Manipal is well connected by road, rail and air. There are two main cities close to Manipal that serve as entry points- Udupi and Mangalore. Udupi is 5 kms. from Manipal and Mangalore 65 kms. away.
Flying in: The nearest airport is at Mangalore which is one and half hours drive by road. There are daily domestic flights from Mumbai and Bangalore. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways fly to Mangalore. There are direct international flights to Mangalore from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Doha-Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. Prepaid taxis are available at the Mangalore airport.
By road: Manipal is well connected with the major cities in Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, etc. Buses run between Mangalore and Manipal frequently. Direct buses are also available from Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai and other cities.
By train: The nearest railway stations are at Udupi(2kms from Manipal) and Mangalore(65 kms from Manipal). These railway stations lie on the Konkan route connecting the North and the South along with West Coast. Delhi and Mumbai (to the North) and Ernakulam (to the South) are linked to Udupi station. Mangalore station is connected to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Calicut, Trivandrum, Mumbai and other major cities. Those travelling from Kolkata will have to travel via Chennai/Mumbai/Bangalore/Goa and then take a connecting train to Mangalore. There is also a train operating from Jammu to Mangalore once a week. For more information check: www.indianrail.gov.in