New Delhi Public Transportation Information

Delhi Metro (Subway) trains

The New Delhi metro system is the newest form of public transportation in the city, and is very popular. Delhi Metro trains are crowded in peak hours. It is fast, efficient, fairly priced and environmentally friendly.

The Delhi Metro the new rail rapid transit system serves the areas of central Delhi, and the greater Delhi areas of Gurgaon and Noida.  The metro is a combo of elevated, surface,  and underground trains.   It has 5 lines within the greater metro Delhi area and the Airport Express line. 

It also in construction phases for more lines and extensions of current lines.  Phase III is suppose to be completed in 2018.

The current working lines are:
- Red Line which connects Rithala in the west to Dilshad Garden in the east and crosses the Yamuna River between Kashmere Gate (ISBT) and Shastri Park stations. You can transfer to the yellow line at Kashmere Gate (ISBT) station and to the green line at Inderlok station.

- Yellow Line runs from north to south and connects Samaypur Badli with HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon.
You can transfer to the Red Line at Kashmere Gate station and ISBT- Interstate Bus Station, to the Blue Line at Rajiv Chowk (Connaught Place) Station, to the Violet Line at Central Secretariat, to Airport Express(Orange) Line at New Delhi, Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon at Sikandarpur, and with the Indian Railways network at Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi Railway Station )and New Delhi .  
Use this line to get to Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid) and New Delhi railway stations, the ISBT bus terminal, and Qutub Minar. 

- Blue Line connects Dwarka Sub City in the west with the city of Noida in the east, This line crosses the Yamuna River between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations. 
You can transfer to the Yellow Line at Rajiv Chowk (Connaught Place) station, the Green line at Kirti Nagar, Violet line at Mandi House, Airport Express (Orange) line at Dwarka Sector 21, and with the Indian Railways network and Interstate Bus Station (ISBT) at Anand Vihar station, which connects with Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Anand Vihar ISBT.

- Green Line runs between Inderlok and Mundka with a branch line connecting the line's Ashok Park Main station with Kirti Nagar station on the Blue Line. The line runs mostly along the NH 10 route in West Delhi.

- Violet Line also known as the Heritage line connects several tourist attractions like Jama Masjid and the Red Fort along its route.
You can transfer to the Yellow Line at Central Secretariat through an integrated concourse. 

- Airport Express line runs for 22.7 km (14.1 mi) from New Delhi Railway Station to Dwarka Sector 21, linking the Indira Gandhi International Airport.   See Hipfig's webpage for: Transportation to and from Hotel for more information or go to the Delhi Metro website for more information and maps

- The first coach in every train is reserved for women only
- The Delhi metro is good if your hotel is located nearby and you are not traveling at peak times. 
- If you are on the metro during rush hour, you may have to push yourself out of the train. 
- Riding with young children during rush hour is not recommended even in the 1st women’s coach.

- You can pay for your fare using a A stored value Smart card or a token.  
- You can purchase a Smart card at the service counters or vending machine at metro stations with cash.
- The Minimum value of a stored value card is Rs. 100/- and the maximum is Rs. 1000/-  
   You can refill your cards in multiples of Rs. 50
- There is a refundable deposit which will be refunded upon return of card.  
- The cards are valid with in One Year from the date of purchase.  

Ticket counters are available at all stations and Vending Machines are available at in selected Metro Stations.
The Delhi metro also offers an very affordable unlimited travel pass for 1 day and 3 days.

If using a Token:
- Walk to the entrance of the rail, tap your token to the machine for the gates to open.
- When you exit, drop the token into the exit gate machine.

If using your Smart Card/ Tourist Card:
- At the entrance, tap your travel card at the entry gate.
- At exit, tap your travel card at the exit gates and it will display your balance after the fare has been  deducted from the card.

Smart cards are transferable and can be used for multiple journeys. But it can be used by only one passenger at a time.
Any entry on a travel card must be followed by a valid exit from the system.

Delhi Public Buses

Although New Delhi has good public bus service serving Delhi and surrounding metro areas, it is not recommend for tourist especially with young families as they can get crowded and catching them may be confusing by Western standards.  If you decide to take the bus take the new red color buses which have air-conditioning.

Even with the new Metro system, buses remain the most popular means of transport in New Delhi.

Buses are run by the state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC)
There are 3 main types of buses:
non-air conditioned Orange buses
non-air conditioned Green buses- new low floor buses
air-conditioned Red buses- new low floor buses

Buses run from around 5:30 am to about 10:30 PM (after that you will have to take the Night buses)

You pay your fare with cash or with a computerized pass. 
Paying by cash is easier than getting a pass as you have to apply for one. 
Make sure to carry small denominations with you before you get on board a bus.

Board buses at the back on the left side of the bus and pay the conductor by the door.
Hang on to your ticket.
To get off the bus, move to the front if you can as buses get very crowded during peak times.

DTC offers the Green Card which is valid for traveling in all DTC City bus services except Palam Coach & Tourist services through out the day.

If you are in Delhi for vacation then the easiest way to get to Tourist attractions by bus is by Delhi Darshan tours.  They are very reasonably priced, air-conditioned and run by DTC.   Buses Pick up is at the Scinda House in Connaught Place.   For Reservations, please contact by calling 23752772 Ext. 244, Or go to the Delhi Darshan Counter in the Scindia House, Connaught Place

There are also hop on hop off tours and Private car tours available too.  

Delhi Rickshaws: 

- Auto Rickshaw
- Cycle Rickshaw
- E Rickshaw


Auto rickshaw is another common form of transportation for short distance in Delhi. Auto rickshaws are cheap and convenient to travel. Auto rickshaw can sit 3 people comfortably. Autos can be found on street everywhere in Delhi. They are green with yellow color top. One doesn't have to wait for them. Auto fares are inexpensive and like taxi can be determined by either meter or negotiation (although insist on going by the meter).

There are 3 kinds of Rickshaws available:

The auto-rickshaws (popularly known as Auto) are a popular means of public transportation in Delhi, as they are cheaper than taxis.  They run on compressed natural gas (CNG) as most vehicles in Delhi in an effort to manage pollution.
Hiring an Auto in Delhi is can be tricky. 
You may have to haggle for your fare even though there are fare guidelines.  Don’t worry, either way a ride on one of these wont break the bank. 

Fare Guidelines:
Rs 25/- for first 2 Kilometer and thereafter Rs. 8/- per Kilometer for every additional Kilometer
Night Charges 25% of the fare (11:00 PM to 5:00 AM)
Waiting Charges Rs 30/- per hour or part thereof (Subject to a minimum of 15 minutes stay)
Luggage Rs. 7.50/- shall be charged as extra luggage charges whereas the driver/ operator shall not charge money for a shopping bag or a small suitcase

The Cycle-rickshaws are a popular mode of travel for short distance transits in the city.
The pedal-powered rickshaws are easily available throughout the old part of the city (Old Delhi). 
They are easy for going into small streets where cars can not go. 

E-rickshaws are electric powered are good for very short distances. 
Although you can find them all over the city, they are common in the Old Delhi area.

Rickshaws are not just a mode of transport but an attraction as well and will add to your memory of India
Be aware of your clothing and personal items.
Don’t stick out your hand or any items from the rickshaw.
They can pretty fast, but its usually the traffic that constrains their speed. 
There is no air-conditioning and open air so you may get dusty after your ride. 

Private Rickshaw Tours are also available for Old Delhi