Access - Varanasi

Air: The nearest airport is Babatpur, situated 22 km from the city. Varanasi is well connected with some important tourist centers, namely Delhi, Khajuraho, Agra, Kathmandu (Nepal), Lucknow and Mumbai by Indian Airlines and other private airlines as well. For travel reservations, contact:

Indian Airlines, 52 Yadunath Marg, Varanasi Cantt. City Office Tel: (0542) 45959; Airport Office Tel: (0542) 43742, 46272.

Sahara Airlines, City Office: Varanasi. Tel: (0542) 43094, 342355
U.P. Airways, City Office: Varanasi. Tel: (0542) 343124

Airport Transfers: Transfer to/from the airport is offered by Airport City Bus Service twice daily to the city office via Government of India Tourist Office. The ITDC also provides air-conditioned cars and coaches.

Rail: Varanasi is a focal point for the Northern and North Eastern Railways and is connected to all major cities and towns in India, such as Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Patna, Calcutta, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Tirupati, Cochin, Jammu and Chennai.

Varanasi Cantt. Railway Station is located in the heart of the city. For Enquiry, Tel: 1331. For Reservations, Tel: (0542) 348031, 348231. The station has facilities such as left-luggage, post office, bank and phone booths for making national as well as international telephone calls.

Road: Varanasi is situated at the junction of three national highways - NH 2 from Calcutta to Delhi; NH 7 - to Kanyakumari and NH 29 to Gorakhpur. Some important distances are: Agra: 606 km; Allahabad: 125 km; Lucknow: 320 km; Patna: 210 km; Bodhgaya: 234 km; Kanpur: 320 km; Khajuraho: 406 km; Lumbini (Nepal): 386 km; Delhi: 765 km and Calcutta: 677 km. Sarnath is only 8 km ways.

Bus: The UPSRTC bus stand is on Sher Shah Suri Marg, Varanasi Cantt. Tel: (0542) 43476. No advance reservations are required. UPSRTC and MPSRTC connect Varanasi to important nearby centers. Private operators also ply buses to various destinations from opposite the Railway Station.


Non-metered auto-rickshaws are available. Prices are negotiable. On a hourly basis, cars and auto-rickshaws can be hired at fixed tariffs. Tempos run on fixed routes in the city. There are no yellow-top taxis available. Cycle-rick-shaws and horse-drawn tongas are popular modes of transport. The city bus service covers most areas in Varanasi and is inexpensive. An unusual and interesting way of viewing river-life in Varanasi is by boat, available from the Ghats.

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