Getting Around Goa
on your Goa Holiday
Getting Around Goa
Once you are in Goa, you will get many easy & cheap local transports to visit popular places in Goa.
Also you will get advantage to learn more about Goa culture & communities while exploring Goa.
Getting around Goa by Bus
With only short distances to cover and the relaxed approach of the local people, bus travel in Goa is a cheap and enjoyable way to get around. Unless you're in a hurry or have a lot of luggage, the bus costs a fraction of a taxi fare, and you will probably meet a few friendly people along the way. If you're traveling between major centres, eg. Panaji to Margao or Panaji to Mapusa, take an express service. For a few extra rupees you are guaranteed a seat and you won't stop at every other house en route.
For travel between the northern beaches and southern beaches you'll generally have to change buses at one or more of the major centres - for instance, if you're going from Anjuna to Palolem, you'll have to catch a bus to Mapusa or Panaji, another to Margao and third to Palolem.
Getting around Goa by Train
Goa has two railways. The South Central Railway has its terminus in Morgmugao (past Vasco da Gama) and runs due east, through Margao and into Karnataka. This line is often used by tourists who want to day-trip to the Dudhsagar Falls in the east of the state, as well as by travellers heading towards Hampi in Karnataka (the nearest station is at Hospet).
The Konkan Railway runs from Mumbai (Bombay) to Mangalore (in Karnataka) through Goa. It's unlikely that you'll use the train much for travel within Goa but it may be useful if you're planning to travel from one end of the state to the other, i.e., Arambol (Harmal) to Palolem, which would otherwise require at least three changes by bus. In the north the stations of Pernem and Thivim (Mapusa Road) are not particularly convenient for the beaches, but in the south, Canacona station is only 3km from Palolem Beach.
Getting around Goa by Motorcycle
Getting around Goa by motorcycle is almost important, especially around the northern beaches where packs of travellers are looking for some action. You only need to look at the sea of motorcycles parked behind the Wednesday Anjuna Flea Market, or standing along the lane.
Foreigner riding a rented local motorbike in Goa...
If you plan to spend most of your time lying on the beach you may have little use for a motorcycle, but if you want to move around a bit, follow the parties, check out the scenes and restaurants at different beaches or head inland for the day, you'll soon find it's a hassle without your own transport. The freedom that a motorcycle affords is hard to beat.
Getting around Goa by Car
Few visitors to Goa bother to rent a self-drive car on a Goa Holiday. Given the crazy driving conditions, and the fact that you're likely to spend a large amount of time on the beach anyway, it's easier to hire a car and driver when required. What's more, hiring a car with driver for a day is actually cheaper than hiring a self-drive vehicle.
Renting a Car
Finding a car and driver for hire is certainly not going to be a problem in the main towns or beach resorts - touts and drivers will invariably approach you. If you'd prefer to rent through a business, head to any travel agency.
Getting around Goa by Autorickshaw
If you are travelling a short distance, then autorickshaw is the best option. You can take auto rickshaw from airport, bus stands or railway stations. Even auto rickshaws are available in shopping markets, beaches and also on various places in and around Goa.
Autorickshaws stand at Panaji Bus Station...
Auto rickshaw is cheaper than a taxi and generally a better option for getting around Goa. Many Autos will have space on backside of seat to keep your bags or belongings. So before leaving Auto take care of your belongings.
Getting around Goa by Bicycle
Whether riding around the beach resorts, exploring the back lanes of Goa's coastal villages, or embarking on a more ambitious multiday ride into the interior, Goa is small enough to make getting around by bike a viable and enjoyable option for your Goa Holiday.
Goa offers plenty of variety for a bicycle tourist, with relatively smooth-surfaced high-ways, rocky dirt tracks, coastal routes through coconut palms and winding country roads through spice plantations, rural villages and ancient temples.
Hope you got all information about local transports to explore Goa.
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