The first thing you need to do whenever you land in any city is - to find a way to get to your hotel/accomodation from airport. Most of the times, one has to arrange their own transfer. At Bangalore Airport, this becomes particularly painful as the airport is quite far from the city. The below options are available currently for transfer to/from the airport.
- The cheapest option is always to opt for public transport ,(i.e) Volvo buses. However, they are not so convenient during night times and also when one has luggage or there are multiple travellers. And, if your drop-off or pick up location is not close to bus-stop, it is not a option at all! But the pricing of these buses is about 70-80% cheaper than the private taxis. Also these buses cover most of the known points in the city. The counter for these buses is just outside the airport terminal. Once can just walk from the terminal to the bus booking counter.
- The second option is to hire a radio-taxi like Merucabs (080-44224422) and Easycabs (080-43434343). (Beware a current scam at the airport where someone makes an approach at Arrivals bearing a tatty 'Meru' company card, and ushers towards an unmarked car in the parking lot - they can be very insistent, hurrying towards the car before there is time to think it through properly, especially after a long flight).
- The last option is booking a pre-arranged airport transfer through an online portal. There are quite a few in this sector -www.bookcab.in (080-30003000) , getmecab.com, taxiforsure.com , www.taxiguide.in etc. As the prices are not dependent on metre-reading, one need not worry that he is being cheated! Also, there are lot of vehicles to choose from. So, if in a bigger group, one can opt to book a vehicle with more seating capacity.In case you want to book a cab for outstation trip, you can book your cab online on any of these sites
- General Caution should be practiced like any other big city around the world. For Solo Women travellers, it would make sense to call the Host / Hotel immediately after boarding the Cab announcing the Registration Number of the vehicle and expected time of arrival.
There are plans by the government to start metro and high speed rail link to the airport, its still in theplanning stage - no work has started yet.