A new way to see the city!

When you have just 3-4 days in a new city, what’s the best way to see it? In Paris, London, Barcelona and many other cities they have the concept of city tour buses where you can get off and get on at any place. The tickets are usually valid for 2-3 days so you can decide what to see, how long to stay at a particular location and what you want to skip. The wait for the next bus is usually not more than 20 minutes to half an hour. I remember this being a really efficient way of getting to know these cities on my trip last year.

In Paris, there were 3 routes (green, blue, yellow) and all of they intersected in such a way that you could switch routes once you finished a particular one. It would be impossible to do all the routes in a day, so I’d get on and do the selected spots on one route everyday.

This concept of city tour buses is apparently coming to Bangalore so there’s reason to cheer. Thanks to Conceptree Creations who are bringing a five fleet 64-seater open roof double decker buses to Bangalore, which will be called City Swaps. The company is headed by Avinash Kumar. Apart from live commentary, there will also be a cafĂ© on board! This, according to a new report in the Times of India, a few days ago.

I wouldn’t mind taking a ride myself. I’m sure there’s much of Bangalore that I have yet to see and besides its fun to act like a tourist in one’s own city of domicile!

3 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 11:16 am

    Sounds good. Me don’t mind giving it a try. Lets do one jointly and then write about it? :)

  2. Thejesh GN (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    I think BMTC has a volvo to take you around the city. It covers major parts of the city. Starts at 8am and completes at 8pm.

  3. BangaloreGuy (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

    BMTC had an open top Double decker. Usha wrote sometime back on the Curitiba buses

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