If you prefer to take a road trip without needing to think about driving yourself, one of the alternate options is to cover the distance by bus. There are several buses, both public and private that ply between the two cities. Moreover, this is also a more economical option of travel.
Types of Buses and Names- There are several travel options including AC and non AC seater and sleeper buses. Government run KSRTC buses can be boarded at Kempegowda bus stand, also known as Majestic. There are at least 6 private travel operators in this popular route including Cauvery Travels, VRL Travels, Sri Balaja Travels, Safari Travels, Greenline Travels and Holidays and Himachal Volvo Tour.
Starting Point (Bus Stops)- The buses originate from several convenient pickup points at Bangalore, some of the common boarding points are Majestic, Yeshwantpur Govardhan Theater, Goraguntepalya, Navarang Circle, Jalahalli Cross, Eighth Main Circle Dasarahalli, and Nelamangala Circle.
Timings of buses- Most of the buses leave Bangalore late in the evening, after 6pm and usually up to midnight.
Number of hours journey- In order to cover the total distance of approximately 250 KM, it can take anywhere from 5 to 7 hours to reach from Bangalore to Chikmagalur, depending upon the number of stops during the trip as well as the traffic and road conditions on the day of travel.
Approximate Fare- The fares start from INR 500 and go all the way to around INR 900 depending upon the type of bus and services offered.
With convenient options, the overnight bus journey tends to be a favourite mode of travel for travellers who prefer to reach Chikmagalur early in the morning. The state run KSRTC buses, especially the multiaxle Airavat Club Class buses are becoming a favoured option by many travellers as these tend to be driven by experienced drivers to assure safety and economical travel. In addition, passengers on these KSRTC buses are provided with blankets and water bottles as well.