KSRTC was set up in 1961 under the provisions of Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950. It is wholly owned by the Government of Karnataka. In August 1997, KSRTC was divided to form Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). In November 1997, another new road transport corporation called North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) was formed to cater to the transportation needs of North Western parts of Karnataka. Later, the North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) was also formed with its corporate office in Gulbarga.
KSRTC services covers 92% villages in Karnataka. KSRTC operates with a total fleet of 17310 buses (Ksrtc-8280,Nekrtc-4300,Nwkrtc-4720). It transports, on an average, 74.57 lakh passengers per day. It also operates to the neighboring states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Kerala. KSRTC was the first state transport corporation to introduce Volvo B7RLE low floor city buses in India in 2005. At present, KSRTC operates Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Scania buses under the Airavat services (named after the mythical white elephant).
Types of Services
Fully air conditioned nonstop luxury, Volvo multi axle bus service between Bengaluru International Airport and Mysuru & between Kempegowda International Airport and Kundapur with pantry, chemical toilets, live display of flight timings, GPS, wifi facilities and in-bus live entertainment.
Airavat Bliss CD
Fully air conditioned luxury Volvo multi axle bus service with chemical toilets, wifi, pantry and individual TV screens.
Fully air conditioned luxury Volvo multi axle bus service with chemical toilets, wifi and individual TV screens.
Airavat Diamond Class
Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Scania multi-axle buses with hi-definition night vision cameras for recording inside the bus and fleet management system for performance monitoring in the bus.
Airavat Club Class
Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Volvo and Mercedes Benz multi-axle buses with semi-recliner seats and with calf support.
Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Volvo and Mercedes Benz buses with semi-recliner seats.
Non air conditioned deluxe bus service with recliner seats in 2+2 configuration built on Tata and Ashok Leyland chassis.
Fully air suspension non AC reclinable seat bus, other than Raajahamsa which normally ply over north Karnataka regions.
Fully air conditioned sleeper bus service.
Corona Non A\C Sleeper
Non air conditioned sleeper bus service.
Fully air conditioned and air suspension bus with 2+2 reclinable seats. Can consider it to be an alternate option for Airavat.
Fully air conditioned and air suspension vehicle with 3+2 non-reclinable seats built on Ashok Leyland chassis. Mostly operates between Mysuru and Bengaluru, but nowadays its replaced with Volvo Airavat.
Non air conditioned sitter buses in white livery with recliner seats in 2+2 configuration.
Suvarna Sarige, Vayavya Karnataka Saarige and EEshanya Karnataka Saarige
Cheapest and widely abundant mode of bus service in KSRTC, NWKRTC and NEKRTC found in red-white or light green-white livery.
Buses which connects villages with ordinary fare (slightly costs lesser than suvarna sarige).