Transportation in ImphalManipur transport department is responsible for providing efficient transport system in Imphal. The Manipur state transport efficiently connects the city with all the important cities in India. The city of Imphal is well connected by air transport, road transport as well as rail transport network.
Air Transport in Imphal
The Imphal Airport is located around 8 km from the heart of the city. It is the second largest airport in North East India. This airport provides regional commercial airline service,charter service as well as general aviation. Imphal is well connected with regular flights to important cities of Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi and Bangalore. There are also direct flights from Dimapur, Silchar, Agartala and Kolkata. Some of the major airlines operating from Imphal Airport on a daily/weekly basis are Go Air, Air India-IC, Air India, Jet Airways Konnect , Go Business, IndiGo, JetLite, Jet Airways and Spice jet. On reaching at the Tulihal airport, one can hire taxis or cabs that will take you in and around the city of Imphal.
Road Transportation in ImphalImphal has an excellent road transport facility and to travel to the city by bus or other means of vehicle is never a problem. Three National Highways, namely N.H- 53, N.H-39 and N.H-150 criss-cross Manipur connecting all districts. The project of the Saurashtra-Silchar Super Highway is being extended to Moreh after which Imphal will become India’s Gateway to South-East Asia.
In order to reach Imphal from neighbouring areas like Nagaland, Itanagar, Aizwal, Agartala, Kohima or Shillong or one can board the Manipur and Nagaland state buses that ply on a regular basis. These buses are comfortable and the price per seat ranges from Rs 75 to Rs 250.
Rail transportation in ImphalImphal does not have a direct rail service facility. The nearest railway station to Imphal is the Dimapur railway station located at a distance of about 215 kms from Imphal. One can hire bus or a taxi from the Dimapur railway station to reach Imphal. Taxi and bus services are easily available near the railway station. It takes 8 hrs approximately to reach Imphal from Dimapur. Apart from the Dimapur railhead another additional railhead is in Jiribam. It is located 225 kms away from Imphal. Jiribam is also well conncted with Imphal by road transportation.
Local Transportation in Imphal
To go around the city one can usually hire auto rickshaws, cabs, taxi and also city buses. Local cabs run regularly but these cabs are not metered. The fares of these cabs depend on the distance covered. The main mode of transport that locals generally prefer are the auto rickshaws.The auto rickshaws are also not metered, but the fares are cheap and can be negotiated beforehand. One can also explore the Imphal city on foot.