Getting around on the Goa local Bus was one of my finest & favorite things to do while I was exploring. I am pretty sure that local bus transport would be the go-to priority for you as well while exploring any other city?
Moreover for the strict on their budget travelers would be going to agree with me here.
Just like any other city Goa local bus service is pretty much awesome as well. If you are wondering to travel affordably & looking to stay longer in Goa. Then the Goa local bus service will be affordable and the best way to explore Goa at 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 major areas of Goa on the two-wheeler & it will save a lot of time.
But the question here is that if you’re a long-time traveler like a solo for a month in Goa then saving daily must be your priority.
We would be talking about for the short period travelersv/s for the 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 3-4 days or maybe 5 days. There’s no doubt that if you’re the first time to Goa, you wanted to cover the 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 long 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 expenses while living there for a longer period. But, relying completely 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 very 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 things that local bus transport demands are patience, adjustment & flexibility. In return, it will allow you to spent & save wisely. These are completely my thoughts on what I think is necessary to travel longer almost anywhere in the world.
Let’s jump on the points –
I. Local Buses for Goa International Airport
I would like to mention Mandrem in Goa especially here because I had covered that area and could be able to strongly justify my thoughts.
So, 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 very 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 moments at regular 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 just 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 exactly 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
If you are staying at some other place like Anjuna, Vagator, etc. You have to travel to Mapusa only, then you can either follow the same route as being discussed above or the route best suited according to you.
To explore around for a longer period on the Goa local bus is majorly done by foreign tourists because it was seen that other country travelers spent a lot of time exploring in Goa. This would be very feasible for foreign tourists as well as others in traveling longer.
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
If you want to test straightaway your feet’s in the city where you can rent a vehicle 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’ be going to 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 attracted into.
But if you’re looking to particularly go to a desired far away location in Goa only. Then, you 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 is around Rs.45 per person. The distance between the Margao bus stand to Panjim bus stand is 32km approx via a faster route. The time taken 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 then you 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 around 45-55 min.
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 connects you with around the most loved beaches in Goa.
V. Mapusa Bus stand to Vagator Beach Bus
There’s a direct bus from Mapusa to Vagator. The bus will be going to drop you at the Vagator bus stand, which 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 around 30min.
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 which leaves from Mapusa bus stand is 8 p.m.
Vagator Beach to Anjuna Beach
As such 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 and 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 returning you can take Anjuna to Mapusa bus.
VII. Mapusa Bus Stand to Mandrem Beach by Bus
You can take a bus from the Mapusa bus stand to Mandrem Beach which is located at a distance of 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 the 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. This would roughly take you around 40mins to cover.
If you don’t want to bother your legs much then 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. Then 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. This would probably be a long walk for more than an hour to reach if you choose to do so.
Rather, 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. 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 which can be covered in less than an hour.
Note – The way you’re traveling onward, likewise, you can travel back to your starting point as well.
If you’re new in Goa and don’t know the routes then, you should keep checking with the conductor of the Goa local bus about the locations.
The Goa local bus becomes crowded many times i.e it’s advisable for the women to either take a seat or take a stand at the corner to avoid any kind of confusion. Apart from this, if you’re new in Goa especially foreign people and don’t have enough knowledge about the places. Then you can directly ask the conductor of the bus, he 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. This will help you to plan your way back accordingly.
You can still reach your desired destination by other means but it will be going to cost you too much. This article is all about traveling long and spending wisely so, to not miss any buses should be on the top priority lists.
Bus Facility in Goa
The bus facility in Goa is somehow equal to other states in India. To give an overview, 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, it will be written for ladies seat.
If somehow, another gender person is sitting on the ladies’ seats, the women have the right to say the person to vacant the seat for them.
It’s completely upon the person to either stand or can take his/her seat. If the seats in the local buses are fully occupied then you’ll need to stand, there’s no other option.
There’s no hard 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
That was from my experience if you would like to add anything or wanted to tell your experience of 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.