Reaching Tirupati Tirumala by Road
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There are two well established roads between Tirupati and Tirumala Ghat. The old ghat road was established in 1944 and is for vehicles returning from Tirumala. A 19 km long. The new ghat road, which opened in 1974, is intended for vehicles going to Tirumala.
APSRTC provides regular bus service between Tirupati Tirumala and, from 0300 hours to 2400 hours, with a rate of only two minutes.
You can save time by purchasing return tickets Tirupati Tirumala-Tirupati in itself. These tickets are valid for three days from the date of purchase of the ticket holders can board a bus back to the APSRTC Tirupati during the three days.
During Brahmotsavam and important occasions like New Year’s Day, buses ply round the clock with a frequency of one bus every minute.
For the convenience of pilgrims arriving in groups, APSRTC provides contract carriages. Each truck or bus can be rented for Rs 900.00. It has capacity for 45 people. The bus can be booked on the spot, or booked in advance.
At Tirupati there are four bus stations are located around the city which are mentioned below.
- Sri Venkateswara Bus Station (SVBS) – Pilgrims arriving by train can use SVBS, located just opposite the Tirupati Railway Station. Whenever trains arrive, buses are parked directly opposite the main gate of the station from the comfort of the pilgrims.
- Balaji Link Bus Station (BLBS) – For the convenience of pilgrims arriving in Bangalore, BLBS Alipiri at the foot of the hills. There is plenty of parking space for tour buses and vans.
- Sapthagiri Link Bus Station (SLB) – SLB serves pilgrims who arrive from Chennai, Hyderabad and Vijayawada areas. SLB is located within the central bus station.
- Sri Padmavathi Bus Station (SPB) – SPB is located behind the railway station in Tirupati and is intended primarily for the needs of pilgrims arriving by tourist bus.