Bangalore boasts an extensive transit system offering superb connections through the heart of Bangalore city, and across the country.
Taxi – Your safest and most flexible option. For enhanced safety, use a ride-hailing app like Uber or Ola, or order a regular taxi from your serviced apartment in Bangalore.
Bus – Your most cost-effective option. Use the transit network’s app to plan your journey and get real-time updates on the whereabouts of your bus. Be aware that the system can be heavily affected by the city’s traffic congestion.
Metro – Your most efficient option. The metro system connects Bangalore’s residential and commercial areas of the city at a very affordable price. This system is much faster than hitting the road, especially during peak hours.
Tuk tuks – Not for the faint of heart! One of the most common forms of transport, tuk tuks are fast, readily available and very affordable. TukTuk is a taxi hailing app for fast, reliable rides. Ride-hailing apps like Uber, Ola and Namma Yatri can be used to book fast, reliable tuk tuk rides. You can pay by credit card or cash.
Bangalore is notorious for its traffic congestion, so avoid travelling on the road between 8-11am and 6-8pm.
Weather & Climate
With temperatures barely dropping below 24° C (75° F) all year round, Bangalore’s wonderfully mild climate is one of the reasons expats love the city so much. You’ll find summers aren’t too hot and winters aren’t too cold, but the city does experience a monsoon season between June and October. Be sure to pack light waterproof clothing for your stay in Bangalore if you’re visiting during these months, as it can get quite rainy.
Phones & Electricals
Outlets – Purchase a type C, D or M plug adapter if you plan on using any outlets during your stay.
WiFi – There are a number of free WiFi hotspots across the city which you’ll be able to use up to a limit every day. You’ll also have access to free WiFi in your Bangalore serviced apartment.
SIM cards – Avoid international roaming fees by buying a local SIM card. Airtel and Vodafone are India’s largest providers. You'll be able to buy one at Bangalore Airport, most small convenience stores or the carrier store itself.
Safety & Security
Despite India’s negative reputation for safety and security, you’ll be pleased to know that Bangalore is a very safe city. That said, as with any large city, it’s important you follow some general rules. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in crowded places. Check your pockets frequently. Don’t travel to secluded areas, and stay local. Don’t roam around the city alone at night. For more tips on safety and more general information about the city, read this article.
The metro has a “female-only” carriage for the enhanced comfort of female travellers. Firms like Go Pink Cabs also provide safer, female driver-only services for women.
Buying food in supermarkets
As a magnet of world culture, Bangalore offers a deliciously diverse culinary scene of both national and international influence. In fact, whatever you fancy, Bangalore probably has it.
Buying groceries – You can buy your daily groceries from supermarkets like Big Bazaar, Star Bazaar, DMart and SPAR, or you can opt for one of the countless smaller convenience stores dotted across the city.
Markets – With stall-style markets and hole-in-the-wall eateries galore, check out this guide for some inspiration.