Bangalore Airport Name and Code:
Bengaluru International Airport (BLR)
Bangalore Airport Contact Information:
- (91)80 2354-0000 for Bangalore airport.
- (91)80 6678-2251/2255 for 24 hour general and flight inquiries.
Bangalore Airport Location:
Devanahalli, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the city center.
Bangalore Airport Overview:
Bangalore is the third busiest airport in India, with over 10 million passengers a year. The airport is brand new and has been constructed by a private company. It opened in May 2008. For a new airport, it's quite disappointing and not as good as the new Hyderabad airport. Despite having much improved facilities, the main issue is that the airport is too small -- particularly the departures area and toilets. It's also located a long way from the city center. Another drawback is the costly user development fee that's levied.
Bangalore Airport User Development Fee:
Departing international passengers must pay a 1,070 rupee ($25) fee, and domestic passengers 260 rupees. This is incorporated into the ticket price.
Bangalore Airport Terminals:
Both the domestic and international terminals at Bangalore airport are in the same building, and share the same check-in hall.
Bangalore Airport Facilities:
- Free wireless internet is available in the terminal building, however users must get a password sent to their mobile phone.
- There's a separate access lane for passengers with special needs. Airlines will also provide wheelchair assistance.
- Porters can be hired to carry luggage.
- Money exchange counters and ATMs are provided.
- The terminal has a shopping area, with a number of shops and duty free outlets.
- There are also airline lounges and a sports bar.
Bangalore Airport Travel Time to City Center:
One to two hours, depending on time of day and traffic.
Bangalore Airport Transport:
A meter taxi from the airport to the city center costs around 800 rupees ($14) one way. Taxis wait in front of the terminal building and in the designated area. However, as a taxi is costly, many people prefer to take the airport shuttle bus service provided by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. These air conditioned Volvo buses are scheduled to depart every 15 minutes from various locations around the city, and cost 150-270 rupees one way.
Alternatively, Viator offers private airport transfers from $15. They can be easily booked online.
Bangalore Airport Travel Tips:
Bangalore airport often experiences fog from November to February early in the morning. If traveling at during these times, do be prepared for unexpected flight delays.
Bangalore Airport Hotels:
The new Bangalore airport doesn't have any retiring rooms.
New branded hotels are being built to meet demand, but these will take a while to be completed. This guide to Bangalore airport hotels reveals the best options in the interim. Most of these are holiday resorts and clubs in the surrounding vicinity.