Inter Island Transport System

Inter-Island Transport system is the internal nervous system of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This transport system connects all the inhabited islands of this territory. As these Islands are located at a considerable distance from each other. All produces and products of these Islands are distributed among them through the network system of Inter-Island transport. This network system consists of two kind of transport, namely water transport and road Transport.

Inter-Island Water Ways

The capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is connected with other Islands through the water and road transport. The Inter-Island water transport is further divided into Inter-Island Ship service and foreshore ferry service. The Inter-Island water transport connects the different and distinct islands with one another. Four passenger-cum-cargo ships are playing between the Islands. In fact these ships are backbone of inter-Island transport. These ships are under the operational control of Director of Shipping services. These ships may voyage from Port Blair to Diglipur in North and Campbell Bay in South. A round Voyage from Port Blair to Diglipur takes 3 days and from Port Blair to Campbell Bay seven days. While making voyage these vessels touch the different Islands namely Hut Bay, Nancowry, Car Nicobar, Rangat, Mayabunder, Neil, Havelock etc.

ForeShore Ferry Service

This type of Inter-Island water service is operated by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration between Port Blair and nearby Islands and ports like Neil, Havelock, Rangat, Kadamtala, Baratang etc. The distance by sea from Port Blair to important places of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in kms. is given in tables below:
Distace By Sea
FromToDistance (KM's)
Port BlairDiglipur183
Mayabunder155
Rangat92
Long Island84
HaveLock38
Oral Katcha64
Wrefter49
Long Island (via Oral Katcha)82
Mayabunder via Havelock137
Mayabunder via Long Island135
Little Andaman121
Car Nicobar274
Narcondum256
Nancowry429
Nancowry via Car Nicobar420
Barren Island137
Neil Island37
Baratang64
Kadamtala92
East Island (Uttara Jetty)219
Katchal416
Campbell Bay537
South Bay (Great Nicobar)548
Distance by Sea between Important Places
FromToDistance (KM's)
Car NicobarChowra100
Teressa82
Katchal146
Nancowry150
Campbell Bay83
NancowryWB Katcha91
Kandul37
Pulomilo27
NarcondumEast Island137
Diglipur13
Mayabunder155
North Sentinel361
Hut Bay365
TeressaNancowry55
Campbell BayKondul55
Barren IslandMayabunder121
Long Island100
NanCowry465
KondulPulomilo37

Road Transport

The roads are the main means of travel in a particular Island. Rail transport is totally absent in these Islands and hence road transport is very important for both long and short distances. Road Transport in each Islands of this territory has brought a significant change in the tourism industry and other allied activities. Road Transport gives opportunity to tourists to enjoy the places,forests, nallahs etc. from close quarters. Now one can travel by bus upto Diglipur. Whenever bus stops are important places, one understands the way of living of the local people, local conditions, Culture Style, Social movement etc. Distance by road between the places is given in the below table:
Distance by Road from Port Blair Bus Terminus
FromToDistance (KM's)
Port Blair Bus TerminusChatham5
Haddo Jetty5
Buniyada Bad5
Dairy Farm5
Shadipur5
Dolly Gunj10
Bird Line12
School Line6
Garacharma10
Teylarebad12
Calicut14
Sippighat14
Minnie Bay10
Pema Tekkri16
Chouldari20
Burma Nala20
Manjeri24
Port Mout24
Madhuban75
Carbynscove7
Mount Harriet55
Namunaghar30
Chidai Toppu28
Wandoor30
Tirur36
Dandas Point32
Ferrargunj34
Wimberlygunj42
Jirkatang64
Bambooflat Jetty46
Middle Strait100
Rangat170
Mayabunder240