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GoaCentral > Travel to Goa > Road travel to Goa

 Road travel to Goa

Welcome to the road travel section. Here you will find information on Bus travel to and from Goa to neighboring states with schedules of bus services and selected fares. Click on for more....

Introduction 

Interstate Bus Travel tips

Kadamba Transport Corporation

KTC Schedule

Maharastra sector

Hitech Luxury bus

Semi-Luxury bus

Regular bus

KTC Schedule

Karnataka sector

Hitech Luxury bus

Semi-Luxury bus

Regular bus

KTC Schedule

In Goa

MSRTC Schedule

Luxury bus

Semi-Luxury

Regular bus

KSRTC Schedule

Luxury Bus

Semi-Luxury bus

Regular bus

Private Operators

Luxury bus

Semi-Luxury

Regular bus

Private Transport Taxis Motorcycles
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Introduction 

Road travel to Goa generally entails either taking a bus to Goa or arranging private transportation in the form of a Car or Van. The two major highways that connect Goa to the rest of India are the NH-17 and NH-4. Besides this there are a number of state and village roads that are in a better condition than most in India. The roads however take a beating with the monsoon and  are at their worst usually a few months after that until they are repaired and then its time for the next monsoon  and so on....

The traffic on the road is variable with scooters, motorcycles,  cars, Bicycles, pedestrians, cows, buffalos, dogs etc. Unlike the west, the National Highways are not free from pedestrians and animals and the lanes of traffic are not separated and mostly unprotected on the sides. Traffic moves to the left as in the UK and opposite to that in the USA and Germany. The maximum speed limit is 60Kms/hr on selected sections. The National Highways are funded and maintained by the Govt. of India and there is a major initiative to convert them to western style highways.

The interior of Goa is well connected with buses both private and the government owned bus services connecting almost every inhabited village. Needless to say, bus travel is very popular in Goa. For those single and in a hurry, there is a unique form of transport-the Motorcycle Taxi, driven by motorcycle "Pilots". They are very reliable but  expensive. There are also private "Yellow top Cabs" and vans and Limousines available for hire.

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Tips for Interstate Bus Travel to and from Goa

In general It is advisable to buy tickets beforehand especially during the peak tourist season from October to December and from May to June. Please make sure when you book the ticket that you have an assigned seat number, and that you have a receipt for it. Make sure to obtain the name of the bus / number  in writing and also the exact site and time of departure as it varies depending on where you board the bus.

The bus journey from Bombay for example takes about 18hrs. There are stops usually for dinner and snacks. The individual bus companies arrange these stops and many a time they may not be at the best of places and the food served in the restaurants are not optimal. It is a good idea to take adequate food and drinks to cover the travel. There are rest rooms but standards vary.

The buses run on National Highways which are typical Indian single lane roads and the ride at most is bumpy, especially if you sit in the rear seats. Avoid booking   the rear seats  and seats over the  rear wheel area unless you are desperate.  The seats in the front reflect light coming directly  from headlights of  incoming vehicles  and may hamper  even  light sleep. The best seats are in the mid  carriage section. The luggage is usually locked in the luggage boxes  at the time of boarding and is usually safe. One has to  however be careful about personal items  carried on person or inside the bus and keep an eye on it at all times,  especially at stops when passengers alight.

The Kadamba Transport Corporation or the K. T. C  of the Government of Goa runs a large number of these services and so do the  government bus services M. S. R. T. C and K. S .R .T. C of the neighboring states of Maharastra and Karnataka. The Bombay Goa route also has bus services  run by private sector  companies.

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KTC or the Kadamba Transport Corporation

KTC is a Govt. of Goa road  transport undertaking. It was created to provide cheap, cost-effective, safe, timely and comprehensive transportation services for Goa's multitude. To a large extent , it has accomplished this objective, the cost for providing this service however has been substantial. It is heavily subsidized by the government and is reportedly in the red like most of India's state run road transport undertakings. 

The KTC operates the Bus Stand's (main bus stops or station) in almost all of Goa's cities and towns. Their services cover the length and breadth of Goa today. The ticket prices are very reasonable and for intra Goa travel are purchased on the bus itself from the on board "Bus conductor". They are packed with passengers during peak hours and there are some non-stop services as well. They have special rates for children, students and senior citizens. It functions as the school bus during school hours . 

For Inter-state travel however, it is highly recommended that tickets be purchased reasonably well in advance especially during the summer and winter rush / tourist seasons. This is in spite of special services run during that time.

For more details and latest up to date information, please contact
Mr. Digambar Phadte, Traffic Controller (T.C), KTC
Kadamba Bus Stand, Panaji, Goa.
Tel: 0832 222 637

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K. T. C  GOA- MAHARASTRA SECTOR

*rates and times with effect from October 10, 2000.

Hitech Luxury Bus Service-KTC/M
All arrivals and departures from KTC Bus Stand in Panaji Goa.  All arrivals and departures from Bombay are from Dhobi Talao KTC bus stop. Other stops at driver's discretion.          
S. no Route Onward Return Dist. in Kms Fare* in Rs.
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1 Panaji-Mumbai-Panaji 15.30 9.00 14.15 9.00   410.0
2 Vasco-Mumbai-Vasco 14.00 9.00 14.15 9.00 668 382.0

 

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Semi-Luxury Bus Service-KTC/M

 All arrivals and departures from KTC Bus Stands in Goa. All arrivals and departures from  the MSRTC Bus stations in Maharastra.          

S. no Route Onward Return Dist. in Kms Fare in Rs.
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1 Vasco -  Sawantwadi  via Panaji and Patradevi 14.25 18.00 18.30 21.30 92 32.00
2 Vasco -Vengurla via Panaji 06.15 18.00 10.10 14.05 96 37.00
3 Vasco - Miraj via Sawantwadi, Kolhapur 11.00 20.30 9.30 19.00 327 132.0
4. Vasco - Korjai via Panaji, Pernem 07.00 11.30 13.00 17.30 127 49.00
5. Vasco- Malwan via Panaji, Sawantwadi, Kudal 08.50 12.45 15.15 19.45 139 54.00
6. Vasco - Solapur Via Margao, Miraj, Kolhapur, Pandharpur  19.00 09.30 20.00 09.30 528 215.00
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K. T. C  GOA-KARNATAKA SECTOR

*rates and times with effect from October 10, 2000.

Hitech Luxury bus Services-KTC/K
All arrivals and departures from KTC Bus Stand in Goa.  All arrivals and departures from  KSRTC Bus Stations in Karnataka.        
S. no Route Onward Return Dist. in Kms Fare* in Rs.
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1. Vasco-Mangalore via Karwar 16.30 02.00 11.30 20.00 380 151.0
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K. T. C  GOA-KARNATAKA SECTOR

Semi-Luxury Bus services-KTC/K
All arrivals and departures from KTC Bus Stand in Goa.  All arrivals and departures from  KSRTC Bus Stations in Karnataka.        
S. no Route Onward Return Dist. in Kms Fare* in Rs.
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1. Vasco- Hubli via Margao 05.15 11.30 12.30 18.45 213 68.00
2. Vasco-Hubli via Margao 07.50 14.30 07.00 14.00 223 68.00
3. Vasco-Bellary via Hubli, Gadag, Hospet 11.45 13.30 07.00 14.00 461 145.0
4. Vasco-Raichur via Panaji, Belgaum, Bagalkot 14.30 05.30 10.00 17.00 540 184.0
5. Vasco-Belgaum via Margao, Ponda 17.30 06.00 15.00 06.30 391 60.00
6. Vasco-Belgaum via Margao, Savordem 15.20 21.00 08.30 14.35 183 60.00
7. Vasco-Muddebihal via Zuari Nagar, Belgaum, Bagalkot 19.00 06.00 15.00 06.30 391 132.0
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K. T. C  GOA-KARNATAKA SECTOR

Regular Bus Services-KTC/K
All arrivals and departures from KTC Bus Stand in Goa.  All arrivals and departures from            
S. no Route Onward Return Dist. in Kms Fare* in Rs.
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1. Vasco-Margao-Karwar 16.50 21.00 08.30 12.30 105 38.00
2. Vasco-Margao-Karwar 16.15 20.15 05.30 09.30 105 38.00
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M. S. R. T. C  GOA-MAHARASTRA SECTOR

Semi-Luxury bus Service-MSRTC
All arrivals and departures from KTC Bus Stand in Goa.  All arrivals and departures from  MSRTC bus stations in Maharastra.          
S. no Route Onward Return Dist. in Kms Fare* in Rs.
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1. Vasco-Vengurla via Panaji, Satarda, Shiroda 09.45 13.30 06.00 09.15 96 37.00
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 K. S. R. T. C. GOA-KARNATAKA SECTOR

Luxury Bus Service-KSRTC
All arrivals and departures from KTC Bus Stand in Goa.  All arrivals and departures from KSRTC Bus stations in Karnataka.           
S. no Route Onward Return Dist. in Kms Fare* in Rs.
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1. Vasco-Bangalore 16.45 05.45 17.45 08.45 680 292.0
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 K. S. R. T. C. GOA-KARNATAKA SECTOR

Semi-Luxury Bus Service-KSRTC
All arrivals and departures from KTC Bus Stand in Goa.  All arrivals and departures from            
S. no Route Onward Return Dist. in Kms Fare* in Rs.
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1. Vasco-Hubli 06.00 13.00 16.00 22.30 209 71.00
2. Vasco-Narayanpur 07.00 20.00 08.00 20.00 466 146.0
3. Vasco-Bijapur 07.30 19.30 07.15 19.00 400 131.0
4. Vasco-Bellary via Panaji 07.30 20.30 07.30 19.30 441 148.0
5. Vasco-Hubli-Hunagunda 08.30 20.00 07.30 19.30 441 148.0
6. Vasco-Indi 10.00 22.30 10.00 21.30 414 150.0
7. Vasco-Hirukeri 10.30 21.00 07.30 20.00 360 121.0
8. Vasco-Panaji-Belgaum 13.00 19.00 06.00 12.30 189 65.00
9. Vasco-Hubli 13.30 21.00 12.00 19.00 209 71.00
10. Vasco-Kumta 13.30 07.00 07.00 12.30 180 61.00
11. Vasco-Hubli 14.30 20.30 10.30 06.30 209 71.00
12. Vasco-Yadgil 16.00 07.30 13.00 04.00 571 186.0
13. Vasco-Sindagi 18.00 07.00 17.00 07.00 487 160.0
14. Vasco-Bijapur 19.30 07.00 21.00 07.00 408 134.0
15. Vasco-Muuddebihal 20.00 07.00 21.00 07.00 408 134.0
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 K. T. C. IN GOA 

Regular Bus Services-KTC/G
All arrivals and departures from KTC Bus Stands in Goa.   
S. no Route Onward Return Dist. in Kms Fare* in Rs.
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1. Vasco - Margao - Assolna 16.30 19.00 7.10 08.20 54 15.00
2. Harbor - Vasco - Lotulim - Ponda - Panaji 17.05 20.00     67 23.00
3. Panaji - Ponda 10.15 13.00     28 10.00
4. Vasco - Margao - Sanguem via Curtorim, Chandor, Savordem 10.15 13.00     60 20.00
5. Sanguem - Mungali - Sanguem 13.05 13.15     07 03.00
6. Sanguem - Cortalim 13.25 13.35     05 03.00
7. Cortalim - Sanguem 13.25 13.45     05 03.00
8. Sanguem - Margao - Vasco 14.15 16.30     60 20.00
9. Harbor - Vasco - Lotulim - Ponda - Panaji 16.30 19.15     67 23.00
10. Panaji - Ponda - Shiroda 20.00 21.20     40 13.00
11. Shiroda - Ponda 07.00 07.20     12 05.00
12. Ponda - Lotulim - Vasco - Harbor 07.50 10.00     53 13.00
13. Vasco - Panaji - Pednem - Ibrampur 11.15 14.15     86 26.00
14. Ibrampur - Pednem - Panaji 15.50 16.50     57 18.00
15. Panaji - Dadhchiwadinagar -Ibrmapur 17.35 19.35     45 16.00
16. Ibrampur - Pednem - Panaji - Vasco 07.15 10.15     86 26.00
17. Harbor - Vasco - Cortalim - Pilar - Akhada 16.50 18.45     47 14.50
18. Akhada - Pilar - Vasco - Harbor 06.45 08.30     52 14.50
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