Planning a Trip
1 Get in
1.1 By plane
1.2 By train
1.3 By bus
1.4 By car
1.5 By bicycle
Mysore has its own airport, located 10 km south of the city centre. Scheduled passenger service has been on-and-off since the airport's refurbishment in 2010; however, as of September 2017, regional airline TruJet links Mysore to Chennai, with connecting service to Hyderabad.
The nearest international airport is located in Bangalore, 185 km northeast.
Mysore Junction is the city's main station, and there are daily trains plying the route to Bangalore.
Mysore is well connected to Bangalore, with about 18 pairs of trains between the stations on a daily basis. Express Trains like 12007/08 Chennai Shatabdi, 16231/32 Mayiladuthurai Express (via Trichy), 16215/16 Chamundi Express, 16235/36 Tuticorin Express (via Madurai), 16021/22 Chennai Kaveri Express, 16591/92 Hampi Express, 16219/20 Tirupati Express, 16535/36 GolGumbaz Express (via Hubli, Bagalakot), 16557/58 Rajya Rani Express, 17307/08 Basava Express (via Gulbarga, Solapur), 12613/14 Tippu Express, 16023/24 Malgudi Express, 17325/26 Vishwamanava Express (Hubli) ,16227/28 Talaguppa Express and 3 sets of passenger trains connect Bangalore to Mysore on
a daily basis.
Apart from the above, 16209/10Ajmer (via Kalyan Ahmedabad, Vadodara Biweekly express, 22817/18 Howrah (via Tirupati, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar Weekly Express, 12257/58 Bagmati Express (weekly)(via Chennai, Nagpur), 22681/82 Chennai Express (weekly), 16229/30 Varanasi (Via Guntakal, Daund, Itarsi )Express (bi-weekly), 16217/18 Shirdi Express (weekly), 12975/76 Jaipur Express (via Secunderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal) (bi-weekly), 16517/18/23/24 Karwar Express (tri-weekly) also connect via Bangalore to Mysore.
Mysore is connected to Mumbai through 11035/36 Sharavathi Express (weekly), Delhi through 12781/82 swarna jayanthi Express (weekly), Shimoga by 16201/02 Intercity Express (daily) & Dharwad/Hubli by 17301/02 Express (daily) apart from few other passenger trains to Shimoga, 4 pairs of passengers to Chamrajnagara, and one passenger to Bangalore via Shravanabelagola.
Though 16021,16232,16236,16591 & 16535 are night-time trains, having Sleeper accommodation, day time AC chair car fare of ₹260 is levied on all these trains between Bangalore and Mysore, to attract more passeengers to travel by train on this section in 3 tier AC class. Shatabdi fare between Bangalore and Mysore has also been fixed at a flat fare of ₹300 for the same reason
The fastest and possibly the most comfortable way to travel between Mysore and Chennai is by the Shatabdi Express, which covers the Mysore-Bangalore leg of the journey in 2 hours, and the Mysore-Chennai section in 7 hours. Although more expensive than other trains, all of the Shatabdi's coaches are air-conditioned, and meals, snacks and a bottle of mineral water are included in the cost of the fare.
Buses run every 5 minutes from Bangalore. There is a choice of air-conditioned and ordinary vehicles. During the weekends, these buses can fill up, but most do not allow you to purchase your tickets in advance. However, buses to Mysore are available constantly so finding a bus with seats is never a problem. The KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses are very comfortable, especially the Volvo (Luxury) buses. A one-way ticket from Bangalore to Mysore costs ₹250. One can get a bus for Mysore from the satellite bus terminus on Mysore road. Rajahamsa buses are Non-AC and tickets cost about ₹200.
KSRTC also runs Flybus (Volvo Air conditioned buses) between Bangalore International Airport and Mysore Bus stand. Buses are run at an average frequency of 90 min from Airport round the clock and timings and reservation for same available in https://ksrtc.in . These buses charge a fare of ₹800 between Bangalore Airport and Mysore per person
Mysore has two major bus stands. All KSRTC buses arrive and depart from the Central bus stand (aka suburb bus stand), while local buses use the City bus stand.
Mysore is approximately 140 km from Bangalore, with a 4-lane highway (2 lanes in each direction) connecting the 2 cities. The traffic is fairly heavy but the drive is comfortable apart from the unmarked speed bumps that show up at random intervals. As of July 2011, there are approximately 25 to 30 speed bumps. The distance and bumps make you reach Mysore from Bangalore in 3½ hours by car. Some speed bumps are not even marked by zebra crossing or no symbols to indicate the speed bumps.
You don't really need to hire a car and driver while staying in Mysore, as all the tourist sites are walking distance or a cheap ride by rickshaw. Alternatively, if you feel the need to have a car and driver during your trip, it is very easy to arrange it once you arrive.
Suitable for fitness freaks only. It is around a 140km bike ride from Bangalore.