How to get from Delhi to Agra?

How to get from Delhi to Agra (Taj Mahal): prices, distances, and travel time

Yana Safina
author of the article

How to get from Delhi to Agra
(to Taj Mahal) independently?

It is possible to get to Agra by train, bus or taxi. A train trip will take 2 hours 32 minutes, and a ticket will cost $6.7. The bus will take you from Delhi to Agra in 5 hours for $7.2. A car trip will last for 3 hours 20 minutes, and the cost will be minimum $197. The distance between Delhi to Agra is 230 km.

The train from Delhi to Agra goes every day, except for Friday. Train tickets should be bought in advance because the route Delhi-Agra is popular with the locals. The bus runs round the clock but often gets stuck in traffic jams. It sets off as soon as it is full, regardless the timetable. Tickets on public transport can be bought only with cash in the local currency - Indian rupees.

Agra: discover yourself

Agra is first of all known for Taj Mahal, and other sights come second. The palace enchants you from the first sight and blinds you with its beauty and greatness. Taj Mahal is decorated with marble and precious and semi-precious stones. On the territory of the monument, there is a garden and park zone, where every visitor may enjoy the walk or have rest. One more place of interest in Agra is the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, located in the Persian Garden. It is also called "Baby Taj" for its marble walls, looking like lace and decorated with gems as well as for the rich interior design. When visiting Agra, go to the Red Fort of the XVI century, which is the part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Fatehpur Sikri deserves special attention: it is a city of mosques, built by Akbar the Emperor in honor of his son. On its territory, there is the Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, to which the Indians from whole India come to perform the pilgrimage.

Train from Delhi to Agra

Train from Delhi to Agra
Cost

from $6,7

Waiting time

Once a day

Travel time

~2,5 h

Clients

Couple

Train Bhopal Shatabdi №12002 runs once a day. The duration of the trip is 1 hour 57 minutes. A seat in the carriage of the second class costs $5.7 (370 rupees), and in the carriage of the first class - $10.8 (700 rupees). Tickets can be bought at the ticket office at the train station or online on the website of Indian railways.
Besides, train № 2280 Taj Express Superfast departs from H Nizamuddin Railway Station at 07:10. It is en route for 2 hours 57 minutes, the ticket price starts from $1.2 (75 rupees) and $4 (263 rupees) in Standard and Comfort carriages respectively.

Train from Delhi to Agra:

Train № 12002 Bhopal Shatabdi

Timetable:

only at 06:15

Route:

New Delhi Railway Station – Agra Cantt Station

Travel time:

2 h 32 min (35 min – a trip to the train station, 1h 57 min – a train trip to Agra)

Waiting time:

24 h

Comfort level:

Average: air-conditioner, space for hand luggage, free tea, and snacks

Cost:

From $6.7 ($1 – a trip to the train station, from $5.7 – a train trip to Agra)

Clients:

For families without children; young travellers; tourists with hand luggage; those arriving during day; for solo travellers

How to find the train station at Delhi Airport:

Leave the airport building and turn to the right, then follow the sign “Metro”. On the metro, get off at New Delhi station and walk 750 meters.

Bus from Delhi to Agra

Bus from Delhi to Agra
Cost

from $7,2

Waiting time

15-30 min

Travel time

from 5 h

Clients

Solo travellers

Private and public buses depart from Delhi bus station round the clock. The duration of the trip is minimum 4 hours and the price starts from $6 (400 rupees) in a bus with air-conditioner. A bus ticket from Delhi to Agra can be bought from a driver.

Bus from Delhi to Agra:

inter-city buses

Timetable:

24h

Route:

Sarai Kale Bus Stand – Idgah Bus Station

Travel time:

From 5 hours (1 h – a trip to the bus station, from 4 h – a bus trip to Agra)

Waiting time:

15-30 minutes

Comfort level:

Average: air-conditioner, space for hand luggage, several trips a day

Cost:

From $7.2 ($1.2 – a bus trip to the bus station, from $6 – to Agra)

Clients:

Travellers without children; young tourists; those who were late for the train; those arriving at night

How to find the bus station at Delhi Airport:

Get on the DTC bus going to Sarai Kale Khan. The bus departure station is located at the exit of Terminal 3, opposite Centaur Hotel.

Transfer from Delhi to Agra. Taxi

Transfer from Delhi to Agra. Taxi
Cost

$197

Waiting time

5 min

Travel time

3 h 20 min

Clients

Family

If you want to get to Taj Mahal or to the city itself as comfortably as possible, choose an individual transfer or taxi from Delhi to Agra. The car will take you to Agra in 3 hours 20 minutes, with the cost of an economy-class car being $197, and a minibus for 7 passengers – $325.

Timetable:

24h

Route:

To the hotel in Agra, to Taj Mahal or to private address

Travel time:

3h 20min

Waiting time:

You can wait for a taxi for several hours, as not every driver will agree to drive more than 200km.
A driver of a transfer booked in advance will meet you at the exit of the arrivals area, help with luggage and walk you to the car.

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 197 dollars for a car of an economy class, and from 325 dollars - for a minibus for 7 passengers

Clients:

For a big family; company of tourists; elderly tourists; tourists arriving at night; those who arrive in Delhi/Agra for the first time; tourists with large luggage

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 to Agra, 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 Delhi to Agra?

It is possible to get from Delhi to Agra by public transport or taxi. Public transport has some nuances: the train goes fast, but only once a day; shuttle buses set off as soon as they get full and often get stuck in traffic jams. If you are afraid of getting lost in the unfamiliar area or simply do not want to travel without comfort, the optimal variant for you will be an individual transfer. We wish you to have a good time!