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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Hire a Cab
Hiring a cab or rather what they call as a Tourist Cab is your better choice of transport around Goa. As the beaches are far apart and you do need some form of transport to get around. Specially if you planning to see all of them in a short period of time.
There other forms of public transport that include local ricks, bikes ad public buses, these can be a hazzel depending on where your are staying. If you a backpacker then you can fit right in @ goa as your options are many.
Personally I prefered the Tax cab that I was able to rent for the whole day.
Taxi from Goa airport
Goa airport is located in Dabolim, not far from the city Panaji. The distance to the beach is however longer. If you don't know how to travel on the buses, you need to take a car. Taxis from the airport are fixed priced according to where you are traveling. Airport-Calangute costs 900 rupies (20 USD) in a small car with max 4 passengers. Big cars are hard to find. There are two hotel information counters in the arrival hall. They can arrange transportation.
Goa airport is a crowded, but small airport. A lot of people are standing outside the terminal when you arrive. If you are fit for bargaining, you can of course try to ask somebody standing outside the terminal for transportation.
It's cheaper to travel from the beaches to the airport. Calangute-airport costs 700 rupies. A big car for 8 people costs 900 rupies.Related to:
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Goa airport (GOI)
Goa airport (GOI) is a small, but crowded airport with both domestic and international flights. The airport is located in Dabolim, less than 30 kms from the city Panaji. The distance to the nearest beach in the north is 45 kms.Related to:
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looking for my angel
this is a bottle in the sea and be sure that's the first time i try to found someone cross at the goa airport the 29 febuary 2008
Iwas travelling with friends and their kids to mumbai by plane,we took the train for coming and it's quite funny but the way back was easyer by plane
i'm looking for a brown man with a blue tee shirt(usa on the back)travelling on british airways from goa to bungalore the 29 febuary,while i was waiting for the mumbai plane,cross at the shop whith my broken credit card to ashame to talk,to said that i had the strange feeling to know that person since a long
not really helpfull for the way to go to goa to bungalore or mumbai but if u ever know a angel to help me please let me know
If you are staying in Calangute try calling Dominic 9850458534. He is a taxi driver and will drive you all day from here to there and will pick you up when you are finished with whatever you are doing. he is very very honest and helpfull. He knows where all the bargains are and even helps you barter for your goods. We only used him as a driver for our stay in Goa.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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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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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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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.
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.
Trains,Buses and Flights are...
Trains,Buses and Flights are available to get to Goa(located on the West Coast of India) Book ahead of time especially during the high season!
Walking is very enjoyable,and so is renting a scooter/bike!
We spent a lot of time in Palolem. The nearest place for food supplies and ATM's is the town of Chaudi. You can walk there, it will take you about half an hour. This can be a bit too much in the Sun, so take the bus. The bus stand in Palolem is at the start of the beach road. The bus will stop at the bus station in Chaudi. Turn left out of the bus stop and walk for a few minutes and you will be in Chaudi. Bus costs 5 Rupees. It does break down sometimes.Related to:
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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.
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