How To Reach
Kochi is at the junction of NH17 (to Panvel, Mumbai) and
NH47 (to Kanya Kumari). Distances from Kochi to other cities
Distance (In Kilo Metres)
How to get there
International Air Port at Nedumbassery, near Aluva, is about
22 kms away from Ernakulam.
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Kochi has 2 stations, Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town.
These 2 stations are connected on broad gauge line. This
line links the railway stations to Thiruvanthapuram,
Mangalore and Mangalore to Chennai. Trains from the Northern
cities/Southern parts of India stop at Ernakulam Junction.
Note that none of the through trains on the main trunk
routes go to the Cochin Harbour Terminus station at
|Enquiry about confirmation and availability of Railway
Ticket at Ernakulam Junction
Ernakulam Town, Near North Bridge
Junction, Near South Bridge
Cochin Harbour Terminus, Willingdon Island
KSRTC Central Bus station is near the Junction railway
station. It runs Express and Fast services from Ernakulam to
other major cities within Kerala and into the neighbouring
states. Reciprocal services from other STCs are also
Central Bus station
|There are plenty of private buses available for travel from
Ernakulam to other cities. They operate from High Court
Junction, Railway Station and Kaloor Junction.
|Tamil Nadu Road Transport Ernakulam
|Karnataka Road Transport Ernakulam
Ferries are the best way of getting about between islands.
It reaches faster and it is cheaper and much more
comfortable than buses or autos. Another alternative is the
Goshree Bridge from Ernakulam that stretches out across the
backwaters connecting the islands of Bolghatty, Mulavukadu,
Vallarpadam and Vypeen which make tourist access much more
There are two ferry stations in Ernakulam. The main Boat
Jetty is 1 Km. from the Junction railway station and the
other is near the High Court. There are two Ferry stops in
Willingdon Island also; 'Embarkation' and 'Terminus'.
Public Ferries are available every 20 minutes from High
Court Jetty (Ernakulam) to Vypeen and Bolghatty islands from
6am to 10pm.There is a vehicular ferry service also
available from High Court Jetty to Vypeen jetty. Kerala
State Government Ferry service to and fro is available every
35 - 45 minutes from Ernakulam Main boat jetty to
Mattancherry via Terminus jetty (Willingdon Island) and to
Fort Kochi (Customs jetty) via Embarkation jetty (Willingdon
Island). The ticket office opens 10 minutes before each
sailing. Sail starts from 6am and ends at 9.30 pm.
There are ferries from Fort Kochi to Vypeen island from 6 am
to 10 pm. A vehicular ferry is also available every half
hour or so. Maximum fare is Rs.3/-
Auto-Rickshaws are fairly cheaper than Taxi cars. Minimum
charge upto 3 Kms is Rs. 8/-. In Ernakulam, auto-rickshaws
are the most convenient mode of transport. There are around
800 or more autos running in the city. Pre-paid auto stands
(booth) are available at Ernakulam Junction railway station
and at Thoppumpady.
Buses are fairly frequent and cheap in Ernakulam. It
connects Ernakulam, Willingdon and Fort Kochi and many other
places. Local passenger buses are coloured in red and pale
yellow on top. Minimum charges for upto three stoppage is
Re. 3.00 approximately. Now, the Goshree Bridge from
Ernakulam that stretches out across the backwaters
connecting the islands of Bolghatty, Mulavukadu, Vallarpadam
and Vypeen make tourist access much more easier to these
Motorised boats of various sizes can be hired from the
Sealord jetty or from the small dock adjacent to the Main
jetty in Ernakulam. They are an excellent way of exploring
Kochi harbour at your leisure and without the crowds.
Rowboats offer to shuttle between Willingdon Island and Fort
Cochin or Mattancherry.