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Travelling around New Delhi

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If you are planning to relocate to New Delhi, it’s important to understand the transportation system across the city. Delhi has a well-developed and diverse transportation network consisting of buses, rickshaws, taxis and a metro network. Some areas of the cities are very crowded and you may experience traffic jams during peak hours.

Aeroplane

Delhi has one of the biggest, busiest and well managed airports. Indira Gandhi airport in the South West of Delhi has number of international and domestic airbuses operating. There are several low cost as well as high budget domestic airplanes that fly frequently from Delhi. You can easily travel from one city to another within a short duration. Make sure to book the tickets beforehand and confirm the tickets to avoid last minute hassles. You can easily book your flights online or even purchase it through a travel agent or directly get it from the airline company’s ticket counter.

Buses

Buses are largely used by the commuters of Delhi on a daily basis. In fact, New Delhi boasts of having the biggest bus network throughout the country, mainly managed by the Delhi Transport Corporation. There are also private blue line buses plying to different routes. In the last few years the bus network has developed considerably, with quality services and improved frequency of buses. There are ordinary carrier buses, air conditioned carrier buses and environmentally friendly CNG buses. You can also take advantage of the DTC’s green card that is issued daily and is valid for travelling in all DTC buses throughout the day (except Palam airport Coach and Tourist services buses). The fare is INR 40 for non-air conditioned buses and INR 50 for air conditioned buses.

Metro

One of the fastest modes of transport that helps to avoid daily traffic is the metro. Highly preferred by daily commuters, the Delhi Metro covers long distances, connecting different parts of the capital and its many neighborhoods. This rapid transport system is the pride of the capital that successfully meets the world quality standards in terms of safety, comfort and efficiency. Frequent commuters purchase a travel card (with a minimum recharge of INR 100) that once recharged can be used for several days, extending to one year and can be recharged as and when required. There are also special tourist cards that provide unlimited travel for short periods.

Taxis

Taxi is just another transport mode that helps commuters in the capital to travel conveniently to different parts of the city. The taxis of Delhi are the only taxicabs that run on CNG (compressed natural gas) and hence are environmentally friendly and do not cause any burden to the city’s environment. These are easily available, you can either hail them from the street or simply get them from the taxi stands. Note that while the fare rates are fixed according to kilometers covered, there are some extra charges like night charges and waiting charges that you will have to pay according to the situation.

There are also rickhaws that are either automated or bikes. These are perhaps more suited to shorter journeys than taxis and, given the nature of the vehicles, can be less safe than choosing an actual taxi.

Radio taxis

Radio taxis have been recently introduced in the capital city and have considerably improved commuters travelling experiences. If you want to hire a cab, you can easily avail the services from various Radio cab companies. Clean, comfortable, efficient and cost effective, these taxis are driven by professionals that ensure hassle-free travelling. Fitted with GPRS technology and digital fare meters, the taxis ensure easy movement and transparent payment. The best part of the cabs is that they are available 24X7. Moreover, you can easily book the cab from the comforts of your home.

Rickshaws

The green-yellow roofed auto rickshaws have been a popular mean of transport in Delhi. Easily available and reasonably priced, these auto rickshaws are equipped with meters that help riders to find the exact amount to be paid. Sometimes the drivers may give excuses for not starting the meter, in these cases either take another vehicle or fix the rate before you start off.

Generally the price is fixed according to the kilometers which is INR 25 for first 2 kilometers and thereafter INR 8 per kilometer for every additional kilometer. Note that extra charges are applied in case of late night travelling (between 11PM to 5AM) as well as for waiting and heavy luggage.

Bike rickshaws

For covering short distances you can hire bike rickshaws. These are slower and can take only two passengers at a time due to limited space. Note that bike-rickshaws are not allowed into the city center.

 Useful links:

New Delhi Transport Corporation
Redbus
Quick Cabs
Ola Cabs
New Delhi International Airport
Air India
Jet Airways

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