The most convenient way of travelling to Rourkela is by train, as it is connected to most parts of the country by super fast trains. It does not have its own airport and the nearest airport is located in Ranchi, 250 km away. If you wish to travel by road, you can get to Rourkela from Bhubaneshwar. The state has good and well-developed roadways.
The nearest airport is Ranchi, it is 250kms away from the town, Rourkela also has its own airstrip but it mostly used by the officials of SAIL.
Nearest Airport: Birsa Munda Airport (IXR)
- 127 kms from Rourkela
Tentative return flight prices to Birsa Munda Airport (IXR) from major cities in India.
There are regular busses which run from Bhubaneswar and nearby cities, the road journey is pleasant and easy to drive.
Rourkela station is well connected to most parts of the country. The Rourkela Junction railway station is a part of the Howrah-Mumbai line under the South-Eastern Railway system with a total of 5 platforms. Important trains from here include Dhanbad Bhubaneswar Garib Rath Express, Rourkela - Jammu Tawi Express, Rourkela - Gunupur Rajya Rani Express, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Tatanagar Antyodaya Express and Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express.
There are regular buses which run from Bhubaneswar and nearby cities to Rourkela, and the road journey is generally a pleasant and easy drive. Buses run by the Orissa State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) provide convenient options for travel within the city and are well connected to important tourist destinations.
To commute within the city autos and buses are the two most popular mediums of transport. Autos are cheap and easily available. Taxis and rental cabs are also convenient modes of transport. However, app-based services such as Ola, Uber or Meru cabs are not yet available in Rourkela.