At a distance of 20 km from the heart of Pattadakal city is located the nearest railway station at Badami. Frequent train service connects all the major cities in India to Badami. Some of the trains, like Solapur Express, Bijapur Express, Shirdi Express and Karnataka Express that operate from the nearby cities like Solapur, Bijapur, Hubli to name a few, make a brief stopover at this station. Travelers can hire a taxi from the station to reach Pattadakal.
Belgaum Airport is the nearest airport that is located at a distance of 205 km. Regular flights from different cities such as Chennai and Mumbai connect travelers with the city of Belgaum. Frequent bus services are available from the airport to help the travelers in reaching their destination. Fares for these air services are moderately charged. Tourists can even hire a cab to reach Pattadakal from the Belgaum airport.
The most affordable way to reach Pattadakal is to take a bus. Various state and private owned buses are available from Bangalore for the tourists to reach Pattadakal. Different cities such as Badami, Aihole and Hubli are well linked to the city of Pattadakal through well maintained and vast network of roads. Frequent bus service is available to make the journey of the travelers comfortable. Fare charged is also very reasonable.