Here are some random collections of typical costs for a planing budgets for your Hampi tour. Rate are a just ballpark figures, mainly aimed at the budget travelers.
Bangalore > Hospet by Bus
Rajahamsa (State operated bus); Local bus (state operated)Bangalore > Hospet by Train : Rs 150 to Rs 1300
For Hampi Express (Train No.6591 for Hospet to Bangalore; Train No. 6592 for Bangalore to Hospet) : First AC (1A) : Rs 1286; Second AC (2A) : Rs 751 ; Third AC (3A): Rs 540 ; Sleeper Class (SL) : Rs 203
For Bangalore-Hospet Passenger (Train No.584 for Hospet to Bangalore; Train No. 583 for Bangalore to Hospet) : Sleeper Class (SL) : Rs 146
Goa > Hospet by Bus : Rs 150 to Rs 700
State operated local bus : Rs 150 Private luxury bus (up to Hampi) Sleeper type : Rs 600 ; Seating type : Rs 500, Sleeper type (AC) : Rs 700 ; Seating type (AC) : Rs 600Goa > Hospet by Train Rs 200 to Rs 700
Train No.2848 Second AC (2A) : Rs 684 ; Third AC (3A) : Rs 501 ; Sleeper (SL) : Rs 198
Hyderabad > Hospet Rs 250 to Rs 900
Rayalaseema Express (Train No: 7416 for Hyderabad to Hospet ; Train No:7429 for Hospet to Hyderabad ) : Second AC (2A) : Rs 871 ; Sleeper : Rs 232
Hospet > Hampi
Local by Bus : Rs10
Hospet > Hampi by Auto-rickshaw : Rs100
The auto-rickshaws wait patiently in a row just outside the railway station.
The rental system is basically based on the ‘honor system’. You need to give them some assurances to rent you the bike. For example if you can convince them that you are staying in a specific guest houses nearby, that would be suffice. Or pledge an ID card or something like that (as a matter of prudence never leave anything like credit card or passport). If you are not patient for all these, request your guest house caretaker to get you one with the required fuel filled. They get a commission & you pay a slightly worse rate!
Car Hire : About Rs 600 to Rs 800 per day (includes driver allowance).
Generally people hire car from Hospet and travel onward to the Hampi ruins. Remember car cannot take you to all the ruins site in Hampi. Be prepared for some considerable legwork, that is, if you are serious about ‘exploring’ Hampi.Tonga (horse carriage) : About Rs 50 to Rs 100
That is for a typical short to medium exclusive trip from one monument to another (say from the Sacred Center to the Royal Centre or to the Vittala Temple). Tongas are slow but funny and environmentally friendly alternative to explore the ruins site.Lodging A Hampi guesthouse. They are typically a backpacker version of home stay accommodations. You practically share the home facilities with the family.
Budget (backpacker) type : Rs 50 to Rs 200 .
Bring your own toilet paper -BYOTP! ( Rs , available at Hampi Bazaar area ). Many dozens of these ‘guesthouses’ are located near the Hampi Bazaar area and Virupapur Gadde, across the river. Some are located in Kamalapura also. It can be anything from a hut to a rooftop to a home with a family living there.Midrange : Rs 300 to Rs 800 .
These are typical no nonsense type accommodations. A couple of them are near the Virupaksha Temple, a few at Virupapur Gadde. Many at Hospet.Luxury : Rs 1200 to Rs .
(Lodging costs faithfully follows the tourist traffic, typically goes up by 25 to 50% during the peak seasons)Food South Indian breakfast – Rs15 Breakfast (western type) – Rs60 South Indian meals – Rs25 Dinner with special dishes – Rs100 to Rs 200 Packaged drinking water – Rs15 per liter.
Ticket cost & fees Entry Ticket fee : Rs 10 / USD5 .
For Indian citizens - Rs10 For foreigners USD5 Children under age of 12 are admitted free.The ticket is valid for a day for the three monuments – Vittala Temple, Zenena Enclosure & the Elephant stables.For all the other sites (more than 50) admission is free!Archeological Museum (entry fee) : Rs 5
Open from 10AM to 5 PM. Closed on Fridays.And that smooch by Lakshmi, the temple elephant, cost you a rupee!
No camera fee is charged for most of the monuments in Hampi. Virupaksha Temple charges Rs 50 for use of still cameras & Rs 500 for movie camera to use inside the campus.Vittala Temple charges Rs 25 for use of video camera inside the campus.Guide fee : Rs 50 to Rs 600 .
For a single major monument – Rs 50 (for about 30-45 minutes tour) For full day a private guide charges about Rs 600 . For a half day tour of multiple monuments – Rs 200 to Rs300 . The rates fall by about 40% during off season (April-September). Contact the tourist info center near the Virupaksha Temple on Hampi Bazaar to help you with arranging a guide. Though not legitimate professional guides, the local auto-rickshaw drivers can ‘guide’ you to various sites in Hampi. You can rent an auto-rickshaw for a half-day ride for about Rs 300.Internet: Rs 60 per hour
Connections are slow (I mean really slow) & generally the queue is long during the evening hours. So don’t fancy uploading heaps of photos you’ve just taken at Hampi. Contact the net café operator to get the photos downloaded from your camera & to get it burned on CD (get 2 CD copies each, if you consider them to be too precious to lose!). About Rs 50 per CD.
Hackers sell tiny guidebooks near Hampi Bazaar area for Rs20 to Rs30. You may download and print a copy of the Hampi map for you here. The bookstore near Virupaksha stocks a few popular books on Hampi. There is one bookstall inside the Virupaksha temple courtyard too. The French edition Hampi Vijayanagar : Histoire Et Legendes (ISBN 9782911166174) by Vasundhara Filliozat (Rs 500 ); Reprint of the oldest travel guide (1917 first edition) on Hampi, Hampi Ruins Described and Illustrated ( ISBN 81-206-0159-9 ) A.N. Longhurst . (Rs 80); The large coffee table book published by the state archeology department Hampi: The fabled capital of the Vijayanagara Empire Rs 540 ; A guide on Hampi with some good historic perspective Hampi A Meadieval Metropolis by S. Settar . Rs 120 ; The detailed and colourful guide HAMPI (ISBN 9788175083363) by John Fritz & George Michell. Rs 400 ; The compact tourist guide promoted by the Department of Tourism Hampi Travel Guide (ISBN 9788187780175). Rs 160; Monumental Legacy series Hampi (ISBN 9780195660586) by Anila Verghese. Rs 225 ; Hampi writtern by D.Devakunjari is the official publication by the Archeological Survey of India (buy this from the ASI museum store at Kamalapur ) . Rs 45.