Varanasi as a city is one of the most easily accessible cities of Uttar Pradesh. The city might have a very olden than age look to it, but it is well-connected to the rest of the world by contemporary age services including domestic and international flights, regular train services and highways for by road connectivity.
Flights to Varanasi:
Varanasi has its own international airport located some 16 km away from the old city centre. Named after the 2nd Prime Minister of India, the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport might be small in size, but caters to both domestic and international flights, thereby ensuring global connectivity for Varanasi.
Visitors can fly to Varanasi from Colombo on a direct international flight by Sri Lankan Airlines and from all other destinations on connecting flights. Within India, visitors can take direct flights to Varanasi from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Jaipur. Domestic Airlines with flights to Varanasi include IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Vistara, and Air India.
From the airport, hire a taxi to reach the city centre, or if staying with one of the high-end hotels, request an airport pick-up.
Trains to Varanasi:
A far more popular way of travelling to Varanasi is by train. The Indian Railways offers extensive connectivity to Varanasi from across the nation – by either direct trains or connections.
There are three railway stations that serve Varanasi – the main railway station is the Varanasi Junction; the others are Varanasi City Railway Station and the Manduadih Railway Station.
Guests will find direct trains to Varanasi Junction from Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Rajgir, Gwalior, Amritsar, Kolkata, Patliputra, Chandigarh, Chennai, Secunderabad, Dehradun, Haridwar, Ahmedabad, Patna, Mumbai, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Jaisalmer, and many more cities of India.
The secondary station of Manduadih also offers excellent connectivity by several express trains to Varanasi from Delhi as well as places like Rameshwaram, Muzzafarpur, Pune, Gorakhpur and Jabalpur. Passenger trains from Allahabad City, Bhatni and Gorakhpur also connect travellers to the Manduadih Station at Varanasi.
The Varanasi City Railway Station is connected by a few daily trains from smaller cities and towns such as Ghazipur, Chhapra, Ballia, and Azamgarh.
Auto Rickshaws, shared Auto Rickshaws, Tuk-tuks and buses ply regularly from all the three railway stations of Varanasi to the city centre.
Road Trip to Varanasi:
Guests can also opt for a road trip to Varanasi. Regular AC Luxury buses as well as Non-AC deluxe buses ply regularly to Varanasi from Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, NOIDA and other parts of Uttar Pradesh state.
Guests can also hire chauffeured taxis and rental cars for a more comfortable road trip to Varanasi.