With over 2 million tourists coming in every year, Goa has to be well connected and accessible. Goa is easily accessible by road, rail and air. Being such a popular holiday destination, there are various alternative commute options to reach here.
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A road trip to Goa is also a great option. Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune are some popular places people drive down from. There are three national highways which pass through the state - NH 4A, NH 17, NH 17A. The roads are good and the view is amazing, making the drive worth it. You can hire a cab or if you are going in a group with multiple experienced drivers, you can take your own car. Apart from the fuel/cab charges, you will have to pay the toll tax.
Goa International airport is located at Dabolim, ~30 kms away from Panjim. Multiple domestic airlines provide daily flights from major cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad. Most international flights to Goa arrive via Mumbai. In case your hotel offers free pickups, you don't need to worry about commute from the airport. Otherwise, pre-paid taxi is generally a good option.
Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport
Several luxury and budget buses run from major cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, New Delhi to Goa. State run bus service, Kadamba Transport is also a good option. Other state bus services - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh - also have daily buses going to Goa. Various private players also run buses connecting many cities to Goa. For comfortable rides, super deluxe AC and Volvo buses would be the better options. These would generally cost between Rs 1500 - Rs 2500 depending on the distance and type of bus.
Goa has six railway stations. Most people usually get down at Madgaon or Vasco-da-Gama in South Goa and Thivim in North Goa. The train ride to Goa is worth the journey just for the view. The picturesque scenery of the Konkan region makes for an amazing sight. Train is also the cheapest option apart from being fast and comfortable.
Beaches in Goa are far apart and it stretches more than 100 km from north to south. Bus connectivity is good for popular areas of Goa and fares are low and still gives you a great view of the city. But buses are not a great option if you are looking for beach hopping or going to hang around til late night. You could rent a motorcycle or a scooter if you have a valid license. The rent starts from 250 per day per bike like Honda Activa or around 400 per day for Royal Enfield bikes. This excludes petrol costs. Riding on bikes is the most popular way of commuting in Goa for young tourists, including foreigners. You can also hire a cab, with or without a chauffeur to roam around. It starts from Rs.1000 per day for a simple hatchback. However, finding parking spots close to all beaches could be a problem whereas bikes give you the flexibility of going pretty close to the beach to park.
|Important Routes||Time Taken||Distance|
|Hyderabad to Goa||12 hours 30 mins||637 km|
|Gurgaon to Goa||1 day 7 hours||1,838 km|
|Karwar to Goa||2 hours 4 mins||85.4 km|
|Agra to Goa||1 day 6 hours||1,785 km|
|Ernakulam to Goa||17 hours 39 mins||765 km|
|Alleppey to Goa||18 hours 49 mins||819 km|
|Varanasi to Goa||1 day 11 hours||1,860 km|
|Munnar to Goa||16 hours 54 mins||1,040 km|
|Lonavala to Goa||8 hours 25 mins||500 km|
|Amritsar to Goa||1 day 13 hours||2,208 km|
|Jaisalmer to Goa||1 day 3 hours||1,631 km|
|Kolkata to Goa||1 day 12 hours||2,118 km|
|Udaipur to Goa||21 hours 11 mins||1,326 km|
|Chandigarh to Goa||1 day 10 hours||2,127 km|
|Chennai to Goa||13 hours 59 mins||910 km|
|Jodhpur to Goa||1 day 0 hours||1,549 km|
|Shimla to Goa||1 day 13 hours||2,226 km|
|Delhi to Goa||1 day 7 hours||1,876 km|
|Mahabaleshwar to Goa||7 hours 7 mins||388 km|
|Bangalore to Goa||8 hours 45 mins||557 km|
|Srinagar to Goa||1 day 21 hours||2,721 km|
|Ahmedabad to Goa||17 hours 38 mins||1,096 km|
|Pune to Goa||7 hours 49 mins||440 km|
|Jaipur to Goa||1 day 3 hours||1,608 km|
|Coorg to Goa||10 hours 19 mins||501 km|
|Wayanad to Goa||12 hours 52 mins||609 km|
|Manali to Goa||1 day 17 hours||2,419 km|
|Mumbai to Goa||9 hours 49 mins||583 km|