Bus booking can be quite a hassle if you physically had to go to the state transport office or the local bus depot to make buy your tickets. The long queues and the risk of high exposure in times of the pandemic forces one to make an online bus booking instead. Enter Yatra where purchasing bus tickets is easy as a pie. Yatra’s vast repository of bus routes serving up some of the best state-owned and private operators in the market, offering a range of fleet from which you can choose and do a price compare and check their schedule before closing your online bus ticket booking. Yatra’s smart filters, its range of bus schedule and fleet and a deep-rooted network across the country that connect some of the tier 1 cities with tier 2 and 3 and so on. But more importantly, to make your travel budget friendly, Yatra has a range of on-going bus offers that come with flat discounts as well as eCash redemption offers on your bus booking. Among top reasons to book with Yatra is its inventory of more than 100,000 routes, the availability of road transport buses, attractive discounts and a chance to earn and burn your eCash.
If it is bus booking offers you are scouting for, you are going to find plenty on Yatra. At any time of the year you will come across exciting discounts and promo code offers encouraging you to seal your bus booking. This includes long weekend, festive season as well as high-season offers that typically come with a coupon code and an attractive flat discount on your bus booking. From year-end sale to eCash redemption opportunities, there are some deals that let you avail up to 16% off on your bus booking on applying the promo code YTBUS.
Yatra’s Bus search console is an extremely user-friendly one.
Among some of the widely chosen options are the non-AC seater/sleeper (2+1), AC seater/sleeper (2+1), Bharat Benz AC seater/sleeper (2+1), Multi-axle AC sleeper, Volvo AC Multi-axle semi-sleeper (2+2) to name few. Typically, the Volvo AC buses whether semi-sleeper or seater/sleeper come with comfortable reclining chairs, drinking water bottle, blankets, pillows, mobile charging points, reading lights, personal screen to catch a movie, Wi-Fi. The regular non-AC buses come with no such frills, they simply have comfortable seats on which you can sit through your journey. There are buses available depending on your budget, to travel in more comfort and luxury one would opt for a Volvo Multi-axle AC semi-sleeper or a Multi-axle AC sleeper bus which comes with more amenities.Bus Cancellation Policy
In case you have booked a bus and wish to cancel it, the cancellation charges apply. For any cancellations done between 0 to 3 hours of bus departure time entitles you to no refund. For cancellations done between 3 to 12 hours of bus starting time too entitles you to no refund. For cancellations done between 12 to 24 hours of bus departure time, you can claim 50% of the amount paid. For cancellations done between 24 to 72 hours of bus departure time, you can claim a 70% refund. For cancellations done between 72 to 168 hours ahead of bus departure, you can claim an 80% refund and for all cancellations done 168 hours ahead of bus start time entitles you to a 90% refund.Smart Filters
You can now conduct a more thorough and effective search for buses on Yatra with the help of its really savy filters. The moment you zero in on a route, to do a search you are offered elaborate filters to fine tune your search so that you land more specific results. You can select a bus type whether AC seater, non-AC seater, AC sleeper, non-AC sleeper, AC semi-sleeper, non AC semi-sleeper. Further, you can pick a suitable departure and arrival time by selecting whether you prefer an early or late arrival/departure. You can then go on to select your boarding and drop off points and finally select your preferred bus operators. By applying filters you get a more refined search, and it ultimately helps you zero in on your chosen bus better.Bus Routes Online
Yatra has a rich network of bus routes connecting every major city with their tier 2 and 3 neighbours and also providing wider connectivity between two big destinations such as Mumbai to Goa, Bangalore to Goa or Delhi to Jaipur and Chennai to Trichy. You also have a great bus connectivity from the capital to popular hill stations like Nainital, Mussoorie, Manali among others. You can enter your starting destination, then your onward destination and conduct a search to check the connectivity on that route and the number of buses available for your dates. And no better way to get information on the various bus routes than by browsing them online.Top State Road Bus Operators
Among the 10 bus government-owned bus transport corporations of India comprise Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC), Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), Telengana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), among a host of others. These are among India’s largest network of road transport system with millions of people relying on them to get them from one point to another everyday. These buses are known for their timely service and frequency.Top Private Bus Operators
Among the top 15 private bus operators of India are the Chennai-headquartered Parveen Travels who were among the first owners of the Mercedes Benz Multi-axle buses in the country. Among other names are VRL Travels of Karnataka, SRS Travels too from Karnataka with its fleet of Multi-axle Volvo and Scania buses, Prasanna Travels of Maharashtra, Orange Travels from Andhra Pradesh, Kallada Travels that predominantly operates in the four southern states, Jabbar Travels again running across South India and Maharashtra, Jeppiaar Travels, a popular travel company based out of Tamil Nadu, Neeta Travels specialising in North India, Hans Travels, a leading player in Central India, SRM Travels, SVR Travels majorly offering service between Shirdi and Hyderabad, KPN Travels operating all over South India, Paulo Travels based out of Goa and serving popular routes like Pune to Goa, Mumbai to Goa, and Hyderabad to Goa, and Kaleswari Travels based out of Hyderabad. These bus operators are known for their extensive network and range of fleet that caters to every budget.Top Bus Routes in India
While making a bus booking online, it is imperative you find bus routes corresponding to your travel. Some bus routes are more popular than the others because of the frequency of buses available on those routes, and the sheer number of people that book them. Some extremely well-traversed bus routes in India include Amritsar to Chandigarh, Bangalore to Goa, Hyderabad to Bangalore, Delhi to Manali, Jaipur to Delhi, Kolkata to Digha, Gandhinagar to Rajkot, Bangalore to Chennai to name a few. You will find some of the best bus operators on this route. Among state service providers, the most reliable ones include Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC). Prasanna Purple Travels operating across Maharashtra, Orange Travels in the south, SRS Travels in Karnataka, Hans Travels in central India, and Neeta Travels in north India are among the top private operators with a great fleet of Volvo AC sleeper, Volvo AC seater, Volvo Multi-axel semi-sleeper, and AC seater and AC sleeper coaches.Bus Route Enquiry
You can always enquire about the route your bus will be taking for a better understanding of the time taken to reach the final destination. This will also help you navigate the heavy traffic pockets with better preparedness, and in some cases enjoy the stunning scenery. By knowing the bus route, you can plan your meal breaks depending on where the bus stops, if the place has a lavatory, whether you would be driving over a winding hilly road or simply bad city roads. The bus route pretty much makes up for a good or bad bus experience. For instance, Mumbai to Goa bus route via NH 4 is very scenic and passes through Lonavala, then Pune before circling the Western Ghats and entering Goa through Mapusa. Another example is of the Delhi to Nainital bus journey that takes the Ghaziabad route, crosses Gajraula that is halfway between Delhi and Nainital, where you find all your eating joints just off the highway. Most buses pull up here for a quick stopover and for its passengers to use the lavatory facilities.Bus schedules in India
Most overnight journeys begin late in the evening and bring you to your destination in the morning. Like most Delhi to Nainital, Delhi to Manali or Delhi to Mussoorie buses begin after 08:00 pm and bring you to your respective hill station by 07:00 am or 08:00 am. A longer bus journey like the Mumbai to Goa or Bangalore to Goa starts by 04:00 pm traversing through an array of boarding points scattered across the city, and brings you to Goa next morning by 09:00 am. Bus schedules are subject to the duration of the journey and the route taken by the bus. Usually long distance buses begin late evening so that they can cover more ground in the sparse traffic of the night, bringing you to your destination early next morning.Bus Directory
If you simply wish to go through the buses of every possible route, open Yatra’s Bus landing page. Here you have information in an alphabetical order on all possible bus routes in India which runs into thousands. Starting with an Ayodhya to Agra, Etawah to Delhi, Noida to Patna, Wayanad to Ernakulam, to Zirakpur to Delhi, you have every small or big town in the country covered through a network of Volvo and other AC buses.Top Pilgrimage Bus Routes
Among the most popular annual pilgrimages are Shirdi, Rameshwaram, and Tirupati. To Shirdi, there is an extensive network of buses from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Vadodara, Nashik, Mumbai and Pune, Buses from Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai take pilgrims to Tirupati on a regular basis just as buses from Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, and Vellore do to Rameshwaram. There are several other pilgrimages across the country that are connected with subsequent tier 1 and 2 cities through an efficient bus network. As is the case with most pilgrimage buses, you are offered a round trip service that includes a stay of one or two nights in the pilgrimage city, and daily breakfast in most cases.COVID-19 Precautions Taken by Bus Operators
While several routes might still be non-functional, majority of them have opened up but with precautions to ensure the safety of the staff as well as the passengers. In light of the pandemic, bus operators whether state-owned or private have put together some measures in place. Some of these include:
Take precautions and safely make your bus booking with Yatra.