus-stand.

 

 

By Car

If you are interested in exploring Goa on your own and at your own pace, then a car is a very good option. A number of companies offer rental cars, both self and chauffeur-driven. A list of companies offering car rentals is available in the travel services section of this website.

Besides rented cars, there are the ubiquitous tourist taxis, which are available near most hotels and resorts and at all the tourist attractions. There are two types of taxis, the white-colored tourist taxis, and the yellow-topped black regular taxis.

The private tourist taxis, are completely white in colour, and are found at the Goa Airport, the railway stations and outside most popular hotels. Almost all major towns and tourist attractions have a taxi stand, where both types of taxis are available.

Most hotels also arrange a taxi for you on request. These taxis quite often have an interstate license and can take you to nearby destinations outside Goa.

The taxi hire charges are fixed per kilometer, but with a little bit of bargaining you can arrive at a rate which is quite reasonable for the trip. The taxis can be hired per trip or for the whole day. Ensure that you fix a price for the entire journey before you sit in, so that you don’t get overcharged at the end of the trip.

 


By Motorcycle

Goa has a unique and very popular mode of transport known as a ‘pilot’. This is in reality a motorcycle taxi.

This is the fastest and most economic way of getting about in Goan towns and sometimes to locations at short distances on the outskirts.

The motorcycle taxis are easily recognised by the yellow mudguards and yellow number plates.

The driver who is known as the ‘pilot’ carries only one pillion rider at a time. They even have special taxi stand of their own. Bargain with the pilot for a good rate for the trip before you set out.

Hired motorbikes, moped, scooters and bicycles are also a very economical mode of transport to travel around Goa, especially in the interiors. These are available in the cities as well as near most beach areas.

The cost of hiring a bike for a day ranges anywhere from Rs 200 to Rs 400. Usually, a down payment as security or deposit of your passport is required at most such places which rent out motorbikes.

 

 


By Autorickshaw

The three-wheeled auto-rickshaw taxi, painted yellow and black, is a common site in all Goan towns. This taxi is basically the front half of a motor scooter with a couple of seats mounted on the back.

They usually take two to three passengers and are quite speedy on the crowded roads of Goan towns. Above all, they are very cheap as compared to taxis for travelling around the town. The rickshaws have separate stands in most places.

They have a meter system, according to which they are supposed to charge per km. However most don’t adhere to this, so in most cases bargaining is common before you set out on your trip.

 


By Ferry

At quite a few places around Goa, especially in the rural hinterland, you will have to cross a small river to get to your destination.

Most such rivers now have a bridge across them, which has made the flow of traffic smooth all over Goa. However, where a bridge is yet to come up, you will be able to enjoy another mode of transport unique to Goa.

This is the ferry also known as ferryboat by the locals, which carries people and cars from one shore to the other, across the rivers and estuaries all around Goa.

In some places, the ferry remains the only mode of transport to get to the mainland. Popular river crossings include: Old Goa to Divar Island, Divar to Narve, Querim to Tiracol, and Cavelossim to Assolna.

There is a ferry from the capital city of Panaji across the Mandovi river to Betim, despite the presence of two excellent bridges across the Mandovi river.

Travellers to Goa feel that the ferry ride is one of the most romantic mode of transport in Goa. This most enjoyable ride is well worth checking out.

 


The official fares for the various taxi operators are as below:

Autorickshaws:
A flat rate of Rs 7 per km (with no return charges anywhere in Goa). 25 percent is extra between 11 pm to 5 am.

Taxis:

(for both white-coloured tourist taxis as well as yellow tops)
A flat rate of Rs 8 per km. For one-way journey outside the municipal limits, there is a 50 percent extra charge.

Motorcycle Taxis:
The rate is Rs 5 for the first kilometer and Rs 2.50 thereafter.

Any misbehavior or overcharging by the drivers should be reported to the nearest Transport Department office at Panaji (2225606), Mapusa (2250254), Bicholim (2362225), Vasco (2515100), Margao (2741962), and Ponda (2312749).

Distances within Goa

 

Goa – location distances in kms.Although Goa is small place as compared to the vast expanse of the Indian subcontinent, major towns in Goa are at least half an hour’s drive away from each other and the rural locations even further. 

From To

Distance in kms

Panaji Bondla

55

Panaji Calangute

16

Panaji Airport

29

Panaji Mapusa

13

Panaji Margao

33

Panaji Old Goa

10

Panaji Dona Paula

07

Panaji Tiracol

42

Panaji Vagator

22

Panaji Vasco-da-Gama

30

Panaji Mobor

50

Panaji Varca

44

Margao Cavelossim

15

Margao Colva

06

Margao Airport

29

Vasco-da-Gama Airport

03

Vasco-da-Gama Panaji

30

Vasco-da-Gama Margao

30

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Travel To Goa By Rail

Travel To Goa By Rail

Travel To Goa By Rail

   

There was a time when the train journey from Mumbai took nearly twenty-four hours, on the winding route via Miraj and Pune, involving a change of trains too.Today, the high-speed Konkan Railway has a daily train which hardly takes around 8-9 hours for the same journey. Other trains between Mumbai and Panaji take typically around 10-12 hours.The rail route also has trains which travel past Mumbai to other northern areas of India right upto Delhi as well as down south to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.The Konkan Railway has special reservation facility via the internet for foreigners which allows payment to be made by credit cards. There are also computerized reservation systems in most metros.

As the demand for the rail journey is quite high and most trains run filled to capacity, it is highly advisable to reserve the tickets well in advance of your actual journey to Goa.

Goa has two major railway stations — Margao and Vasco-da-Gama, both located in the southern area of the state. The South Central Railway terminus is at Vasco-da-Gama and the Konkan Railway terminus is at Margao. Besides the two main stations, the trains usually halt for a few minutes at a number of other smaller stations in Goa. The Konkan Railway has trains which ply between Mumbai and Goa and other destinations. The latest updated schedules for these are available on the official Konkan Railway website. The South Central Railway has one train, the Nizamuddin Goa Express coming in daily in the early morning. This train departs from Delhi and comes to Goa via Pune. The Konkan Railway undoubtedly offers the quickest and cheapest route to Goa from Mumbai. In Mumbai there are two booking offices: one is on the upper floor of the Western Railways booking office in Churchgate Station and the second is at the Central Railway booking office, at the rear of Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus or VT).

A list of major trains to and from Goa  

 
 

Train No.

 

Margao

 

Karmali

 

Thivim

 

Vasco

 

Arrival

 

Operation

 
 
 

1097

 

1325

 

 
 
 

04205

 

Sat

 
 

2978

 

1325

 

 
 
 

0420

 

Fri

 
 

6337

 

0745

 

 
 
 

2250

 

Mon, Sat

 
 
 

6336

 

1055

 

 
 
 

1410

 

Tue

 
 
 

6338

 

1055

 

 
 
 

1350

 

Wed, Fri

 
 
 

2848

 

 
 
 

0750

 

2225

 

Tue, Thr, Fri

 
 
 

2977

 

1035

 

 

1120

 

 

1405

 

Sun

 
 
 

6312

 

1055

 

 
 
 

1700

 

Sat

 
 
 

2071

 

1600

 

 
 
 

2150

 

Daily

 
 

2619

 

0020

 

 
 
 

0615

 

Daily

 
 
 

6346

 

0600

 

0633

 

0710

 

 

1640

 

Daily

 
 

0104

 

1000

 

1028

 

1045

 

 

2145

 

Daily

 
 

2620

 

2055

 

 
 
 

0635

 

Daily

 
 

2052

 

1420

 

 

1502

 

 

2255

 

Except Wed

 
 

0112

 

1800

 

1832

 

1850

 

 

0550

 

Daily

 
 
 

6335

 

0745

 

 
 
 

0440

 

Fri

 
 
 

1097

 

0335

 

 

0422

 

 

1320

 

Daily

 
 

2653

 

0210

 

 
 
 

1105

 

Sat

 
 

2431

 

1035

 

 
 
 

1235

 

Tue & Thr

 
 

2449

 

1120

 

1150

 

1208

 

 

1645

 

Tue

 
 
 

6338

 

1055

 

 

1143

 

 

1730

 

Wed, Fri

 
 
 

1098

 

1520

 

 
 
 

0505

 

Mon

 
 
 

6333

 

0850

 

 
 
 

0600

 

Thr

 
 

6345

 

2230

 

 
 
 

1840

 

Daily

 
 

2432

 

1235

 

 
 
 

0525

 

Tue, Sun

 
 

6335

 

0745

 

 
 
 

0310

 

Fri

 
 

6311

 

0745

 

 
 
 

0310

 

Tue

 
 

6333

 

0745

 

 
 
 

0310

 

Thr

 
 
   

From Goa to : Ahmedabad . Ernakulam . Gandhidham . Hapa . Howrah . Jaipur . Jodhpur . Karwar . Mangalore . Mumbai . Nagercoil . New Delhi . Okha . Puna . Trivandrum . Vijaywada . Yeshwantpur .

 

To Goa from : Ahmedabad . Ernakulam . Gandhidham . Hapa . Howrah . Jaipur . Jodhpur . Karwar . Mangalore . Mumbai . Nagercoil . New Delhi . Okha . Puna . Trivandrum . Vijaywada . Yeshwantpur .

Departures (From Goa to other destinations)

 

Train Name

 

Ernakulam  Ernakulam Poorna Express Marusagar Express Okha Ernakulum Express Gandhidham  Nagercoil Gandhidham Express Hapa  Okha Express Howrah  VSG Howrah Express Jaipur  Marusagar Express Jodhpur  Trivandrum Jodhpur Express Mangalore  Janashatabdi Express Matsyaganda Exp. Mumbai  Netravati Express Mandovi Express Matsyagandha Express Janashatabdi Express Konkan Kanya Express Nagercoil  Nagercoil Gandhidham Express New Delhi  Ernakulam Nizamuddin Mangala Express Sampark Kranti Express Rajdhani Express Goa Sampark Kranti Expres Okha  Okha Express Puna  Poona Express Trivandrum  Trivandrum Veraval Express Netravati Express Rajdhani Express Nagercoil Gandhidham Express Bikaner Trivandrum Express Veraval Trivandrum Express  

 

 

 

Train No.

 

Departure

 

Vasco

 

Thivim

 

Karmali

 

Margao

 

Operation

 
 
 

2617

 

1245

 

 

0420

 

 

0325

 

Daily

 
 

1098

 

2245

 

 
 
 

1500

 

Mon

 
 

6338

 

1955

 

 
 
 

1045

 

Wed, Fri

 
 

2977

 

1955

 

 
 
 

1025

 

Sun

 
 
 

6335

 

0520

 

 
 
 

0735

 

Fri

 
 
 

6337

 

0515

 

 
 
 

0735

 

Mon, Sat

 
 
 

2847

 

2330

 

1420

 

 
 

1900

 

Mon, Tue, Thr &

 
 
 

2978

 

1005

 

 

1150

 

 

1315

 

Fri

 
 
 

6311

 

0045

 

 
 
 

0735

 

Tue

 
 
 

2620

 

1440

 

 
 
 

2045

 

Daily

 
 
 

6345

 

1140

 

 

2228

 

2154

 

2230

 

Daily

 
 

0103

 

0655

 

 

1712

 

1733

 

1845

 

Daily

 
 

2619

 

1405

 

 
 
 

0010

 

Daily

 
 

2051

 

0530

 

 

1302

 

 

1355

 

Except Wed

 
 

0111

 

2300

 

 

0926

 

0948

 

1045

 

Daily

 
 
 

6336

 

1330

 

 
 
 

1045

 

Tue

 
 
 

2618

 

0920

 

 

1758

 

 

1925

 

Daily

 
 

2450

 

0730

 

1315

 

1148

 

1358

 

0730

 

Sat

 
 

2432

 

1105

 

 
 
 

1225

 

Tue, Sun

 
 

2654

 

1400

 

 
 
 

2050

 

Wed

 
 
 

6337

 

0150

 

 

0631

 

 

0735

 

Mon, Sat

 
 
 

1097

 

2310

 

 
 
 

1305

 

Sat

 
 
 

6312

 

1515

 

 
 
 

1045

 

Sat

 
 

6334

 

1515

 

 
 
 

1125

 

Mon

 
 

6346

 

1000

 

 
 
 

0550

 

Daily

 
 

2431

 

1915

 

 
 
 

1025

 

Tue, Thr

 
 

6336

 

1515

 

 
 
 

1045

 

Tue

 
   

Arrivals (From other destinations to Goa)

 

Train Name

 

Ernakulam  Mangala Express Ernakulam Pooma Express Ernakulam Hapa Express Marusagar Express Gandhidham  Gandhidham Nagercoil Express Hapa  Ernakulam Hapa Express Howrah  Amravati Express Jaipur  Jaipur Emakulam Marusagar Expr Jodhpur  Trivandrum Jodhpur Express Mangalore  Matsyaganda Exp. Mumbai  Netravati Express Mandovi Express Matsyagandha Express Janashatabdi Express Konkan Kanya Express Nagercoil  Gandhidham Nagercoil Express New Delhi  Emakulam Nizamuddin Mangala Ex Goa Sampark Kranti Express Rajdhani Express Kerala Sampark Kranti Express Okha  Okha Ernakulum Express Puna  Emakulam Pooma Express Trivandrum  Trivandrum Jodhpur Express Trivandrum Veraval Express Netravati Express Rajdhani Express Gandhidham Nagercoil Express

 

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Travel To Goa By Road

Travel To Goa By Road

Travel To Goa By Road

Goa is connected with all the major towns in India via the National Highways NH4A, NH17 and NH17A. In most places along the way, the highway roads are in excellent condition and motorable at fairly good speeds.

There are bus services operating from Goa to most towns and cities in neighbouring states, such as Mumbai, Pune, Belgaum, Hubli, Bangalore, Mangalore etc. at fairly regular intervals throughout the day.

These services are operated by the state owned Kadamba Transport Corporation (white and blue buses) as well as the respective transport corporations of the neighbouring states. Besides there are numerous private bus operators who provide all kinds of bus services from special to deluxe AC to sleeper coaches along these routes.

The bus services operate from the huge Kadamba bus stand at Panaji and from similar but much smaller bus stands in other Goan towns.

Most buses tend to arrive in Goa in the early hours of the morning. The departures are in the early afternoon as well as early evening.

The buses usually stop along the way for dinner and breakfast at roadside restaurants.

Ticket charges vary from Rs 250 to Rs 650, depending upon the distance, the season, the demand and the quality of bus service. A journey to Mumbai, takes around 12-16 hours.

The tickets can be obtained through recognised travel agents or the offices of the state transport corporations. The private buses usually depart from the Fort area and make stops at a number of places around Mumbai before leaving the city.

Ensure that you have your seat and the bus registration number, and confirm the exact time and place of departure with the travel agent, as these frequently vary between companies.

The drive down from Mumbai, if you are coming by car, is along the beautiful highway which hugs the Konkan coastline, with excellent scenic beauty and typical small towns and villages along the entire route. There are a few winding and steep routes (called ‘ghats’) across the mountain ranges which add to the charm of the journey.

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Travel to Goa by Air

Travel to Goa by Air

Travelling To Goa By Air

Goa is well connected by airline services to most major cities in India. All flights, national and international, to and from Goa, operate from the Goa Airport at Dabolim near the port town of Vasco-da-Gama.

The airport is about 30 kms from the capital city of Panaji and is owned by the Indian Navy. Major airline operators such as

Air India,  Jet Airways, Spice Jet,  Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Jet Lite & Indigo have flights carrying passengers and cargo in and out of Goa. Besides these, a number of chartered flights land in Goa from UK and other European countries. The national airline Air India also lands a few international flights, especially from the Gulf countries.  Besides  Air India,  Air Arabia and Qatar Airways also operate international flights to Goa.

Most of the local airlines have a contact phone number in the city as well as at the airport where the latest information about flight status is always available. The list of phone numbers is available in the travel services section of the website.

It is advisable to book your tickets well in advance, especially during the high peak tourist season of October to January when most flights run full. It is also essential to re-confirm your flight timings at least 24 hours before departure.

Most major international airlines usually have agreements with one or more of their domestic counterparts in India, so if you are arriving from abroad it is possible to book your onward domestic flight at the same time as you pay for your international ticket.

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