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About Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)

Kempegowda International Airport (formerly Bengaluru International Airport) opened in 2008, and operates all commercial flights in and out of Bangalore, India. The airport was renamed in December 2013 to honour the city's founder, Kempe Gowda. Our Kempegowda International Airport guide includes airport contact details and information on terminal services, public transport options, and nearby accommodation.

Airport news:

A long running plan to create a high-speed rail link between the airport and city centre that appears to have been permanently shelved is still officially ongoing, although a start date is yet to be announced. 

Information:

Information counters are located in the arrivals hall, the check-in area, and outside the terminal building. These are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Website:

http://www.bengaluruairport.com

Driving directions:

Kempegowda International Airport is located east of the Bengaluru-Hyderabad national motorway (NH7). From the city centre, head northwards along Ramana Maharshi Road / Bellary Road and continue on the NH7. The airport is well signposted from this motorway and is located off BIAL Road. The drive should take around 50 minutes (not adjusted for traffic congestion).

Airport Info

Code:
BLR
Address:

Devanahalli
Bengaluru (Bangalore)
Location:

Kempegowda International Airport is situated 40km (25 miles) from Bengaluru, in Devanahalli.

No. of terminals:
2
Telephone:

+91 1800 425 4425

Time Zone:
India Standard Time
GMT +0530

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Bus:Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (tel: +91 80 2760 7989; www.mybmtc.com) operates an airport shuttle service connecting various locations in the city to Kempegowda International Airport. Shuttles on each of the nine routes run at least once every 30 minutes. There is a BMTC information desk in the terminal.

Taxi:Megacabs (tel: +91 80 4747 4747; www.megacabs.com), Karnataka Taxi (tel: +91 80 4466 4466; www.karnatakaholidays.net) and Meru (tel: +91 80 4422 4422; www.merucabs.com) operate taxis from the designated taxi area in front of the terminal building. The journey time into the city can be up to two hours or less than one hour, depending on traffic conditions. Fares range from Rs600 to Rs900.

Terminal facilities

Money:

There are ATMs on the ground and first floors, and bureaux de change on the first floor of the terminal building.

Food:

Several cafés, bars and restaurants are located within the terminal building, the majority of which are located in the departures area on the first floor. Among the options is an eatery serving Chinese cuisine and a restaurant focused on regional Indian food.

Shopping:

There is a large duty-free outlet in the international departures area. The domestic departures area also has several shops selling books, electronics, clothing and crafts.

Luggage:

Queries regarding luggage misplaced in the Terminal can be answered around the clock by the airport’s Lost and Found Counter (tel: +91 80 6678 2257). A porter service is available at the airport.

Other:

The airport houses two baby care rooms, one on each floor.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

Each of the airport’s three lounges includes its very own business centre complete with high speed Wi-Fi and charging points for laptops and mobile devices. 

Disabled facilities:

Kempegowda International Airport is fully accessible to passengers in wheelchairs, with specially designed lifts and disabled toilets. Travellers requiring special assistance should contact their airline prior to arrival at the airport.

Car parking:

All parking zones are located less than 200 meters (656ft) from the terminal and offer short- and long-term rates.

Car rental:

Car hire companies represented at Kempegowda International Airport include: Akbar, Carzonrent and Myles. In India, it is advisable to hire a car with a driver as road conditions can be dangerous and often bewildering for the visitor.