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.
The nearest major entry point to Goa from different parts of the world is Mumbai International Airport or Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Mumbai being the major city is easily accessible to Goa via flights, railways, and roadways.
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 km 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 the commute from the airport. Otherwise, pre-paid taxi is a good option.
There are connected International flights between Mumbai and Goa. Therefore, while booking your flight tickets to Goa, you can choose the one which stops at Mumbai Airport so that you can take your TVOA (Travel visa on arrival) and then further move to Goa in the same one.
Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport
Tentative return flight prices to Goa from major cities in India:
|Starting City||Return price (approximate)|
|Mumbai||₹ 4,922 Non-stop|
|New Delhi||₹ 7,903 Non-stop|
|Bengaluru||₹ 3,432 Non-stop|
|Hyderabad||₹ 5,314 Non-stop|
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.
It takes 10h 20 minutes for you to reach Goa from International Terminal of Mumbai Airport. You can take a private taxi or a Volvo to reach your destination.
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.
If you are flying to Mumbai so that you get your TVOA, you can also book tickets for the train in order to commute between Mumbai and Goa. To name a few: Ganpati Special, Mandovi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express, and Mangalore Express
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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 till late night. Also, there are no Ola and Uber services available in Goa. You could rent a motorcycle or a scooter if you have a valid license. The rent starts at INR 300 per day per bike like Honda Activa or around INR 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. Cars cost approximately 900 - 1300 per day. 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.
Here are some tips that will help you rent a vehicle safely and responsibly:
You will be required to submit your ID Proof like PAN Card or Aadhar Card to the dealer. Keep your Driving License with you.
Make sure to ask for the bike documents. You may need them if you?re stopped by the police and are asked for the registration.
Testing the Vehicle
1. Before renting the bike, be sure to look for any previous damages and inform the renter of them.
2. Do a test run and drive the vehicle for a while to make sure that it works fine. Ask the renter for a helmet if you're renting a bike.
3. These vehicles very rarely have fuel in them, so make sure you go to a petrol pump right away after renting.
4. Take the renters information and contact details so that you can reach them if there is some trouble with the vehicle.
5. Return the vehicle on time. If you're late there are chances that the renter may charge you more money.
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|Route Name||Distance||Time||More Information|
|Bangalore to Goa||557 km||8 hours 45 mins||View Details|
|Mumbai to Goa||583 km||9 hours 49 mins||View Details|
|Hyderabad to Goa||637 km||12 hours 30 mins||View Details|
|Delhi to Goa||1,876 km||1 day 7 hours||View Details|
|Chennai to Goa||910 km||13 hours 59 mins||View Details|
|Ahmedabad to Goa||1,096 km||17 hours 38 mins||View Details|
|Pune to Goa||440 km||7 hours 49 mins||View Details|
|Karwar to Goa||85.4 km||2 hours 4 mins||View Details|
|Kolkata to Goa||2,118 km||1 day 12 hours||View Details|
|Mahabaleshwar to Goa||388 km||7 hours 7 mins||View Details|
|Jaipur to Goa||1,608 km||1 day 3 hours||View Details|
|Agra to Goa||1,785 km||1 day 6 hours||View Details|
|Ernakulam to Goa||765 km||17 hours 39 mins||View Details|
|Varanasi to Goa||1,860 km||1 day 11 hours||View Details|
|Lonavala to Goa||500 km||8 hours 25 mins||View Details|
|Amritsar to Goa||2,208 km||1 day 13 hours||View Details|
|Udaipur to Goa||1,326 km||21 hours 11 mins||View Details|
|Chandigarh to Goa||2,127 km||1 day 10 hours||View Details|
|Jodhpur to Goa||1,549 km||1 day 0 hours||View Details|
|Coorg to Goa||501 km||10 hours 19 mins||View Details|
|Gurgaon to Goa||1,838 km||1 day 7 hours||View Details|
|Alleppey to Goa||819 km||18 hours 49 mins||View Details|
|Munnar to Goa||1,040 km||16 hours 54 mins||View Details|
|Jaisalmer to Goa||1,631 km||1 day 3 hours||View Details|
|Shimla to Goa||2,226 km||1 day 13 hours||View Details|
|Srinagar to Goa||2,721 km||1 day 21 hours||View Details|
|Wayanad to Goa||609 km||12 hours 52 mins||View Details|
|Manali to Goa||2,419 km||1 day 17 hours||View Details|