Bangalore to Goa Train: Step by Step Travel Guide

Fancy a means to travel from the endless parties of Bangalore to the tranquil of the sea and the chance to join a Yoga retreat in Goa? If yes, then be prepared to experience a spectacular, fun-filled and adventurous traveling experience while exploring the train routes between Bangalore to Goa.

A popular way of traveling from Bangalore to Goa is to board Bangalore to Goa Trains, which are convenient, economical and can be as quick as an overnight journey with plush seating arrangements. Not only this, but you can also relish the sight of one of the most spectacular waterfalls, the Dudhsagar Falls and other bounties of nature.

doodhsagar waterfalls goa

If you have been in India for long, it must have dawned on you that trains are the most vital form of transportation for everyone in India. So if you would like to explore train routes for traveling from Bangalore to Goa, you can simply search for trains as well as buy tickets online or at the reservation counter, and you are good to go. A train journey saves you the hassles of a road trip and the blandness of air travel, pushing you into the space of relaxation and exhilaration amid natural beauty.

So, if you have made up your mind to hop on to some adventure along the way of your Yoga training trip in Bangalore to Goa trains, here is a step-by-step guide with an outline and detailed information to make that happen:

Step 1 – Bangalore at a Glance

Here are a few critical facts about Bangalore, important things to remember, and train stations in Bangalore where you can board trains to Goa:

  • One of the main railway stations among the many in Bangalore is the Bangalore City Railway Station with a station code of SBC. This station is situated in the heart of Bangalore, in the Sevashrama area of the city.  Many Bangalore to Goa trains depart from SBC station in Bangalore.

The best way to reach SBC is to either use the Bangalore Metro (also called Namma Metro), take a ride-hailing service like Uber. The most efficient way depends on how far you stay from the SBC station. If you live in a newly developed suburb or locality, an Uber or a cab might be a quicker way of travel. However, if you live along the areas of the metro train route, namely, Cubbon Park, MG Road, Whitefield or Baiyappanahalli, the Namma Metro will turn out to be a more convenient and punctual way of travel in Bangalore, which is known for its notorious traffic snarls. The Bangalore city railway station on the metro route is where you need to de-board at, and after that take transit to the main city railway station or SBC

  • A few trains from Bangalore to Goa also depart from Yesvantpur Junction Station in Bangalore, with a station code of YPR. YPR station is located on the Bangalore-Tumkur Road in the Yesvantpur locality. This popular railway station is far less crowded than the SBC station and is credited with reducing the load on the main Bangalore City railway station.

You can reach YPR station using a ride-hailing service like Uber to reach the station directly. If you prefer to use the Namma Metro, the metro stop named Yeshwanthpur is right opposite the Yesvantpur Junction Station, with both of them connected with a skywalk from platform 6 of YPR station to the metro station..

  • An important thing to take note of and follow while boarding the Bangalore to Goa train from any of the above boarding points is to always travel with a booked and valid ticket. There are many classes of travel available on every train. It is advisable to stay away from the General Class, as this class has no designated or reserved seat associated with it.
  • Also, to ensure safe travel while traveling in a cab, local train or the Bangalore to Goa train, you must be vigilant and use maps to ensure your cab driver does not deviate from the right path. During train travel, make sure to raise the alarm for any suspicious or untoward behavior of fellow passengers.
  • If you are traveling solo, it is also advisable to take note of the phone number of a nearby police station to ensure that an SOS call can be made upon an emergency. If you have a friend who can be of help during distress, make sure to have his or her number on speed dial. You can also dial the police control room number 100 from your mobile phone.
  • For situations where quick action is needed, you can also consider keeping handy a self-defense product like Pepper Spray or a Taser to ensure you can immobilize the threat immediately and then get time to take the necessary action by calling the Police.

Step 2 – Goa at a Glance

Here are a few facts about stations where you can de-board upon completion of your Bangalore to Goa train journey:

  • Madgaon (also known as Margao), with a station code of MAO, is the major railway station in Goa. MAO station is located in South Goa. If you want to explore the pristine beaches of South Goa along with the air of tranquility, then Madgaon is the best place to de-board your train. Most express trains arriving at Goa have a halt at MAO station.
  • If you plan to visit the town of Vasco Da Gama in Goa, then the Vasco Da Gama Station (station code: VSG) can be your destination of choice.
  • Karmali railway station – with station code KRMI – is another station situated in North Goa. This station is closest to Panaji (or Panjim), which is the capital city of Goa. If you plan to visit North Goan beaches or plan a quick trip to Panaji, then KRMI station is your best bet.

Step 3 – List of Bangalore to Goa Trains

Trains from Bangalore to Goa operate daily, with some running on alternate days or selected days of the week. Many trains, including express, superfast, and passenger category of trains, operate on this route. You can book train tickets for yourself in different classes, depending on your needs and budget. Bangalore Goa trains have the following classes for travel:

  • 1A (First AC)
  • 2A (Second AC)
  • 3A (Three-tier AC)
  • EC (Executive Chair Car with AC)
  • CC (Chair Car with AC)
  • SL (Three tier Sleeper without AC)
  • 2S (Second Seating without AC)

The above list is in decreasing order of cost with First AC (1A) being the most expensive and comfortable, and 2S being the cheapest option to travel among them. All the above classes have the option of booking a confirmed seat for its passengers.

As advised earlier, there is another class of travel called General Class, which does not offer the facility of booking a confirmed seat. It is, therefore, prudent to avoid traveling in the General Class compartment of the Bangalore Goa train.

The following is a list of the best and fastest trains for traveling from Bangalore to Goa:

VLNK VSG Express:

The 17316 VLNK VSG Express runs from Yesvantpur Junction (YPR) to Madgaon, once a week, on Wednesdays. The train terminates at Vasco Da Gama station in Goa and completes the trip from YPR to MAO in around 15 hours. The train starts from YPR at 2:30 pm and reaching MAO the next day early morning at 5:15 am. If you prefer an overnight journey and want to reach early in the morning to experience the beautiful sunrise at Goa, then this train can be a good choice of travel.

MAS Vasco Express:

If you would like to experience an overnight journey while relaxing in a deep sleep, then the 17311 MAS Vasco Express is the fastest train between Bangalore and Goa. It departs from YPR station in Bangalore at 9:55 pm in the night and reaches Madgaon station in Goa at 11:55 pm the next day. This train runs once a week on Fridays and takes 12 hours to complete the journey.

YPR Vasco Express

Another train that needs a 15-hour journey from Yesvantpur (YPR) to Madgaon (MAO) in Goa is the 17309 YPR Vasco Express. Like other trains, the train also terminates at Vasco Da Gama while running 2 days a week, Tuesdays and Sundays. The train starts from YPR at 2:30 pm and reaching MAO the next day early morning at 5:15 am. If you prefer to reach early to Madgaon, this is yet another train to consider.

Step 4 – Getting more information and booking your tickets

Getting information about the timetable of trains running between Bangalore and Goa is fairly easy. You can simply visit online websites like indiarailinfo.com and indianrail.gov.in and type in the source station (for example, CST in Bangalore) and the destination station (MAO in Goa). Upon hitting these details, you will swiftly get a list of all trains that run between these two stations. A sample query can be seen on this link.

Booking your train tickets has also become hassle-free of late, thanks to technological advancements in the Indian Railways’ online platform. You can quickly punch in the date of journey, source, and the destination station, along with the class of travel (1A, 2A, 3A, EC, CC, or SL) and then enter the portal to book tickets.

Tickets can be booked in the Advance Reservation Period, which is 120 days (excluding the date of journey). Thus, booking of tickets starts 120 days before the journey date from the originating train station. You can use the following platform to book train tickets.

The Bottom Line

To summarize, there are a lot of options for traveling on a Bangalore to Goa train if you have the will for an adventure and the patience to enjoy your journey. It is also advisable to carry a valid ticket and ensure your safety by staying vigilant and securing your luggage by tying it to the base of your seat. A few simple guidelines and a fun-loving nature can make your Bangalore to Goa train journey a memorable one.

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is the owner and founder of Siddhi Yoga International. She is known worldwide for her thought leadership in the wellness industry and was recognized as a Top 20 International Yoga Blogger. Her writing on holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and other international magazines. She got the Top 100 Entrepreneur of Singapore award in 2022. Meera is a yoga teacher and therapist, though now she focuses primarily on leading Siddhi Yoga International, blogging and spending time with her family in Singapore.


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