The Vijayapura Mangaluru Express special train links Mangaluru city and the renowned pilgrimage site Kuke Subramanya to the central and northern regions of Karnataka, including commercial and tourist hubs like Vijayapura, Badami, Bagalkot, Gadag, Hubballi, and Davangere.
The patronage of the Vijayapura Mangaluru Express special train is steadily increasing due to the limited travel options between these destinations. Currently, there is no air connectivity, and road travel can be inconvenient due to Ghat. While a few private and government buses do operate between these cities, the ticket prices are often unregulated and can be unaffordable.
The cities and towns along this route are significant from tourism, education, healthcare, and commerce perspectives. Hence, there is a persistent demand for this train, which offers affordable and comfortable travel.
Service period extended up to Year end
Considering the train’s popularity as the only service connecting Mangaluru City with the Northern and Central parts of Karnataka, and with the upcoming festival seasons rush, the South Western Railway (SWR) has extended the services of the Vijayapura Mangaluru Express special train.
The special train will maintain the existing timings, stoppages, coach composition, and fare structure.
Train No. 07377 Vijayapura-Mangaluru Junction Special Express Daily train, initially set to run from Yesvantpur until September 30, 2023, will now extend its operation until December 31, 2023.
Train No. 07378 Mangaluru Junction-Vijayapura Special Express Daily train, previously scheduled to run from Vijayapura until October 1, 2023, will now continue to operate until January 1, 2024.
Vijayapura Mangaluru Express: Stoppage and Timings
The details of the stoppage and timings are as mentioned below:
|Train No. 07377|
|Stations||Train No. 07378|
|18:35 SRC||VIJAYAPURA||09:35 DSTN|
|00:05||SSS HUBBALLI JN||03:45|
|12:40 DSTN||MANGALORE JUNCTION||14:50 SRC|
The Express special service has a coach composition of One AC three tier, Six Sleeper class, Four General sitting second class and Two Second class luggage cum brake-vans/disabled friendly compartment (13 coaches).
Passengers demand Regularisation & Extension up to Mangaluru Central
The Vijayapura Mangaluru Express special is currently the only train connecting the coastal city Mangaluru to Davangere, Haveri, Hubballi, Gadag, Bagalkot, and Vijayapura. This train operates via the Hubballi and Hassan, connecting the popular pilgrim center of Kuke Subramanya.
Passengers and local representatives are urging the railway authorities to regularise this lone train and extend its service up to Mangaluru Central Railway Station, with an improved schedule.