Getting There By Air
IISc is about 35kms from the airport. You can take either a prepaid taxi (currently, costs 750 INR, and the counter is available near the exit of the Airport Building) or a city taxi (costs approximately 500 INR, and a queue for the same is just outside the airport building). IISc is just past Mekhri circle and on the way to Yeshwantpura (take a right turn at Mekhri circle).
A shuttle bus service, operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), runs from the airport to various areas in Bangalore city every 15 minutes. Details of the schedule can be found here. Additional information can be found here.By Rail
The city railway station is 7 kms from the IISc campus. You will have to get out of the station from platform number one and reach the prepaid taxi stand and hire a city taxi (costs about 150 INR).
The Yeshwantpura railway station is located at less than 2 km from the IISc. You can take a 'pre-paid' auto from the counter located outside the exit gate of platform number 6. The prepaid autos is the best deal given the options available. The landmark is CNR Rao Circle from where you take the entry to IISc. Though the prepaid contract says IISc (popularly known as the 'Tata institute') gate as the destination, you can request them to drop you at the J.N Tata auditorium.By Bus
Majestic (7kms from IISc) is the central bus stand in Bangalore, and is located just opposite to the city railway station. If you reach Majestic, Bangalore by bus, get to platform number 22 from where almost all buses come to the IISc.
If you plan to take a bus into town, you will have to move past Malleswaram 18th cross bus stand towards Yeshwantpura in order to reach IISc (popularly known as the 'Tata institute'). There is also a bus stop on the highway between the yellow over bridge and Prof. CNR Rao circle, and another one at Prof. CNR Rao circle (on Sir CV Raman Road ). Finally there is a bus stop at Yeshwantpura tollgate, just off campus near R block. Most buses go to one of these places. By Auto-Rickshaw
Auto-rickshaws are everywhere at any time of day. They are yellow three wheeled contraptions that use simple two-stroke engines and are a fast way to get around the city. Autos are supposed to charge according to the meter, and you should simply refuse to board one where the meter is faulty or the driver refuses to use it. Saying "meter please" will usually do the trick. For a ride from Bangalore Bus Stand ( Majestic / Railway Station ) the fare should be Rs. 60. You can also avail the services of Prepaid counters to hire one. Prepaid counters are located in many parts of the city - MG Road, Majestic etc. By City Taxi
The taxis in Bangalore are convenient and comfortable. Most of the vehicles are Maruti Omni Vans or Tata Indica cars, which are much safer than auto-rickshaws. If you are alone or going to an unknown destination, you are advised to choose this option, even though the rates will be double that of an auto. Most taxi companies will charge a flat rate for a pick-up and drop from anywhere to anywhere within city limits. Waiting or return trips will be charged extra, as will a lot of heavy luggage. You can call the following numbers to avail this service: City Taxi: 9741012415/ 9243 797 999, Spot Taxis - +91 80 411 00000/+91 80 2551 0000, Meru Cabs - +91 80 44 22 44 22 or Safe Cabs - +91 80 4128 0600/+ 91 80 4152 7666.