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Trivandrum Airport

Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)

Overview

Trivandrum International Airport is the principle airport for passengers flying to Kerala province in India, although it also serves as a transit point for flights destined to Sri Lanka, the Middle East and the Maldives. It is a relatively small airport just under four miles (6km) from Thiruvananthapuram (previously known as Trivandrum).

Trivandrum International Airport is not an ideal airport as queues are generally long and service isn't that efficient. However, the recently built international terminal boasts both wifi and air-conditioning.

Location

3.7 miles (6km) from Thiruvananthapuram

Getting to the city

Train: There is no train or subway service to Trivandrum Airport. There are train connections in Thiruvananthapuram to other cities in India.

Bus: There is a city bus service from Trivandrum into Thiruvananthapuram. KSRTC Bus No. 14 runs from outside the International Terminal to the city bus terminal at East Fort, near the Padmanabhaswamy temple. The trip takes about half an hour and costs INR 10. KSRTC buses run to other cities fairly regularly as well, but with no real timetable.

Several hotels in the Thiruvananthapuram area offer private shuttles for guests, including Hotel Pankaj, Leela Kempinski, Taj Green Cove, Hotel Uday Samudra, and Hotel Samundra.

Taxi: There is a prepaid taxi desk in the baggage claim area with fares listed to various destinations. To get the advertised fare, collect a coupon from the desk and give it to the driver along with your money. An average fare to the centre of Thiruvananthapuram is about INR 210. The prices listed are for non-air-conditioned cabs; air-conditioned taxis will cost about 50% more.

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 471 2500 283

Car rental

There are no internationally-recognised companies that have car hire offices at Trivandrum, but there are many local companies represented. Most companies provide a driver with the car as driving in India is notoriously difficult and unpleasant. In order to rent a car, you will need to provide your local driver's licence along with your International Drivers' Permit.

Airport Taxis

There are taxis available outside the airport terminal.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are close enough together for you to walk from one to the other.

Facilities

Money and communications: Bank, currency exchange, post office, and internet kiosks.

Luggage: There is a lost and found office in International Terminal, and free baggage trolleys are available for use in the airport.

Conference and business: There are no business or conference facilities at Trivandrum, but there is internet available in the International Terminal, which has a Business Class lounge.

Other facilities: Amenities at Trivandrum include medical facilities, dormitories, wheelchairs, child care facilities, phone-charging points, and free local calls.

Wi-Fi: No reliable information on wi-fi access is available.

Information: There are information desks located in all three terminals.

Shopping: There is duty-free shopping in the International Terminal with the usual selection of alcohol, cigarettes and perfume. Other shopping opportunities are slim but you can find books, small gifts and souvenirs and mobile phones in both terminals.

Food and Drink: There are a couple of nondescript restaurants and cafes in each terminal, and kiosks selling snacks and soft drinks.

Parking

Parking at Trivandrum Airport costs INR 60 for up to four hours. Long-term parking is also available.

Departure Tax

There is a new (March 2011) user fee of Rs. 575, for international passengers departing from Trivandrum

Website

airportsindia.org.in

Airlines

Flights to Trivandrum International Airport can be booked on Tiger Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines, Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Oman Air, Emirates, Air Asia, Air Arabia and Air India.

Internet

Wifi is reputed to be available in the International Terminal.

Business Lounges

The International Terminal houses a Business Class lounge, but otherwise no conference or business facilities are available.


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