By | 16th January 2018

Should you hire a car in Delhi?

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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

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?

Delhi Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




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]




Free parking score

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



  • 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

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Delhi public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around 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.


Car rental in - Delhi Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Delhi?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Delhi?

  • Based on value for money?

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?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Delhi if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Delhi if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Delhi if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Delhi on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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?
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