Goa Tourism Department assured visitors that they can ride amphibious vehicles, hot air balloons and seaplanes although it is not sure of the presence of public bus facilities for tourists when arrive at the airport or railway station. Dabolim Airport which is the only international gateway for the coastal city is about 30 kilometers from Panjim.
The Dabolim Airport serves a big number of air traffic but unfortunately, authorities have failed to provide an efficient and affordable public bus service from the airport to major towns. When tourists want to visit scenic attractions, they have to pay the exorbitant amount charged by cab services.
The first time you visit Goa, will shocked to see the high taxi fares that are displayed outside the airport. Since there are no public bus services, the only option is pay the high taxi fare. In 2015, Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTC) launched an air conditioned shuttle bus service during peak tourist season to transport travelers from Calangute to the Dabolim Airport but the service was discontinued because of the interference of taxi operators.
According to Savio Messias, the president of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), repeated requests from the association led to the launching of a bus shuttle service but the service stopped after a few days. It seemed like a half-hearted attempt by authorities who later succumbed to pressure from different taxi groups.
If you are frequent traveler, you are certainly aware of the fact that almost all countries have their own bus shuttle services but not Goa. Response to bus service was relatively poor because passengers disliked using the shuttle service that will bring them to the airport. The plans to upgrade the bus to a wide-seater Volvo were scrapped because of the poor response. Goa does not have a metro service that is why people have no other option but to ride taxis.
When travelling to Cairns airport, you have another option aside from a taxi. There is Port Douglas airport shuttle that can pick you at the hotel and drive you to the Cairns Airport. You can also book for an airport shuttle to meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel.