Information & Facts
There are taxis available outside the airport terminal.
There is short and long-term parking available at Trivandrum.
Parking costs INR 60 for up to four hours.
There are no internationally-recognised companies that have car
hire offices at Trivandrum, but there are many local companies
represented. Most companies provide a driver with the car as
driving in India is notoriously difficult and unpleasant. In order
to rent a car, you will need to provide your local driver's licence
along with your International Drivers' Permit.
Train: There is no train or subway service to Trivandrum
Airport. There are train connections in Thiruvananthapuram to other
cities in India.
Bus: There is a city bus service from Trivandrum into
Thiruvananthapuram. KSRTC Bus No. 14 runs from outside the
International Terminal to the city bus terminal at East Fort, near
the Padmanabhaswamy temple. The trip takes about half an hour and
costs INR 10. KSRTC buses run to other cities fairly regularly as
well, but with no real timetable.
Several hotels in the Thiruvananthapuram area offer private
shuttles for guests, including Hotel Pankaj, Leela Kempinski, Taj
Green Cove, Hotel Uday Samudra, and Hotel Samundra.
Taxi: There is a prepaid taxi desk in the baggage claim area
with fares listed to various destinations. To get the advertised
fare, collect a coupon from the desk and give it to the driver
along with your money. An average fare to the centre of
Thiruvananthapuram is about INR 210. The prices listed are for
non-air-conditioned cabs; air-conditioned taxis will cost about 50%
There is a new (March 2011) user fee of Rs. 575, for
international passengers departing from Trivandrum
Money and communications: Bank, currency exchange, post office,
and internet kiosks.
Luggage: There is a lost and found office in International
Terminal, and free baggage trolleys are available for use in the
airport. Conference and business: There are no business or
conference facilities at Trivandrum, but there is internet
available in the International Terminal, which has a Business Class
lounge. Other facilities: Amenities at Trivandrum include medical
facilities, dormitories, wheelchairs, child care facilities,
phone-charging points, and free local calls.
Wi-Fi: No reliable information on wi-fi access is available.
Information: There are information desks located in all three
Shopping: There is duty-free shopping in the International
Terminal with the usual selection of alcohol, cigarettes and
perfume. Other shopping opportunities are slim but you can find
books, small gifts and souvenirs and mobile phones in both
Food and Drink: There are a couple of nondescript restaurants
and cafes in each terminal, and kiosks selling snacks and soft
Although English is generally used for official and
business purposes, Hindi is the official language and is spoken by
about 40 percent of the population. Urdu is the language common
with the Muslim demographic. India has a total of 22 official
The currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into
100 paise (singular paisa). Major currencies can be changed at
banks, and authorised bureaux de changes. It is impossible to
obtain rupees outside India, but no matter what time you arrive in
India there will be an exchange office open at the airport. It is
illegal to exchange money through the black market and it is
advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart
from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small
denominations. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely
accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATMs
are not generally available.
The terminals are close enough together for you to walk from one
to the other.