Port Blair

Reaching Port Blair, Getting Around & Transfers to other Islands

HOW TO REACH PORT BLAIR

Andaman, being an island, is accessible in only two ways – By air or by sea.

Flights are certainly faster, more comfortable and therefore the preferred option. Ships, although seem cheaper, take about 3-5 days to reach Port Blair and do not have very flexible schedules. Their booking process can also be tedious as online bookings are unavailable and reservations can only be made from Calcutta, Chennai, or Visakhapatnam. However, we do recommend the experience of a ship journey – it’s an unusual adventure in itself.

GETTING AROUND IN PORT BLAIR

Though a small town, Port Blair has been rapidly expanding, thus making it often difficult for tourists to self-navigate especially without Google maps (thanks to patchy internet).

Thus renting a chauffeured car is recommended especially for groups and families. Auto rickshaws are also widely available and prove to be an inexpensive way of transport. Buses though, well connected, maybe difficult to catch as proper scheduled and timings are not followed or available.

Those who are adventurous and would want to try self-drive – bike rentals are an option.

  • Airport to Phoenix Bay Jetty: 3.6 km
  • Port Blair town to Chidiyatapu – 17 km approximately
  • Port Blair town to Wandoor – 13 km approximately
  • Phoenix Bay Jetty to Corbyn’s Cove Beach – 7 km approximately
  • Marina Park to Cellular Jail – 950 m

TRANSFERS TO OTHER ISLANDS

Port Blair is the only island in Andaman that is connected to all other islands that can be visited by tourists. Transfers between islands are possible in 4 ways:

  • By Private ferries:

    They connect only Port Blair, Havelock, and Neil island. A one-way trip takes about 60 minutes to 90 minutes to reach the respective islands. The kinds of cruises available are Makruzz, Coastal Cruise, Green Ocean and Makruzz Gold. These ferries run on a daily basis providing easy accessibility to the islands. Book ferries here.

  • Government Ferries:

    These connect Port Blair to Havelock, Neil, Little Andaman, Diglipur and Nicobar (not accessible to tourists).

  • Helicopter:

    Port Blair is connected to Havelock, Diglipur, Hutbay in Little Andaman and Neil Island.

  • By Road:

    Only North Andaman that consists of Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunadar, and Diglipur are connected by the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) from Port Blair. One can take a local bus or hire a chauffeured car. 

The best and most reliable way to get from:

  • Port Blair to Havelock:

    While government ferries and helicopters are available, the private catamarans are the best, most reliable, and the fastest way to reach Havelock from Port Blair.
    Ferries operate about three times a day, mostly in the mornings and afternoons. Ferries do not usually ply post 4 pm. Timings keep changing depending on the season.Tickets from Port Blair to Havelock and return. Find schedule of government ferries here.

  • Port Blair to Neil:

    Just like Havelock, a visit to Neil Island too is most convenient on a private ferry, mostly because of the easy booking process. Ferries ply about 2 times a day. Timings keep changing depending on the season.Tickets from Port Blair to Havelock and return. Find schedule of government ferries here.

  • Port Blair to Diglipur:

    Government ferries operate almost every day from Port Blair to Diglipur. They either go directly or take a diversion through either Rangat or Havelock. Find schedule of government ferries here.

  • Port Blair to Little Andaman:

    Government ferries ply every day to Little Andaman. This journey takes about 8 to 10 hours. Find schedule of government ferries here.

  • Port Blair to Rangat:

    Government ferries ply once every day to Rangat. They go via Havelock and Long Island. One can also take a government bus or private bus.
    Book a trip to Rangat in a chauffeured car here.

  • Port Blair to Mayabunder:

    Ferries operate about once in 5 days. The days are not fixed. Schedules available here. One can also take a local or private bus that goes via Mayabunder to Diglipur.

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