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Johan Bernhard

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How is Delhi's subway system?

Just wondering how easy or difficult it is to use Delhi's subway system. Going there on my own and don't speak a word of Hindi. I have no idea what the public transportation system there is like or how reliable it is, which is why I'm a little concerned, so any insight you could offer would be awesome.

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  • alka kaushik

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    Hi Johan, good to know that you are coming. let me tell you that we do have a world class public transport system in Delhi Metro and you should purchase a smart card at the very first station you arrive if you intend to stay in the capital for some days. You can use this metro to travel long distances, in fact it goes upto Gurgaon , Noida Vaishali in the nighbouring states! check out Delhi metro website/ maps if you still have time. also, you will find maps, informtion about the routes etc at stations and inside coaches as well. It is extremely reliable, super safe, very efficient and the cheapest mode to travel. I suggest you should experience it for you will also get to know Delhites first hand! avoid during office/peak hours. For travel within city, you can rely on taxis (we have plenty of Radio taxis, NCR taxi etc) which run on fixed charge basis and are pretty reliable+safe but bit expensive. Then we have our huge fleet of autos, this is one of the cheapest mode to travel within city but they don't take you to NCR, also you must be ready to bargain with the drivers. though they are supposed to run by meter but you will hardly find anyone using/agreeing to take you in as per meter. So, bargain beforehand, its roughly Rs 10-15 per km.

    Hope this will help you. You can get back to me for further queries. Enjoy your stay and travel with confidence. Just be careful, we do have pickpockets in certain areas, do not venture out during night, In fact, I suggest do not try to b an adventurist in the capital. Go out in full daylight and do visit archaeological sites (we have many here), explore markets (they are lively) and do not forget Chandni chowk!

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      Wow, this is very helpful! Thank you for all the tips. I really appreciate it! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Sandeep Bhaskar

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    New Delhi has an amazing infrastructure of Metro: DMRC. Metro connects almost all parts of the City and is comparable to Metros of huge cities like London Tube and Paris Metro.

    Map details are available on this link: http://www.delhimetrorail.com/zoom-route-map.aspx

    There are handy mobile apps as well which you may install and use on the go: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tilzmatictech.mobile.navigation.delhimetronavigator&hl=en

    There is absolute no need to know Hindi, all announcements are enquiries can be made in English as well. The Metro staff is extremely friendly and will help out in any situation. However I feel the various color coding schemes and routes make it extremely simple to use and get used to in a couple of trips itself.

    I strongly recommend picking a Travel card from any station, its a prepaid card that you can recharge for like INR 150 and above and keep swiping in and out when you move into and outside of stations. This completely takes away hustle of long queues and makes travel in metro extremely enjoyable.

    One minor warning: try avoiding metro during peak hours, it gets too crowded during peak time.

    Do let me know if you've any more questions regarding Delhi Metro.

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      Thank you for those links and all of your advice Sandeep. This is very very helpful! · (1 likelikes)

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      Sandeep, what time it's usually peak hours in Delhi? and thanks for apps recommendations · (0 likelikes)

    • Sandeep B.

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      Well weekdays I guess 8:30 AM to 10 AM and evenings 5-7 PM. Weekends are mostly free in Metro, hope that helps. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Vicky Bakshi

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    Well delhi is expanding its underground but even now its well connected with english used everywhere and easy interchanges from all across central downdown which is connaught place (Rajiv Chowk Metro Station).

    alot depends where u plan to stay n where u want to go specifically or as tourist.

    But nothing to worry about or feel apprehensive.u will enjoy our underground very much.

    ciao

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      Thank you very much Vicky! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Vishesh Vikram Singh

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    Delhi subway, called Delhi Metro is very friendly to people speaking English. Every single text is written in Hindi as well as English. You won't be needing to know a single word in Hindi, and even if you have some problem, you can always ask people around. Most of the people would be able to answer you in English. The only problem you would face is the amount of people in the wagons. It gets jam packed in peak hours so be safe of your belongings! Hope I answered your query.

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      Thank you Vishesh. All very good to know! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Amit Garg

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    You are referring to Delhi Metro . Its pretty good if you compare it to other public transport modes in India , However avoid travelling at peak hours as the rush is maddening. Plan your Journey in such a way that you are going against traffic .

    You could use the below link for route map

    http://www.delhimetrorail.com/zoom-route-map.aspx

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      Great, Amit. Thank you! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Vamsi Krishna

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    Hi Johan

    The Subway system in Delhi is very efficient. In terms of the places it connects throughout the city of Delhi, along with the suburbs of Gurgaon, Noida too, there are stations within a few kms radius all across the city. There are various route lines along which the city is spread out, each of them coloured, all these directions clearly mentioned on every metro station and even on the train in English. or you can find all the details on this website along with the schedule http://www.delhimetrorail.com/route-map.aspx

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      This is very good to know. Thank you Vamsi! · (0 likelikes)

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    Delhi has a very nice underground Metro rail system running across 4 lines color coded. You can go to any station there and you will find an Information Center where you can get all the info that you need.

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      Thank you Aakash! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Rakesh Agrawal

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    The Delhi Metro is very clean, efficient and well run. You shouldn't have much problem getting around on it as someone who only speaks English. You might find it crowded during rush hours. Delhi's a big city though and so you might need to hop a rickshaw or taxi from a metro stop to get to your ultimate destination, but it's a great way to travel the longer legs. Actually, it will often beat traveling by car because roads get a lot of traffic.

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      Thanks for the insight, Rakesh! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Ashita Nair

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    i have been to Delhi recently and i think the the metro rail system to be reliable and easy if you do not speak the language but it can get very crowded and rushy.

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    If you know English you should be good. All signs and announcements are done both in English and Hindi. The Delhi subway is very clean, cheap and effective way to move around Delhi. You can download maps etc from their site : Delhi Metro. Just be careful with your wallet etc. as some time pickpockets may be around during rush hours, besides that it is the best way to move around Delhi.

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  • Anirudh Kodaru

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    Delhi Oh trust me Johan you don't really need to know Hindi to access the Delhi Subway :)
    It's comfortable to access and the destinations and the announcements are voiced out in English as well :)
    Have fun in the capital :)

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      Awesome, Anirudh! Thank you very much! · (0 likelikes)

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    The subway system is great, connects almost the entire Delhi and neighboring regions... The announcements are in both hindi and english and people are ready to help anyone with the right directions. You can pick up a map at the train stations that helps a lot

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  • Abhi Shreshtha

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    Hey Johan,

    I can understand your problem over here... Cause even if we are familiar with routes in Delhi but still we sometimes get confused by their pattern but there is nothing much to worry about as you can board Metro and apply the most easiest trick you can do is divide the routes in different color which they have already done in their map and what you need to do is just follow it.

    I also think that you must also check this link on wiki as this can be helpful for you (its good if you've already checked)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi_Metro


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    Delhi metro is quite convenient system and you shall be able to use it without knowing any hindi as all transport system uses english also as an alternate language. If you are planning to use it a lot buy a pass of INR 100 or wo and you can avoid long queues. Be careful not to get in only women compartments.

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      Good to know about that pass and the women only compartments. Thank you Shailesh! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Sushant Maheshwari

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    Well, the subway system of New Delhi is something that's truly world class. Its much cleaner, modern than SF, Chicago or NewYork transit. I have travelled on many subway systems around the world but still New Delhi stands out!

    I won't go into much detail but the metro website is infact gives you a complete summary of interesting places that are connected by Metro. Another interesting fact is that at few Metro stations they have their own mini-museum so do visit them.

    www.dmrc.gov.in

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  • Sushmita Vashisth

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    Well the Delhi subway is good. however it is still being built to cover all places but it does cover all places that might be of interest to you. the Subway is comfortable but is too crowded during the office times.

    try Avoiding 9 Am-11 Am and 5 PM - 7 PM


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      Ah yes, rush hour! Thank you, Sushmita! · (0 likelikes)

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      You are welcome Johan.. :) · (0 likelikes)

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    You will have no trouble in Delhis Subway system. Written english is everywhere and most people speak some english. Its very well connected and is inexpensive.

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    Dear Johan,

    Delhi subway system is good as little similar as London.

    As most of the people in well dressed know English so you won’t face any problem to ask the route.

    Public transportation is quite good, One can avail Metro or Bus for movement. ( Red buses= AC / Green Bus = Non AC ). For bus you need to know the route on prior basis. Better, take metro and then auto by meter only.

    Before board the auto ask someone ( young college guy ) that where you can board the auto from your proposed destination.

    These thing you should keep in mind and you will find Delhi a great destination.

    If you find any difficulty call my colleague ‘Bibhu- +91 9718072433, he is based out in Delhi. I am in Kolkata.

    Cheers !

    Saumya - FTW

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