The 585 kilometres between Bangalore’s Kempegowda bus stand and Goa’s Panjim bus stand is filled with fascinating coastal scenery, the best that Konkan can offer. Unfortunately, the approximately 13-hour bus ride kicks off between late evening to night and by the time you wake up, you have already arrived into the county’s numero uno beach getaway. However, early risers can see the stunning coastal towns of Ankola, Karwar and Canacona pass in the faint light of the dawn, and brace themselves for the expansive beach scenery that awaits them in Goa. The bus connectivity between Bangalore and Goa is wonderful. From Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses to private operators, you will be spoilt for choice.
Bus Services from Bangalore to Goa
Wondering how to reach Goa? You could easily opt for the more economic and definitely more comfortable bus journey to get you to India’s beach capital. The bus ride takes anywhere between 11.5 to 14 hours departing from Kempegowda bus stand (Majestic) at around 07:30 pm and arriving at Panjim bus stand at 08:30 am. There are a few fleets that depart 09:00 pm or 10:30 pm bringing you into Panjim/Mapusa around 10:00 am or 10:30 am. Most buses take one to two rest stops before dropping you at your destination. Aside from KSRTC Volvo AC Sleeper, Volvo AC seater and sleeper, there are Volvos and other non-AC coaches operated by the private operators. For travelling from Bangalore to Goa by road, the Goa state-owned Kadamba Trans Corporation Ltd (5595) is a good bet. It operates Volvo AC seater buses with departure from Majestic and a drop off at Panjim in 12.5 hours. The cost of a one way ticket on this bus is INR 700.
Bangalore to Goa Bus Boarding Points
In order to cover the Bangalore to Goa distance by bus, you can choose one of the two KSRTC buses. The first one leaves at 07:30 pm from Bangalore and arrives into Goa at 08:00 am, while the second one departs at 08:30 pm from Bangalore, bringing you into Panjim by 09:00 am. Both the buses depart from Kempegowda bus stand (Majestic) with not much flexibility in picking a more convenient boarding point. However, if you have signed up with a private operator, you are options are aplenty. Some of them include:
● BTM Layout
● HAL main gate
● Richmond Circle
● 8th Mile Parle G toll
● Tumkur bypass
Your pickup time will vary with your pickup location. Pick up from Banashankari can be expected around 05:45 pm, Indiranagar at 07:45 pm, and Yeswanthpur at 09:30 pm.
Bangalore to Goa Bus Drop Points
The bus drop points begin with Canacona in South Goa at approximately 08:00 am. Incidentally, the Canacona district is known for the Palolem beach with a lush green island jutting out of the sea and a mangrove estuary branching out of it. The other drop points include Madgaon, Panjim and Mapusa.
Volvo Bus from Bangalore to Goa
Fleets of Volvo buses ply between Bangalore and Goa. KSRTC runs its fleet of Volvo, Volvo City, Volvo Multi Axle, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz Multi Axle, Corona sleeper in AC and non-AC categories, and is reputed for its timeliness, cleanliness of the coaches and behaviour of the staff. Even private operators run a range of comfortable coaches on this route, from Volvo AC Multi Axle Sleeper, Volvo AC Multi Axle Semi Sleeper to AC sleeper to non-AC seater/sleeper. Some popular names on this route other than the state-operated KSRTC are Seabird Tourists, SRS Travels, Paulo Travels, VRL Travels. The only advantage with a private bus operator is it gives you the flexibility of choosing from multiple pickup locations. Though drop point for all buses mostly remain as Mapusa or Panjim bus stand. Aboard a Bangalore to Goa Volvo, you can expect facilities like live tracking of bus, charging point, personal television screen, water bottle, reading light, blankets, pillow, not to mention, central air-conditioning. Outside of the Volvo AC from Bangalore to Goa, there are a few operators like Orange Tours & Travels that runs without a stop and provides a snack on-board as well as facial tissues, newspaper in addition to the standard Volvo amenities.
Bangalore to Goa Volvo Package
If a weekend break from Bangalore to Goa is on your mind, think no further than booking a Volvo package that includes return Volvo tickets, pick up from Majestic and other prominent bus stations in Bangalore with a drop off at the Panjim bus stand, hotel stay for two nights in Goa including breakfast and dinner and a half day sightseeing excursion in Goa. The itinerary can be extended to up to 5 days or more depending on the operator and the time you have on your hands. In a Volvo package you always journey overnight about 14 hours in a Volvo bus from Bangalore to Goa, and vice versa. The hotel of stay is a 3 star hotel in Goa property giving you access to its swimming pool and gymnasium.
Bangalore to Goa Bus Fare
Bus fares start from INR 500 and can go up to INR 1000 or INR 1200 depending on the category of bus you have booked and the facilities available on such a fleet. The Hyderabad to Goa bus ticket price changes with the availability of seats and how ahead it has been booked. In order to avoid paying more, it is wiser to book at least a couple of weeks ahead of your date of journey to be able to select the seat of your convenience and even get a competitive fare. However, a decent Volvo AC Multi Axle sleeper bus comes for approximately INR 900 per person one way.
Bangalore to Goa Bus Time Table
If you are taking a KSRTC bus, then your pick up will be at 07:30 pm from Kempegowda bus stand (Majestic) and drop off at 08:00 am in Panjim bus stand. There is a second Volvo coach that departs at 08:30 pm from the same point and drops you off in Panjim at 9:00 am. The Bangalore to Goa bus timings for private operators are more flexible with a variety of pickup locations across the city. For instance, if your pick up is from Banashankari you need to report at 05:45 pm, HAL pickup is at 07:30 pm, Yeshwanthpur pick up is at 09:30 pm. The last pick up in Bangalore happens at 10:45 pm. You will arrive into Canacona at 08:00 am, Margao at 08:45 am, Panjim at 09:30 am and Mapusa at 10:00 am.
Bangalore to Goa Bus Route
Your KSRTC bus from Bangalore will take the NH4 followed by NH63 and NH17. The Bangalore to Goa route comprises traversing through the heart of the Konkan region and across Yellerpur, Ankola, Karwar before reaching Canacona early in the day and then Margao and Panjim. Ankola for instance is a tiny coastal hillside town with its own beach and set of legends. Karwar too is known for its beaches like the Rabindranath Tagore beach with its many diving spots and the Tilmati beach visited for its black sand. The scenery you will pass on this journey is stunning, but you won’t be able to make much of it in the dark of the night. Canacona onward you can experience the breathtaking coastal setting of the Konkan belt first-hand. The buses take about one to two stopovers in the course of the journey. First time at Hotel Kaanthis at 11:30 pm, and second time at Jai Hind Hotel on the Mumbai Highway at around 12:00 am. Buses with one stop often take a 20 minute break at Kamat Upchar at about 02:15 am. In case you have skipped your dinner, you could grab a dosa at the Kamat hotel there.
Bangalore to Goa Bus Travel Time
The Bangalore to Goa distance can be covered at the earliest in 11 hours and 45 minutes. It can take a maximum of 14 hours and 20 minutes to reach Goa factoring in the rest stops. An average bus, depending on your pickup point, takes between 12.5 to 13 hours to cover the distance from Bangalore to Panjim in Goa.
Bangalore to Goa Bus Booking
In order to get better seats and a better fare you are advised to book about a week or 10 days ahead of your travel date. To book Bangalore to Goa bus, open the Yatra website, and enter the Bus section. There you need to enter the starting and onward destination as well as the date of journey on the search box. Next page will prompt you all the available buses along with their operator name, the duration of the journey, the starting and ending time, cost of the trip and number of available seats. You can even use the filters on the left-hand side to narrow down your search. You have the option to choose the price range, the operator name, type of bus and preferred operators. Once you have found the bus of your choice, select seat. Go through the seating plan and pick the seats and then select your pick up point. You will be provided with your reporting time and the cost of the journey. Enter passenger details, head to the payment gateway and confirm your booking. Your e-ticket will be mailed to your id.
Restaurants on the Bangalore to Goa Bus Route
The two stops your bus makes on the Bangalore to Goa route is at Jai Hind Hotel, Hotel Kaanthis or Kamat Upchar. At all these places you can order a quick snack like idli, dosa and sambhar, or vada sambhar. They do have rice-based dishes as well. You can order an early breakfast at one of these places and then get going with your trip. At any rate, you will be in Goa latest by 09:00 am, and can grab a bite locally.
Hotels in Goa
In Goa, lodge and board options abound. You have here the choicest of budget hotels, star hotels, boutique to themed resorts, sprawling homestays, guesthouses, and service apartments by the popular beaches with grand ocean views. Among the top properties, you can pick from The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort in Baga, Taj Fort Aguada, Cidade de Goa in Panjim, The Zuri White Sands in Varca, W Goa in Vagator, Alila Diwa in Majorda, and Goa Marriott Resort & Spa in Panjim. If you are travelling on a shoestring, then look up Atlanta Beach Resort on Calangute, Dreams Palms Beach Resort in Bardez, Palacete Rodrigues in Anjuna among others.
Beaches of Goa
Life in Goa revolves around the beaches. It is on the beaches that the shacks crowd, there are a lot of aqua sports centres, and you get a sample of the general milieu. In the north, you must visit the Sinquerim beach for its setting with the ramparts of Fort Aguada extending into the sea on one end, the coconut groves that are found on the hilltop leading to the beach. Head further north to the Candolim beach and feast on some calamari fry and beer at a shack and watch a beautiful sunset over the sea. The Calangute beach and Baga stretches are the busiest and have a throbbing nightlife. The hippie-haven Anjuna is known for its rave parties. The beach is a rocky one and extremely scenic. In the south, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Palolem are among the beaches you shouldn’t miss for the scenery, the water sports and the quality of sand.
FAQ - Bus Ticket Booking from Bangalore to Goa
Q. How do I get to Goa by bus from Bangalore?
A: There are nearly 67 direct bus plying between Bangalore to Ooty. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Goa from Bangalore is 10h : 45m.
Q. When does the first bus depart from Bangalore to Goa?
A: The first bus leaves from Bangalore to Goa at 18:00 hours. It is a AC, sleeper (2+1) bus run by Hamsa Tour and Travels.
Q. When does the last bus depart from Bangalore to Goa?
A: The last bus leaves from Bangalore to Goa at 23:30 hours. It is a AC, volvo multi axle B11R semi sleeper (2+2) run by Seabird Tourists.
Q. What are popular bus operators on Bangalore to Goa bus route?
A: Top bus operator on Bangalore to Goa routes are KSRTC, KPN Travels, Sea Bird Tourist, VRL Travels, Sugama Tourist, and Shyamala Travels etc.
Q. How much time it takes to travel by bus from Bangalore to Goa?
A: Approximately it will take 12:10 hours to reach Bangalore to Goa by bus.
Q. What is Bangalore to Ooty bus ticket fare in Sugama Tourists Bus?
A: The bus ticket price from Bangalore to Goa for an air-conditioned, seater-sleeper (2+1) bus by Sugama Tourists is INR 1110.
Q. What is the tourist season in Goa?
A: Late October to February and early March is the high season in Goa when the temperatures are considerably moderate, and the nights are pleasant. It is at this time that the nightlife and the shacks come up in full swing, the expat tourists also prefer this season to visit Goa. The Christmas and New Years is a great time to ring in with your family and friends, and Goa acquires a renewed spirit at this time of the year. From restaurants, cafes, pubs to water activities, you will be spoilt for choice. Do consider the fact that hotel tariffs go up considerably in this season, so be precocious and book well in advance.
Q. Which are the top five restaurants in Goa?
A: The Black Sheep Bistro in Panjim known for serving world cuisine with locally grown and sourced ingredients. Thalassa on Vagator for its Greek food and sweeping sea views. Copperleaf Restaurant in Alto Porvorim for multi-cuisine and quick bites, Spice Goa on Mapusa for local Goan cuisine, and Pousada by the Beach, a waterside restaurant on Calangute known for its fresh seafood offering.
Q. What all is Goa known for?
A: Goa apart from its many beaches is known for its stunning baroque churches such as the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi with its wealth of frescoes, great sunset viewpoints, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Panjim, a sunset boat ride on the Mandovi River. Goa is famous for its cafes, bistros, breakfast joints by the beach and of course nightlife. Parasailing is a popular water activity in Goa. And not to mention, if you are visiting in monsoon you can experience the four-tiered Dudhsagar Falls in all its glory.