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Kerala State Road Transport Corporation


Kerala State Road Transport Corporation

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation
Public Sector Corporation under the Ministry of Transport of the State Government of Kerala
Industry Public transport bus service
Founded 20 February 1938,1965
Headquarters Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Area served
Products Bus transport, Cargo Transport, Services

Volvo AC Airbus, Scania, Globus AC Airbus,, Super Deluxe Airbus, Super Express Airbus, Super Express, Super Fast, Fast Passenger, Venad/Malabar Limited Stop, Ananthapuri/Thiru Kochi,

Ordinary Bus.
Subsidiaries Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC)[1]

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the state-run bus company in Kerala, India. It is one of the oldest state run public bus transport services in India and is headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram.


  • History 1
  • Fleet 2
  • Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation 3
  • Depots and workshops 4
  • Workshops 5
  • Facts 6
  • Fares 7
    • Historical Fares 7.1
    • Current Fares 7.2
  • Online booking 8
  • GPRS Enabled Ticket Machines 9
  • Gallery 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


The earliest predecessor of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation was the London Passenger Transport Board, was appointed as Superintendent of the Transport Department on 20 September 1937.[2][3] The Transport Department grew with nationalisation of key interstate routes such as ThiruvanathapuramKanyakumari route and the PalakkadCoimbatore route.

The first fleet consisted of 60 Comet chassis fitted with Perkins diesel engines, imported from England. The bodies of the buses were built by the staff of the Travancore State Transport Department under the supervision of the Superintendent. The model for the selection of operating staff continues to be followed by the current operating staff. The Transport Department gave preference in recruitment for those who were likely to lose their private transport company jobs resulting from the nationalization of Thiruvanathapuram–Kanyakumari route. Thus the Transport Department began with a staff of about a hundred graduates appointed as Inspectors and Conductors.

The State Motor Service was inaugurated by King Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma on 20 February 1938. He and his kin were the first passengers of the system on the inaugural trip; Superintendent Salter was the driver of the bus. This bus, along with the thirty-three other buses brought on road driving through the Kowdiar Square was an attraction at that time.

Following the enactment of the Road Transport Corporation Act in 1950, the Government of Kerala formulated KSRTC rules in 1965 by Section 44. The Transport Department was converted into an autonomous corporation on 1 April 1965 and the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation was formally established by the government of Kerala by the notification dated 15 March 1965.

KSRTC "Super Fast" bus service
A KSRTC Ashok Leyland Titan double decker city Bus
KSRTC "Rajadhani" ring road bus service in Thiruvananthapuram city
KSRTC "Venad" limited-stop service
KSRTC "Fast Passenger" bus service
KSRTC "Ordinary" bus service

KSRTC buses are the registered under a dedicated RTO at Thiruvanathapuram with the registration series KL-15.


The corporation has a fleet of 6148 buses and 5598 schedules consisting Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors and Volvo buses and minibuses.[4] The fleet composition as of 6 December 2010 was:

Service Type Model Numbers Description
City Ordinary Tata 1510 & Tata 1512c 42 Ordinary Buses in Thiruvananthapuram for city transportation.
City Double Decker Ashok Leyland Titan 2 Double Decker buses in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram (East Fort to Sangumugham Beach) charging ordinary fares.
Thiru Kochi / Ananthapuri Fast Tata 1510 & Tata 1512c 205 City buses in Kochi / Thiruvananthapuram with 2x2 seating layout.
Low Floor Non-AC City Bus Ashok Leyland Panther RE Semi Low Floor 240 Low Floor City Buses under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme in the city of Cochin (Kochi) and Thiruvananthapuram with 2x2 seating layout.
Low Floor AC City Bus Volvo 8400 80 Low Floor AC City Buses under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme in Kochi / Thiruvananthapuram with 2x2 seating layout.
Minibus Tata 709E, Ashok Leyland Stag 21 Mini Buses are used on small feeder routes charging ordinary fares.
Rajadhani ring road service[5] Ashok Leyland Viking, Tata 1512 & Tata 1512c 10 New ring road bus service in Thiruvananthapuram city
Short Wheel Base Ordinary Buses Tata 1512, Ashok Leyland Cheetah 200 Midi Buses with shorter wheelbase (176 in wheelbase) are used on routes in hilly areas, ghats and small narrower roads charging ordinary fares.
Ordinary Ashok Leyland Viking, Tata 1512 & Tata 1512c 3,958 Short routes served by older buses that used to run on higher grade services.
Venad / Malabar Ashok Leyland Viking, Tata Globus, Tata 1512 & Tata 1512c 1,465 Comfortable buses used as Limited Stop Ordinary [LS ORD] / Fare Stage Limited Stop [FSLS] / Town to Town [TT] with 3x2 seating layout and Ordinary Fare Stage.
Fast Passenger Ashok Leyland Viking, Tata 1512c 1152 Short and long distance no frill services with 3x2 seating layout.
Super Fast Ashok Leyland Viking, Tata 1512c 334 Fast, long distance services with 3x2 seating layout.
Super Express Airbus Ashok Leyland 12M & Tata 1612c 50 Newly introduced long distance services on 12 m chassis, often interstate with 3x2 seating layout with more leg room and rear air suspension. Some buses have 2x2 reclining seating layout. Same fare as a Super Express.
Super Deluxe Airbus Ashok Leyland Viking & Tata LPO1512c Ex 50 Luxury interstate and intrastate services, often long distance with 2x2 reclining seats and rear air suspension.
Silver Line Jet Ashok Leyland Viking 7 Luxury interstate and intrastate services, often long distance with 2x2 reclining seats, WiFi on board.
Garuda Volvo (AC) Volvo 9400 3 Luxury Interstate Services Buses to Bangalore using Volvo B7R with 2x2 reclining seats and full air suspension.
Garuda Multi Axle (AC) Volvo 9400 10 Luxury Interstate multiaxle bus services using Volvo B9R with 2x2 semisleeper seats and full air suspension.
Total 6,184 Total number of Schedules : 5,598

Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation

In November 2014, Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC), with headquarters in Kochi, was formed to operate low-floor buses which are procured with the financial assistance from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).[1]

The 314 low-floor buses already procured are to be brought under this newly formed subsidiary (KURTC). With 400 low-floor buses to be procured for extending services to 12 more districts in the State under JNNURM scheme 2013-14, the number of these sleek modern buses is to go up to 767.

Depots and workshops

KSRTC has 28 depots, 48 sub depots, 17 operating centres, 28 station master offices, 5 workshops and 3 staff training colleges spread throughout the Kerala.[6] In 1995 Kerala State Road Transport Corporation ventured into the technical education field by establishing an engineering college named Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering at Pappanamcode on its Central Workshop premises.

The List of KSRTC Bus Stands and Depots are given below:

S.No Name Code Status Telephone
1 Trivandrum Central TVM Depot 0471 2323886
2 Trivandrum City CTY Depot 0471 2463029
3 Attingal ATL Depot 0470 2622202
4 Nedumangad NDD Depot 0472 2812235
5 Neyyattinkara NTA Depot 0471 2222243
6 Pappanamcode PPD Depot 0471 2249400
7 Vizhinjam VZM Depot 0471 2481365
8 Kaniyapuram KPM Sub Depot 0471 2752533
9 Kattakkada KTD Sub Depot 0471 2290381
10 Kilimanoor KMR Sub Depot 0470 2672217
11 Parassala PSL Sub Depot 0471 2202058
12 Peroorkada PRK Sub Depot 0471 2433683
13 Poovar PVR Sub Depot 0471 2210047
14 Vellanad VND Sub Depot 0472 2882986
15 Vellarada VRD Sub Depot 0471 2242029
16 Venjaramoodu VJD Sub Depot 0472 2874141
17 Vikasbhavan VKB Sub Depot 04712307890
18 Vithura VTR Sub Depot 0472 2858686
19 Aryanad ARD Operating Centre 0472 2853900
20 Palode PLD Operating Centre 0472 2840259
21 Kollam KLM Depot 0474 2752008
22 Kottarakkara KTR Depot 0474 2452622
23 Chadayamangalam CDM Sub Depot 0474 2476200
24 Chathannoor CHT Sub Depot 0474 2592900
25 Karunagappally KNP Sub Depot 0476 2620466
26 Pathanapuram PPM Sub Depot 0475 2353769
27 Punalur PLR Sub Depot 0475 2222626
28 Aryankavu ARK Operating Centre 0475 2211300
29 Kulathupuzha KLP Operating Centre 0474 2318777
30 Pathanamthitta PTA Depot 0468 2229213
31 Thiruvalla TVL Depot 0469 2602945
32 Adoor ADR Sub Depot 04734 224764
33 Pamba PBA Sub Depot 04735 203445
34 Mallappally MPY Operating Centre 0469 2785080
35 Pandalam PDM Operating Centre 04734 255800
36 Ranni RNI Operating Centre 04735 225253
37 Konni KNI Operating Centre 0468 2244555
38 Alappuzha ALP Depot 0477 2252501
39 Chengannur CGR Depot 0479 2452352
40 Cherthala CTL Depot 0478 2812582
41 Kayamkulam KYM Depot 0479 2442022
42 Harippad HPD Sub Depot 0479 2412620
43 Mavelikkara MVK Sub Depot 0479 2302282
44 Edathua EDT Operating Centre 0477 2215400
45 Kottayam KTM Depot 0481 2562908
46 Changanassery CHR Depot 0481 2420245
47 Pala PLA Depot 04822 212250
48 Erattupetta ETP Sub Depot 04822 272330
49 Kattappana KTP Sub Depot 04822 212250
50 Kumily KMY Sub Depot 04822 272330
51 Ponkunnam PNK Sub Depot 04828 221333
52 Vaikom VKM Sub Depot 04829 221210
53 Erumely EMY Operating Centre 04828 212345
54 Thodupuzha TDP Sub Depot 04862 222388
55 Moolamattom MLT Operating Centre 04862 252045
56 Munnar MNR Operating Centre 04865 230201
57 Eranakulam EKM Depot 0484 2372033
58 Aluva ALV Depot 0484 2624242
59 Muvattupuzha MVP Depot 0485 2832321
60 Perumbavoor PBR Depot 0484 2523416
61 Angamaly ANK Sub Depot 0484 2453050
62 Kothamangalam KMG Sub Depot 0485 2862202
63 North Paravur PRR Sub Depot 0484 2442373
64 Piravom PVM Sub Depot 0485 2265533
65 Koothattukulam KKM Sub Depot 0485 2253444
66 Thrissur TSR Depot 0487 2421150
67 Chalakkudy CLD Sub Depot 0480 2701638
68 Guruvayoor GVR Sub Depot 0487 2556450
69 Kodungallor KDR Sub Depot 0480 2803155
70 Mala MAL Sub Depot 0480 2890438
71 Irinjalakkuda IJK Operating Centre 0480 2623990
72 Puthukkad PKD Operating Centre 0487 2751648
73 Palakkad PLK Depot 0491 2520098
74 Chittur CTR Sub Depot 04923 227488
75 Mannarkkad MKD Sub Depot 04924 225150
76 Vadakkanchery VDK Operating Centre 04922 255001
77 Malappuram MPM Sub Depot 0483 2734950
78 Nilambur NBR Sub Depot 04931 223929
79 Perinthalmanna PMN Sub Depot 04933 227342
80 Ponnani PNI Sub Depot 0494 2666396
81 Kozhikode KKD Depot 0495 2723796
82 Thamarassery TSY Sub Depot 0495 2222217
83 Thottilpalam TPM Sub Depot 0496 2565944
84 Thiruvambady TDY Operating Centre 0495 2254500
85 Vadakara VKA Operating Centre 0496 2523377
86 Sulthan Bathery SBY Depot 04936 220217
87 Kalpetta KPA Sub Depot 04936 203040
88 Mananthavady MDY Sub Depot 04935 240640
89 Kannur KNR Depot 0497 2705960
90 Payyannur PNR Sub Depot 04985 203062
91 Thalassery TLY Sub Depot 0490 2343333
92 Kasargod KGD Depot 04994 230677
93 Kanhangad KNGD Sub Depot 0467 2200055
94 Bangalore ATO & SM 080 26756666, 080 22221755
95 Coimbatore SM 0422 2521614
96 Mysore SM 0821 2440124

KSRTC is also having 28 Station Master (SM) Offices at Ambalapuzha, Ayoor, Eenchakkal, Ernakulam Jetty, Ettumanoor, Iritty, Kadakkal, Kaliyakkavila, Kuthiyathode, Malayilkeezh, Manjery, Mundakkayam, Nagarcoil, Ochira, Pattambi, Pothencode, Puthenkurishu, Tirur, Valanchery, Varkala, Vytila Hub and also have 3 staff training colleges in Trivandrum, Ernakulam and Edappal .


The List of KSRTC Workshops are given below:

S.No Name Status Telephone
1 Pappanamcode Central Workshop 0471 2490801
2 Mavelikkara Regional Workshop 0479 2302409
3 Aluva Regional Workshop 0484 2624007
4 Edappal Regional Workshop 0494 2699248
5 Kozhikode Regional Workshop 0495 2361667


  • The daily scheduled distance for bus services has increased from 12,00,000 km to 14,22,546 km.[7]
  • Nearly 5,373 buses run on 4,795 schedules every day.[8]
  • Average number of passengers transported in a day is 3145,000 (3.145 million)
  • The average earnings per km (EPKM) works out to around 25.69 and the average earnings per bus (EPB) works out to 8,329..


Historical Fares

Half a Chakram was the minimum fare in 1938. The first class tickets had cost 50% more than the coordinating rate. During that period free travel was allowed for children up to 3 years and only half the fare was charged for children until age 14. There were no luggage tickets, but when the luggage weighed more than 28 pounds up to 56 pounds, a fee was assessed for 4 chakras. Passengers with luggage that weighed more than 56 pounds were assessed a fee of 6 chakras up to 112 pounds and above. As the Chakram had triple the value of a 100 rupee currency note today, the cost of travelling was comparatively higher during those days.

Current Fares

The fares were last revised on 11 November 2012 .

  • 64 paise for City/Ordinary Services,
  • 68 paise for City Fast Services,
  • 68 paise for Fast Passenger/Limited Stop FP Services,
  • 72 paise for Super Fast Services,
  • 77 paise for Super Express Services,
  • 90 paise for Super Deluxe/Semi Sleeper Services,
  • 110 paise for Luxury/High-Tech/Air Conditioned Services, and
  • 130 paise for Volvo Services.[9]
Bus Type Minimum Fare in Indian Rupees
LOW FLOOR Non A/C 8.00

Online booking

Bus reservation can be done online for KSRTC services and the NEW online booking facility is available at

GPRS Enabled Ticket Machines

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation(KSRTC) has introduced GPRS-enabled ticketing machines which are connected to an online server through GPRS to streamline services in 2013. The ticket machines transfer real-time data to the control room at Transport Bhavan. The authorities can keep tabs on the collection of each schedule and that of depots across the state on real time basis by tracking the data from ticketing machines.



  1. ^ a b "All JNNURM buses to be brought under KURTC". The Hindu. October 26, 2014. Retrieved 20 Jan 2015. 
  2. ^ Archive
  3. ^ Archive
  4. ^ KSRTC Directory
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ All about KSRTC
  8. ^ At present the corporation has 5373 buses running on 4795 schedules.
  9. ^ a b FARES, KSRTC fares revised.

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