Delhi: Local Travel Info
A multidimensional metropolis
To and From: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Delhi’s main domestic and international airport is located 23 kms south of the capital, and serves as the main gateway for foreign visitors to the country. The airport in Delhi is both an important domestic and international link for the rest of the country as well. The safest and fastest way to reach the airport in Delhi is by registered taxis, easily available from any point in the city, and cost approximately Rs.300 from central Delhi. The Metro Rail will soon be available, and will provide a fast and economical drop to the airport. If traveling late at night, it is advisable to call for a taxi from a registered cab service.
From the Airport: The airport in Delhi provides a trusted Pre-Paid taxi service where you can book and pay for your taxi before you leave the airport, and avoid the hassle of being cheated by touts. It is strongly advisable for all foreign visitors to use this service since it is safe.
Travel Costs: The approximate amount for a pre-paid taxi varies according to your destination, and can cost anywhere between Rs.300 to Rs.700. Again, if traveling by a vehicle from outside the airport, the cost goes up considerably, and you are more likely to be cheated. Be safe, and use the Airport Pre-Paid Taxi Service.
Renting Cars: A good way to see Delhi is by driving around. Cars are easily available for hire, and costs can vary from Rs.700 ($18) for a 4-5 seater, to Rs.2000 ($40) for an 11 seater, on a daily basis (12 hours). If traveling outside Delhi the costs go up. All cars are driven by friendly, experienced, safe and English speaking drivers. The price of the car includes parking charges, Inter-state toll charges, gasoline charges and driver’s pay.
For self-driven rental cars, the basic requirements are a valid international license, a minimum age of 25 years, a deposit of Rs.30,000 ($360) which will not be refunded in case of accidents/damage/theft of car accessories. The cost of the gasoline is to be borne by the renter. At the time of hiring, make sure all the valid vehicle documents are present in the vehicle at all times.
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Driver’s License requirements: For self-driven vehicles, a valid international license is mandatory, and the driver must be at least 25 years of age.
Rules: All vehicles in India have their steering on the right, and traveling is always on the left-hand side of the road. Seat-belts are a must for the driver and front seat passenger at all times, and violation of this rule will bring on a heavy fine. Talking on the cell phone while driving is an offence, as is driving in inebriated or intoxicated conditions .Certain areas in the city have specified speed limits and flouting them will lead to fines.
Buses: The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) provides bus services throughout the Capital at nominal rates, ensuring easy connectivity throughout the capital. Apart from these are the privately run Blue-Line buses that operate throughout the city and the rates are more or less the same. The bus routes and destinations are displayed on the buses and you can board a bus of your choice, at designated bus stops. Buses in Delhi are a safe mode of travel. The maximum rate for a ticket within the city is Rs.20. For inter-state travel by buses from Delhi, government buses charge between Rs.70 to Rs.200, depending on your destination. Private air-conditioned coaches which have more comfortable seating and facilities will cost anywhere between Rs.350 to Rs.700. For inter-state travel buses in Delhi depart throughout the day at specific times, so you choose a time convenient to you.
Taxis: Taxis/autos in Delhi are the most preferred mode of transport for both locals as well as tourists. Specifically for tourists, Pre-Paid Taxi Booths are available at the domestic and international airports as well the New Delhi Railway Station, essentially to prevent incidents of over-charging, refusal, misbehaviour or harassment by Taxi drivers.
There are a sufficient number of Auto Prepaid booths in locations across the capital like hospitals, markets, bus terminals, railway stations and the Airport, where the rates are regulated and you are safe from being cheated. It is advisable to set out for your chosen destination at least an hour in advance since the traffic can be quite trying.
Cycling: With Delhi’s bustling population and choc a bloc traffic it’s advisable not to cycle within the city. However, cycling expeditions are available around Delhi.
Water transport: Delhi is an inland city and has no water transportation.
Hitch-hiking in Delhi: Hitchhiking is unsafe in Delhi and therefore not recommended.