Travelling within Goa

#1 Mar 4th, 2018, 17:48
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I have been to Goa several times and have learnt the tricks of getting around in Goa without overpaying. If you are travelling with friends and are young and energetic, follow my guidelines. Even if you are with a family and kids you may want to try these instead of being at the mercy of taximen and uniformed men.
Use a bus for most of your long-distance travel. If you are travelling 10 km or above, there are definitely buses available. They may not take you to the precise spot where you intend to go. But you can always walk to the place after getting off the bus. Your legs won't break. If the place is really far from the bus stop, catch a rickshaw or a cab only for that last mile. At least you will be overcharged only for a shorter distance. Locals are helpful when it comes to telling you the timings of the bus. You may also rely on Google maps which gives accurate bus timings.
Avoid cabs at all cost as they charge at least five times what you would pay in Mumbai or Ahmedabad. You don't want to be overcharged in front of your family and friends nor do you want to get into arguments when you are there on a holiday. Google for Goa taxi mafia and you will know what I mean.
If you arrive by flight, take the bus that starts from the airport. Google Maps helps here. They have a lot of space for luggage and hence there is no need for a taxi if you want to go to Panjim or Calangute.
If you arrive from Mumbai or Pune by bus and reach Panjim around 6:30 am, just walk to the bus stand across the road. A city bus leaves every 5 min and you can get to Dona Paula or Miramar in 15 min and Rs 10.
Avoid taking your own vehicle into Goa as all vehicles from outside Goa are intercepted over and over again and you end up losing a lot of time.
Scooters are available on rent. But there is a compulsory helmet rule. This means you will be wearing a helmet used by many other people and run the risk of getting ringworm. I have had friends who had to go through this.
If you are travelling to Goa from a nearby state in your own vehicle, be prepared to be stopped at least 10 times a day. They look at your number plate and get happy. Any vehicle not registered in Goa is an easy target. Also, bear in mind that a lot of construction work is happening all over Goa for building bridges and flyovers. The traffic jams resulting out of these are very frustrating. It is much easier to relax in a bus.
Non-commercial private vehicles are available for hire. People will approach you to hire them. Don't even think about it. It is illegal. There are flying squads that intercept these vehicles. The fines are very very heavy.
Goa is highly accident prone. Read this
If you are visiting Panjim, trust me, the entire city is visitable on foot. Do not ever bring your vehicle in the city even if you wife or girlfriend insists. Parking is a nightmare. You have to go round and round in circles for about a frustrating hour. If you are going to Dona Paula, a bus ride from the bus stand costs you Rs. 10. The last bus is at 7:30 pm back from Dona Paula which is a good time as 7:00 pm is the time when people move out of the place. If you take a car to visit Dona Paula, your entire evening will be spent in moving you vehicle back and forth to find a spot.
My personal best time to visit Goa is in Monsoons. You see only green everywhere. The GTDC organizes monsoon treks that are possibly the best in India. They go to places you never imagined existed.
#2 Mar 4th, 2018, 17:53
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Any timings, photos of the bus starting from the airport?
#3 Mar 5th, 2018, 11:24
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See Google Maps

In my post I already said you can search for bus timings on Google Maps.

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