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Long weekend makes fares go skywards

PANAJI

Two weekends with Gandhi Jayanti, Dussehra and Eid sandwiched may be the perfect time to sneak in a holiday, but an escape to or from Goa will require deeper than usual pockets.

Bus fares to Goa from the metros and vice-versa, around September 30, are priced up to 3,800—over double the fare on regular weekdays. Even a non-AC sleeper bus ticket to Pune from Goa is 3,200 up to October 5, which marks the end of the unusually extended weekend.

Regular weekday AC bus fares to and from Goa from most major cities touches 1,300 max. But Bangalore and Mumbai AC bus fares from September-end to October 5 are 3,500 and a similar ticket to Chennai is 2,800.

“The public sector Kadamba bus fares cost 900 for non-AC and 1,200 for AC. But these tickets are already sold out and so are train tickets with travellers informing us of being up to 500 in the waiting list. My agency books tickets online, but even if they are booked offline the fare will only come down by 100,” said A Sawant, a ticketing agent in Panaji.

Read the full report here, Times of India

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