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How to reach Mysore

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Getting around in Mysore

By Train
Mysore Junction is the city's main station, and there are daily trains plying the route between Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Thanjavur as well as smaller and lesser known Indian cities.

The fastest and possibly the most comfortable way to travel between Mysore and Bangalore and Mysore and Chennai is on the Mysore-Chennai (via Bangalore) Shatabdi Express, which covers the Mysore-Bangalore leg of the journey in 2 hours and the Mysore-Chennai section in 7 hours. Although slightly more expensive than other trains, all the Shatabdi's coaches are air-conditioned and meals, snacks and a bottle of mineral water are included in the cost of the fare.

A one way ticket from Mysore to Bangalore on other express train would cost about 45 Indian Rupees. There are many trains available from Mysore to Bangalore and vice versa. Tippu Express being the famous one which covers the distance of 140Kms in about 2.5 hours.

By bus
Mysore has intra-city, inter-city and suburban public bus transportation.  Buses run every 5 minutes on the Bangalore route, and there is a choice of both A/C and non-A/C vehicles. During the weekends, these buses are often full, so it is advisable to reserve a seat in advance. The KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses are very comfortable, especially the Volvo (Luxury) buses. A one-way ticket from Bangalore to Mysore costs 180 Indian Rupees.

Mysore has two major bus stands. All KSRTC buses arrive and depart from the Central bus stand (Sub-urb bus stand), while local buses use the City bus stand.

It takes about 2.5 hours to reach Mysore from Bangalore by Volvo (Luxury) buses.

State highways 17, 33, 86, and 88 pass through Mysore connecting it to nearby cities. The existing four-lane road linking Mysore to Bangalore is being upgraded to a six-lane highway, thus significantly reducing the commute time. Mysore is the railway junction for the district, and rail lines connect Mysore city to Bangalore to the northeast via Mandya, the rail junction at Hassan to the northwest, and Chamarajanagar via Nanjangud to the southeast. The nearest airport is at Bangalore. The Mandkalli Airport, approximately 4 miles (6 km) from the city, is currently inoperative, although paragliding and, occasionally, aeroplane rides are offered at this location.

By car
Mysore and Bangalore have a direct road connection, but be warned about driving in India, which is especially dangerous at night because of speeding trucks. The 4 lane expressway between Bangalore and Mysore is now complete, and allows the 140 km journey to be covered in about 2.5 hours.

By plane
The nearest domestic and international airport is Bangalore airport (130km from Mysore)
Mysore Airport is currently non-operational.

Getting around in Mysore is cheaper than most Indian cities.

  • Auto Rickshaws - Usually go by the meter, there are also pre paid auto stands at the bus stands  Minimum fare is 14.00 Rs.

  • Tourist Cabs - Are the best choice in case you want to tour the city all day or visit nearby places.

  • Jhutka Gaadi - Jhutka Gaadis (Horse drawn carriages) Shahpasand Tongas  are available in Mysore.  One of the few remaining vestiges of the old pre-independance Mysore. A Jhutka stand exists in the railway station, bus stand etc. It is a feeling of Heritage Ride in Mysore, when the city is illuminated at the evenings.


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