The airport is at Dabolim. From Dabolim airport, 29 km via the Zuari Bridge from Panjim, internal flights can be taken through Air India to Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.
Air India, 18th June Rd, T0832-243 1101. Indian Airlines and Alliance Air, Dempo House, D B Marg, T0832-223 7821, reservations 1000-1300, 1400-1600, airport T0832-254 0788, flights to Bengaluru (Bangalore), Delhi and Mumbai daily (US$95), and Chennai. British Airways, 2 Excelsior Chambers, opposite Mangaldeep, MG Rd, T0832-222 4573. Jet Airways, Sesa Ghor, 7-9 Patto Plaza, T0832-243 1472, airport T0832-251 0354. Flights to Mumbai (US$103), and Bengaluru (Bangalore). Kuwait Airways, 2 Jesuit House, Dr DR de Souza Rd, Municipal Garden Sq, T0832-222 4612. Sahara, Live-In Appt, Gen Bernard Guedes Rd, airport office, T0832-254 0043. To Mumbai, US$95, daily, and Delhi.
Easily available but agree a price beforehand (Rs 20-35), more after dark. Motorcycle taxis and private taxis are a little cheaper.
Crowded Kadamba (KTC) buses and private buses operate from the bus stand in Patto to the east of town, across the Ourem Creek, T0832-222 2634. Booking 0800-1100, 1400-1630. The timetable is not strictly observed: buses leave when full. Frequent service to Calangute 35 mins, Rs 7; Mapusa 15 mins, Rs 8 (try to catch a direct one). Via Cortalim (Zuari bridge) to Margao 1 hr, Rs 10; Vasco 1 hr, Rs 8. To Old Goa (every 10 mins) 20 mins, Rs 5, continues to Ponda 1 hr, Rs 8.
‘Luxury’ buses and ‘Sleepers’ (bunks are shared). Prices double at Diwali, Christmas and New Year, and during the May school holidays. Private operators: include Laxmi Motors, near Customs House, T0832-222 5745; company at Cardozo Building near KTC Bus Stand; Paulo Tours, Hotel Fidalgo, T0832-222 6291.
State buses are run by Kadamba TC, Karnataka RTC, Maharashtra RTC. Check times and book in advance at Kadamba Bus Stand. Unlicensed operators use poorly maintained, overcrowded buses; check out beforehand.
Buses to Bengaluru (Bangalore): 1530-1800 (13 hrs), Rs 300; Belgaum: 0630-1300 (5 hrs); Gokarna and Hospet (Hampi): 0915-1030 (10 hrs), Rs 150 (Rs 350 sleeper); Hubli: many; Londa: 4 hrs, Rs 60; Mangalore: 0615-2030 (10 hrs), Rs 180; Miraj: 1030 (10 hrs); Mumbai: 1530- 1700 (15 hrs+), Rs 550 (sleeper), others (some a/c) Rs 300-450; Pune: 0615-1900 (12 hrs), Rs 200, sleeper Rs 400.
Hertz, T0832-222 3998; Joey’s, town centre opposite the Mandovi Hotel, T0832-242 2050, Rs 700 per day (80 km) with driver. Sai Service, 36/1 Alto Porvorim, north of the Mandovi Bridge, T0832-241 7063, or at airport. Wheels, T0832-222 4304, airport, T0832-251 2138.
Flat-bottomed ferries charge a nominal fee to take passengers (and usually vehicles) when rivers are not bridged. Panjim-Betim (the Nehru bridge over the Mandovi supplements the ferry); Old Goa-Diwar Island; Ribandar- Chorao for Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
Tourist taxis are white; hire from Goa Tourism, Trionora Apts, T0832-222 3396, about Rs 700 per day (80 km). Share-taxis run on certain routes; available near the the ferry wharves, main hotels and market places (up to 5). Mapusa from Panjim, around Rs 10 each. Airport, about 40 mins; Rs 380.
TrainSome Konkan Railway trains stop at Karmali, T0832-228 6398, near Old Goa (20 mins taxi). Rail Bookings, Kadamba Bus Station, 1st floor, T0832-243 5054, 0930-1300 and 1430- 1700. South Central Railway serves the Vasco–Londa/Belgaum line; for details see page , and Margao (Madgaon), page .
Stay In Touch
Many private agencies change TCs and cash. Thomas Cook, 8 Alcon Chambers, D B Marg, T0832-243 1732, Mon-Sat. Also for Thomas Cook drafts, money transfers; Amex, at Menezes Air Travel, Rua de Ourem, but does not cash TCs. Cash against certain credit cards from Central Bank, Nizari Bhavan; Andhra Bank, Dr Atmaram Borkar Rd, opposite EDC House, T0832-222 3513; Bank of Baroda, Azad Maidan; HDFC, 18 June Rd, T0832-242 1922, 24-hr ATM, most convenient way to obtain cash in Panjim.
Embassies and consulates
Germany, Hon Consul, c/o Cosme Matias Menezes Group, Rua de Ourem, T0832-222 3261; Portugal, LIC Bldg, Patto, T0832-222 4233; UK, room 302, 3rd floor, Manguirish Bldg, 18th June Rd, T0832-222 8571, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among many charging Rs 35-40 per hr: little.dot.com cyber café, 1st floor, Padmavati Towers, 18th June Rd, 0930-2300. Best in town: Suraj Business Centre, 5 terminals upstairs, excellent fast connection (128 kbps ISDN line), 0900-2300.
Goa Medical College, Av PC Lopez, west end of town, T0832-222 3026, is very busy; newer College at Bambolim; CMM Poly Clinic, Altinho, T0832-222 5918.
PostOld Tobacco Exchange, St Thome, towards Old Patto Bridge, with Poste Restante on left as you enter, Mon-Sat 0930-1730, closed 1300-1400.