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How to Reach Varanasi

How to Reach Varanasi

Varanasi has been the destination of people from very ancient times. There is existence of ancient transport networks to Varanasi. Its value in ancient as well as medieval and modern periods have led to development of a dense transport and travel network to facilitate communication for people visiting Varanasi.

In modern age of rapid transport and communication Varanasi or Benaras is well connected through the networks of all types that are required for human commutation.

By Air to Varanasi :-

Fastest way of transportation is Air-travel. Varanasi has a well-equipped Air-port to cater to needs of domestic and foreign transportations. Varanasi has one of the busiest transport networks for air-travel linking all the major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.

The Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, named after great leader and freedom fighter Lal Bahadur Shastri who has also served as Agriculture Minister of Independent India is situated at Babatpur, hardly 25kms away from Varanasi.

This is operated by Airports Authority of India (AAI), highest authority of Air Transport in India.

The airport was granted international status by the Union Cabinet on 4th October, 2012.

Formerly known as Varanasi Airport, it was officially renamed Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in October 2005.

Daily flights to Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho and other tourist sites of India are always available. There are a big number of air-taxi operators who offer their services to tourists. Tourists who are on short excursions and want to cover major destinations of India opt for such private air-transports. There are numerous private travel operators besides Indian Airlines, the state owned air operator. All the major tourism cities of India are well connected to Varanasi Airport and daily flights are available throughout the day for such cities.

Here is a table presenting a generalized view of major air-lines operating at LBIA and destinations.

Airlines Destinations
Air India Agra, Bhubaneswar, Gaya, Delhi, Mumbai,Khajuraho
Air India Express Sharjah
Buddha Air Delhi, Goa, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad
Jet Airways Delhi, Khajuraho
SpiceJet Seasonal :Colombo
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Thai AirAsia Chartered: Bangkok-Don Mueang
Vistara Delhi Mumbai

Flight Schedules from Delhi to Varanasi :

Dep - Arr Airlines Timing Days Duration & Stops
DEL VNS SpiceJet (SG 2173) 7:30 - 9:05 M T W T F S S 1h 35m & Non Stop
DEL VNS IndiGo (6E 308) 9:00 - 10:20 M T W T F S S 1h 20m & Non Stop
DEL VNS Air India (AI 406) 10:15 - 11:45 M T W T F S S 1h 30m & Non Stop
DEL VNS Jet Airways (9W 2423) 10:45 - 12:10 M T W T F S S 1h 25m & Non Stop
DEL VNS Vistara (UK 990) 12:50 - 14:15 M T W T F S S 1h 25m & Non Stop

Train Travel to Varanasi :-

India railways are one of the largest rail-networks of world. Varanasi Junction Railway Station which is known as Varanasi Cantt or Cantonment, Railway station is connected to all the major cities of India via rail-routes.

Some of the fastest trains like Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express and Duranto Express are available which take you to Varanasi in few hours. Trains are best for night travel. From Varanasi Railway Station you can reach all the tourists sites of Varanasi which are within 10kms of range from the station.

Road Transport to Varanasi :-

All the major cities of India have buses operating for Varanasi. Varanasi has a Varanasi transport corporation where from buses to Delhi, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Agra and other major destinations are available whole day and night.

Varanasi is situated in plains of India so its location is a boon to road transportation. Buses, cars, taxies and other vehicles operate from Varanasi and other cities to Varanasi to connect it better and faster. Buses from all ISBTs of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai operate for Varanasi.

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