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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)

Overview

Formerly known as simply Dum Dum Airport, Kolkata's main airport is now saddled with the long-winded name Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (but locals refer to it as just Kolkata Airport).

The airport is located 11 miles (17km) outside of downtown Kolkata, and is a basic facility with only a few shops and restaurants to keep passengers entertained. The real fun at Kolkata Airport is to be had in people-watching, with a diverse mix of eastern and western passengers running about the terminal. Passengers may also stroll around and admire the writings of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, which are inscribed on the walls of the terminal.

Seeing nearly 10 million passengers each year, the airport tends to be a bit crowded, however renovations are underway, along with the addition of a fourth terminal that will hopefully relieve the congestion.

Location

The airport is located 17km (11 miles), or 60 minutes drive, from the city centre

Getting to the city

Train: NSCBI Airport is linked to the Kolkata Suburban Railway system via the junction at nearby Dum Dum, three miles (5km) away. Trains leave for surrounding areas every 10- 15 minutes at peak times and every hour off-peak. There is a station at the airport itself, but as trains run infrequently, it might be quicker and easier to take a taxi to the station at Dum Dum and move on from there. From Dum Dum, you can also catch the underground Kolkata Metro train to surrounding areas.

Taxi: The airport offers a pre-paid car hailing service, whereby metered yellow cabs, Radio cabs, Mega cabs and Kolkata cabs can be availed on your behalf. A trip to the city takes 30- 40 minutes at best and up to two hours in heavy traffic. It'll cost about INR 400 to get into town.

Bus: Air-conditioned Volvo buses travel between the airport and city every 10- 15 minutes from early morning to around 10pm. They also travel to the station at Dum Dum.

Time

Local time is UTC/GMT +5.5 hours

Contacts

+91 (0)33 2511 9977, +91 (0)33 511 8787

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Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)

Overview

The primary airport for India's capital and largest city, Indira Gandhi International Airport is located 10 miles (16km) southwest of New Delhi. The busiest airport in India, the facility was named for former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Processing 30 million passengers each year, Indira Gandhi International Airport has had a major upgrade with the brand-new Terminal 3 opening in 2010. Formerly a dirty and crowded facility, the new terminal has plenty of shopping and dining opportunities for passengers. Friendly staff members are ready to assist in making gate transfers and finding transportation into New Delhi.

Flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport are available from many destinations worldwide, including London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Mauritius, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and many destinations across the Asian subcontinent. Several low-cost airlines offer cheap flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport, and it's a base for ten Indian airlines, including jet Airways and Air India.

Location

The airport is located 12 miles (20km) south of Delhi.

Getting to the city

Train: The airport express Delhi Metro line connects the airport to central New Delhi. It operates from Terminal 3 between 5am and 11pm. Trains run at 20-minute intervals. The INR 80 tickets can be bought from the automatic ticket machines or at a manned counter.

Taxis: New Delhi's airport is well known for scams related to taxis and taxi fares. Passengers are advised to take a prepaid official airport taxi rather than trying to negotiate a fare with unofficial taxis outside the airport. The official airport taxi companies are Easy Cabs, Mega Cabs and Meru Cabs. Taxis fares into New Delhi vary, depending on which part of the city you're heading to, but fares are all calculated at a rate of INR 20 per kilometre during normal hours and INR 25 per kilometre between 11pm and 5am.

Bus: Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses run every 30 minutes between the airport and central Delhi's Interstate Bus Terminal and Connaught Place. The buses can be found at the 'staging area' near Terminal 3 and opposite the Centaur Hotel. The free DIAL shuttle runs between the staging area and the terminal every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. Bus fares from the airport cost between INR 25 and INR 100, depending on your destination. Concessions are available for parents buying tickets for their kids.

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 (0)11 329 6535, +91 (0)11 565 2011, IGIA Customer Care Line: +91 (0)12 4337 6000, Managing Director: +91 (0)25 696579

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Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM)

Overview

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, often referred to simply as Mumbai Airport (and formerly known as Sahar International Airport), is the second-busiest airport in southern Asia.

Processing roughly 29 million passengers each year, Mumbai Airport is made up of two main terminals, with an additional five sub-terminals. Terminal 1 handles domestic flights, while Terminal 2 is reserved for international flights. Transferring between the two takes 15-20 minutes via a free shuttle service that departs every 20 minutes.

Mumbai Airport can be chaotic, with long queues and confusing signage, but the airport is undergoing a number of renovations that will merge the terminals and smooth operations throughout the facility.

Flights to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport come in from all over the world, including Paris, Abu Dhabi, London, Singapore, Mauritius, Tokyo, Amseterdam, Cairo, Atlanta, Bangkok, New York, Frankfurt, Brisbane, Johannesburg and Istanbul; there are also a number of domestic routes to destinations within India.

Location

The airport is located 18 miles (29km) north of Mumbai.

Getting to the city

Taxi: Taxis are the only form of transport offering direct transfers to the city. Choose a prepaid taxi over a metered one as metered taxi drivers are notorious for travelling longer routes to destinations in order to rack up the meter reading. Do not pay more than RS 450-600 for a prepaid taxi, the amount of which will take you past central Mumbai to Colaba, the city's main tourist hub.

Train: Commuting via railway is the fastest way to travel in Mumbai. The Mumbai Suburban Railway Network consists of three lines, namely the Western, Central and Harbour Lines; all of which connect to various parts of the city. The closest station to CSIA's Domestic Terminal 1 is called Vile Parle, which is located in Santa Cruz, while the nearest station to International Terminal 2 is Andheri, located in Sahar. Both stations may be reached via a quick bus or taxi trip from CSIA. A one-way second-class ticket is about RS 9 and a first-class ticket costs around RS 76.

Bus: Buses travel between CSIA and nearby railway stations Vile Parle and Andheri. Catch route no. 312 in Domestic Terminal 1 and no. 321 in International Terminal 2.

Auto Rickshaw: Auto Rickshaws are only licensed to operate in the western suburbs beyond Bandra, and in the central suburbs passed Sion. They are available at Domestic Terminal 1. The minimum fare is RS 11 for 1.2miles (2 km), after which the meter clocks RS 6.50 for each additional 0.6 miles (1 km).

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 (0)22 2615 6500, Terminal 1: +91 (0)22 2615 6600, Terminal 2: +91 (0)22 2682 9000

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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

Devanahalli, 18 miles (29km) north of downtown Bangalore

Getting to the city

Train: 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.

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 Rs.60 flag fee, Rs.15 per kilometre and Rs.10/15 minutes waiting charge.

Bus: 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

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Kochi International Airport (Formerly Cochin) (COK)

Location

15 miles (25km) north of Nedumbassery. The drive takes from 45mins to an hour.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available outside the main terminal and there are pre-paid taxi desks in the arrivals halls of both terminals. The KSRTC bus stops outside the departures terminal and buses go to a number of areas throughout Kerala. There is no train station at the airport, however the railway line from Kanyakumari to Delhi is adjacent to the airport between Alwaye and Angamaly Railway Stations.

Time

+5.5.

Contacts

+91 (0)484 261 0115

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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

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Dabolim Goa International Airport (GOI)

Overview

Also known as Dabolim Airport, Goa International Airport is the only airport in the state of Goa, providing a gateway to the exotic beaches and spectacular temples of India.

Situated 2.5 miles (4km) from the village of Dabolim, the airport offers 30-40 flights per day, most of which are domestic routes to other cities in India. There are some international flights to Goa International Airport however, with routes to cities like Moscow, Amsterdam, London, Doha, Frankfurt and Zurich.

The airport's two terminals offer a small selection of restaurants and shops, including some decent souvenir shops. Queues can be long in peak periods, so passengers should allow plenty of time for checking in.

Location

The airport is located 18 miles (about 29km) southwest of Panaji

Getting to the city

Train: The airport has a train station 1km from the terminals. The Indian Rail line goes to Margoa, about 45 minutes away, as well as to Vasco da Gama, about 2 miles (4km) from the airport.

Bus: There are public buses that leave from just outside the airport terminal every half hour. They go to Panjim, Mapusa, Ponda and Margoa, and cost Rs. 14-20. Public buses also go to the nearby city of Vasco da Gama. There is also a stop at the closer Chicalim bus stop, about 0.93 miles (1.5km) from the airport.

Taxi: Pre-paid taxis are available outside the terminal building. It'll cost about Rs. 350-475 to get to Panaji city centre.

Time

Local time is GMT +5.5.

Contacts

Tel: +91 8325 13806

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Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (ATQ)

Location

6.8 miles (11km) northwest of Amritsar

Getting to the city

Getting to Amritsar from the airport is easiest by taxis, which are readily available from the city side of the Arrivals area. The nearest bus station is 8 miles (13km) from the airport, and there is no bus service from the airport. There is a free shuttle to the Golden Temple, and many hotels in the area operate airport shuttle services.

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

Tel: +9 (0)1 183 221 4166. Email: apdasr@aai.aero

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Chennai Madras (Meenambakkam) International Airport (MAA)

Overview

The third busiest airport in India, Chennai Madras International Airport is located in Tirusulam, just 4.3 miles (7km) south of Chennai in southern India. The airport is a bustling portal for visitors to India's southern states: Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karkataka and Kerala.

Already handling more than 12 million passengers each year, the airport is currently expanding to double its capacity by mid-2012. Passengers flying in to Chennai International Airport should be prepared for organised chaos with crowds of touts, taxi-wallahs and beggars milling around. Despite this daunting introduction to India however, Chennai International Airport is a popular airport, with flights available to dozens of major airports in Asia and Europe.

Location

The airport is located 4.3 miles (7km) south of Chennai's city centre

Getting to the city

Airport taxis: Always use prepaid taxis to get into the city from the airport; it's the safest way to ensure that you reach your destination without being overcharged. Numerous taxi companies have counters in the arrivals section of Chennai International Airport: use Aviation Express, as they have the best reputation, and sometimes offer you a choice of vehicles (either the wonderful old Ambassador cars, or newer Toyota Innova minivans). Make sure you have small notes or coins on you for a tip. Expect to pay INR 350-450 for the 30-minute trip into town.

Auto-Rickshaw (Tuk-Tuk): If you want to dive right into India's most exhilarating transportation experience, three-wheeled auto-rickshaws are also widely available to get you into town from the airport. Be warned that they are really uncomfortable if you have a lot of baggage with you, and you're almost certainly going to have to negotiate a price with your driver (they won't use the metre) before taking off. Try for INR 200, and don't go above INR 300.

Bus: There is also a public bus stop located right outside the gates to Chennai International Airport. Bus No. 18A operates between 5am and 10pm, making frequent trips into the city. Make sure you tell the driver where you're going, so they can help get off at the right stop. Expect to pay about INR 20 for the 45-minute trip. Bus No. 18B (INR 35) operates along the same route as 18A, but is air-conditioned, and generally less full.

Train: If you leave Chennai International Airport, walk through the gate, down Great Southern Trunk Road, and go through the underpass running beneath National Highway 45 - you'll find yourself in Tirusulam Railway Station. From there, you can get to the city (Egmore Station) every 20-30 minutes by train. Train stations in India can get very hectic, so it's probably advisable to buy your tickets from the rail service counter at the airport. The trip between the stations should take about 25-30 minutes, costing INR 12 (for 2nd class, not recommended if you have baggage) or INR 100 (approx. for 1st class).

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 11 246 32950

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Ahmedabad Airport (AMD)

Overview

Located in the state of Gujarat and serving the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad Airport has four terminals that serve mostly domestic passengers from Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Jaipur, however there are flights to Ahmedabad from international cities like New York, Dubai and Singapore.

Ahmedabad Airport is well-designed, and the attractive terminal is meant to resemble the kites flown in the city's annual kite festival. While the facilities are basic, there are a number of duty-free shops and restaurants, and there are several convenient options for getting into town. The airport can be especially chaotic around the busy Hajj period, however it has additional facilities to handle the increased traffic.

Location

Gujarat

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Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD)

Location

The airport is located 19 miles (25km) from Hyderabad city centre.

Getting to the city

Pushpak offers a comfortable, air conditioned bus service to and from a number of destinations within Hyderabad; a one-way ticket into the city costs about INR 200, but the price varies according to destination. There is also a bus service to other destinations operated by APSRTC. See the airport website for more detail and exact fares.

Time

GMT +5.30

Contacts

Tel: +91 40 6676 4000

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

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