Even though boats and ferries are the main transportation means in and around Port Blair, you can also depend on roadways to travel locally. There are several taxi cars, auto-rickshaws and motor cycles in Port Blair that are available on rent. Moreover, you can also depend on local bus services to the nearby tourist destinations.
Local Bus Services in Port Blair
Local buses are the cheapest travelling option in Port Blair for inter-city and intra-city travelling. But, you have to ask around to figure out the routes. The time schedule of the buses and rates are displayed in the bus stand. There are regular bus services from Port Blair city to all important destinations. Four daily buses to Wandoor at Rs 8, a daily bus to Diglipur at 4.30 am for Rs 120, Direct bus to Mayabunder at 5 am and 10.30 am for Rs 95 and buses to Rangat at 5.45 am and 10.50 am for Rs 65 are the main bus services from Port Blair bus stand. You can enjoy a scenic road trip of 48 km to Bamboo Flat and Mount Harriet at 8.15 am and 4 pm for just Rs 15.
Auto-rickshaws in Port Blair
You can see abundant auto-rickshaws in Port Blair city. The auto charge within the town costs Rs 20 to Rs 40. You can reach to Aberdeen Bazaar in the city center from Port Blair airport at a fare of Rs 30. From Aberdeen bazaar to Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, the auto fare is Rs 10. You can travel to Marine jetty from Aberdeen bazaar in auto-rickshaws at the same rate. The common opinion is that auto fare is comparatively affordable. But, there are chances for charging higher amounts from the tourists, especially foreigners. So, having a basic idea about the charges of auto rickshaws to important destinations is good not to be cheated during the travelling in Port Blair.
Taxi Services in Port Blair
Taxi services are good options to travel locally
in and around Port Blair and South Andaman. If you
want to travel in
nearby areas, you can hire an auto. But for travelling to distant places
such as Chidiya tapu, Wandoor jetty or Corbyn’s beach, hiring a cab is
better. The minimum charge for taxi is Rs 30. There are several car
rental services in Port Blair that possess many types of big and small
cars. You can select a car according to the number of people in your
team and yoru budget. While the minicars like Omni, indigo Cs or Indica
can accommodate 2 or 3 people, big cars like S Accent, wift D’zire or
Indigo Manza can accommodate three or four people and the other models
like Scorpio, Tavera or Innova are better for more people.
Scooters and Motorcycles in Port Blair
Those, who know driving and have driving license, can try hiring a scooter or motorcycle in Port Blair, as it gives you complete freedom to roam in the islands freely. You can find out some shops around M A Road, where motorcycles and scooters are available on hire. However, they may not be available for no longer in Port Blair due to safety and security reasons. Many times police in Port Blair had to seize a lot of two wheelers for speed driving and driving without license. Therefor many people stopped the business of giving two wheelers on rent. Nowadays, scooters and motorcycles are available for rent about 2 km up the hill to the west from Aberdeen Bazaar. But, many people drop this idea due to the high amount of charge. Charge for motorcycle for one day that does not include overnight is around Rs 400.