Raipur's Swami Vivekananda Airport is located in Mana, 20 km south of the city. Several operators including Air India, Air Deccan, Indigo Airlines, Jet Airways, and Spicejet connect Raipur to major cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Lucknow, Visakhapatnam, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, and more.
You can easily get a taxi from outside the airport to take you to the city. Make sure to double check the taxi fares as taxi drivers tend to charge higher at airports.
The highways connecting Raipur to other cities are well maintained. A 300 km drive from Jagdalpur will take about 5 hours to reach Raipur. National Highway 26 is yet another highway that passes through Raipur and connects the city to Vishakhapatnam.
There are regular bus services – both private and government based – from Nagpur, Mandla, Sambalpur, Amravati, Ambikapur, and more.
Raipur Junction is the station that serves the city. It is considered amongst the highest earning stations in India due to its extensive connectivity to other parts of the country. Take an auto rickshaw or taxi from the station to get around the city.
The modes of transportation within the city include the auto rickshaws, public buses and cab services. Auto rickshaws are most often used for commuting within the city. They can be shared or private, and the cost differs accordingly. The public bus services are run by RCBL or Raipur City Bus Limited, the Raipur Municipal Corporation and the Raipur Nagar Nigam Transport Limited or RNNTL. With the development of Naya Raipur, a rapid bus system called the Naya Raipur-Raipur BRTS had been introduced for efficient and quick transport. Besides, one can also book a cab through the various private cab service providers for commuting within the city or travelling to the surrounding cities.
The autos, however, are the cheapest mode of transport. They are easy for short distance travel and are in many numbers catering to the large population of the city. But for long-distance travel, especially to surrounding cities of Durg, Bhatapara or Kharora the public and private bus travels are faster and more frequent. Trains are also available for travelling to the nearby cities as well as, other major cities of the country.
Naya Raipur also has a public cycle sharing system that encourages commuters to use cycles as a means of commute. Raipur however, is a congested city with frequent crowds and traffic jams during office hours. The crowds thin out and traffic eases after the peak hours.