A City bus service is provided by NayaRaipur City Bus Limited (RCBL) for the intra-city travel. The access points through which you can get to NayaRaipur are:
– Mumbai and NH-43 to Jagdalpur
– Vishakhapatnam and NH-200 to Bilaspur
Most of the public transportation is through informal modes like auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and private mini buses. However, there is a limited number (40) of city bus service that operate in the city of Raipur. Procurement of 100 buses for the city of Raipur has been approved under JnNURM. Raipur City Transport Service Ltd. (RCTSL) has developed a routing plan for the proposed city bus service. The routing plan has 10 routes having route length varying from 8 – 27 km.
Raipur is situated on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line of the Indian Railways (via Bhusawal, Nagpur, Bilaspur, Kharagpur) and is well connected with almost all major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kota, Ahmedabad, Jaipur e.t.c.A branch line from Raipur to Vizianagaram via Titlagarh originates from here. Also there is a narrow gauge line connecting Raipur to Rajim and Dhamtari via Abhanpur. This narrow gauge line is being converted into broad gauge line and realigned to serve the city of Naya Raipur as well.
The main railway station Raipur Junction is situated near the heart of the city. There are 8 small railway stations for local/passenger trains in other parts of the city. These are
- W.R.S. Colony Railway Satation
- Urkura Railway Station
- Mandhar Railway Station
- Saraswati Railway Station (National Institute of Technology Raipur Campus),
- Sarona Railway Station
- Mandir Hasaud Railway Station
- Telibandha Terminal (Narrow Gauge)
- Mana (Narrow Gauge)
- Dhamtari-Raipur Narrow Gauge Train
- Swami Vivekananda Airport formerly known as Mana Airport is located 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Raipur, in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. In 2006 this Airport witnessed 82% increase in passenger traffic (highest in India).
- This Airport is one of the 35 non-metro airports presently being modernised by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
- On 24 January 2012, The Union cabinet of India approved the State government’s proposal for renaming Raipur airport after India’s greatest saint Swami Vivekananda who spent 2 years of his teenage in Raipur.
- Presently it is served by Air India, Jet Airways, Jetlite and IndiGo while Kingfisher Airlines has suspended its operations in Nov 2011 due to its bad financial condition.
- More Airlines like SpiceJet have expressed interest to add Raipur to their network once the new Terminal Building is operational. There are also plans to start international flights after the modernization.
Swami Vivekananda Airportor (Mana Airport) is the city’s airport located 15 km away from the center. A Four Lane road is proposed on V.I.P. road which will connect airport to city more efficiently. The New Airport Terminal is proposed to avoid crowd hassle in old mana airport. The airport has seen a surge in traffic post after 2006 and presently connects Raipur to most of the major airports of India & operates 38 flights Daily. Raipur Airport is the second most busiest airport in central India after Nagpur.
- Airlines Destinations:
- Indian Airlines Delhi, Mumbai.
- IndiGo Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai.
- Jet Airways Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai JetKonnect Delhi, Mumbai.