Goa to Gokarna Road Trip: (Solo Traveler) by Bus, Car & Ferry

Hey there! Are you wondering how to travel from Goa to Gokarna?

Don’t fret! In this article, you’ll discover the various transportation options available for making the journey from Goa to Gokarna, whether it’s by bus, car, train, or ferry.

The distance between Goa and Gokarna is approximately 140 kilometers, and it typically takes around 4 hours to cover this distance by car.

Now, onto a question that often crosses travelers’ minds: Is Gokarna better than Goa?

  • Both Goa and Gokarna boast beautiful beaches and are located approximately 140 kilometers apart from each other. So, which one is best for you? Well, it entirely depends on your preferences and the way you like to travel.

    If you enjoy bustling crowds and vibrant beach scenes, then Goa, particularly Bagha Beach, may be the ideal destination for you.

    On the other hand, if you prefer serene and less crowded beaches, then Gokarna is the perfect choice for you.

    Goa Bagha Beach is the best place for you.

  • If you like less crowded places and beaches then Gokarna is the best place for you

Now, If you are still looking for, Is Gokarna worth visiting?

Yes! Gokarna is worth visiting. It’s more than worth especially if you are a young traveler and like less crowded places in Goa. As Gokarna is more kind of a hippy place.

Gokarna also offers you a beautiful trek from Kudle beach to om beach.

One thing to keep in mind, Is to try to avoid a trip to Gokarna during Maha Shivratri. As it’s peak season and you might get trouble finding hotels and everything got a bit expensive. Better to plan a trip to Divar Island Goa during peak season in Gokarna, If you like a less crowded place in Goa.

Why is Gokarna famous?

Gokarna is the best for place a peaceful vacation. Gokarna is mostly famous because of its less commercialized, peaceful beaches like the famous Om beach and Paradise beach. The best time to visit Gokarna is during November- December. Don’t prefer to visit Gokarna on Summer Vacation as its too hot.

Goa to Gokarna Road Trip

  1. Distance from Goa to Gokarna is around 140km by road.
  2. Margoa to Gokarna is 140km via (Canacona-Karwar-Ankola)
  3. You might also see a lot of monkeys during your journey!
  4. Better, to go by taking small breaks at places like Polem beach
  5. Polem beach is the famous white sand beach in Goa better to visit and you can take a boat ride to see the dolphins.
  6. Enjoy the beautiful and calm Om Becah at Gokarna

Goa to Gokarna Road Trip

Also, let me tell you, How many days are enough for Gokarna?

2 days are more than enough for Goa to Gokarna trip, It’s more than enough to explore the beautiful beaches around Gokarna and enjoy the trek from Kudle beach to om beach.

The best time to visit Gokarna, Is mostly during November- December. Because it’s too hot to handle during summertime. So it’s always a great idea to visit Manali during Summer, Do check out a complete guide from Delhi to Manali Trip.

Goa to Gokarna bus

For most of the travelers, who don’t like to ride bikes or won’t have a driving license. It’s a great option to travel from Goa to Gokarna by bus.

Yes! You can travel to Gokarna from Goa by bus. 

Goa to Gokarna the minimum bus fare is INR 550/-


There are a number of buses operates between Goa to Gokarna, all of the buses have different features like Semi Sleeper, Sleeper, Ac buses & Non Ac Buses. That’s why bus fare from Goa to Gokarna varies according to bus operators.

Goa to Gokarna bus timings

If you book a bus ticket online, then the first bus departs around 5:00 PM. It takes around 6-7hrs to reach Gokarna from Goa by bus. The last bus departs from Goa to Gokarna is around 7:45 PM.

  1. Seabird (5:00 PM)
  2. Sugama Tourists (7:00 PM)
  3. Anand Travels (7:45 PM)

The best bus from Goa to Gokarna?

Based on the positive reviews by a lot of travelers, Sugama Tourists is the best bus from Goa to Gokarna. Sugama Tourists offer live tracking, Reading Light, & Charging point on the bus.

The boarding point for buses from Goa is Mapusa which is in North Goa. But it’s better to confirm by your bus operator. The bus you get from Mapusa takes you to Madangeri only. From Madangeri you still have to travel to Gokarna. Let’s discuss How?

How to reach Madangeri to Gokarna?

The best possible way to reach fro Madangeri To Gokarna is simply to take an auto-rickshaw from Madangeri bus station. The distance between Madangeri to Gokarna is around 8km. Better to take a shared auto-rickshaw, It helps you save some bucks but on another hand, you have to wait for it too long.

Goa to Gokarna by car

Goa to Gokarna by car

If you are traveling by your own car, it’s one of the best ways to travel to Gokarna from Goa. As it gives you the flexibility and comfort to take as many halts as possible during your journey. Because Goa to Gokarna journey offers you a lot of beautiful and amazing places like Polem beach


It’s not the case with most of the travelers to have their own car. so it’s always a great idea to hire a taxi. If you are more than three people traveling together or you are a couple traveling to Gokarna. If you are a solo traveler better to travel by bus.

Goa to Gokarna taxi fare is around INR 4000/-

Also, If you’re looking for Is Ola available in Gokarna? As of now, Ola cab is not serving in Gokarna.

Goa to Gokarna by self-drive car

The one who has a driving license and traveling with friends or as a couple, Renting a self-drive car from Goa to Gokarna is the perfect way to enjoy an amazing trip

Now, The most important thing Is it safe to hire a car in Goa?

As reported in news. We might see a lot of drink and drive cases in Goa by Tourists. So if you are not that kind of driver, I think Goa is safe to hire a self-drive car.

You can hire a cab from MylesCars in Goa.

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Now, Most solo travelers prefer to ride a bike from Goa to Gokarna.

Wondering! about,

Can we rent a bike from Goa to Gokarna?

Yes! you can rent a bike from Goa to Gokarna. You find out many vendors available at goa who rent you a bike for your Goa to Gokarna trip. But the con is you have to come back to Goa again to drop off the bike.

Bike Rent from Goa to Gokarna is around INR700/- a day, for Honda Activa & for bikes like Royal Enfield costs around INR 1400/- a day.

Mostly, You need to have a driving license and Identity proof to rent a bike in Goa.

Also, Always rent a bike with a yellow number plate in Goa and return the bike within the time limits to eliminate the trouble.

Goa to Gokarna train

If are like to travel by train mostly, Don’t worry! You can travel to Gokarna from Goa by train also.

Wondering! How can I go to Gokarna by train?

The nearest station to Gokarna is Ankola. The distance from Gokarna to Ankola is around 20km. You can easily board the train from Goa to Gokarna, There are frequent trains running from Goa(Madgaon) to Ankola(Gokarna).

Goa to Gokarna Train fare is around INR170/- to INR 500/-, Depends upon your sheet selection 

How do I get from Madgaon to Gokarna? There are a number of trains running from Goa(Mudgaon to Gokarna (Ankola) Staring from Morning 1:00 AM.

Goa to Gokarna train timing

Here are some of the most famous trains from Goa (Madgaon) to Gokarna (Ankola)

  1. Matasyagandha Express (1:35 AM – 2:54 AM)
  2. TVC Express (9:30 AM – 11:00 AM)
  3. Madgaon Mangalore (1:00 PM – 3: 30PM)

How to reach Ankola to Gokarna?

You can hire a taxi from Ankola to Gokarna which costs you around INR 600/- and take 40minutes to reach from Ankola to Gokarna. To get a cab is the only best available option you have from Ankola to Gorkarna.

Happy Journey!

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