Car Hire from Bangalore Airport
Bangalore is located within the Indian state of Karnataka, a region of beautiful beaches, mountains, valleys and farmland. Visitors who choose to hire a car from Bangalore Airport can explore the vibrant cities and beautiful landscapes of Karnataka at their own pace and will find it easy to discover the region’s hidden highlights.
Where to hire a car at Bangalore Airport
There are two car hire companies operating at Bangalore Airport. Akbar Travels and Carzonrent both have desks based within the airport arrivals hall.
Petrol Stations near Bangalore Airport
The closest petrol station to Bangalore Airport is called Indian Oil Petrol. It’s located on route 7, 15 minutes’ drive from the airport terminal. For drivers travelling in the opposite direction, there’s another Indian Oil Petrol service station around 20 minutes’ drive from the airport, just off route 7 in Devanahalli.
Driving around Bangalore Airport
Bangalore Airport lies north of Bangalore city centre. From the airport, there’s easy access to route 7, which travels south towards the city and then forms a partial ring road around its northern and eastern outskirts. Northbound, route 7 travels towards Chikkaballapura and Dharmavaram. Route 207 also sits close to the airport and provides a route west to Dabaspete and south to Hosur.
Drivers from the UK need an International Driving Permit to drive in India. This is a translation of your standard driving license for the country you’re planning to travel to. A permit is valid for up to a year after the date of issue and can be obtained from the RAC, the AA or a local post office.
Cars drive on the left hand side of the road, just as they do in the UK. However, driving in India is a very different experience and you’ll need to keep your wits about you. Roads are often poorly maintained and driving standards vary wildly. Other road users can’t be relied upon to indicate before manoeuvring so drive defensively and take your time.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Bangalore Airport, there are lots of great destinations within easy reach. Here are just a few of them:
Bangalore is a bustling, cosmopolitan city with plenty of impressive architecture and tons of history. Visitors can head off on a bicycle tour of the city, learning about its art, culture and history, relax at one of the city’s many spas or watch a cricket match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The centre of Bangalore is around 45 minutes’ drive from Bangalore Airport. The most direct route takes route 7 south and then route 4 into the city, with toll booths along the way. Traffic in the city can be chaotic and congested throughout the day so allow plenty of time for your journey.
The Nandi Hills hill station is home to the Amrita Sarovar Lake, lots of monkeys and many spectacular hiking routes. It’s also a health resort and has a number of ancient temples. Visitors can enjoy paragliding adventures here too.
The Nandi Hills are just under an hour’s drive from Bangalore Airport, taking route 7 north and then route 104. Roads as you approach the village are winding and narrow so you’ll need to go slowly and carefully. You’ll pass through a check point entry gate and can choose whether to leave your car here and walk the scenic steps the rest of the distance or carry on up the road.
Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta National Park is a wildlife paradise. The park is home to a zoo, a safari trail, a butterfly park and a rescue centre. Visitors can expect to see tigers, lions, bears and lions here.
Bannerghatta National Park is located south of Bangalore city. It takes around an hour and 50 minutes to drive there from Bangalore Airport, taking route 7, route 4 and the NICE Ring Road. There is car parking space available for up to 2500 vehicles, located adjacent to the main entrance.