Public transport in Bangalore

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BMTC AC Volvo Buses

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which oversees the public bus transport system in the city, runs air-conditioned low-floor and regular buses across various destinations.

Volvo Buses: This is the most preferred and comfortable travel option in the city. The only drawback is that they are deployed in adequate numbers only on certain routes like Airport Road, ITPL in Whitefield, Electronics City, and Outer Ring Road. Most of the air-conditioned low-floor buses in the city are of Volvo B7R make. A handful of Tata Marcopolo ply in select routes. If you know your travel time before hand and are familiar with the routes, then these buses take you fresh across the city.

Regular Buses: The cheapest way to move around the city, but not recommended if you're fuzzy about all sorts of people brushing past and over you. Avoidable especially during the peak hours of 9:30am-11:00am and 5:30pm-8:30pm. The bright green coloured BIG10 and Suvarna services are probably a bit more comfortable than the older buses.

Passes: Daily and monthly passes are available for regular and Volvo services.

Bus stops: There is no uniform signage or design for the bus stops, but shelters are common. Also, you can ask anyone where the nearest bus stop is.

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Autorickshaws

Autos (as they are usually called) are three-wheeled low-powered contraptions which can usually zip comfortably across traffic and through all narrow by-lanes carrying up to 3 passengers. Note that autos do not have windows and hence you get a feel of the Bangalore air.

Catching an auto: You either get an auto from the nearby autorikshaw stands or you hail it. On hailing, auto drivers usually slow down, you shout out the destination and they decide whether it's worth for them to pick you up. So, don't get frustrated if half a dozen autos slow and zoom by. EasyAuto is a new phone-based service where you call +91 9844112233 to have an auto sent to your location.

Fares: Meters are mandatory and rates are prescribed by the Regional Transport Officer. Insist on using them immediately as you enter. Otherwise agree on a fare with the driver. Usually 50% of fare is charged additionally before day break and after 9:30 pm. It is also common to demand additional return charges for distances far from city centre and less inhabited. Also, fares are usually rounded to the nearest 5 Rs.

RTO Prescribed Fares (3 passengers)

  • Minimum Fare/First 2 kms: INR 14
  • For every additional kilometer: INR 7
  • Additional night charges between 10pm-5am: 50% of total fare
  • Waiting charges: No charge for first 5 minutes. INR 1 for every additional 5 minutes or part thereof.
  • Luggage charges (Max: 50kgs): No charge for first 20 kgs. INR 2 for every additional 20 kgs or part thereof

When to use an auto: If you are in a hurry to go anywhere or if you're travel is ad-hoc like unplanned shopping.

Grievances & Complaints: Send email to address given at the RTO Grievances Page

City taxis or Cabs (A/C and non-A/C)

Privately operated city taxis (also called call taxis or cabs) are available in Bangalore. Recommended for safe and comfortable journeys. Preferred by a lot of people because they are hassle-free (compared to autos) and are proper cars.

Fares for Air-conditioned Taxis:

  • Minimum Fare/First 4 kms: INR 60
  • For every additional kilometre: INR 15
  • Night time (10pm-6am) additional charge: 50% of fare
  • Waiting: No charge for 1st 20 minutes, INR 10 for each additional 15 minutes or part
  • Luggage Charges: No charge for 1st 30 kgs, INR 5 for each additional 20 kilograms or part

Fares for non-AC taxis

  • Minimum Fare/First 4 kms: INR 50
  • For every additional kilometre: INR 12
  • Night time (10pm-6am) additional charge: 50% of fare
  • Waiting: No charge for 1st 20 minutes, INR 10 for each additional 15 minutes or part
  • Luggage Charges: No charge for 1st 120 kgs, INR 5 for each additional 20 kilograms or part

Source: From RTO prescribed fares for air-conditioned cabs and non A/C cabs.

Operators: Some of the leading operators are:

Bangalore Metro

The Metro rail system operated by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRC) is under construction. The first line section between Baiyappanahalli and MG Road is expected to be
commissioned in December 2010.

Long Distance Travel

Handling an accident

Read Bangalore Police Guidelines in case of an accident.

Important Phone Numbers

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