Goa hugs the centre of India’s western coastline facing the Arabian Sea.
Stretching across 3700 sq km, Goa is divided into two regions – North and South Goa, each with its own distinct coastal and interior areas.
The central coastal area reflects the Portuguese colonial influence with a larger Christian population, while the interior is home to a majority Hindu population.
North Goa is best known for the beaches at Arambol, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna and Vagator, while Panjim and Old Goa is renowned for wonderful colonial Portuguese architecture.
South Goa boasts a unspoiled selection of beaches at Agonda, Bogmalo, Benaulim, Colva and Om.
The most convenient route to Goa is by air to Goa International Airport (GOI), also known as Dabolim Airport.
From overseas, this usually means arriving first at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM), formerly known as Sahar International Airport, followed by a connecting domestic flight to Goa.
The airport is located 4km (2.4mi) from Vasco da Gama City, 23km (14mi) from Margao and about 30km (18mi) from the state capital, Panjim.
Alternatively, there are several daily express train services from Mumbai to Goa as well as a night train – the Konkan Kanya Express (advance booking required).
Trains generally run from Mumbai (in the north) through Goa to Mangalore (in the south), with stops at Thivim (near Vagator), Karmali (near Panjim) and Madgaon (closest to the main resort strip).
The following are the most convenient international flights to Goa, India.
Within India: Several airlines operate daily flights from Mumbai (formerly Bombay) to Goa, including IndiGo Airlines, Jet Airways, Air India, Go Air, Jet Lite and SpiceJet.
There are also direct flights to Goa from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.
Mumbai to Goa is 1 hr 10 min, direct flight
Delhi to Goa is 2 hr 35 min, direct flight
From Australia: Thai Airways International, Air India, IndiGo Airlines, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Goa.
Adelaide to Goa is 17 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Goa is 16 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Goa is 16 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Goa is 16 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Goa is 13 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
From New Zealand: Thai Airways International, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and IndiGo Airlines offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Goa.
Auckland to Goa is 18 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
From China: Air China, AirAsia India, GoAir, Air India and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient flights to Goa.
Beijing to Goa is 13 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Shanghai to Goa is 12 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Hong Kong to Goa is 8 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
From Singapore: Air India and SpiceJet offer the most convenient daily flights to Goa.
Singapore to Goa is 6 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
From United Kingdom: Air India and British Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Goa.
Manchester to Goa is 9 hrs 30 min, direct flight
London to Goa is 11 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
From France: Air France, Jet Airways and IndiGo Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Goa.
Paris to Goa is 11 hrs, direct flight
From Germany: Air India, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer the most convenient flights to Goa.
Berlin to Goa is 13 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Goa is 13 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Goa is 10 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Goa is 12 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Goa is 12 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
From United States: Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Air India and AirAsia India offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Goa.
Atlanta to Goa is 19 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Goa is 18 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Goa is 17 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Goa is 22 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Goa is 17 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Goa is 22 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Goa is 20 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
From Canada: Air Canada, Air India, Qatar Airways and AirAsia India offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Goa.
Toronto to Goa is 18 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Goa is 18 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Goa is 18 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
(ˆincludes transfer time.)
Goa International Airport (GOI) is located 30km (18mi) south of the state capital, Panjim (also known as Panaji).
Taxi: Pre-paid taxis are available at Goa International Airport. The pre-paid taxi counter is located outside the terminal building. Fares to Panaji start from INR 870, with a journey time of around 45 minutes.
Note: The airport strongly recommends that no-one, including locals, use any other taxis due to scammers.
Shuttle: Many hotels offer free shuttle services and can meet guests by prior arrangement.
Goa Tourism runs a shuttle service for the route Calangute-Panaji-Goa Airport. There are only two trips daily, but the fare is low; INR 150 for passengers to Calangute, INR 100 to Panaji.
Locally operated minibuses also provide links with Panaji.
Bus: Local buses, which are often very crowded and not very frequent, run to Chicalim and Vasco da Gama.
Rail: The nearest railway stations are Vasco da Gama and Dabolim. Both can be reached by local bus or taxi. Train services, provided by Indian Railways (www.indianrail.gov.in), are available to a number of destinations nationwide.
Car hire services are available in the domestic arrivals area of Goa International Airport.
In India, it is normal to hire a car with a driver, as the country's road conditions can be daunting for visitors. A driver costs around INR 200 per day. If you wish to drive yourself, a deposit is required.
Money: There is an ATM located outside the arrivals area and a Bureaux de Change in the airport.
Food: Food and drink is available from several snack bars and a restaurant.
Shopping: Duty-free shops selling liquor, cigarettes, perfumes, toiletries, electronic items, watches and numerous other gift items are located in the international departures and arrivals areas. Shops selling magazines, books, clothes and general articles are available in both terminals.
Wi-Fi: The airport provides WiFi for a fee and mobile charging points.
Other: A first aid room and a baby changing facilities are available in the terminal building.
Ramps and lifts connect all levels of the terminal. Wheelchairs and physical assistance are available free of charge from the airline counters.
A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and a tourist visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days and longer by extension.
The coastal region around Goa is easily explored by ferry, hire car and motorcycle as well as taxi and auto-rickshaw.
Goa's regional road network can be treacherous. Be on the look out for a range of human and animal obstacles, as well as potholes and hairpin bends.
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