Seats of the Airavat Bus ( volvo buses by KSRTC)
Buses to Mysore are operated from the KSRTC Satellite bus stand on the Mysore Road.
The Satellite bus stand is about 5 km from Bangalore City railway and the Kempegowda Bus Station. You need to travel by the local city bus or private taxi/auto-rickshaw to travel from the city Kempegowda Bus Station/railway station, it can take around 1 hour thanks to the slow-moving city traffic.
Inside the KSRTC bus stand there is a separate platform for the Bangalore-Mysore bus services. The ticket counter is next to the platform.
There are different types of services to Mysore. The highest class is the AC buses called “Airavat” services or popularly the “Volvo Servces”. There are also a few Mercedes- Benz services by KSRTC from the same platform. The fare is Rs260 one way.
The Rajahamsa class services are non AC, but with pushback seats. Ticket costs about Rs130.
Ticket for the regular express service ( called Karnataka Sarige) cost about Rs90.
They play those old bollwood blockbusters, or its local genres, in the Airavat and Rajahamsa services. If this is not your idea of on board entertainment , get to the back rows. In the Volvo and Mercedes- Benz buses traveling in the last rows is not a problem as the suspension is pretty good. However in Rajahamsa and other lower services avoid the last few rows ( beyond the rear axle), as the ride could be a lot bumpy.
Platform at Bangalore for the Mysore bound AC buses.
On the other hand the front row in the Airavat bus is a superb location to enjoy the sights while traveling.
There is a ticket counter at the platform. Many times they issue tickets at the counter. Otherwise the conduct directs to get inside the bus and issue the ticket inside. Seats are occupied on a first come first served basis. A bus leaves when it is fully occupied. During the weekends and other holidays you’ll find long queues at the ticket counter.
The frequency of service is fairly good between 6am and 8pm. After that you can still get in a long distance bus that passes via Mysore (to Coorg
, Mangalore, Kerala etc ). Those buses leave from a different platform located in the main building. Check at that enquiry counter in the main building about the availability of service, platform location etc.
The Airavat and Rajahamsa are typically non-stop services except for that halt at that swanky Satellite Bus Station located on the southwestern outskirts on the Mysore road. By the way you can catch a bus to Mysore from this bus station too.
Inside Mysore city
, the bus drops you at the Mysore KSRTC bus stand
(Central bus stand). You can catch a return bus to Bangalore (or for other cities) from the same bus stand.
City buses stop at the corner around the bus stand. Walk out of the bus stand to catch the local bus. The city bus stand is a couple of km away around the corner of the palace.
As you come out of the bus agents would pester you (if you look like a tourist!) with various services (hotel,taxi,sightseeing etc). Neglect.
Waiting launch and platforms in KSRTC Bus stand, Mysore
If you are not very familiar with the city/language etc go for the prepaid auto rickshaw for local travel. There is a prepaid auto rickshaw stand next to the gate through which your bus entered the bus stand. Tell your local destination (they have a standard list ) at the counter and get the print out. This mentions your destination, the fare to be paid to the driver and also the registration number of the rickshaw. Keep a one rupee coin handy as this is the service fee to be paid at the counter. Retain the printout with you.