Getting To & Through India 2022
- Australian passports require an e-visa to enter India for multiple entries up to 90 days on a 1-year or 5-year visa. Multiple entry 30 day e-visas are available. Apply only on the India Government Visa Website.
- 30 Day US$25 / 1 Year US$40 / 5-Year US$80
- All Nations Visa Fees Here
For Further Visa Or Consular Information:
- Australia High Commission - New Delhi
- Representing Bhutan
- Phone: +91 11 4139 9900
- Australia Consulate General - Mumbai
- Phone: +91 22 6757 4900
- Australia Consulate General - Chennai
- Phone: +91 44 4592 1300
- Australia Consulate General - Kolkata
- Phone: +91 11 4910 5980
- Emergency Consular Contacts:
- Phone: +61 2 6261 3305
- SMS: +61 421 269 080
Getting to India from Australia is easy with direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney to New Delhi, or via SE Asian hubs, Colombo, and China to all major cities. As with any Australian Cricket Tour To Asia or Africa, the cheapest flights are often the long way via Dubai (Emirates), Doha (Qatar), or Abu Dhabi (Etihad) with multiple daily flights to major cities and smaller centres; Kochi, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Trivandrum, & Hyderabad. Research all flights on:
Once in India travel between cricket cities is easy by Indian Railways or the big 7 domestic airlines (and 7 smaller regional). There's a wealth of long-distance buses but bring your earplugs and travel insurer on speed dial.
AIRLINES IN INDIA
- AIR INDIA - Full Service
- AIR INDIA EXPRESS - Low Cost
- VISTARA - Full Service
- SPICE JET - Low Cost
- INDIGO - Low Cost
- GOAIR - Low Cost
- AIRASIA INDIA - Low Cost
2001 was not our first foray on the mighty network, but that year we spent 272-hrs on the rails following the Australian Cricket Tour between 3 Tour Games, 3 Test Matches, and 5 ODI's. Two loops of the land from Mumbai to Nagpur to Mumbai to New Delhi to Varanasi to Kolkata to Chennai to Bengaluru to Pune to Indore to Visakhapatnam to Goa and back to Mumbai. It was epic, enduring, and, more than anything, enlightening. Depending on your time, this heady experience should be done, albeit once.
Since the those heady days, service, time-tabling, network reach, and ticket-purchase has improved immensely making journeys far more comfortable, reliable, and easier. Ticketing in 2001 & 2004 was still analogue, requiring near-endless lining up to apply for a ticket. Today, Indian Railways is online and go everywhere, except Dharamsala (nearest station Pathankot (50km)) where flights from Delhi are your best option, though you can take a bus (see below).
When you join our Australian Cricket Tour to India 2022 we include rail travel between all matches in our hotel tours. If you're coming for just one Test or taking our match ticket & dinner option then no rail travel is included. Though rail travel is included, you don't have to travel by train if you prefer to fly. If you want to join us on Indian Railways as part of your hotel tour, we will confirm this with you after you have booked.
- INDIAN RAILWAYS
- Online Booking Is A Vexing Process
- Indian Railways Advice Page Coming
When it comes to travelling by long-distance bus in India, you are not short of the cheapest means of round-the-clock travel. When following cricket however, you may never need it. In 1996 we took more buses than trains. There wasn't a train to Goa from Mumbai, or between Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, between Vadodara and Ahmedabad, or New Delhi and Chandigarh.
Several 'near-death' experiences are ingrained from overnight buses fraught with tired drivers, drunk drivers, and inflight entertainment at volumes that make Spinal Tap wish 10 was the highest. If you cannot get a train to the cricket in 2022 then Australia is not playing there. If you still want to save and brave the long and winding roads, aside lobbing at local bus stations for which big cities have multiple, research long distances bus timetables and fares on:
If you wish to brave Indian roads, research options on:
- RENTAL CARS
- You Can Rent A Car And Driver
- Secure Shuttle Service Is Point To Point Taxi Service
SAFETY AND SECURITY
- Smartraveller - India