Goa's international airport is 29 km from Panjim at Dabolim. Mumbai-Goa is a 45-minute flight and one has the option to fly on Indian Airlines or Jet Airways. Regular flights also link Goa with Delhi, Pune, Cochin, Bangalore and Chennai. Some charter companies fly into Goa directly from Europe.
Getting Around within Goa
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North Goa Beaches
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Buses are by far the cheapest way to travel in Goa. They are usually overcrowded, and often seem to follow their own schedule. For short trips however, they are well recommended. The Goan transport corporation, Kadamba, runs long-distance services throughout the state from their main stands at Panjim, Mapusa and Margao. Private buses, serving everywhere else including the coastal resorts, are cheap, frequent but slow due to the numerous stops they make en route.
The most frequented river crossings in Goa are Panjim to Betim, across the Mandovi, Old Goa to Divar Island, Siolim to Chopdem, across the Chapora River for Arambol and Pernem, Querim to Terekol, over the Terekol River and Cavelossim, in the far south of Salcete taluka, to Assolna. Frequent services are available on these routes.
Rates vary according to the season, the vehicle, and how long you rent it for; most owners also insist on a hefty deposit and/or passport as security. The range of available machines includes a 50cc moped, fine for buzzing to the beach and back, the popular Enfield Bullet 350cc and the smaller but more reliable Honda Kinetic 100cc, which has automatic gears and is a good first-time choice or the best all-rounder, the Yamaha RX 100cc light, fast, reliable and with manual gears.
Officially, you need an international driver's licence to rent anything more powerful than a 25cc moped. Owners and rental companies rarely enforce this, but some local police use the rule to extract exorbitant baksheesh from tourists. Always make sure you rent a vehicle from the right sources and carry the necessary papers. Some unlicensed operators attempt to rent out machines to unwary visitors; always make sure you get some evidence of rental and insurance.
Editor: Romola Butalia   (c) India Travelogue. All rights reserved.