The Bangalore Metro train commenced operations in October 2011. A much anticipated feature of public transport in Bangalore, it had been in the pipeline for more than two decades. The first phase of the Bangalore Metro consists of two lines -- the North-South corridor and East-West corridor -- and covers a total of 42.30 kilometers. Trains travel at a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour. The trains are air conditioned and each have three carriages that can fit a total of 1,000 people.
Here's what you need to know about the Bangalore Metro.
Bangalore Metro Train Stations
- The East-West corridor starts at Baiyappanahalli and ends at Mysore Road. It's 18.10 kilometers long.
- The North-South corridor starts at Nagadandra and ends at Puttenahalli. It's 24.20 kilometers long.
Around nine kilometers of the track are underground near City Railway Station, Vidhana Soudha, Majestic and City Market.
Currently only Reach I of the East-West corridor, from Baiyappanahalli to Mahatma Gandhi Road, is functional. The rest of Phase I was expected to be completed in stages by 2013. However, there have been substantial delays. It is now due to be fully operational by March 2015. Reach 3 and Reach 3a, connecting Sampige Road to Peenya Industrial Area, on the north part of the North-South corridor is due to open next. It's supposed to be commissioned by end of November 2013.
Bangalore Metro Route Map
Downloadable and printable Banglalore Metro map.
Bangalore Metro Timetable
Services start from Byappanahalli and MG Road at 6 a.m. daily. Trains run every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m., every 10 minutes from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. The last service departs at 10 p.m. from both Byappanahalli and MG Road.
When phase one is fully operational, travel time from one end of the East-West corridor to the other is expected to be 33 minutes, and 44 minutes on the North-South corridor.
Bangalore Metro Fares and Tickets
Those traveling on the Bangalore Metro have the option of purchasing Smart Tokens or Smart Cards. There are different fare structures for each.
- Smart Tokens are available at ticket counters at the train stations. Each one is valid for a single journey. When entering a station, swipe the token at the entry gate. When departing a station, drop it in the slot at the exit gate. The minimum fare is 10 rupees. A one way trip from Baiyappanahalli to MG Road costs 15 rupees.
- Smart Cards can also be purchased from stations and offer discounts of 15-23% off the fares for tokens. There are two types of Smart Cards. The "Varshik" is a refillable card that stores credit of up to 1,500 rupees. It's swiped at entry and exit points at the stations, and the fare is deducted. The minimum fare is 8.50 rupees. A one way trip from Baiyappanahalli to MG Road costs 12.50 rupees. The "Sanchar" is a multi-trip card that contains up to 100 trips between two fixed points. It's targeted at commuters that always travel on the same route. Fares are cheaper than those offered on the Varshik card. The minimum fare is 7.65 rupees if you purchase 100 trips in advance.
Integrated bus and Metro travel, offering unlimited journeys for a whole day, is also available for Smart Card holders. A "Saral" ticket costs 110 rupees and includes air conditioned buses (but not the Airport bus). A "Saraag" ticket costs 70 rupees and is only for travel on the Metro and un air conditioned buses.