Expensive internal flights for tourists
Some internal flights in India can be very expensive for tourists, so check prices before you plan your route, eg: only one airline fly from Goa to Cochin ( its a one hour flight) and they quote me almost 16,000 Indian Rupees return ( they work out price in USD), And then I will still have to pay extra for an agent to book the flightRelated to:
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cheapest way to reach goa
Last week i had a visit to goa and you cant believe it was my cheapest visit to goa. I took train from VT (konkan Kanya Express) around 11.00 pm. I alight at THIVIM station. Than by walking 2 min i reached to main road where i got got buses which dropped me at MAPUSA BUS STAND. And the ticket cost was just 7 rs. It means from mumbai to mapusa it took hardly 300 rs. I cant beleive.
Any where from goa you can pick up a bike and roam around goa in your style. They will cost you Rs. 200/- per day . the bike are in good condition . Most preferrable bike is Hero Honda Splendour (Its milage is good than others). You can bargain with them if you want it for a week.
Small white taxis
The tourist taxis wait outside your hotel they get to know you before you know them, If you want them for a tour (soo much cheaper than the Tour Operators) fix a good price. If you just need them to take you to the beach, resturant shops etc,,, Don't agreed for them to come back, its so eay to get another taxi back to your hotel. It seems a great idea but 11 until 4 on the beach may be fine one day but may be too much the next!! Also in resturants you may want to leave earlier or later.
The little Tuktuks are fun and cheaper than the taxis but only for short journeys.
Little white taxi's
The white 'tourist' taxi's are found outside every hotel in Goa, and are a great way to get about. On your first day the local taxi drivers will know you have just arrived. When you get your first taxi they will ask 'is it your first time to Goa?'...don't say yes even if it is! Just say 'we were here last year'...that way you'll get the normal fares straight away! They are cheap...reliable...and more or less safe. You can use them for local journeys...for about 50p...or hire them for the day...rates will vary...but look for about 10/12 pounds...and thats for one person...or as many as you can cram in!
To get about, get a moped
If you wanna get out of the resorts, GET YOURSELF A MOPED! It seems like everyone you speak to knows someone who's got a moped for rent, and at the end of the season, you can get some really good deals. I secured mine for 150rs a day, which was pretty darn cheap. Ask around, don't be afraid to barter and remember that on your first coupla days, you're still getting used to local prices. For the more adventurous, try hiring an Enfield motorcycle. They're bigger, faster (and therefore more dangerous) but they do say that you've got to be a native to be able to actually start one.
Once you've sorted out your scooter, don't be afraid to explore, however, if you can, stay off the main highways. I took a couple of taxi/bus trips out and about and I wouldn't suggest going out on anything smaller than a REALLY big car. Stick to local highways. They're not very well signposted, but as long as you know roughly where you're heading, people will always be willing to help you out with directions.
Remember the rules of the road. It's a very simple hierarchy, whatever's biggest has the right of way. However, don't forget that the cow is sacred in India, so they're at the top of the hierarchy and you'd be in big trouble if you injured one.
It's possible that you'll have to get a ferry to head to where you need to be. When I was there, foot passengers and mopeds travelled for free but be warned: you've got to be fearless. Get on quickly so you've got enough time to turn your moped round so you're facing out the way you came for a quick exit.
Motor bike/moped hire in Goa is really cheap and you can get a moped from as little as 200 rupees per day (£2.50) and upwards.
Personally we didnt hire a bike, for 2 reasons....
1 - its really cheap in taxis/tuk tuks and works out just about the same,
2 - the Goans are CRAZY drivers!
Thats all we can say really, some people did hire, some didnt... it really is your own choice.. but the roads are very dangerous.Related to:
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Tourist taxis are usaully white or black with a yellow roof, and all have a yellow number plate.
They are a great way to get around and are really cheap, you can generally get your hotel to order one for you or flag one down.
Generally the goverment have set taxi tarifs they should all carry in the taxis, so if you order one from your hotel the price should be set, however if you do flag one down ensure you set the price before you get in.
Sometimes you can agree for them to wait for you too, it works out at something like 35 p an hour!, and you can usually hire a cab for 1000 rupees a day ( aprox £12 ).
As time goes on in your travels/holiday you get to know what a good price is!
Ensure you check out our tourist traps on our other page!Related to:
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The best ' short trip ' way to get around, in our opinion.
Tuk tuks are great fun, really bouncy ride and can only carry 2 passengers but are cheaper than cabs and are an experience!
You can flag them down in most areas and are ideal to get around to local areas, If your thinking of travelling a little further a field grab a tourist taxi.
Remember to set your price before you get in, a typical price from Arpora to Baga is 60 rupees, and Candolim 100 rupees.Related to:
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If you do decide to hire a motorbike...use your horn a lot!
Horns are used to shoo cows or other animals off the road...or to say 'I'm overtaking you'...or to say..'I'm coming around a blind bend, watch out!'...so use it often...let pedestrians and other drivers know you are around!
If its your first time..
Arrivals: You walk off the tarmac...then immigration...which can be slow...then downstairs...to get your bags...don't rush for a trolley...its only 50 yards to be outside! There's now an ATM so you can change money. If you are on a package tour...there will be reps..and a coach...but its slow...you'll probably wait an hour...at least...before you leave. There is a taxi service...only costs about 6 pounds to most rseorts...or less!
Once you are checked in...DON'T go through to the departure lounge...theres nothing there! Wander around...find a bar...allow yourself an hour to eventually go through...its chaotic...but you'll make the flight!
If you hire a motorbike or car whilst in Goa make sure you carry your international drivers license with you. The local police love to set roadblocks up and then 'charge' you if you do not have a license on you. They do it all over Goa but particularly on the Calangute/Arpora Road on a Saturday, and the Calangute/Mapusa road on a Friday.i
It is quite easy to get around Goa, there are buses as well as car rentals. There is also the motorcycle taxi. Several ferry services are also available.
Actually to get around we hired a taxi for the day, it was very inexpensive. We went into Panjim from the resort of Candolim and a return trip cost approx 5 pounds for a half day, with driver guiding and staying with us.Related to:
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Bus from Margao
If you want to get to Colva Beach, you can catch a bus from Margao, it leaves from the KTC busstand, which is 3 km north of Margoa. The bus stops about 1 km from the beach, you can walk the rest or catch a ride with a taxi. From Margao you can take buses to places like Vasco di Gama and Old Goa.
There are trains to Margao, but I remember it was a bit complicated, the trainsstation is outside the citycenter somewhere and I am not sure what the name was.Related to:
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