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Bengaluru Airport

Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)

Overview

Bengaluru International Airport is the revamped gateway to southern India, and is a conspicuously modern and impressive facility. It is situated 25 miles (40km) from central Bangalore. The airport is also one of the top five busiest airports in India, and its air-conditioned terminal building provides welcome relief to sun-soaked travellers traversing the subcontinent. Local low-cost carriers Kingfisher Airlines, Deccan Aviation and Blue Dart Aviation all use Bengaluru International Airport as a hub. Over 20 international carriers offer flights to Bengaluru International Airport from major cities in North America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Bengaluru International Airport is a gateway to the 'Silicon Valley of India', as well as many other must-visit Indian destinations such as the backwaters of Kerala, the mystical charms of Mysore and the hedonistic beaches of Goa.

Location

The airport is located in Devanahalli, 18 miles (29km) north of downtown Bangalore

Getting to the city

A high-speed rail link between the airport and the city has been planned for the airport, but unfortunately it is not yet in operation. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) offers a shuttle service called 'VayuVajra' which opperates 24 hours a day. The most current BMTC fares, routes and schedules are displayed in the arrivals hall just before the exit.

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 (0)80 6678 2425/3366, Flight Enquiry Line: +91 (0)80 6678 2251/2255

Car rental

Driving on the often-chaotic roads of India is not recommended and it is better to rent a car with a driver who knows the roads and the rules of the road. Rental operators are located in the arrivals part of the airport. Operators at the airport include Akbar Travels and Carzonrent.

Airport Taxis

The official airport taxis are operated by EasyCabs, Karnataka Taxi and Meru Cabs. The 250-mile (40km) drive into central Bangalore can take anything from 30 minutes to two hours depending on traffic. Taxis charge a INR 80 flag fee, INR 19.50 per kilometre, and a 10 percent charge for night fares between midnight and 6am.

Facilities

ATMs and currency exchange facilities are available. Porters are available for hire. Airline lounges have business facilities and internet access. Passengers travelling with infants can also make use of the baby care rooms. There is a duty free shop and a number of other shops as well as a varied range of eating options and bars.

Parking

Budget parking is INR 90 for the first four hours, and INR 45 per subsequent hour, up to INR 300 for the first day and INR 200 per day thereafter. Premium parking is INR 90 for the first two hours, and INR 45 per hour thereafter.

Departure Tax

All outbound passengers are charged a User Development Fee (UDF) of INR 970.09 (for international flights), and INR 235.72 (for domestic flights).

Website

www.bengaluruairport.com

Airlines

You can book cheap flights to Bengaluru International Airport from most major cities such as Bangkok, London, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Doha Singapore and Frankfurt. Flights from North America generally fly via Europe, the Middle East or air hubs in China and the Far East. Airlines that fly to Bengaluru International Airport include Air China, Air India, Air Asia, British Airways, IndiGo, Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Silk Air. Bengaluru is also a major destination for low-cost carriers such as Kingfisher Airlines, Deccan Aviation and Blue Dart Aviation.

Internet

Free wifi is available throughout the airport.

Business Lounges

Airline lounges have business facilities such as faxing and photocopying, as well as internet access. The airport itself does not have a conference facility yet. Hotels with conference facilities located within 10km (6 miles) of the airport include Clarks Exotica Hotel and the Royal Orchard Resort & Convention Centre.


Bengaluru Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.