sarnath is only 13 kms from varanasi. But choose not to go on friday becoz the museum will be closed on all fridays. I hired a auto riskaw to go to and from sarnath from varanasi hari chandra gatt. The driver agreed 300 to go and come. But once i reached sarnath i local person introduced himself as guide asked me to hire him for 30 rs who got supported by my driver. But it is just a waste because he took me to only two temples of buddha and said that is it. But the real visit to sarnath is to see the museum and ashokas pillar. The auto driver also forced me to go to varanasi because the time is only 30 minutes to wait for me. after a quarell with him i took him to a local police who helped me.
so guys take a auto one way to sarnath and have a good look of the ruins, museum and the rest. Avoid any luring person as a cheap guide for 20, 30 and 50 rs.
Sarnath is just 10 kilometers away from Varanasi. So the best way to come to this city if you are in Varanasi is just taxi a taxi/other motor vehicle on hire and it will take you a maximum of half an hour to reach there. The reason it takes such a time is because of the dusty, broken road at places.
I took an auto rickshaw to Sarnath, located about 10km north of Varanasi where Buddha preached his message of the middle way to nirvana. I agreed a price of Rs150 with my driver before we set off which included the trip there, waiting time and the trip back. Considering I spent about 2 hours visiting and the journey there and back was another 45 minutes or so, this wasn't a bad price.
You can take an autorikshaw from Varanasi to Sarnath. We paid 50 roepies per person.
The ride is pretty bumpy and the rikshaw drivers drive like madmen. So say your prayers before getting in. Ones in there you need your hands to keep your balance.
We took a taxi from Varanasi to Saranath from directly outside our hotel. The cost was Rs300, which seemed to be "standard" i.e. two days in a row with two different taxis cost the same amout. We didn't barter, so probably could have got it for less.
Getting around Sarnath is easy. There are taxi’s which will transport you from Varanasi for a reasonable amount. There are also auto-rickshaws which are fairly cheap and a good experience. Mostly though, while in Sarnath itself, it is best to get around by foot.
If you are traveling by air, you will need to fly to Varanasi (Babatpur) which is the closest to Sarnath. There are flights from Delhi, Agra and Mumbai as well as Kathmandu.
Trains run from major cities in India to Varanasi’s cantonment railway station.
Sarnath is 10 kms north east of Varanasi and can be reached via National highway 29. Buses rung to the Varanasi cantonment railway station.
Autorickshaw from Varanasi is how I came here. I paid the driver 120Rs for two ways from Varanasi and back. The driver parked his autorickshaw here in picture to wait for me in front of this Vaishal Restaurant. This restaurant is about 100 meters from the main tourist attraction.
It's easy to reach Sarnath. The roads are okay here. From Varanasi / Bennares it's the easiest way to get here. The road is suitable for a taxicab, bus, car, motorbike or other bike.
In Sarnath itself you can also try a ride on an elephant.