Domestic Transportation in India

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Taxis and auto-rickshaws are available in large cities and fares are charged by the kilometer.

Most of the drivers can understand English, though not all can speak English.

A metro system is operational in Kolkata.

A metro system was opened in Delhi in 2004. It is spreading its network to reach sub-urban districts like NOIDA, Gurgoan and Faridabad.

Maps of Urban Networks
Map of Kolkata Metro available on the site of Metro Railways Kolkata
Map of Delhi Metro available on the site of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Urban Transport Agencies
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Metro Railways Kolkata

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl (BOM) 37 km / 23 miles INR 475 INR 50-60 / 60-90 min - Available
Calcutta - Dum Dum (CCU) 17 km / 11 miles INR 135-200 / 40-120 min INR 8 INR 2-6 Available
Delhi - Indira Gandhi Intl (DEL) 15 km / 9 miles INR 220 / 30-60 min INR 50 - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Air routes connects over 70 cities.
There are also ships from Kolkata (Calcutta) and Chennai (Madras) to Port Blair in the Andaman Islands( Shipping Corporation of India). and from Kochi and Calicut to the Lakshadweep Islands.

There is a catamaran service from Mumbai (Bombay) to Goa.

The Indian internal railway system covers much of the country and is relatively inexpensive.
An extensive network of bus services connects all parts of the country.

A large number of chauffeur-driven tourist cars are available in the main tourist centers.

Rail Companies
Indian Railways


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Indian Airlines National Yes Yes
Jet Airways Major Yes No
Kingfisher Airlines Low-Cost Yes No
Spice Jet Low-Cost Yes No
Go Air Low-Cost Yes No

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

One must be very cautious when driving because of the bad condition of the roads and chaotic character of the traffic.
Driving around India is not recommended. Moreover self-drive cars are not generally available in the country. It is recommended to have a licensed and experienced local driver who has a "feel" for local roads and driving conditions.
The third party insurance liability is compulsory.
Driver's License
One must have either a valid Indian drivers? license or a valid international drivers? license. India recognizes international driving permits.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
18. An international driving license is required.
Rental Agencies
Taxi Rental India
Tolls or Taxes
The concept of toll roads is catching up in India. Recently built motorways are subject to tolls and the rates are quite reasonable.
Road Maps
Maps of India
India Maps
Find an Itinerary
Make my trip
Journey Mark
Parking Facilities
Parking is a paid service and facilities are available at all public places like airports, railway stations, shopping centers, etc.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
Motorcycles 50 km/h, trucks and buses 65 km/h. Cars 80 km/h in Maharashtra, 50-60 km/h in New Delhi, and none at all in Uttar Pradesh.
Safety Belts
Obligatory in all major cities.
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
30 mg/deciliter
National Roads Organizations
National Highways Authority of India
Department of Road Transport and Highways
Indian Driving Schools

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