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How to get from Cochin Airport to Ernakulam City Centre

Cochin city centre, also called Ernakulam, is located 27 km away from Cochin airport. The stunning city boasts white-sand beaches, beautiful islands, heritage museums, and a wide selection of fascinating attractions. Ernakulam is also famed for ancient Hindu temples, churches, synagogues and mosques.

So when visiting this wondrous city, you have two transportation options to get from Cochin airport to Ernakulam; you can take a taxi or choose a combined bus and metro trip. Taking a Cochin airport taxi or private shuttle is the easiest and most reliable travel option, as taxis provide 24/7 door-to-door transportation, getting you to your Ernakulam hotel in under 1 hour. For travellers on a budget, the alternative is to take a combined trip – starting with a bus to the Aluva metro station, then taking a metro to Ernakulam city centre, all in 1 hour 20 minutes, excluding waiting times.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €5.50 min 24/7
Bus & Metro €2.40 80min 07:50–19:30

How to get from Cochin airport to Ernakulam city centre by taxi

Taxis and private transfers are a great way to travel from Cochin International Airport, as they are affordable and a safe option, providing 24/7 door-to-door services. The distance from Ernakulam to Cochin airport is 27 km which takes 55 minutes to reach.

Taxi fare from Cochin Airport to Ernakulam

Taxis in Cochin calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. It is good to know that there are no price differences for day, night, or weekend trips.

You can expect to pay €5.50 (INR 450) for your Ernakulam to Cochin airport taxi fare and for the opposite direction too.

Nevertheless, if you wish to travel with a safe and reliable transfer company at a fixed price, you can pre-book your Cochin airport to city centre transfer with Welcome Pickups.


€5.50 (INR 450)

Trip Duration

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Cochin International Airport

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can find the official Cochin International Airport taxi ranks outside the domestic and international terminals. Please note that you will have to use the prepaid taxi counters before getting into a taxi.


Choosing to take a taxi is always the best way to travel, especially in India where taxi prices are cheap. Taxis provide 24/7 door-to-door services in the safety and comfort of a private vehicle.

Editor’s Note

It is important to know that you will need to use the prepaid taxi vending machines to purchase your taxi ride. These can be found at both Cochin airport's domestic and international terminals.

Useful Tips

Taxi drivers in Cochin do not expect a tip; however, it is always appreciated. Most leave a 10% tip.
Cochin taxi drivers are known to offer fixed prices, but they tend to overcharge. Getting your taxi through the airport's prepaid ticket machine is essential.
Any tolls along the way are payable by the customer and added to your end taxi fare.

How to get from Cochin airport to Ernakulam city centre by bus

Unfortunately, there is no direct Cochin public transportation route from the airport to Ernakulam. You will have to get a bus from Cochin International Airport to Aluva metro station, which takes 25 minutes, then get a metro to Ernakulam station, which takes 55 minutes – bringing the total travel time to 1 hour 20 minutes, not including any wait times.

How much is a ticket from Cochin International Airport to Ernakulam city centre?

A one-way bus ticket from Cochin airport to Aluva costs €0.60 (INR 50), and the metro ticket from Aluva to Ernakulam also costs €0.60 (INR 50), bringing the total price to €1.20 (INR 100).


€1.20 (INR 100)

Trip Duration

The Feeder bus operates every 40 minutes and the metro operates every 8 minutes.

Value for Money

The airport bus is available daily from 07:50 to 19:30. The metro to Ernakulam is available from 06:00 to 22:00.

Where do I get the bus and metro from?

You can find the Airport Feeder bus at the bus stand at Cochin International Airport. Once in Aluva, head down into the subway to Platform 2, where you will find metro Line 1 towards Ernakulam.


Although a great cost-savvy option for travellers on a budget, taking the combined bus and metro option can be stressful, especially if you are travelling with children and heavy luggage.

Moreover, if you are travelling late at night or very early in the morning, you will have to find another way to get to your Ernakulam hotel.

Editor’s Note

Two direct buses head directly to Ernakulam twice a day, No. JNK1 leaves at 20:05, and bus No. JNK14 leaves at 20:50.

Useful Tips

Please note that both the bus and the metro times are subject to change, so it’s advised to always check the updated timetables closer to your travel date.
Be aware of pickpockets, especially if you are travelling during peak hours.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the Ernakulam to Cochin airport distance?

The distance between both areas is 27 km, and the Ernakulam to Cochin airport taxi fare costs €5.50 (INR 450) for the 55-minute journey.

Where is the Cochin airport to Ernakulam bus stand located?

You can find the Airport Feeder bus at the bus stand at Cochin International Airport, right outside the Arrivals Terminal.

How can I reach Ernakulam from Cochin International Airport?

There are two travel options from Cochin airport to Ernakulam; you can take a taxi or private shuttle, taking just 55 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a combined bus and metro journey, which takes 1 hour 20 minutes.

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