- Local Transportation

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For local transportation in Varanasi, the most common means that are used are cycle rickshaws, bus, auto rickshaws and river steamers. There are auto-rickshaw stands and taxi stands outside the railway station and airport respectively for the convenience of tourists. As airport is situated 25 kms from the city, so it is best to hire taxi for reaching the center of the city and generally, charges for taxi remains INR500 but it may varies also. Similarly, in Varanasi, there are two railway stations which are connected to the city from auto-rickshaws or local buses. Auto rickshaws are generally metered, so there is no need for asking fares but yes, they may demand for extra charge during night.

Varanasi has a local bus network, but buses are usually overcrowded. The best way to move around the city is to hire the auto rickshaws or cycle rickshaws. They are not allowed inside the old city lanes, but will drop you at Dashashwamedha Ghat or to Godaulia in the centre of the city. Fares should be negotiated beforehand. Unmetered taxis are also available. Private cars can be rented from travel agents and hotels. Rented cars are chauffeur driven. Self-driven vehicles are not available for hire. One of the best ways of viewing the ghats of Varanasi and getting into the spirit of the city is to take an early morning boat ride.

Situated on the banks of the holy Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is one of India's most notable cultural and religious centres. Previously known as Kashi and Benares, Varanasi is famous for its countless ashrams, ghats, Hindu and Jain temples, and Buddhist Stupas. Every year, the city attracts Buddhist, Jain and Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.

One of the main reasons for Varanasi's continued existence as a major pilgrimage site is that it has had an established transportation system since ancient times. In earlier days, Varanasi was well-connected to cities like Vaishali, Pataliputra, Taxila, Ayodhya, Gorakhpur, Agra and Gazipur. Today, the city boasts an excellent transportation network to most of the country's big cities and metros.

The cheapest and fastest way to get around Varanasi India varies depending on who you talk to. While Varanasi has no shortage of transport options available for either holiday makers or corporate travellers, HotelTravel.com’s guide can help you get from the airport and back or navigate around Varanasi with ease. Getting around Varanasi by car can be a real treat if you have some extra time as it has some of the best roads in India. Click the transportation links below for further information.

Our Varanasi Transportation Guide provides you with all the information you need to know about transport in town. Every Varanasi hotel is easily accessible by following our comprehensive information offered here. Further information about the many exciting things to see and do in Varanasi can be found in our Varanasi Destination Guide and Varanasi Tour pages. For transportation options across India see our India Transportation Guide.

Cycle rickshaws

At nook of every street, you can see auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws. Travelling through cycle rickshaws is really very interesting and of course, very cheap as compared to auto rickshaws.


There are lots of mini buses plying on the road of Varanasi for making local transport very easy and cheap.


If you want to cross the holy Ganges, then you have to hire River streamer or small boats. But believe me, this trip is full of excitement and pleasure and mainly, this trip will cost you INR100 per trip.

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