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Bengaluru Airport

Bengaluru 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. There is no public bus service between the airport and central Bangalore yet, but the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) does offer a shuttle service called 'VayuVajra'. 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, Carzonet and Hertz.

Airport Taxis

The official airport taxis are operated by EasyCabs, Karnataka Taxi and Meru Cabs. The 40km (25-mile) drive into central Bangalore can take anything from 30 minutes to two hours depending on traffic. Taxis charge a INR80 flag fee, INR19.50 per kilometre, and a 10 percent charge for night fares between midnight and 6am.

Transfer between terminals

Facilities

ATMs and currency exchange facilities are located on the arrivals and departures floors. Porters are available for hire. Airline lounges have business facilities and 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. A pharmacy and clinic are located on site. Passengers travelling with infants can also make use of the baby care rooms. Information help desks are situated on the arrivals floor next to gate five, opposite Baskin Robbins and on the departures floor behind Café Coffee Day. Staff members speak English and some information brochures about Bengaluru are available. Bengaluru International Airport has a tax and duty free shop selling products such as alcohol, perfume, tobacco, cigarettes and cosmetics. Other shops at the airport include an electronics shop, Shoppers Stop (a popular Indian department store), and more stores selling books, magazines, music and accessories. The range of eating options at the airport is limited. Time Out Bar, and Game Kebabs & Beer are the only bars available at the airport. There are a couple of coffee bars including Illy and the Indian favourite known as Café Coffee Day. Other options include an Indian restaurant, a Subway, Baskin Robbins, and a Pizza Hut. Restaurants and cafes are located in the public section as well as in the domestic and international departures halls. Passengers wanting the real taste of India can nip out to the street stalls located near the taxi stands at the airport.

Parking

Budget parking is INR90 for the first four hours, and INR45 per subsequent hour up to INR300 for the first day and INR200 per day thereafter. Premium parking is INR90 for the first two hours, and INR45 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 wi-fi internet access 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.