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How To Reach Vadodara (Baroda)
Vadodara is the third largest city in the state of Gujarat after Surat and Ahmedabad. Before the rise of modern industrialization and commercialization, Vadodara was known for its cultural and educational wealth.
It has some amazing places to visit especially for those who have interests in art and history. If you plan on spending some time in this beautiful city, getting here is easy. Because of its commercial, religious, and cultural importance, it is very well connected with other major parts of the country. The easiest way to reach Vadodara is by train and the fastest way to reach is by flight. Let’s discuss them in detail.
The Vadodara station is 33 meters above the sea level and falls in the western division of the Indian Railways. It is about 400 km away from the financial capital of the country - Mumbai, 100 km away from the state capital - Gandhinagar, and about a 1000 km away from the national capital - Delhi.
Vadodara Junction is about 8 km away from Vadodara Airport. It’s a major railway station that has 7 platforms and about 385 trains (including Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi, and Garib Rath) have their stoppages here. The travel time is between 5 to 6 hours From Mumbai in premium trains such as Rajdhani and around 8 hours and above in express and other mail passenger trains.
Also, 20 trains originate from the Vadodara station to other states and cities and 20 trains terminate here. So if you plan on traveling by trains to this city, you have a variety of options to choose from. The train tickets can be booked from the IRCTC website and the cost of the ticket can be checked at www.irctc.co.in.
Vadodara Airport offers both domestic and international flights to other cities and countries. It falls under the management of the Airport Authority of India. Daily there are about 22 flights taking off from Vadodara Airport. There are direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, and other metro cities. Again, there are multiple options if you want to reach Vadodara through flights.
The travel time is just about 1 hour and 10-15 minutes from Mumbai and 1 hour 30 minutes from Delhi. So it’s much quicker to reach by flight. Tickets can be booked easily from any air ticket booking website and the cost of the ticket varies depending upon the airline and your travel plan.
The bus service is available that connects you to this city from other important cities and states. Various bus operators including Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), Neeta Tours and Travels, Chirag Travels, Eagles Falcon Bus Services, Chartered Bus etc are providing regular bus services to help you reach this city.
Vadodara has many bus stops so you have many options to get down at different parts of the city. Tickets for private and public buses can be booked easily through any booking website and the ticket cost ranges between 1000-3000 Indian Rupees.
Getting around in Vadodara is easy. It’s a big city and you have multiple options to visit tourist places. Local transport mainly consists of city buses and auto-rickshaws (three-wheelers) which are cheap can be availed easily.
It is recommended to ask for meter usage rather than going by their words. The charges payable are 10 times the amount shown in the meter, plus 1. (for example, if the meter shows 4.80, the fare is ₹48+₹1 = ₹49 for a 5-6 km journey). An additional ₹5 is charged if the passenger count increases to 4. The VITCOS City Buses walks you through all parts of the city and the bus stand is just opposite the Vadodara Junction Railway Station. The buses are comfortable and inexpensive.
The other option is to book a cab and move around in the city. You can hire a cab for a day for different sightseeing excursions. The price varies and starts at Rs. 500 for a day.