Bangalore, or Bengaluru as it is known locally, is one of India's boomtowns, thanks to its famed IT industry. And its ever-growing range of bars, restaurants and shops are adding a play-hard quality to its work-hard ethic.
Flights to Bangalore with British Airways transport you to an energetic city with a true cultural streak; Lonely Planet ranked it third among the world's top 10 cities to visit on the basis of its arts output and it is known as the rock and metal capital of India for its thriving underground music scene. While the traffic at street level may be daunting, a new metro system is taking the heat off the congested streets.
Flights to Bangalore – Bengaluru International Airport – (BLR) takes just nine hours and 50 minutes. With daily British Airways, three-class flights to choose from, a city break in the fast-paced IT and technology centre of Bangalore is easier than ever.
British Airways flights to Bangalore (BLR) leave from London Heathrow's (LHR) Terminal 5 and offer three classes of travel: World Traveller; World Traveller Plus and Club World. Whatever the cabin, British Airways offers complimentary food and drinks and a generous 23kg checked luggage allowance as minimum. Bengaluru International Airport opened in 2008 and its single terminal has free wireless and three luxury lounges.
Fly non-stop from London Heathrow (LHR) to Bangalore (BLR) for an unforgettable break in this bustling Indian city, the state capital of Karnataka on the Deccan Plateau in central south India. Flying with British Airways you will be able to check in on your mobile or online, as well as choose your seat 24 hours before departure.
Auto-rickshaws, the city's staple transport, are not allowed at the airport, so they leave passengers at the nearest major road junction where a fleet of shuttle buses continues the short journey to the airport. Otherwise it's 30km to the city centre: an air-conditioned Vayu Vajra bus makes the trip every 30 minutes or taxis offer a slightly pricier alternative. Plans are afoot for a high-speed rail connection between Bengaluru International Airport and the city centre.
Shops and restaurants at Bengaluru International Airport
Airport shops range from an outpost of Shoppers Stop, India's premier department store, to the usual duty-free and electrical stores. Restaurants span the globe and include Indian street food favourite Kaatizone, which offers kaati rolls, spicy meat and vegetables in flat bread, plus a good selection of coffee shops.