Getting to IISc

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is better known as ‘Tata Institute’ in Bengaluru. Use ‘Tata Institute’ when communicating with the taxi, auto drivers, and bus conductors. IISc is about 35 km from the new Bengaluru airport, Kempegowda International Airport (KIAL) which serves both domestic and International flights.

Basic Taxi Services

The most efficient way to reach IISc campus is by using cabs. Please download and install apps on your smartphones to avoid last-minute hassles. In Bengaluru agencies such as ‘Uber’, ‘Ola’ and ‘Meru’ are the most popular. Using ‘Ola’ you can also book autorickshaws.

* Kaviya City Taxi: +91 9342823636 | 080-23513333

* Meru: +91 80-44224422

* EasyCab: +91 80-43434343

* Cel Cabs: +91 80-60609090

* Ola Cabs: +91 80-33553355

* Fast Track: +91 080-2888 9999

* You pay at the end of the journey based on the metered charge. Credit card payment with printed receipt facility is available.

Airport Shuttle Service

To get to IISc from the airport, you can use KIAS Route 10, and get down at the ‘Tata Instititue’ drop point. More information available here:

Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) run buses from various points of the city every 15-60 minutes to the Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport (KIAL).

Contact details:

* BMTC Control Room: Telephone No: +91 80-2295 2522 / +91 80-2295 2422

* BMTC, Kempegowda Bus Stand: Telephone No: +91 80-2295 2311 / +91 80-2295 2314

* BMTC, Shivajinagar Bus Stand: Telephone No: +91 80-2295 2321 / +91 80-2295 2324


Autos are a convenient mode of transport as they are easily available and can be flagged down in any part of the city. Most of the drivers are affable, honest and multilingual. Apart from the local language (Kannada) most of the drivers are conversant in Hindi, and English. The fare charges are Rs 13.00 per km with a minimum fare of Rs 25.00 for the first 1.9 km. Always insist on being charged by the meter rate. When operated out of city limits and between 2200 and 0500 hours, the charges are, negotiated, and one and a half times the normal meter reading. Wherever possible, use of pre-paid auto service is recommended.

Getting to IISc From the Main Railway Station

The main railway station in Bengaluru is called Bengaluru City which is about 7 km from IISc. The railway station and the main bus stand (called as Majestic and Kempegowda Bus station) are opposite to each other. Pre-paid autorickshaw facility is available at the Bengaluru City Railway Station. You could tell the person at the pre-paid counter that you are travelling to Tata Institute. A trip to IISc may cost about Rs. 75. Travel by autorickshaws between 10:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m. will cost 50% more. You can also use the bus services from the Majestic bus station: Bus Route nos. 252 E, 258 C, 271 E, 273 C, 275, 276, 99 A and B . Alight at TATA INSTITUTE Bus Stop.

Getting to IISc From the Cantonment Railway Station

Another important railway station in Bengaluru is Cantonment Railway Station, also known as Bengaluru Cantt. The distance from this station to IISc is almost same as the Bengaluru City railway station and it also has prepaid autorickshaw facility. You can also use the bus services from the bus stop just opposite to the station. Route Nos. 94 A and E, 252 A, 270 A, 272, 276 A.

Getting to IISc From the Yeshwantpur Railway Station

Yeshwantpur is a small railway station, located within Bengaluru, but it is NOT the main railway station of Bengaluru. One good thing about Yeshwantpur is that it is very close to IISc, but very few trains stop here. The autorickshaw ride from Yeshwantpur to IISc will cost around Rs. 50. The station has two exits; the main entrance/exit near platform 6 has a prepaid auto stand.