Our general advice for India is that most visitors don’t really consider getting a hire car, and this advice is no different in Delhi.
Perhaps the only major difference between looking at Delhi and looking at some other large Indian cities is that Delhi has a clear division between the more ramshackle old town and the planned government quarter of New Delhi, laid out by Edward Lutyens.
- No reason to get a hire car in and near Delhi.
- For visiting some of the national parks and other scenic areas around Delhi, it might be worth considering getting hold of a hire car, although many visitors might also prefer to get a car with driver.
Within anywhere in the Delhi metropolitan area, plenty of public transport options are available, including the modern Delhi Metro as well as the huge number of local buses. No visit to Delhi is complete without a ride in the city’s ubiquitous black and yellow taxis, whereas motorised and non-motorised rickshaws are also widely used.
Being India’s capital city, and otherwise rivalling Mumbai in terms of size and importance, there are no shortage of rail links in and out of Delhi, including InterCity trains to Agra for the Taj Mahal. Further afield, trains provide connections throughout all of the architectural gems in Rajasthan, although some visitors might also prefer to take a short internal flight.
Should you hire a car in Delhi? Hence, the car advice in Delhi is still very much weighted towards not getting one.