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How to reach Goa?

Discussion in 'Goa' started by Jeet, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Jeet

    Jeet New Member

    I am from Punjab (Pathankot) and have plans to go Goa for a one week holiday. There is no main airport where we live, and I have not clue to how long the journey would take if we take a train to Goa.

    I need some help and advice on how I would reach Goa from Punjab.

    1. Which would be the easiest way to reach Goa?

    2. How long would a train journey take from Punjab to Goa?

    3. If we take a flight to Goa, what would be the estimate cost?

    4. Would it be a good idea to take a train to New Delhi then take a flight from there?

    5. Are there flights available from Amritsar to Goa?
     
  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, @Jeet! Welcome to the forum!

    Here are your transportation options from Punjab (Pathankot) to reach Goa:

    1. By Air - This is probably the easiest and most convenient way to reach Goa from Punjab. You first need to reach the Amritsar Airport which is also known as the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport. From Pathankot, the airport is about 130 kms away, you can ride a bus, a train or a taxi to reach it. So first, here are some buses plying from Pathankot to Amritsar and their timings:
    • HRTC Buses - Departure times are at 3:25 am, 7:47 am, 8:33 am and 5:49 pm. The HRTC Bus Depot in Pathankot is located near the Pathankot Railway Station.
    • PRP Buses - Departure times are 4:15 am, 4:35 am, 4:40 am, 5:00 am, 6:50 am, 7:24 am, 8:05 am, 8:17 am, 8:44 am, 9:30 am, 9:32 am, 12:33 pm, 1:53 pm, 2:03 pm, 3:19 pm, 3:54 pm, 4:54 pm, 5:05 pm, 5:22 pm, 6:20 pm and 6:45 pm. You can find these buses in the Maharana Pratap Interstate Bus Terminus in Gurdaspur Road in Pathankot.
    Next, we go to the trains plying from Pathankot to Amritsar. Here are their timings:
    • Pathankot Amritsar Train No. 54612 - This departs from Pathankot Junction at 5:15 and arrives in Amritsar Junction at 8:10.
    • Pathankot Delhi Express Train No. 14038 - This departs from Pathankot Junction at 7:00 and arrives in Amritsar Junction at 9:25.
    • Jammu Tawi Durg Express Train No. 18216 - This departs from Pathankot Junction at 7:40 and arrives in Amritsar Junction at 10:30.
    Or you can just ride a taxi from Pathankot to Amritsar Airport. Now, we go to the flights connecting the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport in Amritsar to Dabolim Airport in Goa:
    • Air India AI 113 - Departs from the Amritsar Airport at 10:30 and arrives the next day in Goa at 13:30. Fare is at Rs. 8,394 per passenger.
    • Air India AI 462 - Departs from the Amritsar Airport at 14:15 and arrives the next day in Goa at 13:30. Fare is at Rs. 8,394 per passenger.
    • Jet Airways 9W 373 - Departs from the Amritsar Airport at 14:30 and arrives the next day in Goa at 3:40. Fare is at Rs. 8,885 per passenger.
    • Air India AI 454 - Departs from the Amritsar Airport at 6:55 and arrives in Goa at 13:30. Fare is at Rs. 9,188 per passenger.
    Dabolim Airport is in Vasco Da Gama in Goa. The best flight you can board is the AI 454 by Air India as it has the shortest duration of journey at 6 hours and 35 minutes.

    2. By Bus - There are no direct buses connecting Pathankot to Goa. You have to ply this route: Pathankot > Delhi > Mumbai > Goa. There are lots of changing of buses involved and the journey is very long. It's not really recommended for travellers to travel to Goa this way from Punjab. However, for references, I'll still post the bus timings for this route.

    So from Pathankot to Delhi, Punjab Roadways operates a bus plying this route. There's only one bus for each day though, here's the timing:
    • Punbus Volvo AC Seater - Departs from Maharana Pratap Interstate Bus Terminus at 7:00 pm and arrives the next day in Delhi at 5:30 am. Duration of journey is about 10 hours and 3o minutes. Fare is at Rs. 1,139 per passenger.
    There are also private buses from Pathankot to Delhi, here are their timings:
    • Hari Travels AC Seater/Sleeper - Departs from Bypass in Pathankot at 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm. Arrives the next day in Delhi at 5:00 am and 7:00 am. Duration of journey is about 9 hours or more. Fare is at Rs. 800 per passenger.
    • Cool Tours and Travels AC Seater/Sleeper - Departs from Bypass in Pathankot at 8:01 pm and 10:31 pm. Arrives the next day in Delhi at 6:00 am and 8:00 am. Duration of journey is about 9 hours or more. Fare is at Rs. 799 per passenger.
    Now, we go to Delhi to Mumbai. Here are some timings for private buses plying this route:
    • Rishabh Travels - Their AC Sleeper Bus departs at 7:00 pm, fare is at Rs. 4,500 per passenger. Their Non AC Seater/Sleeper Bus departs at 6:30 pm, fare is at Rs. 2,200 per passenger.
    • Shri Rishabh Travels - Their AC Sleeper Bus departs at 8:30 pm, fare is at Rs. 2,841 per passenger. Their Non AC Seater/Sleeper Bus departs at 7:00 pm, fare is at Rs. 2,400 per passenger.
    From Mumbai to Goa, there are plenty of buses plying this route. Here are their timings:
    • Atmaram Travels - Their Non AC Seater Buses have these timings: 2:45 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 5:35 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:45 pm and 7:00 pm. Fare is at Rs. 380 per passenger. Their AC Seater Buses have these timings: 6:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:05 pm, 9:00 pm and 9:05 pm. Fare is at Rs. 980 per passenger.
    • Neeta Tours and Travels - They have Volvo AC Buses, timings are: 6:30 am, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:45 pm, 8:30 pm and 9:15 pm. Fare is at Rs. 1,330 and above per passenger.
    • Naik Tours and Travels - Here are their timings for their AC Buses: 6:35 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:45 pm, 9:00 pm and 9:05 pm. Fare is at Rs. 600 and above per passenger.
    Alternatively, you can also board a bus from Mangalore to Panaji. KSRTC operates a few buses for this route. Here is one timing I was able to find:
    • Karnataka Sarige - Departs at 8:31 am from Mangalore. Fare is at Rs. 359 per passenger.
    3. By Train - There are also no direct trains from Pathankot to Goa. Your route would be Pathankot > Delhi > Goa. From Pathankot to Delhi, here are some train timings:
    • Jammu Tawi Tatanagar Express Slip Train No. 18102 - This departs daily from Pathankot Junction at 16:45 and arrives in Amritsar Junction at 4:30.
    • Pathankot Delhi Express Train No. 14038 - This departs daily except Fridays from Pathankot Junction at 7:00 and arrives in Amritsar Junction at 17:25.
    From Delhi, there are direct trains going to Goa. Here are their timings:
    • Goa Sampark Kranti Express Train No. 12450 - This departs during Mondays and Saturdays at 6:20 and arrives at 15:00 in Madgaon Junction.
    • Mangala Lakshadweep Express Train No. 12618 - This departs daily at 9:15 and arrives at 20:30 in Madgaon Junction.
    • Goa Express Train No. 12780 - This departs daily at 15:00 and arrives at 5:40 in Madgaon Junction.
    If you're going to the beaches in North Goa, then you can also alight at Thivim Railway Station which has good proximity with the beaches in the Northern part of Goa.

    ALTERNATIVE: You can mix and match these options as well, like you can take a bus or train to reach Delhi. And from Delhi, you can take a flight to reach Goa. Here are some flights from Delhi to Goa:
    • Indigo 6E 341 - Departs at 18:35 and arrives at 21:10. Fare is at Rs. 3,568 per passenger.
    • Indigo 6E 335 - Departs at 14:25 and arrives at 16:55. Fare is at Rs. 4,105 per passenger.
    • Indigo 6E 161 - Departs at 11:10 and arrives at 14:55. Fare is at Rs. 4,669 per passenger.
    • Indigo 6E 399 - Departs at 12:00 and arrives at 14:45. Fare is at Rs. 5,194 per passenger.
    • Air Asia I5 771 - Departs at 12:45 and arrives at 15:10. Fare is at Rs. 4,112 per passenger.
    • Air Asia I5 773 - Departs at 19:40 and arrives at 22:05. Fare is at Rs. 4,112 per passenger.
    • Jet Airways 9W 304 - Departs at 22:50 and arrives at 3:40. Fare is at Rs. 6,652 per passenger.
    • Jet Airways 9W 332 - Departs at 7:05 and arrives at 12:30. Fare is at Rs. 7,712 per passenger.
    From Pathankot to Delhi, train journey is about 10 to 12 hours. From Delhi to Goa, train journey is about 32 to 35 hours long. So in total, journey duration is about 47 to 50 hours or about 2 days.

    It depends on whether you take a flight from Amritsar to Goa or from Delhi to Goa. Flights from Amritsar to Goa are higher at Rs. 8,394 being the lowest cost and can go beyond Rs. 9,000 even. Flights from Delhi to Goa cost a bit lower at the lowest being Rs. 3,564 and the highest at Rs. 9,000.

    Yes, I've mentioned your train options above already. It would be more economical when you do it that way since flights from Delhi to Goa are cheaper than the ones from Amritsar.

    Yes, there are, I've mentioned them in the first question already. Some of them take as long as a day to reach Goa. One flight has the shortest duration at 6 hours and 30 minutes. I'd recommend taking that flight if you'd choose to reach Goa from Amritsar.

    I hope this helps.:)
     

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