Transport in Andhra Pradesh
Transport has always been the backbone of every tourist destination. Hence, every government tries to enhance the transport infrastructure in their respective states to attract more and more tourists to their states. Andhra Pradesh is home to some of the most visited religious places and beaches of entire India, which makes it absolutely necessary to have a well developed transport system. The state is very well connected by all ways of transportation including Road, Rail and Airway to all other parts of not only Andhra Pradesh but entire India as well. Additionally, the state is also connected to various other countries by seaports along with the airways as well. The state is full of many ports as it has the second largest coastline of India. These seaports help the state in its economic growth via sea trade.
Andhra Pradesh has one of the largest road networks in India. Before the bifurcation of the state in 2014, it used to have the largest fleet in the world. However, now Tamil Nadu holds the owner for the same. It connects each and every place of the state with one another with the help of its huge road network. Railways of Andhra Pradesh have also been significant as it connects the entire country with the state. East Coast Railway zone and South Central Railway zone connects the state with other places of the state and India. Airways of Andhra Pradesh need significant improvement as Hyderabad has slipped in to Telangana after the bifurcation, which used to be one of the busiest airports of India. Visakhapatnam airport is the major airport of the state and offers domestic and international (limited destinations) flights to the passengers of the state.
Transport Department - Government of Andhra Pradesh
The transport department of Andhra Pradesh which functions under the provisions of section 213 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 is responsible for collecting of taxes, fees, motor vehicle registration, and granting of regular and temporary permits. In addition to these it also ensure safety of roads, checks drivers for speed and drunken driving and other offenses.
Sri Sidda Raghava Rao
Hon'ble Minister for Transport
Sri B. Som Bob, IAS
Principal Secretary, Govt (Transport)
Phone: 040-23454591 (O)
Shri. G.Anantha Ramu, I.A.S.,
Phone: 040-23321283 (O)
Roadways of Andhra Pradesh
Buses are the most common medium of travel in India. Andhra Pradesh State
Road Transport Corporation is responsible for proper operation of public
service buses in the state. APSRTC runs various buses connecting all of
the places of the state with one another. Vijaywada Bus Station (Pandit
Nehru Bus Station) is the biggest bus station of the entire state.
Private bus service providers are also available in abundance in the
state and offer their services not only within the state but also for
other states such as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Auto – rickshaw is the
main medium of local transport in the state.
There are various
state highways, district roads and national highways available in Andhra
Pradesh to connect the state with other destinations of state and the
nation. The entire road network of Andhra Pradesh is of 146,954 km out
of which 3,144 km is of national highways, 42,511 km is of state
highways and 101,484 km is of district roads. National highways connect
the state with other states along with the places within the state
itself. Various national highways passing through Andhra Pradesh include
NH 4, NH 5, NH 7, NH 9, NH 18, NH 18A, NH 43, NH 63, NH 205, NH 214, NH
214A, NH 219, NH 221 and NH 234 while state highways of the state
include SH 188 and SH 2. One of the most important national highways of
the state is NH 5, which run from Srikakulam district to Nellore
district and is 1000 Km long. Maintenance and management of roads of
Andhra Pradesh comes under the Andhra Pradesh Road Development
Andhra Pradesh Road Development Corporation Contact Detail
Room No: 501, 5th Floor, Door No:- 10-1-1195, R&B Office Complex,
A.C. Guards, Mahaveer Marg, Hyderabad - 500004
Also Read: Buses in Nandyal | Bus Services in Tirupati
National and State Highways in Andhra Pradesh
There are several important national and state highways connecting major cities within and outside the state. These national highways help improve trade and commerce and also inflow of tourists to the state.
National Highways Passing Through Andhra PradeshNational Highway 18: Kurnool - Nandyal - Cuddapah - Chittoor
National Highway 16: Mortad, Armoor, Koratla, Metpalli, Yelgonda, Jagtial, Mancherial, Lakshettipet, Adilabd district, Jaipur, and Chinnoor
National Highway 205: Puttur, Nagari, Tirupathi, Renigunta, Kalikiri, Pileru, Madanapalle Vayalpad, Burrakayalakotta, Kurabalakota, Patnam, Kadiri, Battulapalle, Mudigubba, and Anantpur.
National Highway 202: Amberpet, Golnaka, Uppal Kalan, Ramanthapur, Bhongir, Ghatkesar, Jangaon, Aleru, Station Ghanpur, Raghunathpalle, Atmakur, Warangal, Mulug, Mallampalli, Chandrupatla, Eturu Nagaram, and Bhadrakali.
National Highway 214: Amalapuram, Kakinada, Narasapur, Razole, Bhimavaram
National Highway 214A: Machillipatnam, Narasapur, Avanigadda, Challapalle, Bhattiprolu, Repalle, Bapatla, Cherukupalli, and Chirala
National Highway 221: Tiruvuru, Kondapalli, Kottagudam, Yerragunta, Nellipaka and Bhadrachalam
National Highway 219: Venkataginkota, Kuppam, Palmaner, Baireddipalle, Madanapalle and Punganuru.
National Highway 234: Venkatagiri Kota
National Highway 222: Bhainsa - Nirmal- Adilabad
National Highway 43: Vizianagaram Natavalasa Bobbili Gajapathinagaram Salur
(All the above mentioned areas are situated in the Vizianagaram district)
National Highway 4: Palamaner and Chittoor
National Highway 63: Guntakal and Gooty
National Highway 9: Hyderabad, Zahirabad, Suryapet, Narketpally, Vijayawada, Kodada, and Machilipatnam.
National Highway 5: Nellore, Ongole, Guntur, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tanuku, Rajahmundry, Tuni, Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Tekkali and Palasa-Kasibugga.
National Highway 7: Hyderabad and Guntakal
SH 1: Hyderabad, Medak, Ranga Reddy, Adilabad, Karimnagar
SH 2: Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Guntur
SH 7: West Godavari, Khammam
SH 188: Chittoor
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC)
is responsible for the management of bus network in Andhra Pradesh and
serves around 14 million passengers every day. It was established in
1932 as Nizam's State Railways - Road Transport Division and was
incorporated in 1958 as APSRTC. It runs buses in entire Andhra Pradesh
connecting all of the places of the state together along with other
states including Puducherry, Maharashtra, Telangana,Tamil Nadu,
Chhattisgarh, Goa, Karnataka and Orissa as well. Every town of the state
has a bus depot, which is responsible for the planning and operation of
buses thoroughly. It offers various services including city bus
service, pallevelugu, express, sapthagiri, delux, super luxury, indra
air conditioned, garuda air conditioned, garuda plus air conditioned
multiaxle and vennela sleeper air conditioned. It operates through 216
depots under 23 regions and 7 zones and has 778 bus stations and 1881
Quick Facts of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation
- APSRTC was the first one to introduce long distance night express services.
- It was the first one to introduce depot computerization and started the same in 1986.
- It was the first to introduce Air conditioned Sleeper, Inter – city services, Metro liner and Metro express.
- APSRTC was the first one to nationalize passenger road transport services in entire country and did the same in 1932.
- All of the 216 Depots under APSRTC are computerized
- It provides reservation of tickets on telephone and door delivery for the same.
- It was the first one to appoint Safety Commissioner to improve the safety of passengers.
- It has been certified by the Guinness World Records for being the
largest bus operator in the world before the bifurcation of Andra
Pradesh in 2014.
- It owns 22,459 buses as on 31-05-2014.
- It provides employment to 122,191 people as on 31-05-2014.
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation Contact Details:Transport Commissioner
Sri G.Anantha Ramu, I.A.S
Website: https://www.apsrtconline.in/Addl. Transport Commissioner
Seaports in Andhra Pradesh
Seaports play a significant role in international imports and exports of any region, which results in a better economy of the same. They also enhance other maritime activities including fishing, water sports, tourism and ship repairing. Andhra Pradesh has a huge coastline of about 972 Km and hence is the pride owner of various sea ports. The annual cargo handling of the state ports is 58 million tonnes. Largest port of the state is situated in Visakhapatnam. Apart from that the state has 14 other ports out of which six are still in development phase only. Let us take a look at all of the ports of the Andhra Pradesh district wise:Seaports in Visakhapatnam District
There are four seaports including Visakhapatnam port
, Gangavaram port, Bheemunipatnam port and Mutyalammapalem port located in Visakhapatnam district. First one of these is one of the biggest seaports of India while the last two are still in development phase. Passenger service of cruise from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair is available for everyone. Seaports in Nellore District
Krishnapatnam Port is the only seaport located in Nellore district. It is a deep water port and is operational fully. Seaports in East Godavari District
Kakinad port and Rawa (Surasenayanam) port are located in East Godavari district of the state. Kakinada port is one of the major ports of Andhra Pradesh, while the second one is a minor port.
Seaports in Krishna District
Machilipatnam port is the only seaport of Krishna district. It is a green field port and is proposed for inland operations as it was in full operations till 1967 only followed by the nominal operations till 1990.Seaports in Srikakulam District
Bhavanapadu port and Calingapatnam port are both located in Srikakulam district. Both of these ports are green field port and are mainly used as fishing harbor only.Seaports in West Godavari District
Narsapur port is the only port from West Godavari district. This port is a green field port and is still in proposed form.Seaports in Guntur District
Nizampatnam port is the only port of Guntur district. It is a green field port and is still in proposed form.
Seaports in Prakasam District
Vodarevu port is the only port of Prakasam district. It is a green field port and is still in proposed form.
Airways of Andhra Pradesh
There are total five airports in Andhra Pradesh out of which four are domestic airports while the remaining one is a customs airport. Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Puttaparthi and Vijaywada have domestic airport of the state, while Visakhapatnam is home to the only international airport of the Andhra Pradesh. Let us take a quick glimpse at the airports of Andhra Pradesh:
is located at a distance of about 12 m from the city and is an international airport. The airport used to carry passengers via one flight in entire day till 1999, but after the year of 2007, it became popular and finally turned into an international airport in the year of 2012. International destinations of Visakhapatnam airport include Dubai and Singapore currently. Kuala Lumpur is the next proposed destination, which will come into effect from February 2015. Domestic flights fly to and from Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Tirupati, Delhi, Mumbai, Raipur, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Jammu. Charter services are also available from Port Blair. Airlines indulging in the operations include Air Asia India, Air Costa, Air India, Air India Regional, Indigo, Malindo Air, Silk Air and Spice Jet.Also Read: Transport in Visakhapatnam
Vijaywada airport is located at a distance of about 18 Km from the city and is a midsized airport. Air Costa, Air India and Spice Jet are the only airlines to operate from this airport and they fly to and from Bangalore, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Delhi.
Also Read: Transport in Vijayawada | Flights from Vijayawada
Tirupati airport is located at a distance of about 14 Km from the city of Tirupati at Renigunta in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This airport is meant for the devotees of Tirupati Balaji temple located here. Main airlines operating from this airport include Air Costa, Air India and Spice Jet. They fly to and from Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam and Delhi.Also Read: Transport Services in Tirupati
Puttaparthi airport is located at a mere distance of about 6 Km from the Ashram and is spread over an area of 450 acres. It used to be served by the Indian airlines till 2005, but now the same is closed for domestic flights. It is owned by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and used to carry passengers from Mumbai and Chennai earlier.
Rajahmundry airport is located at a mere distance of about 18 Km from the city of Rajahmundry. There is only one destination (Hyderabad) connected to this airport as of yet and JetKonnect and Spice Jet both operate a flight to the same destination. The airport is also used by helicopters of government agencies and ONGC for their offshore oil exploration activities.
Railways of Andhra Pradesh
Railway plays the most important role when it comes to distant travel as all of the people can’t afford flights for their journey. It offers a comfortable, fast and affordable medium to everyone and enhances economic development. Industrial and tourism sectors are highly impacted by the railways. Andhra Pradesh has a long network of 4,403 km with different kinds of trains including express and passenger trains. Andhra Pradesh railway falls under South Central Railway zone and East Coast Railway zone. Northern coastal districts (Srikakulam, Vizianagram and Visakhapatnam) of the state come directly under Walter Railway division, which is a part of East Coast Railway zone and is the fourth largest revenue earning division of India. While on the other hand, South Central Railway zone has three divisions including Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal.
South Central Railway not only covers Andhra Pradesh, but it also covers parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Vijaywada railway station is one of the busiest railway stations in not only Andhra Pradesh but entire India. Guntakal division of the same is first in terms of route (1,307.07 kilometres) and second highest in terms of tracks (1,872.47 kilometres) in entire South Central Railway zone. Andhra Pradesh is also the pride owner of Eastern Ghats route that runs from Visakhapatnam to Anantagiri and is one of the highest gauge tracks in the world. One of the most important lines of the state is The Howrah-Chennai main line, which connects eastern and southern cities of India together and passes through Rajahmundry, Ongole, Vijaywada, Nellore and Visakhapatnam.
Many trains run through Andhra Pradesh every day. Some of the major trains of the state include Pinakini Express, Satavahana Express, Andhra Pradesh Sampark Kranti Express, Godavari Express, Vijayawada-Chennai Central Jan Shatabdi, Krishna Express, and Simhapuri Express.Also Read: Trains from Vijayawada | Trains from Tirupati | Nandyal Railway | Trains from Nandyal