Bangalore Bengaluru International Airport (BLR) Information
(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)
The Bangalore Bengaluru International Airport is a large, modern hub serving the city of Bangalore, in southern India
. This is now one of India's busiest airports, with twin terminals handling both domestic and international flights. Only the airports of Mumbai
, New Delhi
are actually busier.
Dozens of cities are served by the resident airlines, which together boast an annual passenger throughput of more than 11 million. This hub for southern India has one main passenger terminal, with both domestic and international arrivals and departures areas.
The airport was opened in 2008 and replaced the existing HAL Airport. It is served by more than 30 airlines, including Air India, Indian Airlines, Kingfisher, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and JetLite, among others. Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air France and British Airways also fly to the Bangalore Bengaluru International.
Bangalore Bengaluru International Airport (BLR)
Address: HAL Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum Airport-Varthur Road, Bangalore, 560 017, India
Tel: +91 80 527 7844
The airport is situated some 35 km / 22 miles to the north-east of Bangalore, which is also know as Bengaluru. National Highway 7 runs close by and connects with Bangalore and the Indian motorway system. The modern airport features an additional separate terminal, known as the Hajj Terminal, for Hajj pilgrims.
Bangalore Airport Guide
- Foreign exchange in International Departures and Arrivals
- ATMs in both terminals, including near the main entrances
- The main passenger terminal has the bulk of the eateries, although both terminals have restaurants in their Departures lounges
- Shops include Sunglass Hut, Desert Books and a PGA Tour Shop, along with duty free in the main passenger terminal
- Car hire companies include Sai Car Rental and Varun Taxi
- Business facilities are available at the nearby Le Meridien Hotel
- Assistance for disabled travellers
- Limited parking, which is best booked online
Driving in Bangalore is not for the fainthearted. However, driving conditions between the airport and the city are reasonable, with the terminals being connected directly to the National Highway 7 via a spur, from where drivers head south. You should allow one hour for the drive into the city, while you can also rent a car with a driver here should you not wish to self-drive.
Often abbreviated as simply BMTC, regular Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses serve the airport every 15 minutes, running to all major points in and around Bangalore and terminating at Subashnagar, in the city centre. Travelling by public bus is cheap and available both day and night, although many hotels lay on shuttle buses for their guests.
Taxis are the best option for getting into the city quickly and directly, with EasyCabs and Meru providing decent services. The vehicles of these firms come with air conditioning and fixed fares, and can be booked and paid for through the KSTDC (Karnataka State Government) desk in the Arrivals area of the main passenger terminal. Shared taxis are also available from Arrivals. Of note, taxis take about an hour to reach Bangalore.
Helicopter transfer is also an option from the Bangalore Bengaluru International Airport to those hotels and buildings that have helipads (eight in total). Birdie and Deccan Aviation are the operators.