While travelling across India you can enjoy some traditional means of transportation like E-rickshaw, Pulled rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, called tuk-tuk, bullock cart. These means of transportation consumes a lot of time and if you are in a hurry or want to travel a long distance then you must go for metros, railways or buses.
For fast, stress-free journeys across Delhi or Kolkata, you can take the METRO. This is a relatively recent addition to both cities and one of the cheapest forms of urban travel. Unlike the national rail network, these trains are modern, comfortable, and fully air-conditioned.
They are split into five different lines, with a wait of no more than fifteen minutes between each train. Services start at 5.30am and run up until 11.30pm, so they’re ideal for exploring during the daytime. Jump on the Heritage Line to check out some of Delhi’s tourist hotspots.
Pros: The METRO is very similar to suburban rail systems in Europe or the States. It is easy to understand, comfortable to ride, and fairly efficient.
Cons: Security is much tighter on the METRO than it is on the regular railway. You may be required to stop for a bag search and a body scan on the way in.
Cost: Fares stretch from a minimum of eight rupees (around one cent) to a maximum of fifty (80 cents).
Buses are the most popular means of transport in India. In fact, they account for around 90% of all public transport. Like the trains, they are very affordable and reasonably efficient. However, catching a bus in the major cities is much easier than getting a train as they are generally easier to book last minute and in general.
Over the last decade, the bus system has been modernised. Now, many services are air-conditioned, with plenty of seats, and accessibility features. Others are still cramped, dirty, and unbelievably noisy, so pay a little more for comfort.
Pros: The tourist lines are ideal for travelling and offer more comfort. If you’re new to India, they are certainly preferable to the local buses and for those longer bus journeys.
Cons: Many local services continue to be cramped and noisy. Often, there are no toilets, but there will be ample rest stops on extended journeys. Sometimes the buses will be extremely full, but don’t worry – you can always sit on the roof!
Cost: You’d be looking at the cost of RP800 ($14) for a five hundred mile journey on a middle tier class bus. So, you can see that bus travel is also very cheap in India. Shorter journeys are likely to cost just a few dollars, even on the more upmarket services.