How to get to Mysore?

By plane

The nearest international airport is the Bangalore airport near Devanahalli (170 km from Mysore).
Mysore Airport (MYQ), which is nearly 12 kilometers from the city, was inaugurated on May 15, 2010. There is only one flight (Spicejet) to and fro from this airport, and its destination is Bangalore.

Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore

Chamundeshwari Temple Mysore

By train

Mysore Junction is the city’s main station, and there are daily trains plying the route to Bangalore. The fastest and possibly the most comfortable way to travel between Mysore and Chennai is by the Shatabdi Express, which covers the Mysore-Bangalore leg of the journey in 2 hours and the Mysore-Chennai section in 7 hours. Although more expensive than other trains, all the Shatabdi’ coaches are air-conditioned and meals, snacks and a bottle of mineral water are included in the cost of the fare.

There are many trains available from Mysore to Bangalore and vice versa. Tippu Express being the most popular one which covers the distance of 140 km in about 2.5 hours. Tippu Express leaves Mysore at 11 AM and reaches Bangalore by 1:30 PM and leaves Bangalore at 3 PM and reaches Mysore at 5:30 PM. Chamundi Express and Yeshvantapur-Mysore Express (17303/04)are other daily trains between the cities

Apart from above, Mysore is connected to Delhi through Weekly Swarnajayanthi (12781/82); Mumbai through Weekly Sharavati; Chennai by Kaveri Express (Daily)(16221/22); & Shatabdi Express(Except Wednesday)(12007/08); Trichy/Tanjore through Daily Express(16231/32 ); Madurai through Daily Express(6731/32); Tirupati by Fast passenger(56213/14)Daily; Ajmer through Bi-weekly Express(16201/02); Jaipur through Bi-weekly Express(12975/76); Mangalore Daily by Express(16517/18). Apart from Sharavati and Swarna Jayanti, all other trains as above pass via Bangalore city.

Trains to Mysore depart from 1 station in Mangalore: Mangalore Jn (MAJN).

The track between Bangalore and Mysore is in the process of doubling. Work has already been completed for about 60 km of the stretch. The entire completion of the work can reduce the running time of trains by about 15-30 minutes.

By bus

Buses run every 5 minutes from Bangalore. There is a choice of air-conditioned and ordinary vehicles. During the weekends, these buses can fill up, but most of them do not allow you to purchase your tickets in advance. However, buses to Mysore board constantly so finding a bus with seats is never a problem. The KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses are very comfortable, especially the Volvo (Luxury) buses. A one-way ticket from Bangalore to Mysore costs 280 Indian Rupees. One can get a bus for Mysore from the main city bus stand (Majestic) or the satellite bus terminus on Mysore road.

Mysore has two major bus stands. All KSRTC buses arrive and depart from the Central bus stand (aka suburb bus stand), while local buses use the City bus stand.

By car

Mysore is approximately 150 km from Bangalore, and there is a 4-lane highway (2 lanes in each direction) connecting the 2 cities. The traffic is fairly heavy but the drive is extremely comfortable if you discount the unmarked speed bumps that show up at random intervals. Recently, there are around 25-30 speed bumps which shall allow you to reach Mysore in 3 and 1/2 hours via car. Probably a more easier and comfortable way to travel to Mysore from Bangalore is via train (especially the Shatabdi Express – 2:15 hrs). You drive through on SH-17 via Ramnagar-Mandya that takes about 2 hrs to leave Bangalore and 2 more hrs on the highway.

You don’t really need a car and driver to drive you from Bangalore, as all the tourist sites are walking distance or a cheap ride by rickshaw. Alternatively, if you must have a car and driver while there, it is very easy to arrange once you arrive.

Mysore City Palace

Mysore City Palace

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