How To Reach Rangat From Port Blair, Havelock & Neil Island
To visit any island, you have to enter through Port Blair (VSI Airport). So the origin to start through any of the modes of transfers that we are mentioning below is from Port Blair only.
The first and the most economical option to reach Rangat from Port Blair is by Buses.
Government Bus To Rangat From Port Blair
You can reach Rangat by Government operated Bus that departs from Port Blair at different timings. The preferred one is around 4:30 AM. It takes around 8 hours to reach Rangat from Port Blair on a bus. This bus will pass through Andaman Grand Trunk Road to reach the Public Bus stand at Rangat. 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 between Rangat & 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 Rangat by the government buses then the return ticket from Rangat has to be booked from Rangat Bus terminus only.
Buses run by Private Sector To Rangat From Port Blair
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 Rangat once they reach. It takes 8 hours to reach by these buses as well. They are available in Air-conditioned and NON-Air Conditioned segments.
The AC ones are costlier but worthy of an 8-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 and seating arrangements. 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 Rangat by the private buses then the return ticket from Rangat can also be booked from Port Blair when you start or else you can book the same at Rangat Bus terminus as well.
By Private Cab To Rangat Via Baratang
The second way to reach Rangat from Port Blair is in a Privately hired vehicle from Port Blair and since the driver is accompanying you from Port Blair, neither you need to look for a return option, nor you would have to hire any other public transport for going in and out of your accommodation and seeing the places of attraction which are accessible by the road. By choosing this mode of reaching Rangat and exploring it, you get a local person from Port Blair in the face of your driver who is experienced and has been there before. So he can suggest you for good places to eat, make sure you visit the places you have planned to visit and return on time to Port Blair for your other due schedules.
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 time right at your stay point to pick you and drop you back to your respective accommodation after completion of the trip.
By Government Ferry To Rangat From Port Blair
The third way is to take Government Ferry to move directly from Port Blair to Rangat. This voyage will be a 5-6 hour long journey. The ferry follows the following route: Port Blair - Neil Island - Havelock Island - Rangat. So the voyage time tends to change depending upon the number of passengers boarding and getting down at each stops.
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 Rangat itself. The Harbor for Rangat is the Yerrata Jetty. Those who come on an extended vacation to Andaman can consider the government ferry as an option to reach Rangat.
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 effected if in case this option of reaching Rangat doesn’t work.
How to reach Rangat from Havelock Island and Neil Island?
From Havelock Island, you will have to take a Government Ferry to Rangat. This ferry is operational on alternate days. This is the same ferry that sails from Port Blair to Rangat as discussed in our previous section. It takes pit stops at Neil Island, Havelock Island before reaching Rangat. After stopping at Rangat, The voyage ends at Long Island.
The same applies to visit Rangat from Neil Island. The same ferry which we have discussed above also takes a pit stop at Neil, so from Neil Island also you need to take the same boat to Rangat.