Transport in Delhi
- A trip from Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President’s house) to India Gate located along the Rajpath is a 3-4 km walk.
- Journey from Jama Masjid to the Red Fort located in the Chandni Chowk region.
- In South Delhi, a walk from the Green Park to Hauz Khas Village area will provide you with sights of posh arts, old ruins and green scenery.
- Red Line: Dilshad Garden-Kashmere Gate-Inderlok-Rithala
- Yellow Line: Jahangirpuri-Kashmere Gate-Connaught Place-Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar-Gurgaon (This line is popularly used for traveling to Old Delhi: Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, ISBT bus terminal, Qutub Minar and more)
- Blue Line: Noida-Connaught Place-Dwarka Sector 9 (Used for visiting Akshardham and western parts of Paharganj)
- Green Line: Inderlok-Mundka
The city of Delhi makes connectivity accessible through its large network of trains and buses. Owned and operated by the DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation), these bus services cover various routes throughout the main, inner city destinations of New Delhi.
The DTC provides sightseeing packages for tourists, traveling to all of the key points of interest to heighten your experience. These tours begin from the Scindia House, located near Connaught Place. Another option is obtaining a green card, which can be issued from the conductor and allows you to board any DTC bus at a cheaper price.
Tickets to any and all parts of Delhi generally range from 5-15 Rs. Please note that bus routes are mostly written mainly in Hindi, so asking other travelers and locals for directions and bus routes is advised. Buses are frequently scheduled, conveniently arriving every 15-20 minutes.
Autorickshaws can be found in various public places, especially located among the tourist areas. They are easily accessible, but make sure to inspect that it has a functioning meter. If necessary, bargain and agree upon the fare before using their services, as drivers will quote up to double the price in most circumstances.
Autorickshaws are three wheeled scooters that allow transportation for shorter distance trips, carrying up to three people in the back. They are cheaper than taxis and are available to be hailed from the street. Prices are generally Rs 20 for the first two kms, and 6.50 Rs per additional km. As a guideline, no trip within the city should cost over Rs 100.
Taxi and Car
Delhi is easily accessible by car, with many rental companies located within the general area providing inexpensive services. Taxis or hired cars (supplied with driver) are usually required for touring the many sights worth visiting across the expansive city. Hired cars are available for Rs 950 for a full day of sightseeing, accompanied by the luxury of air conditioning.
Taxis cannot be flagged down from the street and should be called and ordered or hailed from a taxi stand. All running cabs have meters and should cost a fee of Rs 6 to start, with an addition of Rs 7 per km. Most trips around the city are roughly Rs 200-500, depending on your desired destination.
Below are phone numbers to some of the radio taxi services offered in Delhi:
Delhi Cabs: 01144333222
Quick Cabs: 01145333333
Easy Cabs: 01143434343
Meru Cabs: 01145620000
The areas of Central and Old Delhi are best explored by foot to appreciate the historic streets and sights, such as Connaught Place market, Pallika Bazaar and Janpath.
Points of Interest within Walking Distance:
Delhi’s metro is continuously growing, providing tourists with a cheap and quick way of traveling around the city. The network is expanding itself to include a new Airport Link and extension to the city of Badarpur (scheduled to be operating as of October 2010).
The following lines are currently running:
Metro fares range from Rs 8 to Rs 30. Please note that the tokens purchased can only be used at the station they are bought from – you can not buy two from your departing station and use the second for your return trip. “Smart Cards” are available for Rs 100, saving tourists 10% and the ability to avoid queue lines. “Tourist Cards” are also available, providing unlimited use for Rs 100 (1 day) or Rs 250 for 3 days of unlimited travel.
The below link provides up to date information on fares, maps and timings for the Delhi Metro: