Agra

By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Agra?

Do you need a car in Agra > Should you rent a car in Agra India > Agra ( AGR )
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Agra car hire quick facts

Cheapest rate for one week Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

X

 #299/300

  • Price alone isn't the only factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Agra but clearly it's an important one. See our "why" section for more figures.
How much should I expect to pay in the peak season? Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €

X

 300/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.
Free parking score Based on the number of hotels which offer free parking.Total 113 - of which 81 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

72

%

45/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.

Agra public transport quick facts

"Top trumps" train score

Higher scores go to the systems which take you to the most amazing places.

48%

#121/300

  • [full notes - top trumps trains]
  • A good rail system doesn't mean you shouldn't hire a car, but it often means you have a decent range of options.

Overall public transport score {coming shortly}

This is a more practical rating based on bus and rail travel.

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  • [full notes - overall transit] buses | trams | metro | local & regional rail | national rail
  • Is public transport in Agra good value, or is it worth hiring a car just because it is cheaper overall?

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score {coming shortly}

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Agra

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Need, worth & should!

Whether you have come here asking "do I need a car in Agra", "is it worth hiring a car in Agra", or whether or not you "should" hire a car here, these are all slight variations on a similar theme:

Do you need a car in Agra?

This is essentially based on whether or not public transport and other "non car" options are good enough to get around and beyond the city.

Is it worth hiring a car in Agra?

Is car hire good value, especially during the peak season? How does this compare with transit fares?

Should you rent a car in Agra?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

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? Introduction

When someone asks "Do you need a car in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
?", this often breaks down to two key questions:

  1. Can you actually get around using public transport, or is a car all but essential?
  2. Is it worth hiring a car in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
    ? Is it good value for money, compared with non-car options?

Over the next few sections, we wil look at the pros and cons of driving in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
as a tourist, and ultimately weigh these up, so we can answer the key question of Should you rent a car in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
?

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments


The city of Agra is undoubtedly most famous for being the location of the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most iconic and heavily photographed tourist destinations. Needless to say, this is a place which is perfectly well served by train, bus and other local transport services.

Whether you arrive into Agra by train, by plane or by bus, there are numerous local transport options for onward transfer in order to visit the Taj Mahal. The main railway station is situated adjacent to the famous Agra Fort, and from here, the Taj Mahal complex is just over 1km / less than a mile away.

Beyond Agra

It would be a shame to come this far, and to only have time for the Taj Mahal itself, and perhaps a brief glance at Agra Fort. There is still a great deal to see nearby, but regardless of how long you have here, and what else you manage to visit, a hire car is unlikely to be much help:

  • Fatehpur Sikri – situated around 45 minutes away from Agra by road, or just over one hour by train is the stunning but haunting abandoned for complex of Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Bharatpur – situated on the busy tourist route between Agra and Jaipur is the historic palace of Lohagrarh, itself surrounded by it’s own walled fort set within a moat. Bharatpur is also the gateway to the Keoladeo National Park, known for its incredible variety of migratory birds. The park gate is right on the edge of Bharatpur, a city which is compact and easy enough to walk around, although you may prefer to take a minibus or taxi to the park.

Either way, a hire car here just really isn’t going to be a huge amount of use.

Why should you rent a car in Agra?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Agra?


  • Very few reasons to rent a hire car in Agra!

Why not? Visiting Agra without a car

What is public transport like in Agra? What about local conditions for walking or cycling? Can you rely on public transport and maybe a few taxis for most or all of your trip? Are there some times of year when it's easier to get by without a car than others? When should you rent a car in Agra?


  • All of the main attractions are a short distance from public transport.
  • Buses and taxis are widely available and cheap.
  • Trains will take you right to the Agra Fort.
  • Taj Mahal is close to Agra Fort railway stations.
  • Excursions beyond Agra by rail.
  • Poor state of local roads.
  • Very limited car hire availability.

Agra car hire verdict

Do I need a car in Agra? The car hire market in India is not widely developed, and only a few of the major international players are represented here.

Therefore, there is little reason to recommend hiring a car in Agra.

Verdict – NO

Ratings

Our slider ratings range from 0 (it isn't even possible to hire a car, e.g. Hong Kong) through to 10 (you really must rent a car here, e.g. Phoenix, Tampa). However, most places are somewhere inbetween these extremes, and this is where it gets more interesting! Further ratings breakdowns, including a much more detailed public transport rating, are currently being added. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

Would you hire a car in Agra?

Have you driven in Agra? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Agra?

Do you need a car in Agra? For some or all of the time? 

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