Like any great city of the world, Delhi is a fairly easy to get about in once you get the hang of it. Having a data connection on your mobile will help find out routes and to get your bearings.
Here are your top choices for local travel in Delhi:
(Delhi’s lifeline – quick, reliable, safe!)
Getting there: Use Google Maps or ask a trusted local for nearest metro station or look for this sign of the Delhi Metro
Tickets: For single journey, it’s best to buy a token at the station. For multiple journeys, the ‘Metro card’ is super-convenient and great value. (no lines, discounted fare and a refundable deposit)
In the metro train: First coach of the train is reserved for women and extremely useful during crowded hours (especially mornings and evenings). No food/drink allowed inside.
(Useful for shorter distances, routes not covered by metro)
Getting there: Use Google Maps for routes & bus numbers to the required destination. Look for this sign to identify Bus Stops.
Tickets: Buy using cash inside the bus – make sure you have the correct change in coins/ notes. Cost usually in multiples of Rs. 5, and very cheap!
In the bus: It can get very crowded and uncomfortable – especially during rush hours. Look for separate seats reserved for ladies in front of the bus.
Autos (a.k.a ‘tuk-tuks’) and Rickshaws
Getting there: Usually hailed from the street; autos can also be called using the ‘Ola’ app which you can download if you are planning a longer stay and are keen on only using public transport for travel.
Fare/ Cost: Autos are metered, but drivers rarely abide by them. Use a thumb-rule of Rs. 10/km; find out the shortest distance using Google Maps. Cycle-rickshaw fare is usually standard amount depending on distance. Ask a trusted local when in doubt.
Radio & App Based Taxis
(When You’re in a Hurry)
Getting there: Use your mobile phone to call for a cab using the Uber or Ola apps. Another option is Meru.
Fare/ Cost: Fares are typically around Rs 10/km, while they vary lower and higher depending on the time of the day, special offers as well as surge pricing. Meru is about 2-3 times more expensive.