The first thing you need to do whenever you land in any city is - to find a way to get to your hotel/accomodation from airport. Most of the times, one has to arrange their own transfer. At Bengaluru Airport, this becomes particularly painful as the airport is quite far from the city.

The below options are available currently for transfer to/from the airport.

  • The cheapest and the best option is always to opt for public transport, in this case the State Government operated BMTC (Volvo, mostly) buses. Frequency of these buses is highest - every 5-10 minutes between about 0500 through to about 2300 and lesser frequency at night- but there are enough services to get you into the heart of the city and beyond through the night too at maximum half-an-hour intervals. The pricing of these buses is about 70-80% cheaper than the private taxis and their schedules can be found online as well as at kiosks at the airport and most of all from very helpful bus drivers and bus conductors at the bus station. These BMTC buses (known as VAYU VAJRA) cover most of the known points in the city and provide safe and economical intermodal connections to all railway stations and bus terminals in Bangalore/Bengaluru and many of the hotels too. Inbound, if you want to go to a location in the heart of the City where they have a covered terminal which is like a safe haven while you get your breath back, then head for Shanti Nagar (BMTC Headquarters terminal, they also have a dedicated lounge with clean toilet for airport bus passengers).  The counter for these buses is just outside the airport terminal. You can just walk from the terminal to the BMTC bus terminal and buy your ticket on the bus. Incidentally, you can take heavy baggage on the bus itself, at no extra charge. The most important factor here as a regular traveller to BLR is that the bus drivers are all senior experienced drivers with safe driving skillsets and the conductors are excellent guides and very helpful. Outbound back to the Airport you may want to research the closest point to your location or use some major pick-up points like Shanti Nagar Terminal, Mekhri Circle or others.
  • The BMTC Vayu Vajra (Volvo, mostly) buses listed above also are fitted out for wheelchair assistance and wheelchair lockable slots. I have seen conductors and drivers being very helpful in this context.
  • The second option is to follow the signs and walk to the airport taxi counter where you stand in a line and take a radio taxi from a choice of 3 operators (MERU, Mega and Karnataka Tourism). For group of over 8 people contact any of the cab providors at the airport. (Beware a current scam at the airport where someone makes an approach at Arrivals bearing a tatty or convincing 'Meru' or other taxi company company card, and ushers towards an unmarked car in the parking lot - they can be very insistent, hurrying towards the car before there is time to think it through properly, especially after a long flight).
  • The third option is to hire a self drive car rental from a choice of companies where you can rent the car by hour or day or month for electric as well as internal combustion normal cars. There has been quite a lot of great feedback on this from customers recently. However, you will need to ensure your documentation is up to speed and taking the vehicles out of Karnataka State may require additional documentation and costs.
  • Another option is that you can hire a cab from KIAL (Bengaluru Airport Authorised ) car rental services, which will be safe and reliable services, they have counters at the airport as well as on the airport website. You can choose any one of the services providers avilable in arrive hall at Bengaluru airport.
  • The last option is booking a pre-arranged airport transfer through an online portal.  etc. As the prices are not dependent on meter-reading, one knows what one is paying for.  Also, there are lot of vehicles to choose from. So, if in a bigger group, one can opt to book a vehicle with more seating capacity, even a private bus. In case you want to book a cab for outstation trip, you can book your cab online on any of these sites
  • General Caution should be practiced like any other big city around the world. For Solo Women travellers, it would make sense to call the Host / Hotel immediately after boarding the Cab announcing the Registration Number of the vehicle and  expected time of arrival. 
  • Make sure you double confirm with driver 30 mins prior to pick up time. In some cases of booking at night the cab drivers ignore the phone calls. In case of emergency always confirm with your driver before 30 mins. If this happens that driver dont reply to call then call customer care and they will re allocate a cab for you. Above mentioned cab services are reliable and their customer support is good. Some more cab services like provide outstation cabs from Bangalore Airport to Mysore and some other location nearest to Bangalore.

 There are plans by the government to start metro and high speed rail link to the airport, its still in the planning stage - no work has started yet.