Ahmedabad

How to get to Ahmedabad!

By Plane

The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) International Airport (IATA: AMD) (ICAO: VAAH) is in the area of Hansol, just 15 km north-east from the city-centre. The airport is expanding with permits for international airlines being given and development of new terminals.

Ahmedabad-International-AirportThere is an international direct flight to New York / New Jersey (Newark) via Mumbai served by Air India. Non-stop flights are available for Muscat, Kuwait (Kuwait Airways), Dubai (Emirates), Doha/Qatar (Qatar Airways), Sharjah (Air Arabia) and Singapore (Singapore Airlines).

Ahmedabad is well-connected domestically via daily flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Indore, Chennai,Bangalore, Goa, Kolkata, Jaipur, Pune, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Nagpur with connecting flights to several other Indian cities and towns. Recently, flights to Kandla and Surat have also been launched. Most domestic airlines have a flight in and out of Ahmedabad.

Travelers hoping to arrive at the airport early should be advised that the international terminal is not open 24 hours, and may not open until late afternoon. Similarly, as at other Indian airports, you will likely be denied entry until approximately three hours before your scheduled flight even if the terminal is open. Therefore, boarding a connecting flight between a domestic and an international flight will often involve waiting outside the airport with the throngs of touts for several hours.

From Airport to City

By Car

The Hansol area where the airport is located, lies near the river banks, between the areas of Shahibaug and Naroda that give access to Ahmedabad. For travelling to most of the main areas of Ahmedabad, head in the direction of Shahibaug. To the opposite of the river banks is the area of Motera – Chandkheda which are the northern ends of Ahmedabad and are better accessible through Koteshwar – Bhat Road (enters Motera through Koteshwar) or Ring Road (leading to Visat, turning left at Tapovan circle); both these roads branch at different points on the road from Airport Circle (in direction of Naroda from the airport) to Koba Circle (take left from Airport Circle on to Indira Bridge). Also, the famous S. G. Highway can be accessed by heading straight on the Ring Road, instead of turning left for Visat.

The twin city and the state capital, Gandhinagar, is accessible through the road from Airport Circle (in direction of Naroda from the airport). Take left from Airport Circle on to Indira Bridge and keep straight onto the inter – city highway, crossing round-abouts at Tapovan Circle and Koba Circle, ending at ‘Indroda Circle’ (CH 0), the starting point of Gandhinagar (from South).

By auto rickshaw/taxi

An auto rickshaw or a taxi should cost roughly Rs 200 – 300 respectively. Save yourself considerable hassle by using the prepaid booth, or better yet, arrange a pickup through your hotel.

By AMTS bus

AMTS buses serve the airport through the stops of Airport Circle or Sardarnagar Approach almost 1 km from the airport on the ‘Airport Road’.

By BRTS bus

Unfortunately, the BRTS corridor hasn’t yet arrived nearby.

By Train

Ahmedabad Railway Station (ADI) is one of the busiest in India.

Indian Railways have a very wide network all over India and Ahmedabad Railway Station (Station code: ADI) is connected with Mumbai (500 km), Vadodara Jaipur, Jodhpur and Delhi with trains several times a day. Daily connections (or multiple weekly connections) are also available to several other major cities including Bikaner, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Udaipur, Indore, Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Nagpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Chennai, Nagarcoil, Trivendram, Bangaluru, and Coimbatore. Direct trains are also available for Jammu, Patna, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Kolhapur, Goa, Mangalore, Cochin, Trivandrum, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Ahmedabad Railway Station (Station code: ADI), the main railway station serving the city, is located in Kalupur (Central Ahmedabad). The other stations serving Ahmedabad are Maninagar, Vatva, Gandhigram, Asarva, Chandlodia, Chandkheda, Saij, Kalol Jn, Kali Gam, Vastrapur, Sabarmati, Sarkhej, Naroda, Gandhinagar, Khodiyar, Aamli. Although the important and well-connected ones are only Sabarmati Junction (Station code: SBI) located in the suburb of Sabarmati (North Ahmedabad), and Maninagar Railway Station (Station code: MAN) located in Maninagar (South Ahmedabad).

The website of Indian Railways will show you trains from a particular station to your destination along with days, timings, fares and availability. This will help you find trains from individual stations of Ahmedabad (separate searches) as NOT all trains stop at all stations except ofcourse, the main Ahmedabad Railway Station (Station code: ADI) where each train halts (and for longer durations than any other station). Booking can be done through the website of IRCTC, a subsidiary of Indian Railways or through any of the railway reservation centres throughout India.

From Railway Station to City

Ahmedabad Railway Station

It is located in the area of Kalupur (Central Ahmedabad). It has a road-side Janmarg BRTS stand within the campus of the railway station, which is just outside the main entrance of the railway station. It is directly served by BRTS buses on the Line no. 9 (towards RTO Circle (North Ahmedabad) and towards Ellisbridge (West Ahmedabad)) and Line no. 10 (towards Vasna (South Ahmedabad)). AMTS also directly serves the station to various parts of the city.

Sabarmati Junction

It is located in the suburbs of Sabarmati (North Ahmedabad), and is served by BRTS buses through the BRTS stations of either Sabarmati Powerhouse (closer to the railway station) or Sabarmati Police station, both on Line no. 8 (towards Maninagar (South Ahmedabad) and towards Visat Junction (serving the suburb of Chandkheda)). It is also served by AMTS buses directly.

Sabarmati Railway Station

Maninagar Railway Station

It is located in Maninagar (South Ahmedabad) and is directly served by BRTS buses on Line no. 1 (towards RTO Circle (North Ahmedabad)), Line no. 5 (towards Iskcon (West Ahmedabad)) and Line no. 8 (towards Visat Junction (North Ahmedabad)). AMTS buses also serve the railway station.

By Bus

Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has buses from all the parts of the Gujarat state entering into the city with the central bus terminus at Geeta Mandir along with other terminals at Subhash Bridge and Naroda; some minor stops are Paldi and Sabarmati Tollnaka, etc. It is advisable to pre-book seats due to the major possibility of crowding.

From Bus Terminals/Stops to City

The GSRTC Central Bus Terminus located at Geeta Mandir (Central Ahmedabad) is served by BRTS buses through the BRTS station of Aastodia Darwaja on theLine no. 9 (towards RTO Circle (North Ahmedabad) and towards Ellisbridge (West Ahmedabad)) and AMTS buses serve through the stop of Astodia Darwaja.
The GSRTC stop of Sabarmati Tollnaka is accessible through the BRTS station of Sabarmati Police station, both on Line no. 8 (towards Maninagar (SouthAhmedabad) and towards Visat Junction (serving the suburb of Chandkheda)). AMTS buses also have a stop nearby.

By Car

From South Gujarat/Maharashtra

You could drive to Ahmedabad from Mumbai on the new highway (NH-8) that’s been built, but it will take you around 8 hours (without any traffic jams) to do the 550 odd Kilometers. You will pass Vapi, Valsad, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, and Nadiad on your way. Driving on the NH-8 is an energy sapper and no fun as there is a huge amount of truck traffic. Be aware that broken down trucks on the highway regularly cause traffic jams for hours on end. The journey from Vadodara to Ahmedabad can also be done through the dedicated express way (NE-1) which does not pass through any towns, rather than NH-8.
The expressway from Vadodara (South Gujarat) to Ahmedabad will end at C.T.M (South Ahmedabad).

Via East
Turning right at C.T.M is the Narol – Naroda Road leading you to Naroda in North East Ahmedabad, while passing through the areas of Vastral, Odhav, Nikol, etc. on the right side of the road and the areas of Maninagar, Shastri Nagar, Hansol (Airport Area) on the left side of the road. For the northern areas of Sabarmati, Motera, Chandkheda, etc. turn right at Naroda Patiya Circle, where the Narol – Naroda Road ends, head straight on NH – 8 and turn left at Ranasan Circle onto Ring Road. Turn left at Tapovan Circle, after a few kms, Motera will be on the left side of the highway, Chandkheda on the right. The highway ends at Visat, from where turning left will lead you to Sabarmati.

Via West
Turning left at C.T.M is the Narol – Sarkhej Road which passes through Nehrunagar, Narol, Vatwa, Ghodasar, etc. ending at a T-junction on Vasna Road (or Jawaharlal Nehru Road). From here turn left, pass through the areas of Juhapura, Makarba, etc. till a Y-junction arrives. The right arm will lead you to Sarkhej Cross Roads, from where you turn right onto the S G Highway. The left arm at the Y-junction will lead you via Sarkhej, at Santhal Circle, turn right onto the Ring Road. Ring Road is preferable if your destination is far (near North Ahmedabad), otherwise use S G Highway. Also for Bopal, use only Ring Road. The major entry points from S G Highway are the areas of Prahladnagar, Shilaj, Vastrapur, Satellite, Bodakdev, Thaltej, Sola, Ognaj, Gota, etc.
From Gandhinagar/North Gujarat/Rajasthan.

From Gandhinagar/North Gujarat/Rajasthan

Via North and East

You can enter Ahmedabad by passing through Gandhinagar. The inter – city highway starts at Indroda Circle (CH 0) (South Gandhinagar), passing through Koba Circle and Tapovan Circle and ends at Visat (North Ahmedabad), the junction to the suburbs of Sabarmati, Motera and Chandkheda. Rather than going to Visat, you can also choose to join Ring Road: From Koba Circle head on the road to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) International Airport, but turn left at Rajasthan Hospital Circle and you’re on Ring Road. From here you can connect to the areas of East Ahmedabad such as Nikol, Odhav, Vastral, etc. Also the areas of South Ahmedabad, such as Ramol, CTM, Ahmedabad – Vadodara Expressway, Narol, Vatwa, etc. are accessible through Ring Road.

Via West

Another option is to bypass Gandhinagar using Mahatma Mandir Road, then turning right at Sargasan Circle onto S G Highway. You may stay on the S G Highway or turn right at SGVP Circle (also known as Vaishnodevi Circle) onto Ring Road. There are several entry points along the border of West Ahmedabad, such as Gota, Ognaj, Sola, Thaltej, Bodakdev, Satellite, Vastrapur, Shilaj, Bhopal, Prahladnagar, Sarkhej (where S G Highway ends) and Juhapura. For getting to Bhopal, use Ring Road rather than S G Highway. Also, if you’ve to go to South Ahmedabad, choose Ring Road as it’ll be a much faster option than S G Highway.

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