How much does a 4-day Goa trip cost? If you are planning a trip to Goa, this question must be on your mind.
The cost of your 4 days trip to Goa will depend on a number of factors. These include – the time of the year you are visiting, the mode of external and internal transport, the accommodation type you select, etc.
What I love most about Goa is that it is one of those travel destinations that can be luxurious and backpacker-friendly at the same time. Depending on what you prefer you can determine the cost of your Goa trip. In this blog, I help you calculate goa trip cost for 4 days. I will also tell you ways in which you can minimize costs.
How much does a 4-day Goa trip cost?
Goa is a wonderful destination. While most people associate Goa with beaches, there is much more to Goa than the ocean. There are beautiful forts, old Portuguese churches, temples, spice plantations and much more to explore.
If you are visiting Goa for the first time, I would suggest you spend at least 4-5 days here. The cost of this trip can vary immensely on what you choose to do and how.
Before I go into the details of how much does a 4 day trip to Goa cost, here’s a quick overview. All these costs are per person:
|Travel cost to Goa (both sides) (from New Delhi)
|3 Nights – Average Cost of Budget Accommodations
|Average Cost of Internal Transport
|Average Food Costs
|Activities Costs (Cruise, Water Sports, etc.)
External Transport Cost – Cost of Travelling to Goa
If you are not from around Goa, the cost of travelling to and from Goa will form the bulk of your 4-day Goa trip cost. You have three options to reach Goa- bus, train and flights.
Below I have given the cost estimates of travelling to Goa via each of these transportation options from India’s five major cities. If you are travelling from outside India, you also need to add the costs of flights up till these cities to the goa trip cost for 4 days.
Cost of Travelling to Goa by Train
Trains are also the most cost-effective way to reach Goa. Irrespective of which city in India you plan to visit from, Goa is very well connected by a network of railways. There are three main railway stations in Goa- Thivim, Vasco De Gama and Madgaon. Depending on your boarding destination, you can find trains to one or all of these railway stations in Goa.
If you are coming from Delhi, I would suggest you take the Rajdhani Express. Of all the trains on this route, Rajdhani is the fastest and includes all the meals. However, there is no sleeper coach in the train and 3- Tier Ac coach is the cheapest (3600 INR).
Similarly, from Mumbai, you can find many trains on the routes on all days, so finding a train will not be difficult. However, when it comes to other cities, the train service is limited. From example, there is one direct train from Howrah Junction to Vasco De Gama and Madgaon junctions and it runs on alternate days.
If you are travelling to Goa from Chennai there is only one direct train from Chennai to Goa and it runs every Friday.
Ticket cost: 760 INR (Sleeper Coach); 2000-3600 INR (3 Tier AC Coach)
Duration of the journey: 27-38 hours
Ticket cost: 420 INR (Sleeper Coach); 1000-1100 INR (3 Tier AC Coach/ AC Chair Car)
Duration of the journey:
Ticket cost: 280 INR (Sleeper Coach); 1030 INR (AC 3 Tier Coach)
Duration of the journey: 12 Hours
Ticket cost: 740 INR (Sleeper Coach); 1980 INR (AC 3 Tier Coach)
Duration of the journey: 38 Hours
Ticket cost: 475 INR (Sleeper Coach); 1290 INR (AC 3 Tier Coach)
Duration of the journey: 21 hours
Cost of Travelling to Goa by Bus
Since Goa isn’t that far from Bangalore and Mumbai, you can also choose to travel to Goa by bus. You can choose from a number of buses including sleeper, AC sleeper, AC seater etc. There are a number of private and government bus services on this route.
Ticket cost: 600- 1000 INR
Duration of the journey:13 hours
Ticket cost: 700 INR
Duration of the journey:14 hours
Cost of Travelling to Goa by Flights
Although the most expensive flights are the fastest way to reach Goa from Bangalore. There are frequent flights at different times from each of the major cities. If you want to save time, you can travel by air. I would suggest that you book your flights well in advance t avoid any last-minute surges.
Ticket cost: 5000- 8000 INR
Duration of the journey: 2 hours 30 minutes
Ticket cost: 1500 INR
Duration of the journey: 1 hour 20 minutes
Ticket cost: 2000 INR
Duration of the journey: 1 Hour 20 minutes
Ticket cost: 6500 INR
Duration of the journey: 3 Hours
Ticket cost: 2500 INR
Duration of the journey: 1 hour 55 minutes
Cost of Accommodation for 5 days Goa trip
Goa is one of the most visited travel destinations in India. Therefore, as with other popular destinations, during the peak season, the cost of accommodation tends to stay high. November to early February is the most visited time of the year in Goa. So, if you plan to visit Goa during this time, be prepared to shell out extra for accommodations.
February to October is a relatively less busy time for Goa. You can find quiet spots on the beaches and it’s not a task to find suitable budget accommodation. If you need help with finding a budget stay, you can read my blog on the best places to stay in Goa. I recommend these places because I have stayed here and had a great experience.
How much does a 5-day Goa trip cost would also depend on the accommodation you choose? In order to calculate the accommodation costs, I am assuming that you will be staying for 4 nights. If you are travelling in as a couple or group, you can either book an entire apartment, choose a guest house or stay in a budget hotel.
If you are travelling alone, the best way to cut accommodation costs is to crash in a hostel. The most amazing part about Goa is that it has some of the best backpacker hostels. These hostels are safe, well maintained and a complete value for money. Of all the hostels I have stayed, I have put down the best ones in this blog. Check it out to find the one that suits you the best.
Here is the Estimated cost for 4 Night Stay at a budget property in Goa (per person)
500*4 =2000 INR
|Budget Hotels/ Guest Houses/ Apartments
600*4 = 2400 INR
Cost of Internal Transport for 5 days Goa trip
Another major factor that determines the answer to your question of how much does a 5-day Goa trip cost, is the type of transportation option you choose.
When you are travelling within Goa, there are several options you can choose from There are local buses, ferries, taxis and autos. Below I have given a brief overview of each of these options and the costs associated with each one of these.
Local Buses in Goa
Local buses are one of the cheapest modes of travelling in Goa. There are plenty of buses that ply between 7 am to 7 pm. These buses connect most of the visitor attractions in Goa including the beaches.
The main bus stations in Goa are at Mapusa, Panjim, Vasco da Gama, Margao or Madgaon) and Canacona. Panjim is the main stop and you can easily find buses from Panjim to Old Goa, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Vagator Beach, etc.
Madgaon bus station is another major bus stop. From here you can find buses to Panjim, Ponda (for Elephant Bathing and Spice Plantations) Vagator Beach, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, etc.
|Cost of a ride = 10 -50 INR|
Pilots in Goa
Goa has a unique concept of Pilots. Pilots basically mean taking a pillion ride with someone on a bike, If you are a solo traveller, you can use these bike rides for getting from one place to another. Although they are more expensive than buses they are faster for sure.
|Cos = 5-10 INR per km|
Self-drive Two-wheelers in Goa
I would strongly recommend this as the preferred mode of travel, especially to those travelling in an even number group. This is the most convenient way of transportation in Goa. You can easily rent a two-wheeler like bikes or scooters, almost everywhere in Goa. They charge on per day basis and you have to add the fuel costs.
|Per day rent = 200-500 INR|
|Fuel Cost per day = 200-250 INR|
Taxis and Auto Rickshaws in Goa
These are the most expensive means to travel in Goa. Although they are easily available, they are the least cost-effective. You must know that the taxis and Autos don’t go by the metre and charge at their own will.
If you plan to use these services, negotiate beforehand to avoid any last-minute surprises.
|Hiring costs for Taxi/Auto= 1000-5000 INR per day which includes 80 km and 8 hours
Cost of Taxi Tour North Goa = 2000 INR
Cost of Taxi Tour South Goa = 2200 INR
Ferries in Goa
Some places in Goa are connected by ferry services. These ferries are time saving and cost-effective. The only problem is that most of the times they are super crowded.
|Cost per ride = 10- 55 INR|
The ferries connect a very few locations in Goa. Here are some important routes connected by ferries –
- Old Goa and Divar Island
- Ribander and Chorao for Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
- Querim and Tiracol
- Cavelossim and Assolna
- Panaji and Betim
- Cortalim and Madkaim for reaching Old Goa from Margao
Cost of Sightseeing & Activities for 4 days Goa trip
Sightseeing costs would depend on what places you intend to cover. While beaches are free to visit, not every place is. Here are some of the costs for some of the most in-demand activities.
When you are n Goa, you might want to enjoy some watersports. You can enjoy activities such as banana boat ride, windsurfing, jet Ski, Parasailing, etc. There are many packages available at the beaches for watersports. One of the most popular is for 2000 INR. This includes parasailing, jet ski, speed boat ride, etc. I suggest you keep no more than 2500 INR for the activities.
Goa is well known for its cruises. I would recommend you take the sunset river cruise and dolphin cruise. The cost per person is around 500 INR and 300 INR respectively.
Parties & Casinos
Parties and Casinos are expensive. If you want your Goa trip to be on a budget, I would recommend you avoid these. You may have to shell out between 200- 5000 INR for a single party or visit to a casino.
Cost of Food for 4 days Goa trip
There are a number of food options in Goa. You can save money on food by avoiding too many alcoholic drinks. Food will cost around 500 INR per day. Therefore, for 7 days, the food cost will be about 2000 INR
|Food cost for 7 days in Goa = 500*4 = 2500 INR|
Miscellaneous Costs of Goa Trip
Other than all the things that I have mentioned above, you might also want to spend on other things =, for example – shopping. I am assuming the miscellaneous costs to be 2000 INR per person. Although, this is another place where you can cut down costs.
Tips to save money on your Goa trip
In order to cut down your Goa trip costs, I will suggest you follow these simple tips:
Book your flights and accommodations well in advance to avoid any last-minute cost addition
|Use Public Transport
As I mentioned above, buses and ferries are the cheapest way of travelling within Goa. Use them as much as possible.
Plan your Goa trip between February and October. This is the time when the accommodations are the cheapest.
|Prefer Group to solo
Travelling solo is great, but trust me Goa is much more fun with friends. Additionally, you can split the costs on stays and internal transport. For example, riding a scooter would cost you 500 INR per day and therefore, 3500 INR for 7 days. Splitting this with a friend, you will have to pay 1750 INR only!
|Save on shopping
Avoid buying unnecessary things in Goa. I would suggest you make a packing list for Goa beforehand and carry those things along.
|Eat Local Food
Food is an essential part of travel experience. Eating local food will not only enhance your travel experience but will also help you cut down costs.
I hope this blog helped you find the answer to your question- How much does a 4 day trip to Goa cost? If you have any more questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section below. I will try to answer them as soon as possible to the best of my knowledge,
Happy Wayfaring 🙂