How to get from the airport to Delhi?

How to get from Indira Gandhi Airport to Delhi: prices, distances, and travel time

Yana Safina
author of the article

How to get from the airport to Delhi center independently?

It is possible to get from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Delhi by bus, metro or taxi. A bus trip duration is 45 minutes, and the ticket costs 1,2 dollars. By metro, you can get to the city in 25 minutes, and the ticket will cost 1 dollar. A car trip duration is 45 minutes, and the cost of it is 63 dollars. The distance from the airport to Delhi is 17 km.

Tickets on public transport can be only paid in cash and in local currency - Indian rupees. Many buses depart from the airport and run to different parts of the city. There are no electronic displays at bus stops and inside buses, so you will need to check the route with a driver. Buses run round the clock, but often get stuck in traffic jams and can be overcrowded.

Delhi, a life of contrasts

Delhi is a unique place with a lot of sights. It is better to start exploring the city from Rajpath boulevard which ends with a 42-meter India Gate. Then, take a walk along the Red Fort, built in the XVII century. It amazes with the rich decoration of palaces, which belonged to Indian rulers. Behind the gates of the Fort, you can find the Chandni Chowk shopping area, where one can buy unusual souveniers, fabrics, and spices. After spending enough time walking around, go to see the Sis Ganj temple — a very beautiful building with an interesting history. The Jama Masjid Mosque deserves attention too. It stores the most important holy things of the Muslims: the chapter from Quran, which was dictated by Muhammad himself as well as the hair, the shoe and the footprint of the Prophet. Also, do not forget to visit the Lotus Temple, Humayun's Tomb, and the National Museum of India.

Metro from Delhi Airport

Metro from Delhi Airport to the city center
Cost

$1

Waiting time

15 min

Travel time

25 min

Clients

Couple

An Airport Express train runs from Delhi Airport to Delhi center. Its travel time is 25 minutes, and the cost of a trip is 1 dollar (60 rupees). A ticket can be bought at the ticket office at the station.

Metro from Delhi Airport:

Airport Express

Timetable:

From 04:45 to 23:30

Route:

New Delhi station – Dwarka Sector 21 station

Travel time:

25 min

Waiting time:

15 min

Comfort level:

Low: trains run often, but there is no space for large baggage

Cost:

1 dollar

Clients:

Families without children; young tourists; tourists with hand luggage; tourists arriving during a day; solo travellers

How to find the metro station at Delhi Airport:

Leave the airport building. Turn to the right and follow the Metro signs.

Bus from Delhi Airport

Bus from Delhi Airport
Cost

$1,2

Waiting time

15 min

Travel time

45 min

Clients

Solo travellers

DTC city buses drive passengers round the clock from the airport to three bus stations, located in different parts of the city (Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale Khan, and Anand Vihar). The most popular route among tourists is to Kashmiri Gate bus station. A duration of a bus trip from Delhi Airport is 45 minutes, and the cost is 1,2 dollars (75 rupees). Tickets can be bought from a driver.

Bus from Delhi Airport:

DTC

Timetable:

24h

Route:

Airport – Kashmiri Gate bus station

Travel time:

45 min

Waiting time:

15 min

Comfort level:

Average: comfortable seats; little for large baggage; an air conditioner

Cost:

$1.2

Clients:

Without small children; young tourists; tourists arriving at night; travellers without large baggage; those who have sense of direction

How to find the bus stop at Delhi Airport:

The bus station is at the exit from Terminal 3, opposite the Centaur Hotel.

Transfer from Delhi Airport. Taxi

Transfer from Delhi Airport. Taxi
Cost

$63

Waiting time

5 min

Travel time

45 min

Clients

Family

Public transport is not suitable for tourists who are afraid of getting lost in a new city or those who carry a lot of luggage. The best option for them will be the individual transfer or taxi from Delhi Airport. The car will take you to the city in 45 minutes; the cost of an economy car will make 63 dollars, and a minibus for 7 passengers - 135 dollars. It is possible to book an individual transfer online or by phone.

Timetable:

24h

Route:

To the hotel in Delhi or to the specific address

Travel time:

45 min

Waiting time:

Taxi waiting time will make up to 10 minutes.
A driver of a transfer booked in advance will be waiting for you at the exit of the arrivals area holding a sign with your name on it.

Comfort level:

Taxi on the spot: a ride without travel companions and stops.
An individual transfer: a wide range of car classes, child seats, air conditioner, possibility to pay by card, fixed cost of a trip

Cost:

From 63 dollars for a trip in an economy class car, from 132 dollars for a minibus for 7 passengers.

Clients:

A big family; a company of tourists; elderly tourists; tourists with large baggage; those arriving at night; those who arrive in Delhi for the first time

How to find the taxi rank at Delhi Airport:

The taxi rank is located at the exit of Terminal 3.

Car rental in Delhi

Car rental in Delhi
Price

from $27

Rental Period

from 1 day

Required driving experience

from 2 years

To rent a car without a driver to get from Delhi Airport to get to the city center, provide an IDL, a passport, and a credit card. Use the services of big international companies. Not to become a fraud victim, choose big international companies with good reviews.
Drivers rarely obey traffic rules in Delhi, so make sure that insurance coverings accidents are included in the price of car rental per day. You can rent a car at Delhi Airport.

Route:

only within India

Minimum age:

22 years

Comfort level:

high
Don’t wait for public transport, plan a route yourself.

How to rent a car

Reserve a car online or hire it at Delhi Airport.

How to get from the airport to Delhi?

It is possible to get from Delhi Airport to Delhi by bus, metro or taxi. Public transport is popular with solo travellers, as well as those who travel light. The individual transfer is recommended for those who arrive with large baggage, travel with the whole family, or in a company of friends. We wish you a nice holiday!