TO GOA

By Air:

There are countless direct flights that connect other parts of India with Goa. If you are an international  passenger you can get direct connecting flights from major cities like Mumbai ( Chhtrapati Shivaji International Airport ) and Delhi ( Indira Gandhi International Airport ). Goa also has certain international flights that land straight into Goa.

Budget airlines including Spice Jet, Jet Konnect, Go Air, Kingfisher, Indigo all have daily flights to and from Goa.

Premium airlines with operational flights Jet Airways and Air India.

By Rail:

The Konkan railway is the main railway line that passes through Goa. There is a daily direct train from Mumbai­Goa called the Konkan Kanya. It is advisable to make your bookings at the railway station itself, but you can try booking online as well. There are different classes you can opt for within train travel that include broadly, AC and NON­AC, and two­tier or three­tier seats.

Although the main station in Goa is Madgaon, in South Goa, there are also others namely, Karmali which is close to Old Goa and Panjim, Thivim which is close to Mapusa, Pernem which is close to Arambol and Cancona which is close to Palolem.

By Road:

Bus travel is an inexpensive way to travel to and from Goa. There is the government bus service called Kadamba that has services to Bengaluru, Mumbai and other neighboring cities. You can also opt for private buses, which are many.

Goa has three main bus stations; Panjim, Mapusa and Margao. Any local travel agency will be able to help you book tickets on any of these buses and most routes have a number of buses plying daily.

AROUND GOA

Taxi cabs:

The most commonly used form of transport to travel distances in Goa is by taxi. According to the distance covered you will have to negotiate a price, either for the trip or on a per ­day basis.

Ferry:

Ferries ply at different points along the Mandovi river to connect islands like Divar and Chorao to the mainland. Pedestrians ride free of cost but vehicles have to pay a charge of Rs. 10. These ply all day till 12:30 at night after which you have to pay a premium charge to avail of the services.

Motor Pilots:

Motor pilots are the bike version of taxis and are a mode of transport peculiar to Goa. You do not find this type of transport anywhere else in India. If you are traveling alone, and need to get from point A to B, this is a good choice.

Rickshaw:

Although rickshaws are not as readily available in Goa as they are in other Indian cities, they are around. You will find rickshaw stands scattered around each city in Goa. The capacity is just three people to a rickshaw so it makes sense only if you are a small group. Every rickshaw has a meter according to which they have to charge you.

Hired cars and bikes:

You can hire a car or bike for yourself once you’re in the state to facilitate easy travel. Two­ wheelers are also easy to get your hands on. You can hire them for a per day charge of about Rs. 200.