The metro system in Bangalore, India is really simple mainly because there are only two lines to choose from. But for its simplicity, I think it covers quite a bit of ground. If you’re in the mood to see how many locals travel, give the metro a try.
The metro in Bangalore consists of two lines laid out in a simple north/south and east/west configuration. Ticket prices are dependent on the length of the journey and prices are clearly marked at the ticket counter. Be wary of riding during rush hour as it can and will get packed.
As you enter the metro station, you’ll have to go through security. There is a separate line for men and women but both sexes will go through the same metal detector. However, they’ll also wave the metal wand over you as you enter so women will be able to go through a private area for that screening with a female officer while the men will stand and be waved by a male officer.
Once inside the station, just find the ticket counter. Above the ticket booth, you’ll see the stations listed with a number in a circle. That number denotes the price in rupees to the station (one way). All I did was say (in English) 1 ticket to (insert station name here) and then they told me the price. It was very painless.
When you buy your fare, you’ll be given a token. You place the token on the entry gate to the platform to open it (much like cards on other metro systems). Once you reach your station and about to exit, you’ll return the token in the coin slot which will open the gate for you to exit the station. Basically, don’t lose the token from the moment you enter the platform to the time you exit.
Unless you’re at Kempegowda station (which is where the two lines meet), you’ll only have to decide which platform to go on. Pretty much it’s just like any metro line from here since you only need to make sure you’re going the right way from here.
I think the metro is great if you’re taking it during rush hour traffic since the street traffic can be an absolute nightmare. It was also faster for me during rush hour. However, the problem with taking the metro during rush hour is that everyone else will also be taking the metro. That means the trains will be packed. Not just a little crowded, but jam packed with people to the point you can’t really move. You’ll need to make sure you keep your valuables close and your backpack in front of you.
The way to maneuver through it is to position yourself as close to the door as possible as your station approaches but start a couple stations away. If you’re exiting at a popular station, it’ll be easier since everyone will be pushing to get out. If you’re at an unpopular station and caught in the middle of the car, you won’t get out no matter how much you scream.
The metro is interesting and certainly a price effective way of getting from one side of town to the other. However, if you’re traveling with other people, an Uber is probably going to be a better option than the metro. It’ll be more comfortable and the cost will probably be about the same. Remember that an Uber here isn’t that expensive so I was able to get around for about $150 INR (about $2 USD) for the most part. If your destination is really close to the metro station, it would be pretty cheap. But if you have to do any type of walking from the metro station, it might be easier to take an Uber from the beginning.