Traveller Info: Arriving in Bangalore from Chennai

Try getting into Bangalore from Chennai by bus after 9 p.m. and you may be fleeced in the course of your local travel.
I got in recently from Hosur at 9.15 p.m. and got off at Silk Board point, to travel to Banaswadi Ring Road. The autorickshaw drivers wanted Rs.350 to Rs.400. This is more about twice the fare I had paid by bus to reach Bangalore.
Many other travellers were in a similar plight, and we decided to move to the perpendicular road under the nearby flyover, which has a bus stop with services towards Krishnaraja Puram and tin factory.
A word of caution here. There are scores of call centre transport vehicles that take passengers from this stop towards tin factory at this time of night. I understand that some of them are operated with the sole purpose of money-snatching. The drivers often keep some of their people in the vehicle, and threaten the passenger at knife-point to hand over cash and valuables. So it is better to keep off these vehicles.
KSRTC, the government bus operator has a deluxe service from this bus stop to tin factory at about 10.30 p.m. at an 18-rupee fare. This is a good option, because it takes one to a more connected point, and where autorickshaws are more reasonable.
The KSRTC should actually operate services between the Silk Board-Madiwala bus stops and key locations of the city, say, at half hour intervals, from 9 p.m. to midnight. These could be deluxe services for which passengers are willing to pay.


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