Goa Transport

How To Reach Goa

By Air

Goa is well connected with major national and international tourist destinations through regular and frequent flights. The tourists can board a flight to their desired destination from the Dabolim Airport in Goa near Vasco town. A number of chartered flights connect Goa to United Kingdom and other European countries. Air India operates international flights for the destinations in Gulf countries too.

By Rail

Goa is having excellent railway tracks now connecting it to the major metro cities of Maharashtra (Mumbai and Pune) and India. The Konkan railways has reduced the time duration of the journey to Goa and provided link with other tourist destinations in India like Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

By Road

The road network of Goa connects it with the major cities in India like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore etc. through the National Highways (NH-4A, NH-17 and NH-17A). The regular and frequent bus services whether state owned (run by the Kadamba Transport Corporation) or the private owned or run by the transport corporations of the neighbouring states; operate on these routes connecting Mumbai, Pune, Belgaum, Hubli, Bangalore, Mangalore etc. with Goa. The tourists can get a range of buses from economic, sleeper coaches to deluxe AC buses.

By Sea

A number of Ship Cruises are available between Mumbai and Panaji covering the entire Konkan coastline. The cruise offers the tourists a close view of palm-fringed Konkan coast. A new cruise has started since Dec. 2003 that plies thrice a week from Mumbai to Panaji, unavailable during monsoons on account of rough and violent sea.

Local Transport in Goa

The major modes of transport available in Goa for a local sightseeing or travel tour are: bus, car, motorcycle, auto-rickshaw and ferry. The motorbikes, moped, scooters and bicycles can be hired on daily basis and are available on the beaches as well as the city area.

By Bus

The motorable and smooth roads in Goa provide an easy access to all the tourist places in Goa. The buses are operated by the state and private corporations and are frequently available from almost all the major tourist places and locations within Goa.

By Car

Both self and chauffer driven cars are available on rent for a local tour of Goa. The other reasonable option is the tourist taxis available near the airport, hotels and resorts, and the taxi stands in Goa.

By Motorcycle

The mode of transport unique in Goa is the yellow motorcycle taxi, also known also known as the 'pilot'. It is the fastest and the most economic option for the local tour of Goa.

By Auto Rickshaw

These three wheeled vehicles, run by the metres, charge per kilometer of the whole journey by the tourists. They are available near the airport, bus stand, railway station and also have their independent Auto Rickshaw stand.

By Ferry

Despite the presence of bridges, the local ferryboats help the tourists to cross the rivers separating the tourist destinations in Goa. The ferry carries people as well as vehicles from one shore to another shore and operates at the popular river crossings like Divar to Narve, Old Goa to Divar Island, Querim to Tiracol, and Cavelossim to Assolna. A special ferry operates from Panaji to Betim across the Mandovi river.

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