Details about the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) fares, passes and charges for Ordinary, Pushpak, Marcopolo, (Vajra) Volvo and Airport Volvo buses, public transport in Bangalore City.
BMTC point-to-point fares have been reduced with effect from Sunday January 11 2015. However, there is no reduction in any monthly pass charges.
Monthly passes enable the pass holder to travel unlimited “travel-as-you-wish” trips from anywhere to anywhere as he/she wishes during one calendar month (1st of the month to last day of the month) on the buses of the specified class the passes are valid for. The passes are to be purchased at the beginning of every month. There are a number of types of monthly passes which are differentiated on basis of the types of buses they are valid on. Monthly pass fares will differ according to the type of bus it is eligible on. The types of and rates for all BMTC Monthly passes are given below:
Enables users to travel unlimited trips as one wishes on all black board (routes are written in black on the board – on buses with route numbers 1 to 199) unlimited for the calendar month it is purchased for. Not vaild on Pushpak, C, D, G, K etc (old cost Rs.725).
Enables the user to travel unlimited trips as one wishes on all Non-AC buses including black-board, red-board, Pushpak, C, D, G, K, MBS etc. for the month it is purchased. Basically it is valid on any bus that is not a Volvo or a Marcopolo. Popularly known as “Pushpak Pass” or Red Board Pass. It is not valid on Volovs (old cost: Rs.925).
This pass is generally used to travel on Volvo Buses and is known as the “Volvo Pass”, though it is valid on all buses including non-AC buses. It enables the user to travel unlimited trips from anywhere to anywhere on all buses run by the BMTC except the Green Airport bound BIA Volvo services (Vayu Vajra) for one calendar month. It is valid on all Ordinary Non-AC, Pushpak and all Volvo routes as long as the bus is run by BMTC (and not by KSRTC). There are three types of monthly Volvo passes:
The king of all passes which enables the user to travel any number of trips on all buses and services run by the BMTC for any distance, right from the ordinary city bus to the Airport Volvo.
Daily passes are the most economical and hassle-free way to travel in BMTC buses in Bangalore. These passes enable unlimited trips from anywhere to anywhere on the class of buses which the pass is eligible for during the one entire day it is purchased. The pass is valid midnight to midnight, so buy it as early in the morning as possible. Passes will be available with the conductor on the bus. There are two types of Daily passes:
The daily pass enables the user to travel unlimited trips on the day it is purchased on ALL buses run by the BMTC including all regular Volvo services and all types of non-AC services. This pass is not accepted on BIA Vayu Vajra Airport services. The pass is available mostly with Volvo bus conductors.
This is the most popular pass on the BMTC network and enables travel on all non-AC buses operated by the BMTC, unlimited trips from anywhere to anywhere in Bangalore or outside.
There was a time when Volvo monthly passes used to cost just Rs.1000. They used to cost Rs.1950 and Rs.2000 respectively before the latest rate hikes. Now they have been increased by a whopping 300 Rupees. The Airport Volvo passes used to cost Rs.2800 before the hike and is increased by Rs.250 now. But still, these are hugely economical alternatives for travel in Bangalore considering the fuel prices prevalent today. You can still save a lot on Petrol/Diesel if you commute on BMTC (Volvo) buses over using your car, especially if you travel long distances everyday.
How to get BMTC Passes and BMTC ID:
New passes will be available with the Conductor/Driver of the bus and at all bus stations and big stops in Bangalore from the 28th to the 5th of every month.
The BMTC ID can be procured from Majestic (KBS) and Shivajinagar Bus Stations from the pass issuance counters. Here is the procedure to obtain it at Majestic. You will need a pen, two passport size photos, a gumstick (preferred) and Rs.100.
Happy Commuting! :)
For more details, visit BMTC’s (state of the art) website: My BMTC