Bangalore Metro is fast becoming the lifeline of commuters in the areas where it is operational. This high-speed and low cost transit medium is a boon for commuters as it offers a safe, reliable, comfortable and fast journey.
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Phase 1 Network of Namma Metro
The phase 1 network of Namma Metro consists of two corridors, namely the East-West corridor and the North-South corridor. The East-West corridor is named Purple line and it extends from Baiyappanahalli to Mysore Road. The North-South corridor is named Green line and it extends from Nagasandra to Puttenahalli.
Bangalore Metro REACH 1
Bangalore Metro Route and stations for Reach 1 of East-West corridor (Purple Line)
At present, only Reach 1 of the East-West corridor is functional. It connects Baiyappanahalli to Mahatma Gandhi Road. It opened to commercial services from 20th October, 2011.
|Sl No||Station Name||Comments|
|1||Baiyappanahalli||Feeder service to reach Whitefiled, KR Puram. Next to Baiyappanhalli railway station. LOTS of Parking space available.|
|2||Swami Vivekananda Road|
|3||Indiranagar||On CMH Road|
|4||Halasuru||500m from bus stop. Connects Majestic, KR Market. Near century old Someshwara temple, temple tank. NO parking space available.|
|6||MG Road||500m from Brigade road. Connects towars Hosur road, Commercial Street, Shivajinagar. Parking difficult.|
|7||Cubbon Park||Bus stop is near by. Close to Cubbon Park, GPO, Cricket stadium. LOTS of Parking space available.|
|8||Vidhana Soudha||Bus stop within 500m. Connects Majestic, Corporation, Shivajinagar.|
|9||Sir M Visvesvaraya Central College||Bus stop 500m away. Connects to Majestic, KR Market. LOTS of Parking space available.|
|10||Kempegowda Majestic||Interchange to Green Line. Near Majestic bus stand & city railway station. Parking near KSTRC bus stand|
|11||City Railway Station||Bus stop 500m away. Kempegowda bus stand connects to all areas of Bengaluru. Near Sangolli Rayana Railway station. Railway station parking facility can be used.|
|16||Deepanjali Nagar||Elevated. Bus stop 500m saway. Near Mysore road satellite bus stand (BMTC, KSRTC).|
|17||Mysore Road||Bus stop 500m away. Connects to Kengeri, Magadi, Banashankari, Majestic & KR Market. LOTS of Parking space available.|
Bangalore Metro Fare Chart for Reach 1 of East-West corridor
Bangalore metro rail is by and large one of the cheapest modes of transport in the city. The minimum metro rail fare for Reach 1 stretch is Rs. 10 and the maximum metro fare is Rs. 17.
Reach 2 Extension
The Namma Metro Reach 2 Extension line between Mysore Road and Kengeri will begin operations on August 30th. This will be an extension of the Purple Line. Currently, trains will run from Byappanahalli to Kengiri only during peak hours from 8am to 11am and 4.30pm to 7.30pm. During non-peak hours only alternate trains will operate on this route. As demand increases, the frequency of the trains will also be revisited.
This section will have 7 stops:
- Rajarajeshwari Nagar
- Kengeri Bus Terminal
The last station, Challaghatta
Will become operational only in 2023.
The online namma metro fare chart is here.
OUTDATED INFO: The fare chart for Reach 1 stretch is as follows
Updated Fare Chart for Reach 1
|Station||Fare from Baiyappanahalli in Rs|
|Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Station, Majestic||28.5|
|Sir M Visveswaraya Station, Central College||26.6|
|Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Stn., Vidhana Soudha||23.75|
|Mahatma Gandhi Road||19|
|Swami Vivekananda Road||9.5|
Bangalore Metro REACH 3 & 3a
Route and stations for Reach 3 & 3a of North-South corridor (Green Line)
At present, only Reach 3 & 3a of the North-South corridor is functional. It connects Sampige to Peenya Industry. It opened to commercial services from 1st March 2014.
Sl No Station Name Comments
1 Nagasandra 2 T Dasarahalli 3 Jalahalli 4 Peenya Industry SRS bus stop
5 Peenya CMTI bus stop
6 Goraguntepalya 7 Yeshwathpur Major transport hub, connected to Yeshwanthpur Railway Station. Close to APMC yard and IISc. LOTS of Parking space available.
8 Sandal Soap Factory Opposite Metro Cash n Carry
9 Mahalakshmi Mahalakshmi layout Bus Stop
10 Rajajinagar Near Bhima jewellers west off cord road
11 Kuvempu Road Near Navarang theater
12 Srirampura Devaiah park bus stop
13 Sampige Road Link to Seshadripuram & Link Road. Behind Mantri Mall. NO Parking space.
14 Kempegowda Majestic Interchange to Purple Line. Near Majestic bus stand & city railway station. Parking near KSTRC bus stand
15 Chickpet 500 m from KR Market bus stand. Connects to KR Market. NO PARKING space.
16 KR Market Near KR Market, Vani Vilas, Minto & Victoria hospitals. Parking at KR Market, Avenue Road & Tippu Fort.
17 National College 18 Lalbagh Connects to Jayanagar. Don't miss VV Puram food street. LIMITED or NO Parking space.
19 South End Circle Near Jayanagar 4th Block. Close to Oneindia.com office.
20 Jayanagar 21 RV Road 22 Banashankari Near Banashankari temple, Shivaji Military Hotel, Sri Krishna Sevashrama hospital. Parking available.
23 JP Nagar Connects to Kanakpura Road towards Devegowda Petrol bunk. LOTS of Parking space available.
24 Yelachenahalli Nearest metro stop to Art of Living, Pyramid Valley, Sangama, Muttatti. LOTS of Parking space availab.e
Bangalore Metro Fare Chart for Reach 3 & 3a of North-South corridor
Bangalore metro rail has fixed attractive fare rates for the passengers on this route. The minimum metro rail fare for Reach 3 & 3a stretch is Rs. 10 and the maximum metro fare is Rs. 23.
Updated Fare Chart for Reach 3 & 3A
|Station||Fare from Nagasandra in Rs|
|Sandal Soap Factory||23.75|
|Mahakavi Kuvempu road||28.5|
|Mantri Square Sampige Road||33.25|
|Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Station, Majestic||36.1|
|Krishna Rajendra Market||39.9|
|Rashtriya Vidyalaya Road||49.4|
Baiyappanahalli – Whitefield Metro Line Slated for End-of-Year Opening
The much-awaited Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield Metro Line has been scheduled to start running in December 2022. This metro line will have 13 Metro stations and a depot at Kadugodi. Work on this 15.25 km elevated line was held up because of multiple reasons that have now been resolved. Three major bottlenecks were cleared to pave the way for the project.
Land Acquired From The Railway Board
The Railway Board has approved transferring 3500 sqm of land near KR Puram station to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL). This land will be used to widen the road connecting Tin Factory-KR Puram and Marathahalli -Whitefield. In exchange, the Railway Board will be given an equal-sized land portion elsewhere. The land has been identified and is in possession of the BDA.
To widen the road, many buildings flanking the existing road between Outer Ring Road (ORR) flyover and KR Puram Railway station will be partially or fully demolished.
Other Land Acquisitions
Additional land has also been acquired from private parties for the road widening as well as the construction of a Diaphragm Wall on the Benniganahalli lake bund. This is required for road work as well as to lay the Metro pillars. The Diaphragm Wall will be14m long from the top of the lake bund to below the lake. This is being constructed to keep water from flowing over the structure.
Green Signal For Elevated Line Over Salem Railway Line
The Bengaluru Railway Division has also given the BMRCL permission to construct an elevated Metro line over the existing Salem railway line near Benniganahalli. The Metro line will stand 65m over the railway line. Thus, it meets the 8m clearance required over trains running on these railway lines. This is the last piece of civil work remaining on this line.
Bangalore Metro Ticket Options – Smart Solution for a Comfortable Journey
The Bangalore Metro provides the option of Smart Tokens and Smart Cards for travel. There are different fare structures for each of them.
These tokens are available for a minimum cost of Rs. 10. Each token is valid for a single journey. Tokens are to be touched on the pad near the entry gates at the Main Entry and to be dropped after use at the slots provided at the Exit Stations.
Contactless Smart Cards
These cards can be purchased for multiple journeys. The minimum cost of the card is Rs. 50 but the travel value is different. These cards offer discounts of 15% to 23% as compared to the tokens.
Varshik and Sanchar Cards
The “Varshik” is a refillable card that stores credit of up to Rs. 1,500. It is swiped at the Main entry and exit points of the stations, and the fare is deducted. The minimum fare is Rs. 8.50.
The “Sanchar” is a multi-trip card that can be used for up to 100 trips between two fixed points. It is designed for commuters who always travel on the same route, like office goers, college students, etc. Fares are cheaper than those offered on the Varshik card. The minimum fare is Rs. 7.65 if a minimum of 100 trips are purchased in advance.
These are paper tickets and they can be issued to a group of ten members travelling between same stations
Metro-Bus Ticket (MBT) Day Pass
It is an integrated metro and bus travel ticket that offers unlimited journeys for the whole day for Smart Card holders. A “Saral” ticket costs Rs. 110 and is valid for travel on air conditioned buses (but not on Airport buses). A “Saraag” ticket costs Rs. 70 and is only valid for travel on the Metro rails and non-air conditioned buses.
It is an SBI Debit-cum-Transit card issued by SBI. It has a contactless chip and a magnetic stripe that can be used for ticketing and banking application respectively. The card offers the convenience of loading either value or trips, as per the commuter’s convenience. It is a multiple-use card that offers a discount of 15% to 21% over the rates applicable for tokens.
Multiple Tickets in a Card
This smart card offers the convenience of holding any or all three types of tickets i.e., Varshik, Sanchar and MBT. Varshik ticket comes as default with every card.
Metro Tickets Outlets – Easy Availability
Bangalore Metro offers several ticket sale outlets. Commuters can buy tickets from the ticket counters at stations and ticket vending machines or TVM (to be installed shortly).
MBT Day passes can be purchased at select bus stations and in buses operating in vicinity of Reach 1. Combo Cards can be obtained from the SBI branches where the commuters maintain their bank accounts.
Topping-up of smart cards (containing Varshik or Sanchar tickets) can be done at Metro stations, ticket vending machines, Airtel retail outlets and BMRCL website. Topping up of Varshik ticket on Metro and Combo card can be done at SBI ATM or through SBI net banking, SBI mobile banking or by auto top-up done through standing instructions to SBI.
The Metro Ride app – Improving Last Mile Connectivity
Along with extending the metro route, efforts are also being made to improve the commute to and from metro stations. The Metro Ride app offers a quick and economical way for commuters to get from their homes to the metro station and from the metro station to their end destination.
The service connects 66 metro stations on the Green Line and Purple Line in Bangalore. To book a ride to the metro station, you will need to sue the app on your phone. This app is free for Android phones and iPhones. On the app, you can use your location according to GPS settings or enter a landmark to select a pick up point. You can also specify the number of seats required. The app will show you’re the shortest route and ticket fee for the same. Payments can be made online.
This pick and drop service makes using the metro much more convenient a syou no longer have to wait for an auto or cab. Neither do you need to take your car to the metro station and circle the parking lot looking for a space to park your car.
You can download the app here:
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- For iPhones: Download Now
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