By Editors

We all have things to do, places to go, and people to see. We also have mad distances to travel {and we don’t mean just metaphorically} and road rage to battle. If you just can’t get behind the wheel today, or haven’t invested in your first car just yet, we’re helping you get around town, without getting into arguments over rates, or heading far east if you’re looking to go west. Here’s making sure you know how to read a rickshaw metre, or get on the right train, in the right compartment.

Delhi Metro

Where to catch one: There are 6 lines that connect several parts of Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Dwarka and Ghaziabad. Stations are located in multiple areas. For a route map, click here 

Price: Varies according to the distance travelled. Minimum charge is INR 8. You can calculate your route fare beforehand here

You should know: Buy a smartcard to avail 10% off, and avoid long queues! They start at INR 150 and can be bought at all stations. You can recharge your metro card here . Also, the first compartment in every train is reserved for women only.

Watch out for: Keep an eye on your bags and wallets. “Accidental groping” is not uncommon when trains are crowded.

Rapid Metro, Gurgaon

Where to catch one: Starts at Sikanderpur station {of the Delhi Metro’s yellow line} and runs through only a part of Gurgaon as of now. For a route map, click here 

Price: Varies according to the distance travelled. Starts at INR 20

You should know: The DMRC smartcards are valid on this rail as well.

Watch out for: This is a one-way track. So if you miss a station, you’ll have to go full circle to go come back to where you started!


Where to catch one: There are various bus stops spread across the city. To find your route, click here 

Price: Varies according to the distance. Starts at INR 5 for up to 4 kilometres, between 4 to 10 kilometres is INR 10, and more than that is INR 15.

You should know: There are 3 types of buses – Green {non AC}, Red {AC} and the Hoho. All three run in different parts of the city. The Hoho bus is a hop on hop off system and mostly frequents the tourist spots of the city. You can buy a range of bus passes. For more details, click here.

Watch out for: Stay close to the exit if your stop is near. Buses tend to get very crowded and moving around becomes difficult.

Local Taxi {black and yellow cabs are now black and green}

Where to catch one: Keep a look out for Taxi stands all over the city; they’re hard to miss!

Price: INR 25 for the first kilometre and an additional rate per kilometre – INR 14 for non-AC taxis, and INR 16 for AC taxis.

You should know: 25% of the fare is charged as night charge; between 11pm and 5am

Watch out for: Taxis hardly ever follow protocol rates; so make sure you have that well negotiated before you jump in.

Auto Rickshaw

Where to Catch one: Found all over the city, just flag one down.

Price: The meter starts at INR 25 for the first two kilometres. After that, it varies according to the distance travelled.

You should know: A correct, functional meter starts at INR 25. Some autos use old meters that start at INR 19 and then try to charge extra.

Watch out for: Routes! Not to scare you, but have a sense of the possible routes/directions that can be taken to get to your final destination, so you aren’t taken on random excursions around town, and through inner lanes you aren’t aware of.

Cycle Rickshaw

Where to catch one: Mostly found outside various metro stations. Also popular around Old Delhi to navigate the narrow lanes.

Price: Starts at INR 20

You should know: Riders tend to cycle against the traffic flow. While we don’t endorse this, it has become common practice; request your cyclist to stick to traffic rules.

Watch out for: Rash driving. Request your rider to adhere to rules.

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