There are many people who commute between Bangalore and Mysore on a weekly basis. Typically, they stay in Bangalore from Monday to Friday and go back to Mysore on the weekends.
After all, its only a matter of traveling about 145km. Recognizing the popularity of this commute, the South Western Railways has introduced a Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) train service that charges a flat fee of only INR 30 per passenger to travel between these 2 cities.
Push-Pull vs MEMU Trains
Before this service was inaugurated, commuters used push-pull trains. These trains had a lower passenger capacity and would often get overcrowded. As many as 1800 passengers typically travel along this route on any day.
The new MEMU trains can accommodate up to 3,500 passengers per day. Thus, the journey is much more comfortable. With a top speed of 110 km per hour, these trains can complete the journey between Mysore and Bangalore in less than 3 hours.
Road vs Train
By road, the same journey would take about 4 hours. The bus is the cheapest form of road commute but this too can be much more than this train service. Tickets on the state bus service can cost as much as Rs 129. Tickets on a luxury bus can cost about Rs 330.
Bangalore – Mysore MEMU Route
The train is a boon for people traveling to areas like Kengeri, Hejjala and Nayandahalli. It has stoppages scheduled at:
- Ketohalli Halt
- Jnanabhrathi Halt
- Krishnadevaraya Halt
Bangalore – Mysore MEMU Timings
Mysore To Bangalore
The train runs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It leaves Mysore at 04.45 am and gets into the Majestic station in Bangalore at 8.30 am.
Bangalore To Mysore
The train runs on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It leaves the Majestic station at 07.55 pm and reaches Mysore by 10.50 pm.