How to reach Goa
Goa can be reached by flights, by train, and by the many buses connecting the state with cities in India (primarily Mumbai Mangalore and Bangalore). If you are traveling from Mumbai or Pune, car travel would provide you a journey through he breathtaking scenery of Konkan area. Travel from Mangalore to Goa is through Konkan rail and you can see its breath taking scenery and Doodh sagar.
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Goa By Train
Goa has two rail lines—one run by the South Western Railway and the other by the Konkan Railway. Indian Railways connects Goa with direct train services from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Kochi, Kolkata, Thiruvanantapuram, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. The destination station is usually Madgaon in South Goa. Travelling to Goa by train is a real pleasure as the route passes through greenery and many tunnels. Goa is also connected to Pune via Belgaum Miraj line, A railway station which most tourists tend to miss is Thivim, which is served by most trains and is just 20 minutes away from Calangute beach by taxi.
For budget travellers, this is the cheapest option, apart from being faster and much more comfortable than travelling by road. It is advisable for tourists to make reservations well in advance as the major trains (Konkan Kanya, Nethravati express etc.) are usually heavily booked.
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Goa by Road
Goa By Bus
One can easily reach Goa by bus as there are several bus routes (services) from various cities to Goa. Goa is connected with all the major towns in India via the National Highways NH4A, NH17 and NH17A. In most places along the way, the highway roads are in excellent condition and motorable at fairly good speeds. There are bus services operating from Goa to most towns and cities in neighbouring states, such as Mumbai, Pune, Belgaum, Hubli, Bangalore, Mangalore etc. at fairly regular intervals throughout the day.
Major bus services operate from Mumbai and Pune to Goa, but with increasing tourists from south India, there has been an increase in buses and trains from Mangalore and Bangalore. Check more details on Goa KTC Bus Services.
These services are operated by the state owned Kadamba Transport Corporation (white and blue buses) as well as the respective transport corporations of the neighbouring states. Besides there are numerous private bus operators who provide all kinds of bus services from special to deluxe AC to sleeper coaches along these routes.
Ticket charges vary from Rs 250 to Rs 650, depending upon the distance, the season, the demand and the quality of bus service. A journey to Mumbai, takes around 12-16 hours. The tickets can be obtained through recognised travel agents or the offices of the state transport corporations. The private buses usually depart from the Fort area and make stops at a number of places around Mumbai before leaving the city.
Goa By Car
Travelling to Goa by Car is mostly preferred by tourists coming from Mumbai or Pune and some cities in south India. Reaching by Car or Taxi to Goa is an amazing experience. You can check the Goa distance chart if want to come to Goa by Car.
Goa By Sea Route
In the sixties and seventies, there was actually a pair of steamers which used to ply between Panaji and Mumbai, carrying loads of passengers on a charming journey along the Konkan coastline.
A catamaran service was started by Damania Shipping in 1994, between Mumbai and Goa, using a beautiful Scandinavian-built vessel, with aeroplane-style reclining seats. The trip from Mumbai used to take seven hours to reach Panaji. The catamaran too, travelled around 40 km offshore, giving travellers a glimpse of the palm-fringed Konkan coast.
However the sea route service is no longer available from June 2004 onwards.