Hop On Hop Off bus services launched in Goa in September and if you still haven't jumped on, we're giving you all the reasons to change your mind. Read on...
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These Double Decker Buses Will Let You Explore Goa's Beaches & More For INR 400 A Day!
What Makes It Awesome
Goa definitely is all about susegad, and that means exploring and discovering it should be a leisurely affair. And the G.T.D.C designed a bus service to do just that with a fleet of double and single decker buses. We sure climbed up like eager children to drive through the Goa's Miramar Beach and even the Ribandar Causeway.
So it’s simple, get a ticket and get on the next bus, get off at any stop you wish and explore it to your heart’s content. When you are ready, wait for the next bus and repeat until you have explored enough for the day. At INR 300 for a daily and INR 500 for a two-day pass, it is one of the best ways to explore town.
They have multi-lingual running commentary on the buses, Wi-Fi, mobile charging points, a high deck on the double decker ones, air-conditioning, CCTV surveillance and GPS tracking of the buses. The starting point is the Paryatan Bhavan in Panjim and the ride ends at the Goa State Museum. Along the way, hop-on and hop-off at St Catherine Chapel, ASI Museum, Arch of Viceroy, Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Panjim Church and many more attractions in and around Panjim, Miramar as well as Old Goa.
In a recent development, IRCTC also tied up with this bus service to offer a tour involving the beaches and architectural marvels across North and South Goa. For a whole-day trip, the tickets are priced at INR 400 per person and the service will ply from 9am to 9pm covering 24 landmarks (including North and South) across the state. Candolim beach, Vagator beach, Baga, Calangute, Sinquerim beaches to Chapora Fort, Kala Academy, Casino Point, Mall De Goa Fort Aguada and other popular Goa landmarks will all be covered through these routes. This makes total sense if you're coming for a weekend and want to ensure you see a lot of Goa without being rushed by an impatient tour guide or being at the mercy of cab drivers who aren't going to be very cost effective.
Make A Note
If you're booking the IRCTC package, the booking will need to be made 4 days prior and at the IRCTC website. You'll also need to show them the confirmation email before you're entertained on board.