Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

Find out more
Face coverings remain mandatory at Heathrow

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 

Find out more
Skip to Content
Saved Flights

Your Saved Flights

No Saved Flights

  • Overview

    Until 1831, Bengaluru slumbered in the shadow of its neighbouring city Mysore. When the British took control over the local kingdom they moved the capital to Bengaluru, upgrading its infrastructure in the process with fine colonial buildings, roads, rail connections and wonderful parks and gardens. The city was then known as Bangalore, a name still in common usage, but is now officially known as Bengaluru once again. It is the state capital of Karnataka and is still called the 'Garden City' due to its leafy avenues and quiet suburbs.

    Bengaluru was the first city in India to become electrified, and has ever since retained the cachet of being India's most technologically modern and progressive city. It is also quite literally one of the country's coolest cities, with an average temperature far lower than the scorching plains of the surrounding region. Among other advantages Bengaluru enjoys are noticeably cleaner streets and a generally calmer and less frenetic atmosphere than other Indian cities.

    Bengaluru is well known as the centre of India's IT and telecommunications industries, and thus attracts professionals from all over India and abroad. The influx of Westerners and knowledge-workers, coupled with the rise in affluence, have made this India's most modern and secular city; often its residents have relaxed and refreshingly liberal attitudes by Indian standards that many find appealing, but others find scandalous.

    Bengaluru is perhaps best described as the face of modern India, a fast-developing and charming city with a lot of potential.

    Cubbon Park

    Cubbon Park is Bengaluru's equivalent of Central Park: a place of relaxation, open space and some worthwhile attractions. In and around the park are the State Central Library, two municipal museums, an art gallery and the Government Aquarium. First and foremost, however, the park is a green lung, a peaceful and pretty place to take a break from the traffic and noise of this bustling city. It is a great area for walkers and joggers, particularly early in the morning and in the evenings. Tourists travelling with kids in Bengaluru will find Cubbon Park has many lovely picnic spots and open space to let off some steam.

    Cubbon Park Cubbon Park Chris Conway
    Lal Bagh

    This splendid botanical garden, laid out by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan as a private royal garden in 1760, contains more than 1,000 species of rare flora in its enormous grounds. Lal Bagh is an internationally renowned centre for the scientific study and conservation of plants, and also a centre of botanical artwork. The centrepiece of Lal Bagh is the Glass House, which hosts an annual flower show and is modelled after London's Crystal Palace. Apart from the many old and imposing trees that delight visitors, the gardens also house a deer park, an aquarium, a lake and one of the city's four Kempe Gowda Towers.

    Lal Bagh gardens Lal Bagh gardens Symphoney Symphoney

    The small, relaxed town of Hampi not only boasts one of the weirdest, most awe-inspiring landscapes in the whole of India, but is also a fascinating historical site. The capital of the once-great Vijayanagar Empire, the ruins of the 14th-century village and temple complex found in present-day Hampi have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, as impressive as these ruins are (especially the multi-tiered, ornately sculpted Virupaksha Temple), the grandstand attraction of Hampi remains its natural landscape: a severe, desolate and boulder-strewn wilderness, tempered by a slate-grey river surrounded by lush groves of banana, mango and palm trees.

    Vittala Temple, Hampi Vittala Temple, Hampi Srikar.agnihotram

    Phrase Book

    English Pronounciation

    Bengaluru's tropical savanna climate is one of the city's chief attractions, especially to sunburnt travellers arriving from the coastal areas of Karnataka or Goa, and is sure to be one of the reasons it has been declared India's most liveable city. The city's altitude of 900 metres (2,953ft) above sea level brings milder daily temperatures than the coastal areas. The summer months of March to May are hot and dry, while June to September is the monsoon season, which is also hot and brings heavy rains. December and January, the peak winter months, are typically cool and dry. In winter, the mornings are often misty but you can still expect plenty of sunshine as the day progresses. April is the hottest month of the year with an average high of 96°F (36°C), and January is the coldest with average temperature between 60°F (16°C) and 82°F (28°C).

    Although it is advisable not to visit Bengaluru during the monsoon season, the city is far more pleasant in the summer than most of India. Winter is still the best time to visit Bengaluru though, and any time between October and February is great.

    Kempegowda International Airport
    Location: The airport is located around 23 miles (37km) from central Bangalore.
    Time: Local time is GMT +5.5
    Getting to the city: The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) offers a shuttle service called 'VayuVajra' which operates 24 hours a day. The most current BMTC fares, routes and schedules are displayed in the arrivals hall just before the exit.
    Car Rental: Driving on the often-chaotic roads of India is not recommended and it is better to rent a car with a driver who knows the roads and the rules of the road. Rental operators are located in the arrivals part of the airport. Operators at the airport include WTi cabs and Carzonrent.
    Airport Taxis: The official airport taxis are operated by Mega Cabs, Karmataka Taxi and Meru Cabs. The 23 mile (37km) drive into central Bengaluru can take anything from 30 minutes to two hours depending on traffic. Air conditioned taxis charge higher rates, and there is a 10 percent charge for night fares between midnight and 6am; non air conditioned taxis are cheaper.
    Facilities: ATMs and currency exchange facilities are available. Porters are available for hire. Airline lounges have a range of facilities and services. Passengers travelling with infants can also make use of the baby care rooms. There is a duty free shop and a number of other shops as well as a varied assortment of eating options and bars.
    Parking Parking in P2, the Budget Parking lot, is INR 100 for any period of time within the first hour, and INR 50 per any additional two hours thereafter, up to INR 500 for the first day and INR 300 per day thereafter. P3 Parking for Reduced Mobility costs INR 100 for the first hour and INR 50 per each additional hour. P1 is reserved for two wheel vehicles.

    Public transport in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) is run by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). There are several Traffic Transit Management Centres (TTMCs) in the city. TTMCs are transport terminals, providing passengers with a central location to access multiple routes and forms of transport. Major stations include Kempegowda Bus Station, Shivajinagar and K.R. Market. Buses are broadly categorised as air-conditioned or regular, which have separate fee structures. Single tickets can be purchased upon boarding, while daily and monthly passes can be bought from TTMCs, Bangalore One Centres and major stations.

    The Bangalore Metro consists of a north-south corridor (the Green Line) and an east-west corridor (the Purple Line). Single tickets are bought in the form of tokens at station ticket offices. Passengers can also purchase a rechargeable Namma Metro Travel Card for multiple journeys. Metro-Bus Ticket (MBT) Daypasses are also available, and can be used on both transport modes. Tickets can be purchased at station ticket offices and at ticket vending machines (TVM).

    Officially recognised taxi services include Mega Cabs and Meru Cabs. Rates are charged based on distance travelled and some cabs will have credit card facilities. Prices may differ based on the time of day. Uber also operates in the city.

    Bengaluru is not a city packed with traditional tourist attractions, and is often used simply as a base for tourists to explore the charms of southern India. However, that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to see in the city itself. Aside from some attractive buildings and lush parks, what is on show here is the modern face of India: confident, brash and progressive, connected to the world at large and evolving all the time. It's a fascinating and energising glimpse into the future of this developing superpower. Having said that, the city is clean, well organised and friendly, with a relaxed atmosphere that is almost surprising in India's most modern city.

    Apart from the great shopping that Bengaluru has to offer, there are also a number of interesting attractions dotted around the city. Worthwhile and popular attractions include Bugle Hill, the Bull Temple, and Vidhana Soudha. Bengaluru is still affectionately known as the 'Garden City' and two of the best gardens to visit are the enormous Cubbon Park (Bengaluru's equivalent of New York's Central Park) and Lal Bagh, a splendid botanical garden.

    Those who have time for an excursion out of the city should visit the nearby town of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts some awe-inspiring natural landscapes as well as 14th-century ruins.


    Companies flying to Bengaluru