Bangalore Transportation Tips for Visitors

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“Atithi Devo Bhava.” A Guest is equivalent to God.
Bangalore, or Bengaluru as it is officially called now, welcomes you, beloved Atithi, to our city and into our homes.

Bangaloreans are quiet, peace loving and accommodating by nature. As a long-time resident in this wonderful city of ours, it is my pleasure to share with you with these Bangalore transportation tips.
I’m sure you don’t really need any tips to download the UBER or OLA app and move around the city in a cab. That’s fine, but where is the adventure, and the thrill and intrigue of learning your way around a new city? I, for one, firmly believe that the best way to get to know a city better is to use its public transportation system.

Let me assure you at this point that your comfort and safety will never be compromised. My tips involve only the best of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s elite “Vajra” and “Vayu Vajra” services, and the existing routes of Namma Metro rail transportation services. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring our beautiful city.

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1. Vajra Routes -This service uses air-conditioned Volvo buses for its fleet. Given below is a list of bus routes with the names of the places covered.

Route No.FromDestinationVia
V.G-4Brigade RoadBannerghatta National ParkJohnson market, Dairy Circle, IIMB, Hulimavu, Meenakshi Temple.
V-195ShivajinagaraChandra LayoutIndian Express, Majestic, Rajajinagar, Vijayanagar.
V-215 HKempegowda Bus StationJambusavari DinneMaharani College, K.R Circle, Corporation, Basavanagudi, Jayanagar, J.P Nagar.
V-331 ACantt. Railway StationKadugodiMayo Hall, Domlur, Manipal Hospital, HAL, Whitefield.
V-335 EKempegowda Bus StationKadugodiRichmond Circle, Mayo Hall, Manipal Hospital, Marathahalli, Whitefield.
V-342 FKempegowda Bus StationSarjapuraK.R.Circle, St.Marthas Hospital, K.H.Road, Wilson Garden, Nimhans, Dairy Circle, Koramangala, WIPRO.
V-360 BKempegowda Bus StationAttibeleK.R.Circle, Shanthinagar, Wilson Garden, Koramangala, Madiwala, Bommanahalli, Electronic City.
UD-500 DHebbalaCentral Silk BoardManyata Tech Park, Kalyan Nagar, K.R.Puram, Bellandur, HSR Layout.
V-500 BCBEL CircleBanashankariHebbala, Manyata, Kalyan Nagar, K.R.Puram, HSR, Sangam Circle.
V-500 DFHebbalaITPLManyata, Kalyan Nagar, K.R.Puram, Garudachar Palya, SAP, Whitefield.
V-500 EHebbalaElectronic CityK.R.Puram, Bellandur, HSR, Bommanahalli, Singasandra, Infosys.
V-502 GYeshwanthpuraITPLSadashiva Nagar, Kasturi Nagar, K.R.Puram, Hoodi, Whitefield.
V-505Electronic CityITPLSingasandra, Bommanahalli, HSR, Sarjapur Cross, Marathahalli, SAP, Whitefield.
V-505 AC.V.Raman NagarElectronic CityDRDO, BEML Gate, Jeevan Bheema Nagar, Thippasandra, Indiranagar, Domlur, Koramangala, Madiwala, Central Silk Board.
2. Vayu Vajra Routes -An exclusive airport shuttle service originating from various part of the city which you can use as a supplement to the above.
Route No.FromVia
KIAS-4HAL Main GateIndiranagar, Thippasandra, Millers Road, Coles Park.
KIAS-4 AWhitefieldHAL, Indiranagar
KIAS-5BanashankariJayanagar, Richmond Circle, Wilson Garden, Guttahalli
KIAS-5 AJambusavari DinneWilson Garden, Guttahalli.
KIAS-7HSR LayoutDairy Circle, Jakkasandra, Richmond Circle, Wilson Garden, Guttahalli.
KIAS-7 AHSR LayoutJakkasandra, Domlur, Shivaji Nagar, Mayo Hall, Raj Bhavan.
KIAS-8Electronic CitySingasandra, Bommanahalli, Mahadevapura, Marathahalli, K.R.Puram.
KIAS-8 EWElectronic CityWIPRO Gate
KIAS-9Kempegowda Bus StationShivananda Store, Guttahalli.
KIAS-10Mysore Road Satellite Bus Stand.Magadi Road Toll Gate.
KIAS-!2BTM LayoutJ.P Nagara, Jayanagar, Ashoka Pillar, Wilson Garden, High Ground, Guttahalli

For more information on Vajra services, routes and timings,

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3. Namma Metro -A feather in the cap of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL).Phase-1 is partially operational now and expected to be fully operational in just a couple of weeks time. Here are the stations covered by the Green and Purple line of Phase-1.

Namma Metro Green Line:
5Peenya-26Yeshwantpur-17Yeshwantpur-28Sandal Soap Factory
9Mahalakshmi10Rajajinagar11Kuvempu Road12Srirampura
13Mantri Square14Kempegowda15Chickpete16K.R.Market
17National College18Lalbagh19Southend Circle20Jayanagar
21Rashtreeya Vidyalaya22Banashankari23J.P Nagar24Puttenahalli
Namma Metro Purple Line:
1Baiyappanahalli2Swami Vivekananda Road3Indiranagar4Halasuru
5Trinity6M.G.Road7Cubbon Park8Vidhana Souda
9Sir M.Visveshwaraya10Kempegowda11City Railway Station12Magadi Road

For more information about Namma Metro routes and station locations,
Conclusion:Though Bangalore doesn’t have a suburban train network like Chennai or Mumbai to support its transport system, due credit should be given to the innovative way urban development funds have been used to reform the city’s public transport system, making it one of the largest in India.
With the completion of Namma Metro Phase-1 around the corner, and Phase-2 by 2020, and with constant upgrades and maintenance of the existing network, Bangalore is well on its way to claiming the top public transport position in the country. 

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