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.
Lots of people hire bikes to get around Goa during their stay. Unless you are a seasoned biker I'd avoid doing this as the traffic rules (or lack of them) are very different, and some roads can have blind turns...and lots of bumps. I've seen tons of people at the airport covered in bandages...so take care!
It's not a problem to find a taxi in Goa. You will be offered taxi services all the time.
Very often it's convenient, and still not so expensive as in other countries, especially if you take a taxi with your friends and share the price.
Agree about the price with the driver in advance. Also agree with him all the details - whether it's a one-way or round trip, how long will he have to wait for you, etc. Pay at the end of the journey, when you are saying thank you and good bye to the driver.
Approximate prices: A round trip from Varca Beach to Margao with two hours of the driver's waiting for us in Margao cost us 800 rupees.
If you're single or Couples then best way to explore Goa is via bike. And if ask how it is possible then I would say -- Bike Hire -- You are free to choose from scootes, bikes & Enfield.
In peak season the rental price will be around -
Scooter -Rs 300
Bike - Rs 400-450
Enfield - Rs 500 & above.
It is necessary to check the legal documents & papers of the hired bikes. Unauthorized bike rental is illegal in GOA
Bicycles for hire are generally available in Goa. I guess we paid too much, but we hired bicycles from a place near our hotel (Colonia Jose Menino, Varca Beach), and there was little choice there. We paid 150 rupees (USD 3.5) for two bicycles for one day.
Riding a bicycle is easy in Goa, as most of it is a plain. Just remember about the left-hand traffic and keep to the left side of the road. Or you can ride the bicycle along the beach on the wet sand.
There are number of ways by which you cab travel around this b'ful city.You can opt from varied range of Taxis,public buses,auto(tuk tuk) but,according to me you are better off when you are in the control.You can hire a bike,jeep,a car or a scooty (non gear bike) for as less as INR 25-50 per day i.e less than a dollar.You can find it with so many local transport lender and we found it just outside the hotel.The owner gave us scooty,petrol,helmet and ask for the rent as well as the deposit(that you would get after you return the vehical back).The deposit again vary from INR 250-500(depending upon how you negotiate).You just need a Road map of Goa and you are good to go.People are friendly and helpful so incase you loose your way(which happened with us)they will help you or better you can call your hotel for the direction and they would be happy to assist you.
Buses are by far the cheapest and best way to get around Goa. We took advice from a travel agent on how to get from Calangute to Palolem beach in the south. We had to take 3 seperate buses and thought this would be a bit of a nightmare, not at all, every changeover you ask a station boy where the next stance is and he will run in front shouting at you to hurry and lo and behold the next bus is there. The conductors on the buses have a whistling communication with the driver, whistled in different `keys` to let the driver know when to stop, start etc. The journey took us 4 hours but it was so entertaining it was not at all boring. We were even sold oranges through the bus window whilst stuck in traffic. The whole journey cost about 150 rupees for both of us about 2 pounds! Great day and good way to see the country. The locals on the bus were so friendly if not a bit curious about us. Everyone was helpful.
Best place to go is the Kadamba bus stand which is on the eastern side of the city you can get buses to Mumbai if you want only a 14-18 hr journey on bumpy roads so choose your bus carefully
Opening times mon-fri 8am 6pm
Sat 9am 5pm
The office has bus and train schedules
A good way of getting around, either take a motorbike taxi which are a cheap and quick way of getting about or hire one yourself, make sure you have your drivers licence with you , and make sure the bikes taxed and insured properly
Rickshaws are normally a cheap and easy way to get around most places in India. I think the exception is Goa. There are no meters and no fixed rates. Rates for short journeys cost more than an hour's ride - and many times the distance than - in Mumbai. If you insist on taking a rickshaw be sure to agree on a price before you get in. I would not recommend taking a rickshaw for a long ride. Buses are very cheap and convenient and taxis are best for day/longer trips.
Public transport is really fast and good in Goa, but most tourists only get around to trying it out after they have visited Goa more than 3 times.
You can take a bus from Baga beach to Mapusa for Rs7, thats a huge reduction of the Rs300 you may pay if you hired a taxi.
Even going into Panaji (Panjim) the Capitol city, you can pay less than Rs10/- each way. Taxis have been known to charge Rs 5-600/- return journey. Small distances like Arpora to Calangute are usually Rs 5/- each way.
Taxi drivers will tell you that Petrol has increased..this is true, but taxis in Goa are still hugely over priced.
If you are a single traveller, then consider taking the motorbike pilot taxi's..hiring a pilot is a cheaper solution than auto rickshaw (you are sometimes charged the same as taxi) or taxi.
After 1: 30 Mins of travel from bangalore by AirDeccan ATR 72-500 Aircraft we have landed by 1540 hrs at Dabolim. Dabolim is the place were the Goa Airport is located which is also a Naval Base Airport. Airport is about 35 Km form Panjim the capital city. we have decide to use the cheapest mode of transportation to reach Panjim and from there to calangute Beach. we took a bus which goes to Vasco got down at a place called chickalim ( 3 Rs / ticket ) and crossed the road took another bus to Panjim ( Rs 10 / Ticket ) its about 45 Mins jounery. jourmey towards panjim was Excellent we could get an oppurtunites to see the ship reparing yards. After reaching panjim we couldnt able to find a bus to calagute calagute is about 18 km from panjim we took bike taxies ( 60rs per bike) he took about 15 mins to reach the calagute beach.
You can hire a scooter, moterbike or even a jeep in Goa it's a good way of getting around I prefered it to going on an orgonised tour, you have much more freedom and for those of you who ride bikes you know what I mean when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing through your hair, any-way there are different types of two wheelers like the Vespa scooter and Honda Kinetic you can hire 50cc mopeds to 350's and bigger but the most popular are the Enfield range espesially the 500cc Bullet even though they have Yamaha's,Suzuki's and Honda's, the price for hiring ranges per day from $5 for the scooters to $20 upwards for the bigger bikes even better is to hire one for the week as the price drops dramatically. but be warned it might be a good idea to take out insurance if they offer it because the roads are not good in some places and I would not recommend riding far at night if you are not an experienced rider as there are some big trucks out there with little or no headlights, and be careful during the day as you can soon burn in the sun as you don't notice the heat so much as you are cruising along without a helmet or shirt. as for the jeeps I don't know thw price as I never felt the need to hire one. Watch out for those pot holes!
Moving aorund panaji takes to u back in time, with the sleepy lanes and beautiful old houses. And since we had our own car, it was all the more relaxing, without a tour guide or a troupe of 50 to 100 people moving in a herd!!
One of the best way to visit the area is to rent a cab for the day. Goa is not big. So in a day, I got to see 5 beaches and 2 cities (Panjim and Goa)...
Cab are very cheap and our driver was very happy to act as tourist guide.