Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
Expatriates generally prefer to commute in chauffeur-driven vehicles. However, having a vehicle at your disposal (whether self-driven or otherwise) is a must.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
To drive in India, one must have an international license, which has to be locally approved by the local Road Transport Office (RTO). Third-party insurance is mandatory.
What side of the road do people drive on?
People drive on the left side of the road.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
The local public transit is not recommended for expatriate use.
However, one may avail cab service to get around the city. They are better-looking cars equipped with GPS, AC and English-speaking drivers. You need to book these cabs by smartphone apps or through internet. Uber and Ola are the most common online cab aggregators.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
It is usually a personal preference. It is not recommended that expats use public transportation. Buses and trains to other cities are available, though, as options.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Like any other big city in the world, Bangalore faces heavy traffic flows during certain hours of the day.
Considering the number of vehicles on the road, with trucks, buses, motorcycles, auto and pedal rickshaws and pedestrians all using the same roads, traffic rules are often flouted. Given such circumstances, it would be advisable to drive your car only when experienced enough to understand the driving patterns.
Please be equipped with a good first aid kit. You should be able to clean and dress scrapes and cuts in case of emergency.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
Tickets for local buses can be bought on board. Trains can be booked at the station or online. If intercity transport is required, you may wish to use online booking or have a travel agent assist.
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