The irony of traveling by flight to neighboring states has always been that often the cost of getting to the airport is almost as expensive as the ticket to Maharashtra or Karnataka. For instance, a flight to Pune in the first week of April 2019, will cost an average of Rs. 2500. The trip to the airport, however, could cost Rs. 1500 to 1800. But what if you could travel to the airport for a fraction of the cost? That’s where the Kadamba Airport Shuttle comes in.
Trial and error
For a while now, the airport shuttle has existed through changing times and schedules, but due to poor response and opposition from local taxi drivers, the service has been forced to resign. That is until now, where there has been a resurgence in the operation, with the addition of extra routes and buses to ferry travelers across various time bands. This means that there is no longer a ‘one time fits all’, forcing the service to become redundant owing to long wait times.
Easy access for most
The air-conditioned Volvo buses will now ply six times a day from Calangute and Panjim to the Dabolim airport and back. At a rate of just Rs. 100 from Panjim and Rs. 150 from Calangute, the ticket price is a fraction of the cost of a taxi ride. To ensure a guaranteed seat on the bus, airport shuttle tickets can also be booked online at www.goakadamba.com and www.redbus.in. Though there is only a single pickup point for Panjim, the main KTC bus stand, there are a few options if traveling from Calangute. Ticket holders can choose to board the Calangute bus from the KFC roundabout near the taxi stand, the Calangute football ground, or the popular Dolphin Circle in front of St. Alex Church.
What do you think of this service? Do you think it’s convenient? Let us know in the comments below.