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How long does it take to travel from Bangalore to Hampi and back?

Should I first reach the Majestic Bus Stand in Bangalore and take a bus from there?

I've been told it takes 7 hours. Am I going to lose an entire day to get there?

  • There's several buses that leave from Majestic to go to Hampi, they look to all take around 7.5 hours. If you drove yourself then it could be shorter at around 6.5. makemytrip.com/routeplanner/bangalore-hampi.html this link also seems useful in explaining the lack of direct flights and trains, as well as providing some alternative buses to those you already mentioned. – Uciebila Sep 3 at 15:00
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There's several buses that leave from Majestic to go to Hampi, they look to all take around 7.5 hours or longer. If you drove yourself then it could be shorter at around 6.5.

There is one sleeper bus I can see that leaves at 10pm and gets in before 6am, this could be a good choice as you would be able to travel throughout the night and still get a full day there, also saving you a night of hotel costs.

There's an overnight sleeper train that goes to Hospet, Hampi is further 30min local bus/taxi ride from there though. This leaves at 10pm and arrives at 8am.

This link also seems useful in explaining the lack of direct flights and trains, as well as providing some alternative buses to those you already mentioned.

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    Thanks. How safe is to travel by night? I'm a solo-traveller (guy). Any difference between train or bus in terms of safety in the night? – aneuryzm Sep 3 at 15:11
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    The route seems to be very popular with tourists and locals though I have not used it myself so can not say personally. I would imagine they are similar levels of safety though it seems like the train is often fully booked so I would ensure you book in advance – Uciebila Sep 3 at 15:14
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    Good to know thanks – aneuryzm Sep 3 at 15:22
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This is the expected time, it takes 6 hours and 30 minutes to drive there according to Google, a bus takes around 7 hours 30 minutes.

You can read train and bus options here.

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