3 months into work and no break.
Despite visiting golden Goan beaches on weekends, it was time for Bangalore. I wanted to visit DJ Tiesto’s concert next week, however all my friends were going home that time, and I didn’t want to go alone. So this weekend, it was.
Since college days are over, I prefer to now travel in relative comfort, especially for long journeys. No more teeth rattling journeys on state transport with fellow passengers drooling over you shoulder.
Booking a return journey from Goa to Bangalore, roughly 11-13hrs one way, is relatively simple nowadays because of the Internet. I booked an a/c Volvo leaving on 22nd March and returning to Goa on 24rd March 2013.
Here are 5 simple steps to booking a comfortable bus journey from Goa to Bangalore, especially if you are new to booking in India:
- Go to redbus.in
- Select From (“Panjim“) and To (“Bangalore”). You can choose Mapsa as well, if you are based in North Goa. However, routes may not always be available. Panjim is a central location, easily accessible from North and South Goa, with a higher frequency of buses.
- Select dates of journey and date of return. I prefer to leave on Friday nights and return on Sunday nights to make the most of weekends (good for working people).
- Choose the buses suiting your budget and timing (prices range from US$10-20/INR 600-1100 for a one way trip). You can choose your seats as well. I chose a Sea Bird A/C Volvo Multi Axle because of comfort and early arrival timing, 8 am, in Bangalore.
- After finalizing the buses and seats, all you have to enter are your name, gender, age, Mobile No and email id (required for confirmation messages). Finally, payment can be made via Credit Card, Net banking, Debit Card and Cash Card Options.
- It is a good idea to reach the boarding area at least 15 min before the reporting time. It can be confusing with so many buses around, but people will direct you in the right direction if you ask. I made a slight detour to have a chicken dish and almost missed my first bus. Luckily, my Goan colleague was with me and he dropped me in his car.
- It is a good idea to carry a printout of the e-ticket. I accidentally deleted the confirmation message on my phone. On the return journey, I called the Sea Bird Office, and they said something about me having to get a boarding pass to get on the bus, even though I had a e-ticket printout. This was nonsense, and once I had found the bus, there was no problem boarding it after showing my ticket.
- Helps to have a local friend drop you to the bus stand. Can save time and anxiety, especially if you are new to the place. I don’t know Bangalore that well and was happy to have my friend accompany and point me in the right direction.
- Carry earphones with a music player/your mobile phone. Good to listen to music for long journeys, and also drown out wailing babies and Kannada action movies (they were playing one on my return journey, and I didn’t get a word single word. All the songs were reminiscent of the hilarious Benny Lava video. Watch it here, if you haven’t already!)
I have used Redbus a couple of times now, and am pretty happy with their service. No major problems so far, and I would recommend it for simple, easy booking in India, especially to travel between major cities. For journeys longer then 15 hours, trains would be a better option.
I hope this was useful. Have you ever had any trouble with Redbus bookings? If yes, do share your story of how it was solved (or not) in the comments below. Thanks.