How to Reach Andaman
Andaman is a group of 325 islands while the Nicobar has 24 islands situated in the midst of nowhere. It is an isolated archipelago and needs robust system of connectivity. Andaman has an international airport, Veer Savarkar International; Airport at Port Blair that caters to all in-bound and out-bound tourists flying to and from the islands to and from the rest of the world.
By Air – The flight time from the Indian subcontinent mainland would around 2 hours to Port Blair. Port Blair is connected to Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Bhubaneshwar and Vishakhapatnam by air.
By Sea – Andaman is connected to the major port cities of Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam/Vizag via water way. There are ships leaving on a regular basis from all these three cities and connect Port Blair at the Haddo Wharf. It takes around 3-4 days to reach Port Blair by sea from the ports of Chennai, Kolkata or Vishakhapatnam.
The main ships connecting the three ports to Port Blair are MV Nancowry, MV Nicobar, MV Harshavardhana, M.V. Swaraj Dweep and M.V. Akbar.
Interested passengers can book tickets in advance at the ticket reservation counters (STARS Ticketing Counters) for the scheduled sailings from Vizag, Kolkata and Chennai.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I reach Andaman by Air?
Veer Savarkar International Airport is the only Airport in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands. You can take direct flight from Chennai and Kolkata. There are more than one direct flight on a daily basis from these two metropolitans. Otherwise, you can take connecting flight from any part of the country. Even from cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam and Delhi direct flights are available but once or twice in a week.
How can I reach Andaman by Water?
It takes 2.5 days to 3 days to reach Andamans by sea or ship depending on the ship you are traveling and on the weather conditions. You can board ships from Chennai, Kolkata or Vizag from particular days of a week. Ship schedules can be checked from the website published by Andaman Nicobar Administration.
How can I reach Andaman by Bus?
You cannot reach Andaman by bus as it is a group of islands situated in the remote corner of the Indian Ocean, about 600 kilometres east off the southern coast of Myanmar or Burma. It is located between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea and to the north of Indonesian Sumatra island. You need to cross the ocean by air or sea. There are inland bus services to commute.
How can I go to Andaman and Nicobar Islands by train?
You cannot reach Andaman by train as it is a group of islands situated far out into the Indian Ocean, about 600 kilometres away from the mainland. It is located between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea and to the north of Indonesian Sumatra island. You need to cross the ocean by air or sea. There is no railway line in the island. The first railway line connecting, a 240-kilometre broad-gauge railway track connecting Diglipur with the Capital, Port Blair, is to be laid soon.
Does Andaman have any airport?
Veer Savarkar International Airport is the only Airport located in Port Blair, which is the capital of the Andaman Islands.
Is the Andaman Airport an International Airport?
Veer Savarkar Airport is the only Airport in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands. It is an international airport.
What is the best and the cheapest way to reach Andamans?
The cheapest way to reach Andamans will be by ship. The fare depends on the class of tickets being booked. But ship takes a lot of time. Air travel by flight is a bit expensive but saves a lot of time.
How to reach Andaman from Hyderabad?
The air distance from Hyderabad to Port Blair is about 1661 kilometres. No direct flight is available from Hyderabad to Port Blair. It is not possible to reach Andaman by bus or train or any road transport. The best way to reach from Hyderabad to Port Blair is to take flight from Hyderabad to Chennai then take connecting flight from Chennai to Port Blair.
How to reach Andaman from Kochi?
The air distance from Kochi to Port Blair is about 1800 kilometres. It is not possible to reach Andaman by bus or train or any road transport. The best way to reach Andaman from Kochi is to take flight from Kochi to Port Blair via Mumbai, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai etc. The major Airlines operating from Kochi to Andaman are Air India, IndiGo and GoAir.