Air: If one is heading north to Mumbai , the quickest and easiest way is to fly. Between three and four planes leave Goa's Dabolim airport daily. In addition, Airbus services are also operated to Mumbai on Mondays and Thursdays.
Rail: Since the inauguration of the Konkan Railway in 1997, journey times to Mumbai from Goa have been slashed from 24 to 12 hours. Three services run daily, the most convenient of them being the Madgaon-Mumbai Express #0112, which departs from Margao at 6.25pm, arriving at CST at 6.35am the following day. The other two trains, the Mangalore-Kurla Express #2620 and the overnight Netravati Express #6636, both arrive at Kurla station.
By Ship: If one's budget won't stretch to a flight and the trains are all booked up, frank Damania Shipping's Catamaran is the next best option. Leaving from the ferry quay opposite the hotel Mandovi in Panjim at 10.00 am (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) the Scandinavian built vessel takes seven and a half hours to reach Mumbai.
The reasonable and fastest way to get to Mumbai is by night bus. Fares vary according to levels of comfort, and luxury buses arrive two or three hours sooner.
TO HAMPI AND NORTHERN KARNATAKA
The only way to travel across the Ghats into Karnataka is by bus. Two direct services each day leaves Panjim for Hospet. The buses of Karnataka State Route Transport Corporation (KSRTC) also ply regularly from Hoapet.
TO MANGALORE AND SOUTHERN KARNATAKA
Road: The journey south down the Konkan coast towards Mangalore in Karnataka is a lot less exhausting, with better road surfaces and plenty of worthwhile places to pull over for a day or two.
Rail: One direct bus per day leaves Panjim for Gokarna; alternatively catch one of the more frequent Kadamba services on the Konkan railway. The fastest train is the twice-weekly Trivandrum Rajdhani Express #2432, which takes just over four hours to reach Mangalore en route to Kerala . For Gokarna and Udupi, catch the KR0001 "Down" from Margao at 2.10 pm. As most of the southbound trains along this stretch run during the day, tickets are plentiful, although one should still book at least a day in advance.
Rail: The Konkan railway has also improved train services to Delhi , which can bow be reached on the Superfast Rajdhani Express #2431 in a little under 26 hours. A slower daily service, the Mangala Lakshadweep Express #2616, takes nearly 38 hours to cover the same distance. Alternatively, one can fly to the capital in two and a half hours.
RESERVATIONS, TICKETS AND INFORMATION
For Air Catamaran Ticket Bookings: Wherever possible, try and book plane tickets directly through the airline. Catamaran tickets can be booked direct at - Damania's Office, Panjim On Avda Dom Joao Castro, Opposite The State Bank of India. Or,
MGM international, Mumbai Camotim Building
Trade Wings Ltd, Mascarenhas Buildings, Dr Akmaram Borkar Road
Both specialize in catamaran and air ticket booking services. In Mapusa, there's a Damania Shipping Office at the GTDC's tourist hotel.
Railway Bookings: Seats on all Konkan railway services can be booked at- KR (Konkan Railway) Reservation Office, on the First Floor of Kadamba Bus Stand, Panjim Timing: Monday-Friday, 9.00am-11.30am & 1.30pm-5.00am and Sunday 9.00am-2.00pm. Or,
KR's (Konkan Railways) Main Reservation Hall, Margao Station.
Timing: Monday-Saturday, 8.30am-4.30pm, Sunday 8.00am-2.00pm.
Bookings should be made as far in advance as possible, and try to get to the offices soon after opening time, to avoid long queues. Seats on the Konkan Railway from Goa to Mumbai are in short supply as a large quota goes to the longer-distance travellers from Kerala, with the result that peak periods tend be reserved up to two months in advance.
Bus Bookings: Book Kadamba Bus tickets at their offices in Panjim and Mapusa bus stands, daily between 9.00am-11.00am & 2.00pm-5.00pm.
Private companies sell theirs through the many travel agents immediately outside the bus stand in Panjim, and at the bottom of the square in Mapusa. Information on all departures and fares is available from Goa Tourism's Counter inside Panjim's Bus Stand.
Some Destinations Within Easy Reach Include: