Transportation in Delhi

Transportation in Delhi is one of the biggest problems of the city till today. However, the last years have been a vast improvement. Nowadays, there are five different lines as well as an express line to the airport. Besides the metro, there are also buses, taxis and rickshaws on the streets of Delhi.

Delhi as well as most other Indian cities, is reached the easiest by train. There are several train stations in the city with connections to all parts of India. While trains are generally a good way to get around in India, there are also some difficulties and several other problems including the low speed.

Shatabdi Express First Class Train

Trains in India are extremly slow

To get more information about train travel in India, be sure to check out our guide about train travel in India! However, it is not very recommendable for tourists and visitors to use commuter trains in Delhi as safety and the lack of information in English are a serious problem.

Metro in Delhi

The backbone of transportation in Delhi is the metro, which was introduced in the first years of the current millennium. Nowadays, the metro in Delhi is one of the most well developed public transportation systems in India. Officially, there are six lines and the so-called Airport Express. However, line 3 and 4 mostly operate on the same tracks.

Metro Delhi

The modern metro is the best means of transport in Delhi

While all metro lines in Delhi operate in the city center, there are just a few exchange stations. Additional to the Delhi Metro, there is also the so-called Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon, which is connected to line 2 of Delhi Metro. Taking the metro in Delhi is recommendable for visitors of the city as the metro is both, clean and very safe.

Metro lines in Delhi:

  • Line 1 (red): Dilshad Garden <-> Rithala
  • Line 2 (yellow): Jahangirpuri <-> HUDA City Centre
  • Line 3 (blue): Noida City Centre <-> Dwarka Sector 21
  • Line 4 (blue): Vaishali <-> Dwarka Sector 21
  • Line 5 (green): Inderlok <-> Mundka
  • Line 6 (purple): Mandi House <-> Badarpur
  • Airport Express: New Delhi <-> Dwarka Sector 21
  • Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon (Circle Line)

Buses in Delhi

Even though the Delhi Metro is constantly growing, buses are still the most important means of public transportation in the city. In total, there are over 6.000 buses operating in the city on a daily basis. While there are some kind of schedules and routes, there is rarely any information available online.

Bus Delhi

Buses are nearly impossible to use for foreigners in India

Also, it is hardly recommendable for tourists and visitors to use buses in Delhi as the system is highly complicated and tough to understand for non-native speakers. The safety and cleanliness is also not comparable to the standard of Delhi Metro.

Taxis in Delhi

In contrast to most cities in Europe and America, there is no regulated taxi market in Delhi. This means that the prices can vary heavily. Also, taking a taxi in Delhi is not known as the safest way to get around due to high casualties in traffic jams. Foreign visitors of Delhi are also dealing with scam as drivers often try to get higher prices.

Rickshaw Delhi

Rickshaws are the biggest competitors of taxis in Delhi

Generally, you should orientate on a base fare of approximately 40 INR (~ 0.50 Euro) and a kilometer fare of 15 INR (~ 0.20 Euro). Due to the low prices, taxis are a cheap means of transport to get around in Delhi even on longer distances. Yet, passengers with luggage should be aware that most taxis are very small.

Other means of transport in Delhi

Delhi is a very diverse city, which is also true for the transportation system. When strolling through the streets, you’ll now only see hundreds of E-rickshaws, but also bike rickshaws and other comparable means of transport. The prices of the rickshaws in Delhi are generally even lower than these for taxis, but it is recommendable to negotiate a price before taking a ride.

Cow Delhi

Not all means of transport in Delhi are modern

Rickshaw drivers also can get strenuous for visitors as you are approached dozens of times a day. An interesting alternative to negotiating with taxi and rickshaw drivers is taking an Uber. To get more information about Uber in India, it is recommendable to read our extensive guide!


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8 Comments on “Transportation in Delhi”

  1. There’s some really helpful information here, will def bookmark it in case I visit India in the near future! Do you do any transport guides for European cities? Doing a Eastern Europe trip this summer and don’t own a car, not sure how its gonna go!

  2. If you can get a local sim card for your phone, the best thing is to download one or more taxi apps, like Meru cabs or Ola. You will never get stuck and you will not get cheated, as they are digitally metered. Ola, like Uber, operates on a supply-and-demand principle, so the fares go up when demand is heavy. TaxiforSure is also decent, and can still be called from a phone without the app.

    • Thank you for your comment. Indeed, all the apps make transportation in India so much easier! I can stress your recommendation!

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