Approach:Bhubaneswar is well connected by air, rail and road to the rest of India.
The modern Biju Pattnaik airport is being extended to receive wide bodied aircraft, and has limited international flights. A cargo berth is under construction. Air India, Jet and JetLite, Indigo, Vista-air operate flights from Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar is the divisional headquarters of East Coast railways. It is situated on the main line from Kolkata to Chennai and is well connected by direct train service to most major Indian cities. For timings and other details check the Indian Railways website.
Bhubaneswar is situated on the National Highway no.5 that runs between Kolkata and Chennai. It is 480km from Kolkata, 445km from Visakhapatnam, 1,225km from Chennai, 32km from Cuttack, 130km from Chilika Lake (Barkul), 184km from Gopalpur-on-sea, 64km from Konark, 62km from Puri.
The main bus stand of Bhubaneswar is at Baramunda. Its on the Kolkata Chennai National Highway. Buses fly from here to all the towns and small trading centers in Odisha. There are also buses going to major cities in bordering states like Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Raipur.
Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark form the golden triangle for travelling in this part of India.
Travel within city:
Bhubaneswar city is well connected with town buses. One can also travel by the three wheelers called autos.
The auto rickshaws move on the main routes as passenger carriers. You can catch one with other passengers. You have to pay as per the distance travelled. For the budget traveler, Bhubaneswar offers shared autos, where you can make journeys even for Rs. 5.
One can also hire one as a chattered carrier and travel to the destination. The meters on these rickshaws do not work; hence you have to bargain the price before you start your journey. Auto-rickshaw drivers in Bhubaneswar are courteous and helpful. Still, negotiate a rate with the driver beforehand, and make sure that the driver understood your destination. There are prepaid autos available at railway station. For the security of women the police recommend and authorize Pink autos.
Travelling by cycle:
Bhubaneswar has many cycling commuters. But the city does not have any special roads for cyclists. Cycling will be like going up and down on small hills.
Town buses ply throughout the city. These are government-run and extremely cheap. You can buy bus tickets on route. Extreme caution is advised in using these buses as typical of any other Indian city. Government has launched the DTS city bus service which is Dream Team Sahara city bus service which operates around the city with 15 mins difference. You can ask to any locals of the city for guidance. The few routes along with their Route No are 207, 306, 405, 504, 603, 333, 801, 414, 171, 324, 315, 225, and 432.
There are several taxi companies operating in Bhubaneswar. You can hire by hours, kilometers, and day or by destination. There is a minimum fare for first few kilometers and for every subsequent kilometer they charge in increments. Cabs are the best choice in case you want to tour the city all day or visit nearby places. Also, generally there is a special price ('tour package') if you can bargain for it. Foreign nationals are advised to carry local current.