The biggest city of the Krishna District and the third largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, with an area of 261.88 sq km has a population of 1,048,240, while the population of the metropolitan area is 1,491,202. The name Vijayawada means ‘Land of Victory’ and is derived from the presiding deity, Kanaka Durga, also known as Vijaya. Vijayawada popularly known by its historic name Bezawada. The city was originated on the northern bank of the river Krishna. Different dynasties, including the ‘Gajapathis’ of Orissa and the great ruler Krishna Deva Raya ruled it from time to time.
Today, Vijayawada is home to many of the well-recognized educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh. The city has excellent road, air and rail connectivity and has the second biggest railway station in India. As the commercial capital of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada is politically active, agriculturally sufficient, and is an industrial transportation centre. Vijayawada was recently recognised as a Global City of the Future by McKinsey Quarterly. Vijayawada is also India's most talented city for the future. It is 159th fastest developing city in the World.
On the other hand, Hyderabad, the capital city of southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh was the heritage city of Qutub Shahi rulers. Hyderabad’s construction was completed in the year 1592 was modelled after Isfaan in Iran and built under the direct supervision of Mir Momin, the Prime Minister of the ruler Muhammad Quli. Hyderabad was an independent princely state of south-central India from 1724 until 1948, ruled by a traditional Nizam Dominated by hilly terrains, tanks, forests, and rock formations; the city was originally named Bhagnagar which means the city of good fortune. Later, it was named Hyderabad. This vivid city presents an attractive composition of old world charm together with the exuberance of growth and enterprise. Present day Hyderabad is has to become one of the information technology hubs of India.
The two cities are located 273 km. away from each other. A whole lot of trains are available that connect the two cities of Andhra Pradesh. Taxis can also be hired for luxurious commutation. Vijayawada to Hyderabad bus availability is excellent and connection frequency is unbeatable. The travel time by bus is around 4.5 hours and it is quite a comfortable journey. Online bus reservation canbe done via the local travel agencies or through the many travel portals. Bus schedules can be viewed online and one may chose from AC/ Non-AC, luxury and sleeper bus.
Online bus booking is fast, simple and convenient. APSRTC offers daily connections between the two cities and offers a good variety of buses to choose from. The fares are competitive and are similar to the private operators in the race.