With its golden sand, stunning beaches, ancient structures and other natural wonders, Goa is perhaps the coolest place in India that no one should miss out on. Goa is a wonderful spot, with plenty of festivities and lively events that every tourist will enjoy. To assist tourists in fully exploring this place in the most considerable amount of time, there are various modes of public transport available. The good part is that local transport suits everyone’s budget and taste. From air-conditioned buses to auto rickshaws, you can choose the right kind of transport depending on your budget. Definitely, there is no shortage of local transport when getting around Goa.
Before traveling around this tiny state, you should be aware that Goa is subdivided into two districts – North Goa and South Goa. Panaji holds the headquarters of North Goa and is further divided into four divisions – Panaji, Ponda, Bicholim and Mapusa. In South Goa, Margao is the headquarters and the entire district is divided into three – Quepem, Vasco and Margao.
Getting around Goa on land is easier these days. Buses are by far the cheapest way of traveling in different parts of Goa. However, they are usually crowded and slow as they follow a certain schedule. When transporting via Goa buses, there are certain guidelines you ought to know.
In South Goa, you need to reach Margao Bus station to catch a bus. In North Goa, you can ride a bus via major roads and near beaches. Because of the absence of dedicated bus stops, you have to ask a police officer or any local where to catch buses. There is no direct bus route from North to South Goa and vice versa. As such, if you are in North Goa and wanted to travel to south, you have to go to Panaji and buy a Non-Stop bus ticket to Margao. Likewise, if you are in South Goa and plan to go to north, you need to go to Margao for a ticket to reach Panaji. From there, you can catch a bus to travel to your place of interest.
Besides riding buses, plenty of faster and more convenient transport modes are available for getting around Goa. Self-driven car rental is one of those that is available in Goa, but it is expensive. Auto-rickshaws, motorcycle and motorcycle taxis are unique transport modes you can ride. They are convenient as they can go into narrower places where big vehicles may not reach. You can distinguish motorcycle taxis by their white number places and yellow mudguards.
Currently, tourism plans on getting around Goa by plane are still underway. The concept of seaplane taxis and helicopter tourism were only some of the initiatives being planned by the Goa Tourism Department, aiming to diversify the Goa experience as well as lure high-spending tourists to this tiny state.
So much for air flight tourism. The waters are perhaps the more preferable option here, though. One can surely enjoy getting around Goa by boats and ferries. Sea and river transport have been used as a mode of local transport for several centuries. Even until today, you can discover several tourist places by riding on boat and ferries. Some of the most common routes include Old Goa to Divar Island, Panaji to Betim via Mandovi River, Siolim to Chopdem via Tiracol River and Cavelossim to Assolna.