The distance between Bangalore (Bengaluru) and Shimoga is 280Kms. Shivamogga has two National Highways passing through it-NH 13 (Sholapur - Mangalore and NH-206 (Bangalore - Honnavar). Shivamogga has three State Highways passing through it. SH-1 (Padubidri - Maharashtra border), SH-26 (Halageri - Hulikal), SH-48 (Kumta - Andhra Pradesh border). There are various classes of buses which one can take as per their wallet size. It takes nearly 7 hours by bus and it traverses through Tumkur, Tiptur, Arsikere, Kadur, Bhadravati before reaching Shimoga bus terminus.
Numerous trains run from Bangalore and Mysore to Shimogga on Broad Gauge and connect Bhadravathi Town. Another older line on Meter Gauge passes through Sagar, Talguppa which was laid in 1938 by the British.
There is a proposal to connect the older line to Konkan Railway for convenience in operations. Shimoga can be reached by train from Bangalore or Mysore.
The train starts off from Bangalore every night at 11:00PM and reaches Shimoga station by 5:00AM. If you can rush out of the station soon, you'll be lucky to hit the city service bus which will take you to the main bus terminus from where you can take buses to other places.
Airports at Bangalore (300 Kms), Mangalore and Hubli may be used to reach Shimoga. The nearest airport, however, is Mangalore (180 Kms).