How To Reach Diglipur From Port Blair, Havelock & Neil Island
To visit any island, you have to enter through Port Blair (Veer Savarkar International Airport). So the origin to start through any of the modes of transfers that we are mentioning below is from Port Blair. Therefore, first, you need to reach Port Blair and then travel to Diglipur Island.
Reaching Diglipur By Bus From Port Blair
The first and the most economical option to reach Diglipur from Port Blair is by bus.
You can reach Diglipur by Government operated Bus that departs from Port Blair at different timings. The preferred one is around 4:30 AM. It takes around 10 hours to reach Diglipur from Port Blair. This bus will pass through Andaman Grand Trunk Road to reach the Public Bus stand at Diglipur. From there you’ll have to hire public transport to reach your accommodation place and to do the sightseeing. These buses are not Air-conditioned. The tickets for these buses can be purchased from the government Bus depot, Port Blair. Due to the cheap cost, there is a huge demand for government bus tickets because most of the local public use this mode of transport as their lifeline to stay connected with the capital town- Port Blair. The boarding point of these buses is at the Aberdeen Bus Depot. It has multiple other picks up points on the ATR. However, you need to enquire at the ticket counter for your nearest pick-up point.
If you have reached Diglipur by the government buses then the return ticket from Diglipur has to be booked from Diglipur Bus terminus only.
Buses run by Private Sector
Just like the government Buses, there are buses run by the private sector as well. These Buses also depart from Port Blair at different timings. The preferred/ suggested slot of departure is around 4:30 AM or the earlier possible so that one gets most of his/her time there in Diglipur once they reach. 12 hours is the duration to reach Diglipur by these buses as well. They are available in Air-conditioned and NON-Air Conditioned segments. The AC ones are costlier but worthy of a 12-hour long road journey. Non AC ones are cheaper than the AC ones but expensive than the government buses due to obvious reasons like comfort, seating arrangements and the convenience of bookings, etc. The tickets for these buses are available from their respective reservation offices across the Port Blair town. Online bookings are not made available by them. The boarding point of these buses is mostly near the Aberdeen Bust Depot. It has multiple other picks up points on the ATR. However, you need to enquire at the ticket counter for your nearest pick-up point.
If you have reached Diglipur by the private buses then the return ticket from Diglipur can also be booked from Port Blair before you start or else you can book the same at Diglipur Bus terminus as well.
Reaching Diglipur in a Cab From Port Blair
The second way and simply the most sorted way to reach Diglipur from Port Blair is a privately hired vehicle from Port Blair. The foremost advantage is that the driver is accompanying you from Port Blair; you would not have to hire any other public transport for going in and out of your accommodation and seeing the places of attraction that are accessible by the road.
The travel time reduces a bit due to no pit stops for other passengers. You can take small refreshment halts and complete the journey without any hassle of adjustments. The moment you start from your place at Port Blair, till you return to your place at Port Blair, the cab remains with you at disposal. By choosing this mode of reaching Diglipur, you get a local person from Port Blair in the face of your driver who is experienced and has been there before who makes your experience even smoother. He can suggest you good places to eat, he makes sure that you visit the places you have planned to visit in the right durations and return on time to Port Blair for your other due schedules. This is the mode that is suggested by our island experts, you do not have to think about how to go about your experiences all you have to do is to put your energy and thoughts in enjoying the place. Rest is our responsibility.
The private cab option is the best for travelers who are traveling on a fixed date schedule and have a fixed number of days to explore the Andamans before they go back to their hometown. This type of travelers need a pre-booking in everything and the major relief in choosing private cabs is that you can book this service online before your travel and forget all your stress. The cab will be there on the time right at your stay point to pick you and drop you back to your respective accommodation after completion of the trip.
Reaching Diglipur By Government Ferry
The third way is to take Government Ferry to move directly from Port Blair to Diglipur. This journey will be an 8-9 hour-long trip. The ferry follows this route: Port Blair - Rangat - Diglipur. So the voyage time tends to change depending upon the number of passengers boarding and getting down at each stop.
The con here in this option is that the sailing of this ferry is not there every day and the ticket bookings open only 1-2 days before the departure. The tickets are issued from the STAR ticket counters in Port Blair and the return ticket has to be booked from Diglipur itself. Those who come on an extended vacation to Andaman can consider the government ferry as an option to reach Diglipur.
However, this mode could be unpredictable and may not work for the travelers who are planning to visit Andaman for around 4 - 10 days. Considering, there are so many things to do in Andamans and the other schedules will get affected if in case this option of reaching Diglipur doesn’t work.
How to reach Diglipur from Havelock Island & Neil Island?
One can proceed for Diglipur only from Port Blair. As of 2019, there are not many options that may ensure your conveyance directly from Havelock or Neil Island to reach Diglipur. So if you are planning to travel from Havelock or Neil to Diglipur, make sure you have a buffer day in between to stay in Port Blair and then proceed further towards Diglipur on the next day.
An alternative to the above option to reach Diglipur
One rare option can be that you take a Government ferry to Rangat from Havelock or Neil and from Rangat you may hire private vehicles or buses to proceed towards Diglipur. But this has to be executed on your own because Rangat and Diglipur are offbeat destinations wherein your driver happens to be your guide as we mentioned in our “Private cab option to reach Diglipur” segment.
So if you opt to move directly from Havelock or Neil towards Rangat and then take roadway transfer towards Diglipur you have to arrange for the vehicles upon reaching Rangat by yourself. For more details on how to reach Rangat from Havelock & Neil before you reach Diglipur, you can refer to our segment “How to reach Rangat from Havelock and Neil” under the details of the island “Rangat”.