Taxis in Goa are cheap; and the price of a ride is always agreed upon before departure. You can either arrange for the driver to take you one-way only, or to wait for you and then take you back (hourly fee for waiting is approx. Rs 15.-)
I find that this system works well, because the drivers have no reason to take "the stupid tourist" the long-way around! By the time you've been in Goa for 2-3 days, you'll know the approximate "fair fare" for certain distances... you can't blame them for trying to make you pay more, and I don't mind giving a tip, but if you are not sure and if the price seems waaaay to high, ask the staff at your hotel for advice.
And don't worry too much about the crazy driving style of your taxi guy... everyone drives that way, so he's no exception!
Some useful expressions:
Sida - Straight.
Ruko - Stop.
Kitna? - How much?
Bilkul Nahi - Absolutely Not.
Nahi Mangtha - I don't want.
Getting around Goa is very cheap. Lots of tourists and locals ride scooters, however the roads are very bumpy and not lit like roads in the UK. We tended to travel by taxi and our driver was a wonderful man named Nash, he was very reliable and informative and used to pick us up from outside our hotel, take us to our destination and wait for a few hours or more if required until we met up with him again. Costs for this was very cheap, anywhere from 300 - 450 rupees for the whole day. What an experience getting into Panjim during the rush hour ! Glad Nash was driving !!
We travelled quite a lot around Goa, and all by Taxi, as soon as we found a driver we liked ( which was pretty much straight away) we kept using him for the 2 weeks, he showed us the sights and took us to some of the best beaches and got us some great deals with the people he knew. They are comfy and as safe as it gets over there. Oh and they all burn Joss sticks in their taxis!
If youre planning to stay in Anjuna and you need Cars/Bikes on Hire or for transfers "TO or FROM" , contact this person. His name is Shambhu Malvankar. He is an honest and a genuine guy and you can be assured you wont be cheated.
He usually hangs around at Anjuna outside Marys holiday Home.
His Home Number is 2273577
STD FORMAT:- 0832 - 2273577
ISD:- 0091- 832 - 2273577
His cell Number is
If youre in Goa directly dial his cell Number without putting 91.
From other states precede the cell number with 0
The local buses charge around Goa...and you can get anywhere by bus. They are often packed...but are incredibly cheap...and you get to mix with the locals. Calangute to Arpora 4 rupees; Calangute to Mapusa 7 rupees; Calangute to Panjim 15 rupees.
Goa has so many undiscovered places that a tourist guide wouldnt be able to take u to all and also what better way to explore a new place than on ur own.
Bikes available on rent in goa for as long as you want for a few or for weeks. Just produce your driving license and get going. We made our journey by car all the way from hyderabad to Goa, and believe its so much freedom when ur going around not knowing where u are going. On our way back home, these three tired revellers are enjoying a nap in the back seat and in what gr8 comfort!!!
As in other airports and many stations in India there are prepaid taxis from the airport in Goa. There are fixed prices for different locations and you pay at the counter and nothing more to the driver.
Arriving at the airport I asked at the tourist information if the desk I saw (it said you could rent cars and taxis) was where I could get a prepaid taxi. They said there was another counter outside which was cheaper, so that's where I went.
A prepaid taxi to Arambol was 980 rupees (June 2010) and I think it took around 1 hour and 20 minutes. In Arambol the taxi driver dropped me just outside the hotel I was going to.
Goa is very well connected with buses from Goa to other neighbouring cities - including Bombay, Bangalore, Mangalore, etc. Also buses from north to South Goa run frequently. Mapusa is the town where you have to board your buses from if you are going to Panjim, the state capital, or to any other place in north or South Goa. The bus station at Mapusa is a bit of a mess and very disorderly, but people are very helpful with information and rarely will you be misled into catching the wrong bus.
The best way to go around Goa, discover uncrowded beaches and drive around the beautiful countryside dotted with paddy-fields and pretty little churches is to rent a motorcycle or motor scooter. Petrol is cheap and hiring one of these vehicles is easy and cheap. Most petrol pumps or the local garages would offer these on rent.
Firstly: do not book a tour from the hotel for this trip. See a local taxi driver (or 3) and negotiate a price. You are basically taking the driver for the entire day as it takes a good 2 1/2 hours to get to Dhudsagar. Leave early 8am.
Also try to visit the Spice Plantation on the way back, lunch is included and you take a very informative tour of the spice gardens for Rs300 each.. very beautiful place, you will see elephants here too.
Vailankanni Car Rentals in North Goa (Candolim) offers several choices of cars for rent (self-drive or with driver). I would not recommend that you rent a car if you are not accustom to driving in India.
Vailankanni has been in business for over 20 years and we have rented from them a few times. The cars are clean and reliable. Rates are fixed (starting at about USD $30 per day), dependant upon type of car. Be sure to know where petrol stations are before you venture off.
Located next to Candolim football ground.
Old Goa is just 10 kms away from panjim. There are local buses from the Kadamba stop in Panjim. But if you are in a hurry, you can take a moto-rickshaw to leave you there and pick you up at a certain time for about 200 Rs. (bargain!)
I arrived in Goa (Panjim) from Poona in this sleepers bus, rather comfortable as you can travel sleeping. It took about 12 hours to arrive.
From Mumbai you can take too the night train (reserve well in advance) with Konkan Railways, about 12 hours too.
There is a hydrofoil boat service (Damania Shipping's Catamaran) on high season only, 7 and a half hours, but much more expensive.
If you feel that riding a bicycle is too slow and tiresome, hire a bike. You don't need a driver's-license to hire a bike, and it's not expensive. Prices vary from place to place, in Varca beach we paid 250 rupees (about 6 dollars) per day plus petrol (45-55 rupees per liter). As with any type of transport in Goa remember to keep to the left. And don't worry when everyone will beep at you one the road. They are warning you that they are aproaching or just saying hello to you :))
However, please be aware that many travel insurances do not include coverage of traffic accidents if you were riding a bike. So if you get into any accident on your bike, you'll have to deal with it yourself, including the payment for damaging the bike.
If you are not in a mood for riding a bike or bicycle, and taxi is too expensive for you, take a local bus. The rates are very low (10 rupees or so), people are friendly.
Learn about the bus schedule, rates and the nearest bus stop from the reception of your hotel or just from local people.