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(All of these pages will look a lot nicer when they are tidied up later in the spring)

Your key questions for any destination:

Do I need a car in Delhi?

Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.

That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!

  • The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
  • How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
  • Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
  • Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?

Is it worth hiring a car in Delhi?

This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Delhi car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.

How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Delhi with other destinations locally and around the world.

This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.

Should I rent a car in Delhi? 

This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Delhi, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.

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.

Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. 

We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Delhi is in car rental price band: 6/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Delhi? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly more expensive than global averages.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Delhi between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:5/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


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? Visiting Delhi using a hire car

Why do you need 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

Why don't you need 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.

Ratings: How does Delhi compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Delhi? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Delhi, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in Delhi? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Delhi (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Delhi? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel


Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does Delhi airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for Delhi car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 1

2019 - 1

2021 - 1

Average score - 1



Should you hire a car in Delhi? The car advice in Delhi is still very much weighted towards not getting one.


Do you or don't you need a car in Delhi ?

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