India Transport Guide

Buses, taxis, rickshaws and trains are the public transport options available in most cities in India. Larger cities like Kolkata, Chennai and New Delhi also have a metro system and more cities are following suit.

How to get around India

For connections between main cities, plane travel is an efficient way to hop over the country’s creaking infrastructure. In Kolkata, there are trams and in Mumbai, a monorail is set to open in 2014. Scooters, mopeds and motorcycles are a very popular mode of transport for navigating congested roads. While flying might seem more efficient, rail travel is a way of life and is still an important mode of transport in India, transporting over 18 million passengers and more than 2 million tonnes of freight every day across one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world. There are many different classes of rail service in India with 5 alone on long-distance trains from air-conditioned First class to Sleeper class. Booking a taxi or driver for the day is another option in cities if you want to spend a comprehensive day seeing the sights.