Getting Around Delhi

Getting around in Delhi is always an adventurous and exciting task. The roads are mostly congested with heavy traffic and many taxi drivers don’t think twice before quoting ten times the actual fare. Make sure to discuss and agree on prices before starting and don’t argue too much over petty sums of money as that money means a lot more to a cycle rickshaw walas who barely manages to earn Rs. 50 a day. Auto rickshaws, rapid transit system, suburban railways and buses are provided as means of public transport in Delhi. Being the most popular means of public transport, buses cater to 60% of the total demand. Major bus service providers in Delhi are DTC or state owned Delhi Transport Corporation, Blue Line Transport Corporation and many other private companies. 30% of the total demand is met by private buses while the rest is met majorly by railways, rapid transit system, auto rickshaws and taxis.


Auto-Rickshaws are ideal for shorter trips. These three wheelers have partially enclosed contraptions and no doors. Distinctively painted green and yellow, they are easy to spot. They run on CNG having a capacity of three people in the back. They are way more economical than taxis and can be hailed right from the streets but it can get quite a tricky task to hire one in Delhi as only few auto rickshaw drivers are willing to charge as per the meter. Standard meter charges are Rs. 8 for the first km, and Rs. 3.50/km after that. Most drivers try to convince tourists to pay a higher price and even if they don’t, the meter is probably rigged. Charges for the shortest distance are Rs. 20 and a trip across the city would cost around Rs. 50. Most ideally, you must haggle for the most agreeable price for both parties. After 11 pm, the rate would almost get doubled. The tampering with meters has reduced after the introduction of electronic meters. Also, strict and stronger jurisdiction has forced more auto rickshaw drivers to charge according to the meter. However, drivers still tend to disregard the meters. But, this rarely causes a conflict as the prices charged are modest, especially when compared with western standards. There are several tourist police stations in the city to help you in case of any trouble. The complaint slip generated through these police stations in the city center can result in fining the driver for Rs. 500. There must also be a telephone number written on the vehicle in case of complaints.

The police have a number of "PRE-PAID" Auto stands in Delhi. Just tell them the destination and pay upfront. After collecting the coupon, a policeman will guide you to the next Auto available. You need to hand over the coupon to the drivers after you’ve reached your destination.

Cycle Rickshaws

Cycle Rickshaws are three-wheelers with passenger seat at the back and seat for the driver in the front. The cycle rickshaw moves on pedal power. They are ideal for small distances or for distances that are too long to be covered on foot but too short to take other means of transport. No electronic meters are used in cycle rickshaws so you must agree on a price before getting on. Rs 20 are good for distances up to 2 kilometers. However, many Delhites haggle even if the driver asks for more.


Even though taxis are not a major part of Delhi’s public transport system, they are available easily. Taxis are operated in Delhi by Indian Tourism Ministry, DTC and also other private companies that are granted permits by the tourism ministry. You can go to the Taxi stand to hire a car or taxi or you can call 1090 for a cab.


Buses connect all parts of Delhi. The prices of tickets are from Rs. 3 to Rs. 10. They are economical but also the least comfortable for travel. These buses are usually over crowded, rarely air conditioned and the drivers always drive rashly.

Delhi Metro Rail

The Delhi metro rail service is not only the most economical but also the most efficient manner to travel in Delhi. There are stations close to most destinations in the city and the facilities are modern. Important landmarks of the city like Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb are at a small distance from the closest metro station. Travel is not only quick but also very safe.  With air conditioners and educated staff, the travel is very convenient. The ' Tourist Smart Card' costs Rs. 100 for a day and Rs. 250 for 3 days. These cards can be bought from the customer care counter and discounted ticket prices can be availed in this ticket combo.


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