These days, Mumbai to Goa bus tickets are easy to book online. Many online travel portals and specialist websites offer bus bookings. The most popular ones are as follows.
- Makemytrip -- Acquired Ticketvala (previously India's largest bus ticketing platform) in 2010 and offers a huge selection of bus companies. There's a best price guarantee and they often have special promotions such as discounted hotel rooms with bus ticket bookings, and discounts on return fares. Bookings can be made via app on cell phones. Foreign credit cards are accepted.
- RedBus -- One of the first websites in India to offer online bus bookings. No booking fees and there are often special deals. Bookings can be made via app on cell phones. It has a special online bus tracking platform that provides live tracking of buses based GPS updates. RedBus was acquired by ibiboGroup in 2013 but still operates independently.
- Ticketgoose -- Has been in operation since 2007 and has outstanding real-time tracking of inventory. Their website automatically shows the layout of each bus, and the location of vacant seats, without requiring any clicks. Bookings can be made via app on cell phones.
One way prices start from 1,000 rupees without air-conditioning and 1,400 rupees with air-conditioning. These are the fares charged by private companies. Cheaper fares are available from government bus services.
Additional Information to Know About Traveling to Goa by Bus
The time taken to travel from Mumbai to Goa by bus is stated as being anywhere from 12 to 16 hours. However, in reality, it can be a lot longer --18 to 20 hours if the condition of the roads is particularly bad. With a few exceptions, the buses are overnight buses that depart in the afternoon and evening, and arrive the next morning.
Various kinds of buses ply on the route, with the air-conditioned Volvo buses being the most "luxurious" and comfortable, with better suspension (it does make a noticeable difference on bumpy Indian roads).
Some buses are sleepers (with single or double "beds" that you can lay down in) and semi-sleepers (with seats that recline further than usual). The cheaper ones have upright seats that only recline somewhat. People who are tall may find that semi-sleepers are preferable to sleepers, as they have more room to stretch out.
The biggest drawback about bus travel is that the buses don't have toilets on-board. This is fine for those who don't mind getting off the bus and peeing anywhere, but not so appealing for those who don't. Scheduled rest stops are made but don't always count on a clean toilet!
Which Bus Company Should You Choose?
VRL Travels tops the list of AC bus operators. They have excellent buses and timely service. Konduskar Manish Travels, Atmaram Travels, and Kadamba Transport Corporation are also good
Although Neeta has decent buses, they tend to be unreliable and commonly run late. The same is the case for Paulo Travels, and there are reports of their drivers being rash too.