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By | 16th January 2018

Should you hire a car in Delhi?

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Delhi car hire quick facts

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

65

 #43/300

  • Price alone isn't the only factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Delhi 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]

 €

380

 227/300

  • 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 876 - of which 530 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

61

%

90/300

  • 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.

Delhi public transport quick facts

"Top trumps" train score

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

52%

#119/300

  • [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 Delhi 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 Delhi

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Need, worth & should!

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

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 Delhi?

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

Should you rent a car in Delhi?

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

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.

Do you need a car in Delhi? Introduction

When someone asks "Do you need a car in Delhi?", 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 Delhi? 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 Delhi as a tourist, and ultimately weigh these up, so we can answer the key question of Should you rent a car in Delhi?

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments


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.

Why should you rent a car in Delhi?

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 Delhi?


  • 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.

Why not? Visiting Delhi without a car

What is public transport like in Delhi? 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 Delhi?


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.

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 Delhi?

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

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

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