Amritsar

By | 16th January 2018

Should you hire a car in Amritsar?

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Amritsar 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 Amritsar 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 78 - of which 50 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

64

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74/300

  • 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.

Amritsar public transport quick facts

"Top trumps" train score

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

47%

#122/300

  • [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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#---/300

  • [full notes - overall transit] buses | trams | metro | local & regional rail | national rail
  • Is public transport in Amritsar 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 Amritsar

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Need, worth & should!

Whether you have come here asking "do I need a car in Amritsar", "is it worth hiring a car in Amritsar", 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 Amritsar?

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 Amritsar?

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

Should you rent a car in Amritsar?

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

As with other cities in India, the local car hire market is not well developed. It’s obvious to suggest that the core focus of any visit to Amritsar is going to have the Golden Temple as a highlight, but any excursions from the city are still more likely to be by private tour minibus or coach, rather than in your own self drive car.

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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 /]
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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments


Any consideration of the best places to see outside the city of Amritsar itself have to consider some of the geographical realities of the area. Situated right in the northwest tip of India, Amritsar sits less than 15km / 10 miles from the border with Pakistan, and the suburbs of the city of Lahore run right up to this border. However, due to the ongoing political conflict between India and Pakistan, these two cities might as well be worlds apart.

Why should you rent a car in Amritsar?

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 Amritsar?


  • The main reason to look at Amritsar car hire would be to head towards the Himalayas. You could head through the former summer capital of Shimla and then beyond.
  • A car is going to be very useful as you get further towards the mountains.
  • Generally, you should hire a car in Amritsar if you want to drive well outside the city. There is no need to have a car within the city itself.

Why not? Visiting Amritsar without a car

What is public transport like in Amritsar? 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 Amritsar?


  • For anything and everything relating to the centre of Amritsar itself – there is no need for a hire car to visit the Golden Temple, Gobind Garh Fort, or for the Jallianwala Bagh Monument, site of the Massacre in 1919.
  • The Amritsar walking trail is an important part of the city’s heritage.
  • Amristar has invested heavily in bus rapid transport. A new rapid transit route opened in the Autumn of 2017 – in contrast to Delhi, which has cancelled a similar project.
  • If you do plan to head towards the Himalayas, be prepared to slow down a bit if you want to do this by public transport. A train from Amritsar Junction will take you as far as Kalka in about 6 hours. From here the fun starts as you climb slowly towards Shimla on one of India’s World Heritage mountain lines. The journey takes around 4 1/2 hours. From city to city you’d need to allow around 11 hours. This compares with about 5 hours to drive it. This makes the train excursion one for the rail fans. This is still one of the great train journeys not just of India, but of anywhere in the world, so it shouldn’t be missed if you get the chance!

Summary

Should you hire a car in Amritsar?  A hire car is something to look in to for heading into the Himalayas, rather than just the city itself. Although Amritsar is a major gateway into India from a number of major European cities, you can also fly to Shimla, or perhaps to Chandigarh as the starting point for heading towards the Himalayas – although due to its mountain location and very short runway, Shimla only has air service from Delhi.

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 Amritsar?

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

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