Mumbai Bangalore Flight|Rt PCR for Domestic Flights[2022]

Must read before Flying from Mumbai to Bengaluru (Bombay to Bangalore)

I am sharing my personal experience of flight from Mumbai to Bengaluru during Corona (Covid19).


    January 2022 state wise RtPCR requirements

    Check out this link to know what is the 
    Guidelines for year 2022 regarding RtPCR

    Rt PCR Mumbai airport for Domestic flights

    Domestic travelers will have to produce fully vaccinated certificate or a negative RtPCR report taken no later than 72hrs before boarding the flight. Read the new Mumbai RtPCR Guideline .

    Mumbai airport  provides the facility of Rapid RtPCR at Rs.3900/- (reduced from previous Rs.4500/-) and normal RtPCR at Rs.600/- 

    Rapit RtPCR results are available within 30min as compared to 3-4hrs of wait time for normal RtPCR.

    When I travelled in August 2021,Depending on the state rule you are travelling to, you may have to produce a negative Rt Pcr at Mumbai airport for domestic flights.

    In case you are not carrying one, you can avail of the facility at Mumbai airport and get the test done but you will have to wait till a negative report is provided. Without the negative rt PCR, you will not be allowed to board the flight except if you are in exempted category.

    Mumbai to Bengaluru Flights

    Mumbai is the financial capital of India and Bengaluru (Bangalore) is the silicon valley of India.

    The two cities are well connected by flights, trains, and roads.

    You will find all the major airlines flying between these two cities.

    Cheap Flights Mumbai to Bangalore (Bengaluru)

    You will find the cheapest flights if you book 30 days in advance. Flight cost increase as the travel date is near.


    Mumbai to Bangalore Flight Fare

    The flight that is available for Rs.1200/ if booked months in advance else it will cost you around Rs.5500/ a couple of days before the departure.

    Mumbai to Bangalore Indigo flight

    Indigo has made a name for itself as the most reliable domestic flight provider in India.

    Indigo has relatively new aircraft and you will find your flight very comfortable.

    Indigo crew members are among the best in the industry.

    Indigo operates multiple flights in Mumbai to the Banglore route and its tickets are quite competitively priced.

    Mumbai to Bangalore Flight schedule

    Mumbai Bangalore flights are available every 30min if you are fine with any air carrier. otherwise, each carrier has flights every 3-4hrs on this route.

    Mumbai to Bangalore flight time

    The flight duration is around 2hrs for a direct flight. It takes anywhere from 1.30hr to 2hrs.

    Mumbai to Bangalore Vistara

    I took the Vistara flight from Mumbai T2 to Bengaluru Kempagauda airport on 22nd Aug 2021.

    Here is my experience and tips for you:

    1. Add an additional hour to your usual time to reach the airport as a lot of vehicles is on-road and it will take more time to reach the airport than usual.

    2. Expect a long queue to enter the airport. The security personnel checks the ticket and id's. He does not check the Rt-PCR report.

    3. Print boarding pass from the Kiosk, it is not given at the checking counter.

    4. You will have to keep your luggage on the weighing machine, do not expect any help there.

    5. The person at the check-in counter will check your negative Rt-Pcr report. 

    Note: Better take a printout instead of handing over your mobile to him. This is useful in case you are traveling with family.

    6. No change in security check-in procedure.

    7. At the time of boarding the plane, you will be given a mask, Face shield, sanitizer. In case you have middle seat, you will get protective clothes.

    Note: Do not expect a vacant middle seat unless it's an unsold seat.

    8. Authorities will check your Rt-PCR at Bengaluru airport as well.


    Does Vistara serve food in Mumbai to Banglore flight?

    No food was served on the Mumbai Banglore flight. Only water bottles were handed over during the flight.

    What happens if you are not carrying a negative Rt-PCR report?

    As per the airline communication, it is mandatory to carry a valid negative Rt-Pcr report. 

    I did not see anyone arguing at the check-in counter for not carrying the report but after landing at Bengaluru airport, I did notice few people go towards a counter where Rt-PCR was being done.

    So I guessed the airline must have allowed them (some emergency cases are allowed) to board the plane but at Kempagauda airport, they were made to take the test.

    In case you are not carrying your Rt-PCR, you will have to get the test done at the airport before boarding the flight.

    In case you miss your flight as getting a report will take time (30 min to 7hr depending on which test you opted for), the airline will accommodate you on the next flight (AirAsia confirmed this).

    To avoid all these troubles, better carry a negative Rt-PCR report.

    How much time it takes to get Rt-PCR at Kempagauda airport?

    I checked with the authorities at the airport, they mentioned travelers have to give the swab and they can go home. The report will be sent after 5-6hrs on your mobile.

    In case the outcome is positive, you will have to follow the covid procedure.

    What is the cost of Rt-PCR at Kempagauda airport?

    At Bengaluru airport, you will have to pay Rs.800/ for Rt-PCR, the report will be shared in 5-6hrs.

    A rapid Rt-PCR result will be given in 30/40 min but the cost is approx Rs5000/-

    What is a valid Rt-PCR test?

    An Rt-PCR test is valid for 72hrs from the time swab is taken.

    There are government agencies doing free RT-Pcr but they send reports on the 3rd day, which may be too late. You need this report at the time of check-in.

    Private agencies provide these reports in 24hrs but charge you anywhere between Rs.800 to Rs.1200 depending on the place from you are getting tested.

    Do not mistake it with the time the report is given.

    I planned to get it done from a Government testing facility to save some money (Maharastra Govt. is doing it for free in Mumbai).

    The catch was their report will be a hard copy that will be available after 2 days.

    I calculated 72 hrs from the day of my flight on Sunday and Thursday around 4pm came out to be the best time.

    Government being government, on Thursday their server was down and swab collection was canceled that day.

    I got it done on Saturday at a private facility where they sent me the report on my mobile, the same day (within 10hr).

    The cost of this Rt-PCR was Rs.800/-

    Is Rt-PCR checked at the airport?

    Yes, the report is checked thoroughly both at departure and arrival airports.

    At departure, it's the airline staff that checks it and at the arrival airport, it's the government authorities that verify it.

    With the implementation of QR codes on reports, it has become very easy to check the validity of reports.

    Is a negative Rt-PCR report mandatory at airports?

    The answer is yes & No.
    You will have to check the guideline of the state to get the correct answer.


    For Maharashtra, it is mandatory for all but for the following exceptions:

    1. Anyone who is fully vaccinated 15 days before travel just need to show the certificate.

    2. Defense personnel and their families

    3. Few other exceptions, airlines provide the whole list on their website.


    Bangalore airport Ola stand

    To reach from airport to your destination in Bangalore, you either pre-book a cab from Make My Trip or book a cab on the spot from airport using Ola or Uber apps.

    Uber cabs are the most costly, Ola fare is less than Uber and MMT pre booked cabs are the cheapest.

    When I landed at Bangalore airport, Uber showed around Rs.1500/ for my destination at Shastri Nagar, Ola fare was around Rs.1000/- and the pre-booked MMT cab was Rs.800/-


    In case you choose Ola, you will have to walk around 5-7min out of Airport to reach Ola pickup stop. Book your cab and there is a queue for all those who have booked the cab.

    Just wait for your turn, the next available cab that arrives will ask for OTP and you will be on your way home.

    Note: There are few cab drivers who do not pick passengers from this queue, they will ask you to cancel your booking and re-book again. I did not feel comfortable this way so I did not explore this option.

    Advantages of booking Airport Cabs

    Airport cab driver's know the shortest and least traffic route as its their daily job where as Ola/Uber you may end up with someone totally relying on Google Maps.

    In Airport cabs, you can select a diesel car in case you have more luggage, Ola/Uber are all CNG car (at least in Mumbai) with very less boot space.

    Conclusion:

    Domestic Flights are plying within India, for a safe and no-hassle journey, do follow the Government norms of getting a valid Rt-PCR. It is being checked thoroughly at both departure and arrival.

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