MUST KNOW FACTS TO USE THE DELHI METRO
our top hints
Many people have asked about using the #DelhiMetro, so here we give some tips on how to use it. It is simple to use, and cheap – rides cost between from 10-60 rupees (20c to $1.20). It is quick and cheap compared to the road. It is also airconditioned (wonderful in the hot weather – #Delhi can easily get into the high 40’s C).
The #metro has eight main lines, divided by colour – red, yellow, blue, green, violet, magenta, and pink – plus an eighth one, the orange line, that goes directly to the airport.
It is relatively new, with the first lines opened in 2002, and the newest opened in 2018. Stations are both underground & above ground. We used it quite a lot and found it good.
Most stations where two lines join have coloured feet or lines for you to follow if changing from one line to another.
Security is strict and all bags are x-rayed at the entrance and passengers are patted down – there are separate male & female lines.
Most #trains are 6 or eight carriages long, and the front carriage is ALWAYS for women only. The trains are generally very clean & tidy.
There are also special seats in most carriages reserved for women and elderly passengers, but men frequently use these seats and are often forced to move – usually by older women!! It can be very crowded, especially in peak hour, with people forcing themselves onto the train. As in any crowded place beware of pickpockets and possible groping (be firm if this happens).
If carrying a backpack it is wise to wear it on your front on the Metro to deter thieves. Eating & drinking on the train is not allowed, but many Metro stations have kiosks where you can buy coffee, tea, and local snacks. Some of the stations even have entire food courts.
Fares are either by token from the machines in the station, or a card bought from the ticket counter at
every station if you plan to use the metro a lot (it gives you a 10% discount off each trip).
Information is displayed and announced regularly, in Hindi and English on platforms and in the trains. Ask if you are confused. People are helpful and most of them can speak some English.
We also show you how to use the token machine.
Join us on the continuing story of our four week stay in #NewDelhi, #India, where we spend time in an Airbnb apartment in #LajpatNagar, and take side trips to #Agra and the #TajMahal as well as #Jaipur.