Delhi is amongst the best connected cities in South Asia and is the most important gateway for north India. All major international airlines of the world operate services to Delhi connecting it to, virtually, all parts of the world. On the domestic network, Delhi is one of the two major hubs for air travel with flights reaching out to the most distant corners of the country. There are number of flights everyday to all the metros. Air India, Vistara Airline, SpiceJet, AirAsia, Go First and IndiGo cover most of the routes.
New Delhi has three main airport terminals about 4 kms apart. Terminal 1 and 2 are domestic airports. Terminal 3 is international airport. Vistara Airline operate it’s domestic and international flights from terminal 3. All terminals are linked by regular coach services operated by Airports Authority of India (AAI), who provide complimentary coach transfers between these terminals for bonafide passengers.
The AAI coaches are parked outside the arrival terminals. The coaches operate on an hourly basis during the day and every half an hour during the night.
The airports have restaurants, restrooms, snackbars, coffee / tea vending machines, a business centre, pre-paid taxi counters, pay phone facilities, mobile phone counters, foreign currency exchange counters and duty free shops (only at international terminal).
Delhi airport is 20 km from the city centre. Counters from where pre-paid taxis are hired is located outside the arrival area. A large board has information on the taxi fares based on the zones that are demarcated on the basis of the distance covered from the terminal.
You should retain the payment receipt for the taxi until you reach your destination after which you can hand it over to the driver.
Delhi has good network of metro train. To reach city centre from airport take a metro train from terminal 3. Metro station at terminal 3 is located opposite exit gate number 4 at arrival. Metro train takes only 20 minutes from terminal 3 to reach city centre.
New Delhi is conveniently connected by trains to all the metros and most of the important tourist and trade destinations in the country.
The Rajdhani is a super fast express train that connects the capital to all the important state capitals. With comfortable airconditioned cars and excellent in-train facilities, this is an effective way to travel. Similarly, The Shatabdi Express is an important train for short distances (5-6 hours) with air-conditioned seating and good on-board services.
Delhi has four major railway stations servicing trains leaving for different destinations.
New Delhi Railway Station is the major junction of the capital and all major trains towards the East, West and South of the country begin and end here. New Delhi Railway Station is only a 10 minutes walking distance from Connaught Place and within short driving distances from hotels.
Nizamuddin Railway Station, just off the flyover close to Hotel Oberoi, services most of the southbound trains and is a convenient drive from the suburban hotels to the south of Delhi. Some important day trains like the Taj Express and Gatimaan Express also begin here. Gatimaan Express is the best train for people who want to visit Taj Mahal Agra in one day.
Old Delhi Railway Station services many eastbound trains and meter-gauge traffic to Rajasthan and Gujarat. If you are taking a train from Old Delhi Railway Station, it is advisable to keep ample time for traffic snarls and to get an early start, specially from suburbs.
Sarai Rohilla Station covers most of the trains bound for Rajasthan. Some trains to Gujarat and to the North that begin at the New Delhi Railway Station also have brief stoppage here. Sarai Rohilla is a convenient and shorter distance away from locations and hotels in the west of Delhi like Karol Bagh area hotels.
Delhi Cantt Railway Station in the cantonment area, about 5 km away from the airport, is the boarding point for the famous luxury train – Palace on Wheels. Jaipur bound trains including the Shatabdi and trains to Ahmedabad that begin at the New Delhi Railway Station stop here briefly.
INTERNATIONAL TOURIST BUREAU
1st Floor, New Delhi Railway Station. This is where you need to go if you hold an Indrail pass, or wish to avail of the tourist quota reservations.
Reporting Time: Since there are no check-in formalities for trains, there is no specific reporting time but reaching the railway station 15-30 minutes before the departure of the train will give you time to settle in comfortably, specially if your ticket is waitlisted or RAC. Allow time for travelling to railway station specially during morning and evening rush-hours.
Delhi is well connected by road with many major cities. It is 200 km from Agra, 399 km from Ajmer, 446 km from Amritsar, 741 km from Bhopal, 249 km from Chandigarh, 319 km from Gwalior, 261 km from Jaipur, 586 km from Jammu, 604 km from Jodhpur, 490 km from Kanpur, 505 km from Kota, 569 km from Lucknow, 478 km from Pathankot, 368 km from Shimla, 876 km from Srinagar, 635 km from Udaipur and 765 km from Varanasi.
Delhi is linked by bus services of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and state road transport corporations of neighbouring states to all important cities and destinations in north India.
FINDING YOUR FEET
Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned cars can be hired, self-driven or chauffer-driven from various car rental agencies. Charges vary according to the type of car, distance and usage.
Metered yellow-top taxis are easily available. Pay by the meter. Auto rickshaws (Tuk Tuk) are available and are also more economical, at roughly half the taxi rates. These too are metered.
There are various city tours available in Delhi. Delhi City Sightseeing Tour is available by private car. One can book Delhi Day Tour and explore old and new Delhi by private car. Delhi Temple Tour is best for people who are interested in temples. There is another evening tour of Delhi. Delhi Night Tour can be booked through tour operator. Passengers can also be picked up for these tours from hotels in Delhi.