How To Reach Gujarat

Travel Options

By Air

Gujarat has a good network of airways, connecting to various national and international destinations. In fact, with 17 airports in total, it is a state with more domestic airports than any other Indian state. The region has one international airport, Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport, located at Ahmedabad. The main cities which remain busy with in and out flying planes on a daily and weekly basis are at Surat, Vadodara, Bhuj, Keshod, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Kandla and Junagarh. These places are easily accessible through most major cities of the country including New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata. It usually takes 1-2 hours at the minimum to reach cities such as Ahmedabad, Rajkot or Gandhinagar via flights from Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai. Flying from Kolkata or Bengaluru may take much more time than that. Also, while most of these places in Gujarat can be reached through a non-stop flight from the major cities of India, some of them may only be accessible through connecting Gujarat flights which may require much more time than usual, making travelling by train or road a more convenient option. International Airport: Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport, Ahmedabad Major Domestic Airports: Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhuj Note: The table shows the minimum and maximum travel duration and prices of direct flights from the major Indian cities, collectively. If a destination only has a connecting flight to Gujarat, the data limits may reflect said information as well. Major Gujarat Flights: Almost all airlines fly to Gujarat, which prominently include IndiGo, GoAir, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Vistara, Air India, Emirates, Etihad and Kuwait Airways etc.

By Road

In addition to a good air and rail network, Gujarat also boasts of a superb road network which connects the entire nation. It has the best roadways in all of western India with numerous two to four lane highways. The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation is the main body that maintains and runs buses and similar public transport connecting the state with several others. The highways connecting Karnataka to Gujarat is smooth and well-kept too. You can reach Gujarat through many neighbouring states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra etc. that have bus services providing easy transportation to the region. There are many modes of road transport from luxurious state transport to private plush buses that you can choose to get here. The rating of the buses is done based on their ticket prices and comfort, considering if they are air-conditioned or normal, single or multi-axle, etc. Gujarat highways are apt for road trips to the state as well. This is can easily be regarded as the best way to reach Gujarat given how convenient and smooth the trip is and how the state’s beautiful countryside is able to make you fall in love with it.

By Rail

Just as is the case with airways, Gujarat enjoys a good network of railway as well. You can commute from or to the state, or even within its boundaries via trains which are by far the easiest way to reach Gujarat. Gujarat is a part of the Western Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. It comprises of several railway stations of which Vadodara Railway Station is the busiest hub, since its falls on the Mumbai-Delhi route. Apart from Vadodara, other major railway stations of Gujarat include Surat Railway Station, Rajkot Railway Station and Ahmedabad Railway Station. You can reach Ahmedabad from Mumbai or Delhi through one of the many super-fast trains that run on this route on a regular basis.

By Sea

Gujarat has a sprawling coastline that extends to 1,600 km. This has resulted in many ports to be developed in the state. Gujarat’s Kandla port is the largest port in all of Western India, and serves as the prime international shipping terminal. Other important ports located in the state include Port of Navlakhi, Port magdalla, Port Veraval, Port Porbandar, Port Pipavav and the privately owned port of Mundra.

Transportation in gujarat

Transportation

Travelling by bus around Gujarat is both cheap and comfortable, although a bit inconvenient and time consuming. Apart from being responsible for inter-state road transportation, the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation is also the chief outlet for such transportation within the state. The corporation provides the following bus transit services in Gujarat: • Mofussil Services: It connects the important towns, cities and villages of Gujarat • Intercity Bus Service: This connects all the major cities of Gujarat like Surat, Vadodara, Veraval, Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Vapi. Other than these and the organization also offers services of interstate bus transport, parcel delivery services and some specialized transportation services for pilgrim, festivals or college tours. Apart from buses, renting a car with a driver is also a good option to travel to nearby places within Gujarat. This can prove to be a bit expensive, although very convenient and comfortable, both. Boarding a train is an alternative to it and is a much better option as far as cost, convenience and travel duration is concerned. To travel short distances, hiring a taxi or a cab service like Ola, Uber etc. is the best option other than the usual hailing for an auto-rickshaw.

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