When it’s ‘Goa calling’ and you have decided to ‘Go Goa’ then there should be no stopping you!
The tourist-friendly beach capital of India has umpteen numbers of options by which to reach it – by road, by rail, and by air.
Located 30 km from Panaji, near the port town of Vasco-da-Gama, is Goa’s main airport at Dabolim. Being the hot spot for both domestic and international tourists, Goa is very well connected to major cities in India and abroad. All major airline operators like Air India, Spice Jet, Go Air, Jet airways, and Indigo have flights to and from Goa. If you are located at a considerable distance, than flying to Goa is your most convenient option. If you are lucky enough, you might get a good discount in the frequent schemes and offers. It’s highly recommended to book your tickets well in advance, if you plan to go in the peak season (October to January).
The state has great connectivity from the Gulf countries, UK, Germany, and European countries as well, with scheduled flights from cities like Doha, Manchester, London, and Moscow.
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The major railway stations are Margao, Vasco-da-Gama, Karmali, and Thivim, all of which are well connected with major cities all across the country. If your destination is North Goa, specifically Calangute or Mapusa, the nearest station is Thivim, and if Panjim, then the convenient and nearest station is Karmali.
Konkan Railways has special Internet reservation facility, via credit card, for foreigners.
Some important and direct trains are from Ahmedabad, Ernakulam, Howrah, Gandhidham, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagercoil, Delhi, Pune, Trivandrum, Vijaywada, and Bangalore.
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Goa shares its border with Maharashtra and Karnataka. Most travelers from nearby cities prefer driving down by car, via the well-connected beautiful highways, enjoying the scenic Konkan coastline. The well-maintained national highways, connecting Goa to other major towns are NH4A, NH17, and NH17A.
Buses are another very popular means to reach Goa from across the neighboring states. Goa (KTC), Karnataka (KSRTC), and Maharashtra (MSRTC) state transport services and a lot of private transport companies like Neeta Tour and Travels, Naik Tours and Travels, Paulo Travels, Atmaram Bus, and GTA run frequent buses, ranging from the regular to special to deluxe AC to Volvo buses and sleeper coaches. Kadamba Bus stand at Panaji is the main bus stand. Most buses arrive in Goa early in the morning, so that you can easily utilize the day of arrival, and they depart in the early afternoon or evening. Ticket availability and charges may vary according to the season, so it’s advisable to book a confirmed seat well in advance and with proper enquiry.