Bengaluru Flights

Cheap Flights to Bengaluru

Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, is the capital city of the Indian state, Karnataka. It's often dubbed the 'Silicon Valley of India' due to its booming IT industry. Although it might not be on a typical tourist itinerary of India, Bengaluru is a beautiful city well worth visiting. You'll find traditional street markets, ancient Hindu temples, a Tudor style castle, and many beautiful parks and gardens.

Airlines flying to Bengaluru

Flying to Bengaluru from Australia couldn't be easier, with flights departing daily from most major cities. Currently, there are no direct flights available. You can fly with the following airlines to Bengaluru, with one stopover en-route:

  • Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur - Departing Perth, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Singapore Airlines via Singapore - Departing Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
  • Thai Air via Bangkok - Departing Perth, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong - Departing Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane
  • Emirates via Dubai - Departing Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane
  • Qatar Airways via Abu Dhabi - Departing Perth, Adelaide
  • Srilankan Airlines via Colombo - Departing Melbourne
  • Air India via New Delhi - Departing Sydney

Getting to and from the airport

Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport is about 35km from the city centre. There are a few transfer options available:

Taxi: Taxis are the fastest and most flexible way to get into Bengaluru. Taxi rates range from $15 to $20AUD. The trip will take from 45 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic.

Rideshare: Uber and Ola both service the airport. Rates are slightly cheaper than a taxi, expect to pay about $11 to $13AUD. You may have to wait longer for a rideshare service than a taxi. The trip will take from 45 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic.

Bus: The Vayu Vajra airport shuttle operates every 30 minutes, 24/7. Tickets are very affordable; between $2 and $4AUD. However, it's not the fastest option. Expect the trip to take around 2 hours.

Getting to Bengaluru

There are thousands of Uber and Ola drivers operating in Bengaluru, making it a convenient and fast way to get around.

For a more traditional method of transportation, try an auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk). Make sure to negotiate a reasonable price with your driver first. If you're not sure what an average ride is worth, check with a local. Once you've settled on a fee, hold tight and enjoy the ride!

For the fastest and cheapest way to get around, use the Namma Metro network. The trains run every 15 minutes, and fares are as little as $0.20AUD

What to do in Bengaluru

Bengaluru Palace: England's Windsor Castle inspired the design of this palace, resulting in a Tudor style castle, complete with fortified towers, archways, and a meticulous garden. It's quite a juxtaposition to traditional Indian architecture and well worth the visit.

National Gallery of Modern Art: Housed in a historic colonial manor, this world-class art museum is a must for every art lover. The gallery features a large wing of modern and contemporary art from Indian and international artists. The old-wing features artworks from pre-independence, with some pieces dating back to the early 18th century.

Tipu Sultan's Palace and Fort: This building, constructed entirely from exquisitely carved French rosewood, was Tipu Sultan's summer palace from 1791 to 1799. Now it houses a museum where you can see antiquities from the Hyder-Tipu reign (1760-1799).

ISKCON Temple: This temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Get a glimpse into Hindu spirituality by observing one of the chanting ceremonies that are held every 15 minutes in the main hall.

Krishna Rajendra Market: This vibrant local market is a must for all photographers. You'll find flowers, fresh produce, spices and more. Arrive early to experience the best colours of this bustling flower market.

Big Bull Temple and Ganesh Temple: This famous Bull Temple dates back to the 16th century. Its main feature – and namesake – is a giant bull carved from a granite boulder.

What to eat in Bengaluru

Enjoy eating with the locals at VV Puram, a well-known strip of eateries serving up classic Indian street food. Don't leave without trying these dishes:

Mangalore Buns: This local delicacy consists of a fluffy puri (deep-fried bun) made out of bananas. It's generally served with coconut chutney and sambar (a lentil-based soup).

Dal Obattu: Dal Obattu, or Puran Poli, is a sweet Indian flatbread. The only way to eat it is piping hot and sprinkled with Ghee.

Bhaji: Bhaji is a spicy deep-fried snack, with many different flavour options. Vegetables are a classic filling, but potato, capsicum, and banana varieties are also well worth trying.

Vada Pav: Vada Pav is Bengaluru's answer to a Big Mac. The dish consists of a spicy deep-fried potato patty served between a white bread bun.

Finally, wash down all these delicious treats with a locally brewed craft beer, Bengaluru is the craft beer capital of India after all! There are over 40 microbreweries to choose from, but Arbor Brewing company and Biere Club are two of the best.

Check if you need a visa to travel

It is a requirement for most nationalities to have a visa to enter for more than 72 hours.  Visa information can be found here.

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