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Transfer Options from Bangalore Airport to the City Centre

Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. In addition to being a major tech hub with vibrant nightlife, Bangalore is also known for its rich culture and is home to many of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. There is something for everyone in Bangalore, from ancient temples and palaces to sprawling parks and bustling shopping districts.

There are two transfer options from Bangalore airport to Bangalore city; taxi and bus. Taking a Bangalore airport taxi or private transfer is the quickest option as it takes just 50 minutes to reach the city centre. Alternatively, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus service is an excellent budget-friendly option, as it can cost as little as €1.49 (INR 120) for a one-way ticket. However, it can take up to 2 hours and 30 minutes from Bangalore airport to the city depending on your exact destination.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €22 50min 24/7
Bus €7.96 120min 00:30–23:55

How to get from Bangalore Airport to the city centre by taxi

Opting for a Bangalore Airport to city taxi service or private transfer is the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the city centre. The journey takes approximately 50 to 60 minutes depending on traffic, and it is a great option for passengers with heavy luggage.

Bangalore Airport to city taxi fare

The local services don’t offer a set fare for the journey. Your fare will be calculated using a taximeter based on the distance travelled, but you will also be charged based on other factors such as the time of day and whether you choose an air-conditioned vehicle or not. Having said that, the average cost of a taxi from Bangalore Airport to the city centre is usually around €22 (INR 1,800) during the day and €27 (INR 2,200) during the night.

Cost

€22 (INR 1,800)

Trip Duration

*Taxi fares are calculated using a taximeter and the price will be higher for night trips.

Convenience
Safety
Value For Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Kempegowda International Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis can be found outside the terminal building at the taxi lines, and they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Kempegowda International Bangalore Airport to the city centre is the quickest and most comfortable way to travel. Not only will your driver take you directly to your destination, wherever in the sprawling Bangalore city centre that may be, but you will also not have to carry your luggage through bus stations if you need to take multiple buses.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a taxi is faster and more convenient, if you are travelling light and not on a tight schedule, taking the bus from Bangalore airport to city centre will be a longer but more budget-friendly option.

Useful Tips

Tipping your taxi driver is entirely optional in Bangalore, unless you have hired them for the entire day.
Hiring an air-conditioned taxi will cost more.
There is a special taxi service for women with only women taxi drivers.

How to get from Bangalore Airport to the city centre by bus

The cheapest way to get from Bangalore Airport to Bangalore city centre is via bus. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) public bus service is also widely known as “Vayu Vajra”, and they have 12 routes from the airport to several destinations in the city. If there is not a direct route to your destination, many of the available routes go to the Kempegowda Bus Station, where you can catch a different bus to take you to your final stop.

How much is the bus from Bangalore Airport to city centre?

Bus fares from Bangalore Airport to the city centre vary depending on your exact destination, but they range from €1.49 (INR 120) to €3.98 (INR 320). You can get your ticket at one of the bus booths at Arrivals or directly from the driver.

Cost

€3.98 (INR 320)

Trip Duration

*Fares vary depending on your exact destination.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Bus frequency and availability depends solely on your exact destination in the city centre.

Where do I get the bus from?

The Vayu Vajra bus boarding point is located outside the terminal building, behind the bus station.

Convenience

Taking the bus is the most cost-effective way to get from Bangalore Airport to Bangalore city centre. Departure times depend on your destination, but usually, you will not have to wait long as most routes leave every 15 to 30 minutes. Most bus routes have regular departures throughout the night as well. However, the bus is the slowest transfer option, with travel times averaging over 2 hours.

Editor’s Note

The bus is the most inexpensive way to get from Bangalore Airport to Bangalore city centre. However, journey times are quite long and you may have to change buses to get to your exact destination, so if you're under a time constraint or carrying heavy luggage it might be more convenient to take a taxi.

Useful Tips

Vayu Vajra buses are air-conditioned and include accessible seating for wheelchair users.
There is ample luggage storage under the bus. However, if your luggage weighs over 15 kg, you may have to pay an extra fee of €0.60 (INR 50).
Most bus routes are available not only throughout the day but also throughout the night.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Bangalore airport to the city?

Local taxi services don’t offer a set-rate fare from Bangalore airport to Bangalore city centre. Instead, you will be charged based on several factors such as the distance to your destination, the time of day, and available air conditioning in the vehicle. If you prefer to know a set rate in advance, you may want to consider booking your Bangalore airport to city taxi through Welcome Pickups.

What is the distance from Bangalore airport to Bangalore city?

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport is located 40 km away from the city centre. To get there, it will take 50 minutes in a taxi or private transfer, or up to 2 hours and 30 minutes by bus depending on your exact destination and chosen bus route.

Where can I find the Bangalore airport to city bus timings?

The Bangalore airport to Bangalore city bus timetable is published on the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation website. There you’ll be able to see all the available bus routes and times based on your needs and exact destination.

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