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How to Reach Cochin & Ernakulam

How to Reach Cochin & Ernakulam by Air

Cochin International Airport serves Cochin and Ernakulum. It is one of India’s major airports and is well connected both internationally and domestically. It is 30 km from Kochi city. There are two terminals; one for domestic and one for international.

The International Terminal has 23 immigration counters in the Arrival Hall and escalators link you to the baggage hall. There are fully computerized airline counters, postal service, ISD/STD, executive lounges and bureau de change in the Arrivals and Departures area as also many restaurants and shops, including duty free ones.

The Domestic Terminal has facilities like waiting area, tourism info centre, currency exchange and police assistance. There is a shopping arcade along with some cafés and snack bars.

Getting to your destination from the airport is nota problem. Taxis are easily available from outside the airport and you can also pre book one from one of the desks at the airport. Buses also depart from here to go to Kochi and other cities. There are four types of buses; regular, fast, super fast and AC/Volvo/orange bus. They leave from the Departure Gate of the International Terminal.

Many car rental companies have desks at the airport. Some hotels also arrange a pick up and drop to and from the airport.

How to Reach Cochin & Ernakulam by Rail

The city is extremely well connected to most major cities of the country. There are two main train stations in the city.

The Ernakulam Junction Station has trains coming from all over the country. It is the main railway station in Kochi, and a major stop on the south-western rail route. Trains connect Kochi to major cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram and to smaller towns within Kerala. The station has a waiting area, book stores and also snack joints.

Ernakulam Town Station is mainly used by inter city trains and some long distance ones as well.

Traveller’s Tip

One of the best ways to get to Cochin is by the Konkan Railway Train from Mumbai. The views are simply breath taking and beautiful!

How to Reach Cochin & Ernakulam by Bus

There is an excellent inter state bus system which makes Cochin and Ernakulam accessible from all parts of the country. The Kerala Road Transportation Corporation runs all the buses. There are six types of buses; ordinary, limited ordinary, fast passenger, super fast, deluxe and Garuda Sleeper buses. There is a daily service from Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore.

Privately owned buses also run from the Private Bus Terminal in Kaloor. They have basic comforts and are rarely air conditioned.

The city is well linked by road to all major cities of the country. NH 17 connects Cochin with Mumbai, NH 47 should be taken if you are coming from Thiruvananthapuram and NH connects the city to Ramaeswaram in Tamil Nadu.

Getting Around Cochin & Ernakulam

Initially, getting your bearings may be a problem because of the confusion over where Kochi is and where Ernakulum is, but once you’re actually in Kochi things will sort themselves out. Ernakulum is on the mainland and is really the heart of the city.

For main town Ernakulum you could rent a chauffeured car. Plenty of auto-rickshaws run on the roads as do black and yellow cabs.

There is an excellent bus service provided by the state and private operators. Privately owned Red Buses are the cheapest with minimal facilities and thus tend to get extremely crowded during peak hours. The Thiru Kochi buses are government buses which run on the same route as the red ones. The price is the same in both types of buses.

The Orange Bus are low floored and air conditioned. They are comfortable and cost Rs 10 for first 5 km and then Rs 2 for every km. The Yellow Buses are non air conditioned low floor buses. They link almost all the suburbs to the city centre and are ideal for budget travellers.

Autos are cheap and easy method of transportation between short distances. They are relatively comfortable and comparatively faster than the bus.

Taxis are easily available and are a much safer means of transport than the autos. They are not metered but there are fixed prices. You could either book a taxi or get one from one of the many taxi stands around the city.

By Sea: The many islands in and around the city are linked by the Ro Ro Ferry Service known as Junkar between Fort Kochi and Vypeen is extremely popular. There are regular boat services operated by KSINC and other private operators, every 20-30 minutes, from Ernakulam to Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, Vypeen and Willingdon Island. ]


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