Going around on the Goa local Bus was one of my preferred choices to take while exploring. I am pretty sure that local bus transport would be the go-to priority for you as well while exploring any other city?
Furthermore, for the stringent on their budget travelers, would be going to agree with me here.
Just like any other city, Goa local bus service is notable much Awesome as well. You can travel affordably & can stay longer in Goa.
The Goa local bus service will be affordable and is the best way to commute in Goa on a low budget.
You must also be aware that Goa offers a low-cost rental two-wheeler. You will get a two-wheeler on rent in Goa for somewhere around Rs. 300-Rs. 400 (4 USD – 6 USD) for a day. But the rental cost also varies from season to season in Goa.
You can cover the areas of Goa on the two-wheeler. It will save plenty of time.
But the question here is that if you’re a long-time traveler like a solo for a month in Goathen saving each day must be your priority.
We would be talking about the Short period travelersv/s Longer period travelers in Goa
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1. Goa for a short period
If you’re traveling to Goa for a short period, say 3 days in Goa. There’s no doubt that if you’re the first time Goa, you wanted to cover most of your journey in that deadline period.
Considering the situation, rent a two-wheeler would be the best option because it will save your time & you’ll cover the most on your short trip to Goa.
2. Goa for a long period
If you’re traveling to Goa for a Longer period, say 15 days or maybe for a month. Then slow travel should be your motto & exploring on Goa local bus would be an excellent decision.
Traveling around on a Goa local bus will cut short your daily Goa expenses while living there for a prolonged period. But, relying on the local bus services solely would not control your budget.
There are multiple buses from Goa that operate to different routes daily.
The local transport in Goa is well connected. To all of its areas around. Finding a local bus service would not be an issue at any place in the world and, you already know that.
The main concerns that local bus transport demands are patience, adjustment & flexibility. In return, it will allow you to spent & save wisely. These are my thoughts on what I believe is necessary to travel longer anywhere in the world.
Let’s hop on the points –
I. Local Buses for Goa International Airport
I would be mentioning Mandrem in Goa here because I had covered that area and will be able to explain my views.
If you are living somewhere around Mandrem side & if you have to go to Goa International Airport.
Then, this would be the journey route using the Goa local bus service –
From Mandrem ➡️ Mapusa ➡️ Panjim➡️ Chicalim ➡️ Margao ➡️ Goa International Airport
Mandrem to Goa International Airport
The first Mandrem to Mapusa bus leaves at around 6:30 a.m, and it will be going to charge you Rs.20 per person. The bus comes at an interval of almost 40-45mins.
After reaching the Mapusa bus stand, you can take a Mapusa to Panjim bus & it will be going to charge you Rs.20 per person. Mapusa has an interchangeable bus stand, so the bus would already be present there or will arrive in a few minutes at routine intervals.
From Panjim, take a bus from Panjim to Chicalim & it will be going to charge you Rs.30 per person. Panjim has an interchangeable bus stand.
After reaching Chicalim, you have to stand on the other side to take a Vasco to the Margao bus. It will be going to charge you Rs.10 per person.
You can tell the conductor to drop you on the front road of the Goa International Airport.
The time taken could be around 2-3hrs & the cost will be less than Rs.100.
Note – 1
All the currency used above is in Indian rupees, which mainly converts to less than < 1 USD, apart from Rs.100 which, converts to more than > 1 USD.
The bus would be the cheapest way to reach Goa International Airport.
Note – 2
Suppose you are staying at some other place like Anjuna, Vagator, etc. You have to travel to Mapusa. Afterward, you can either follow the same route as being discussed above or the route best suited according to you.
To explore around for a prolonged period on the Goa local bus is majorly done by foreign tourists. Because the other country travelers spent a lot of time in Goa, it would be very feasible for foreign tourists & others in a long time.
II. Local Buses from Goa Madgaon Railway Station
You can take a Goa local bus service from Goa Madgaon Railway Station to anywhere around Goa.
First, you have to come out of the railway station & need to cross the road.
Here are two options –
1. Directly reach Margao Bus Stand by Walking
Suppose you want to test straightaway your feet’s in the city where you can rent a means right from outside the railway station. Then you’re on the way to exploring the unseen Goa as well.
The nearest bus station to Madgaon railway station is the Margao bus stand that is 4-5km away. You can either walk for around 45-50min to reach the bus stand.
2. Reach Margao Bus Stand by Bus
If you’re tired enough, then you can take a bus from outside the Madgaon railway station. You have to show some patience before the arrival of the bus. The bus will cost you around Rs.15 & drop you at the Margao bus stand.
Now, you have reached the Margao bus stand. Your destination is somewhere around Margao. You can directly go to your desired location.
III. Margao Bus Stand to Panjim Bus Stand
Public transport in Goa is the most convenient means to travel & explore around. You can spot the buses on the moving roads. The vibrant multi-colored buses are easy to get the eyes captivated.
But if you’re looking to go to a fancied far remote location in Goa only. Then, you will need to interchange the buses.
If your destination is somewhere around Panjim or Mapusa, then you need to take a bus. The buses run at frequent intervals from Margao to Panjim bus stand. The cost will be around Rs.45 per person.
The distance between the Margao bus stand & the Panjim bus stand is 32km approx via a faster route. The time needed will be around an hour.
Upon reaching the Panjim Bus stand, if your location is around Panjim you to directly go there.
IV. Panjim Bus Stand to Mapusa Bus Stand
If your destination is somewhere around Mapusa, you will need to take a bus from Panjim Bus Stand. The bus will be going to cost you around Rs. 20 per person. The distance between the Panjim bus stand to Mapusa bus stand is around 27km approx via a faster route. The time taken will be 45-55 minutes approx.
Upon reaching the Mapusa Bus stand, if your location is around Mapusa you can directly go there.
The buses running from the Mapusa bus stand connect you with around the most loved beaches in Goa.
V. Mapusa Bus stand to Vagator Beach Bus
There is a direct bus from Mapusa to Vagator & the bus will drop you at the Vagator bus stand. It is a few minutes of walk away from the Vagator beach. The Mapusa to Vagator bus will cost you around Rs. 40 per person. The distance between the Mapusa to Vagator is around 10km. The time taken would be 30 minutes.
Moreover, the buses in Goa are multicolor like blue, pink, green, etc. Just for the sake of knowledge I had expressed. The sitting structure inside the Goa local bus would be the same but, the overall experience will be quite different.
Note – Every bus has a scheduled time of leaving from Mapusa. The last bus time departs from Mapusa bus stand is 8 p.m.
Vagator Beach to Anjuna Beach
There’s no way to walk along the seashore because of the big rocks which block the way. But you can take the road route. The distance between both of the beaches is around 5km. You can either walk while navigating on google maps or can take a bus.
VI. Mapusa Bus Stand to Anjuna Beach by Bus
You can take a bus from the Mapusa bus stand to Anjuna beach & the distance between them is around 10km approx. It will charge you around Rs. 20 per person.
Likewise, while coming back, you can take a bus from Anjuna to the Mapusa bus stand.
VII. Mapusa Bus Stand to Mandrem Beach by Bus
You can take a bus from the Mapusa bus stand to Mandrem Beach & the distance between them is 20km approx. The bus will charge you around Rs.20 per person and will drop you just a few moments of walking distance away from Mandrem beach.
Mandrem to Arambol Beach
If you love long walks & I am sure that you do. Then you can walk along the beach. The distance between Mandrem beach to Arambol beach is 3km approx. It would roughly take you around 40mins to cover.
If you don’t want to bother your legs much, you go on the roadside to take a bus to Arambol. The bus would charge around Rs.10 – Rs.15.
Mandrem to Morjim Beach
When you’re on the Mandrem beach facing the seaside & the right side goes to Arambol beach, and the left side goes to Morjim beach. The distance between Mandrem beach to Morjim beach is 5.6km approx. It will probably be a long walk for more than an hour to reach if you wish to do so.
If you’re willing to take a bus then, that would be a pretty convenient option too. It would cost you around somewhere Rs.20 approx.
VIII. Anjuna to Arambol Bus
Likewise, I had stated above, to travel by bus from Anjuna to Arambol, you have to interchange your buses.
Firstly, you need to take a bus from Anjuna to Mapusa bus stand and afterward Mapusa to Arambol Bus.
IX. Mapusa Bus Stand to Baga Beach by Bus
You can take a bus which will charge you Rs.20 per person from Mapusa Bus stand to Baga Beach. The distance between them is 10km.
Note – The way you’re traveling forward the same way you can travel back to your origin location as well.
I am sure you would not be having any idea of the routes upon your first instance in Goa.
The Goa local bus becomes crowded many times & it is advisable for the women to either take a seat or take a stand at the corner to avoid any confusion. Apart from this if you’re new to Goa especially, foreign people and didn’t know the places. Then you can directly ask the conductor of the bus. The conductor will guide you to your destination.
There are very few buses that operate at night. So if you’re traveling around in Goa on the bus, then you should ask the driver or conductor about the last bus time to your desired destination. That will help you to plan your way back accordingly.
You can still reach your desired destination by other means, but it will cost you too much. This article is all about traveling long and spending wisely. So not miss any buses should be on the top of your priority lists.
Basically, I stayed and Volunteered in Goa for 30 days. Therefore, traveling by Goa local buses was like a routine.
Bus Facility in Goa
The bus facility in Goa is somehow equal to other states in India. There will be a bus driver and one conductor who will be going to give the tickets.
There are separate seats for the ladies, and above them, will be written as for ladies’ seats.
By chance, if another gender person is sitting on the lady’s seat. The women have the right to say the person to vacant the seat for them.
It’s dependant upon the person to unless stand or can take his/her seat. If there are no seats in the local buses, you’ll require to stand in that case.
Some of the other must-have facilities in Goa local buses include –
First Aid Box
The earlier specified thing is required to have in all the state buses in case of emergency.
There’s no firm rule for traveling around on Goa local bus. It is the most convenient and affordable way to explore the town. If you consider my thoughts then,
Goa local Bus service+ Foot = Best way to explore the entire region
If you would like to add anything or even wanted to share your views traveling around on Goa local bus.
Then, do let me know in the comments.
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Until then, happy traveling on the local bus & see you on the roads.