Transports in Delhi
Transport in Delhi is a very important part of tourism. There are all kinds of transport facilities in Delhi. There are airplane facilities for going to the country and abroad. There are facilities for trains and buses to go to every corner of the country. There are Metro, Bus, Car, Autorickshaw and e-Rickshaw facilities in the form of local transport.
Indira Gandhi International Airport is located in the south-west of the city. It is the main focus of tourists coming from India and abroad to Delhi. With modern facilities, it is one of the best airports in the world. For this international flight, this terminal is to arrive 3 hours before the domestic flights should arrive 2 hours in advance.
IGI Airport has three operational terminals:
- Terminal 1C / 1D was previously called Palam Airport or domestic airport. It is used only by low-cost flights like Indigo, GoAir, and SpiceJet. Flights come to Terminal 1C and depart from Terminal 1D.
- Terminal 3 is the largest terminal. All international flights and all full-service domestic flights come on, including Jet Airways, Air India, AirAsia India, and Vista.
- Terminal 2 is used only for Haj pilgrims’ Mecca and Medina flight.
To travel between the airport and the city:
- Airport Metro: This is a special metro rail service, which reaches Terminal 3 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport from the metro station of New Delhi Railway Station. This trip from New Delhi Metro station to the airport is quite comfortable. It takes only 20 minutes, while due to traffic jam, it takes one to one and a half hours to get to the airport from there. This trip takes only 100 rupees. Similarly, this metro can be used to go from IGI Airport to New Delhi Railway Station. During this visit, only two stations fall in the middle. One Shivaji Stadium, which is near to Connaught Place and the other Dhaulakuan.
- You have several options to book a taxi from IGI Airport. Delhi Police has made prepaid taxi booths at the airport, where tourists can book a taxi. On that booth, the tourist collects a receipt by depositing the fare to his destination. When the taxi driver drops tourist to the destination, he gives the receipt of the carriage to the driver. When the driver reaches the airport, then he gets the rent from the Delhi Police. Police keep the record of the driver where he has gone so that the driver does not dishonest any tourist. These prepaid taxis are black and yellow. There are 5-6 Radio Taxi companies in Delhi and they are more reliable than prepaid taxis. They are always with GPS monitors all the time. Ola and Uber cabs can also book at the airport after download their apps.
- Most of the five-star hotels in Delhi also offer pick-up facilities to foreign tourists on the basis of advance booking. However, the fee is two to three times. For this, his representative stands on exit for receipt by writing the name of the visitor on a signboard.
Many online cab services in Delhi are now being run on a large scale. As-air Travels, Traveler Car Rental, Owik Car Rental, Amy CAB, Uber, JPG Tour, Delhi One-way Cab, My Tempo Traveler, Uberx, In fact, these services are more reliable, affordable, hassle-free.
Delhi Transport Corporation does the main movement of buses in Delhi. But here many states have their own buses and some private operators also operate buses.
- Kashmere Gate ISBT It is near metro station Kashmere Gate, Line 1/2. This is the largest bus terminal. Buses to points north, including Nepal.
- Sarai Kale Khan ISBT It is next to Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. Buses to points south.
- Anand Vihar ISBT It is on the east bank of Yamuna. Buses to points east.
- Bikaner House, at Pandara Road, India Gate provides hourly air-conditioned Volvo buses to cities of Rajasthan. Such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur etc. Bus Stop is uncrowded, well-maintained and ideal for luxurious traveling.
- Mandi House, at Barakhamba Road, near India Gate provides hourly air-conditioned Volvo buses to hill-stations of Himachal Pradesh. Such as Shimla, Manali Dharamsala etc. Bus Stop is uncrowded, well-maintained and ideal for luxurious traveling.
- Majnu ka Tilla Tibetan colony, a short rickshaw ride from Metro station Vidhan Sabha. Buses to Dharamsala.
There are four main railway stations in Delhi. There is a Delhi junction, which is also called the old Delhi railway station. The second is New Delhi Railway Station, which is in central Delhi. Hazarat Nizamuddin station is situated on the south of a few kilometers and the fourth is Anand Vihar station in the east. Some trains also use Delhi Sarai Rohilla or Delhi Cantt stations. Delhi Junction and New Delhi railway stations are now easily connected to the metro line.
Apart from ticket booking at a railway station, online booking can also be done. This service is available 24 hours a day.
The modern Delhi Metro is a sign of India’s economic development. The fast-growing Delhi Metro network provides a cheap, quick, hassle-free and air-conditioned way of zipping around the city. The following lines are open:
- Red Line: Dilshad Garden – Rithala
- Yellow Line: Samaypur Badli – HUDA City Centre, Gurgaon
- Blue Line: Dwarka Sector 21 – Vaishali/ – Noida City Centre
- Green Line: Mundka – Inderlok/Kirti Nagar
- Violet Line: Kashmiri Gate – Escorts Mujesar
- Orange Line (Airport Express): New Delhi Railway Station – IGI Airport – Dwarka
- Magenta Line: Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir
- Pink Line: Majlis Park – Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus
According to the distance, the fares of the metro range from Rs 10 to Rs 60. The airport metro fare is 100 rupees. There is a lot of crowds to buy a Metro ticket. To avoid this, you should use the smart card. It gets in Rs 150.
By local train
Delhi’s local train service is inconvenient because most stations are far from the reach of metro stations. Mutual links of railway stations are also not good. There are not many trains even in crowded times. Only a few places can be traveled by local train.
All parts of Delhi city are well connected to each other. DTC ticket is very cheap. Buses that are not air-conditioned, they are green and those buses that are red, are air-conditioned. Orange buses are subject to the private transporter. Air-conditioned bus fares are slightly higher.
In Delhi, DTC releases green card daily for travel to anywhere in DTC buses. This card is valid for travel in all DTC city bus services except Palam coach, tourism, and express services. For Non AC buses, the fare is Rs 40, whereas for AC buses the rent is 50 rupees.
DTC Delhi Sight Seeing Tours ( Delhi Darshan)
DTC daily operates Sight-Seeing Tours from Scindia House, which is on the outer circle of Connaught Place. The nearby metro station is Rajiv Chowk. The fare of Delhi Darshan Service for AC bus is Rs. 200 for adult and Rs.100 for the children between the age of 5 to 12 years. However, the children will not be entitled to the seat on the bus.
The time of journey will be from 09.15 to 17.45 hrs.
The tourist bus will start from DTC Office Scindia House then pick-up Tourists from Information Kiosk of Delhi Tourism Baba Kharak Singh Marg and thereafter from ITDC Office at Janpath for onward journey to the tourist places.
Contact for Reservation and Enquiry:
Delhi Darshan Counter, Scindia House, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110 001.
Ph. 011-2375 2772 Extn. 244
Hop on Hop off Delhi Tourism Bus
Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) bus service is operated by Delhi Tourism. (Helpline) 011-4094 0000. A fleet of air conditioned low floored buses follow a pre-defined set of stops around the city and passengers can hop off the bus, see the place at one’s own convenience and hop on the next bus. Each bus is staffed with a knowledgeable English speaking guide. The service does not operate on Mondays. Best to go on Saturdays and Sundays when there is little traffic.
Delhi’s ‘Hop-on-Hop-off Bus’ popularly known as HOHO Bus service was implemented on a PPP model by Delhi Government’s DTTDC (Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation) & with the buses being operated by Purple UMTC Ltd. – a joint venture of Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd.
Taking the Hop-On Hop-Off bus is an interesting and convenient way of experiencing what the Capital has to offer. HOHO buses run across Delhi, covering some of its best tourist attractions—monuments, museums, galleries, gardens, shopping malls, hotels, and markets.
Already a huge success in international cities like New York, Cape Town, Paris, London, Rome, and Singapore, this is the first time an Indian city has introduced these buses. One can explore the old-world charm of Old Delhi, shop for souvenirs and artifacts, savor culinary delights and soak in the culture of contemporary Delhi, all at once.
Just one round on these buses and you get an essence of this historical yet absolutely modern city. It stops at 19 tourist spots and is certainly one of the best and novel ways of experiencing this amazing city.
HOHO Centre at Baba Kharak Singh Marg is the most preferred pickup point. It’s near to New Delhi Railway station, hotel areas like Paharganj, Karolbagh and Connaught Place. Also, well connected by Delhi Metro i.e., Rajiv Chowk Metro Station and Shivaji Stadium Metro Station (Tourists coming from Airport can take Airport Express Metro, ETA: 25 minutes) There is 6 Minutes walking distance from Gate No.7, Rajeev Chowk Metro Station.
Contact HoHo Delhi
HOHO Information Center, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Landmark: Next to Hanuman Temple, Opp. Connaught Place Police Station, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001
Ph. 011-9858966566 WhatsApp 011-9958966887
Delhi is well-serviced by Smartphone-app based cab-service providers. Popular services are Ola, Uber, and Meru. There are other cab service providers as well. The advantage of using the app-based services is that you do not have to negotiate with the driver in advance, and your cab ride is tracked, and the receipt emailed to you. All the new cab service companies accept payments from digital wallets, so haggling over the right change is also not a problem. The cabs you will see near tourist spots will be old.
Most Delhi taxis are old but reliable CNG-run Ambassadors or Omnis in distinctive black-and-yellow livery and a green stripe. The hired family car of choice is usually a Toyota Innova or Chevrolet Tavera. An eight-hour charter should cost around Rs.1,500, and a tip is expected if the driver is helpful. The prices would also depend on the vehicle size too. Note that black and yellow taxis are not air-conditioned. Even if they do have air conditioning, you will be charged extra (and the rates are up to the driver, so bargain hard).
By auto rickshaws
Auto rickshaws (also called three-wheeled scooters, tuk-tuks or simply autos) are good for shorter trips. Always in a distinctive yellow-and-green livery, auto rickshaws are three-wheeled partially enclosed contraptions (no doors!) that run on CNG and can seat three people in the back. In general, they are much cheaper than taxis and can be hailed from the street. Try to negotiate a price before entering the vehicle.
By Cycle Rickshaws & E-Rickshaws
Cycle rickshaws are three-wheeled, pedal-powered rickshaws with seats in the back to seat passengers and a driver in the front. They are good for short distances, or places which are too far to walk but too short for taking a bus/taxi/auto rickshaw. Cycle rickshaws don’t use meters, so establish a price before getting on Rs. 20-50 is reasonable for most journeys of a few km. Cycle rickshaws are best to use in Old Delhi to visit the intricate streets and to enjoy the smells and sounds of the city. Nowadays the trend of e-rickshaw in Delhi has increased. E-rickshaw facility is available everywhere in Delhi for short distances.