Taxis and cabs are the lifeline of any metro city.You just have to mention the address you want to reach to the driver and take the much needed nap after a train or plane journey. The driver also serves as a traveler guide directing you well in advance about the markets, people, culture and tourist places worth visiting in the city.
In the capital city of Delhi, there are Radio Taxis, Prepaid cabs and Air Conditioned (AC) cabs for helping locals and tourists to commute from one place to another. Modest know how about safety rules, taxi fares, phone numbers and addresses of taxi stands can go a long way to make your visit to the capital city comfortable and memorable.
Taxis are a mode of Public Transport System and are cost-effective. They help you reach your destination faster. Your luggage too finds place in the dickey of the cab.
Radio Taxis in Delhi
Radio taxis are a recent addition on Delhi roads and there are a number of Radio cab companies to cater to your requirement. They supply cabs for your travel inside Delhi as well out station purposes.
The benefits you can avail with Radio taxis are many -
You get the drivers mobile number for any enquiry.
Digital fare meters on cabs.
Cabs fitted with GPRS technology.
Available 24x7 --- day and night.
Billing done from point to point, on per kilometre basis.
Digital thermal printers for bill or receipt.
Radio taxi operators in Delhi
Meru Cabs Phone: 91-11-44224422
Quick Cab: Phone: 91-11-45333333
Delhi Cab: Phone: 91-11-44333222
Easy Cab: Phone: 91-11-43434343
Mega cab: Phone: 91-11-41414141
Meru cabs is the largest radio taxi service in the country today and offers pick up and dropping facility for any destination in your city. The company operates in metro cities such as Bangalore, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
Prepaid Cabs in Delhi
These are especially convenient for students and ladies who want to escape from the hassle of haggling on fares and serves as a safe option for traveling in metro cities. These pre-paid booths operate under the aegis of Delhi Traffic Police and the fares charged by them are approved by Delhi Transport Authority, Govt. of India, for each destination in Delhi. They are a comfortable option also for those new to the city with little or no knowledge about the routes and distances in the city.
There are prepaid booths just outside hospitals, airport, temples, bus terminals, and railway station. The service is fast and a little wait in the queue is worth the effort! You are given a signed receipt on which TSR or taxi number is mentioned. Service charge (baggage charges extra) is taken from you at the prepaid booth counter in advance. There is no need of any monetary dealing between you and the driver. The receipt you are given is to be handed over to the driver only after you reach your destination.
In case of any complaint or misbehaviour by driver, you can SMS on 56767 or Call 91-11-42400400.
Important places in Delhi where there are Prepaid Booths include ---
It is however, advisable for tourists to contact ''May I Help You'' booths near arrival hall in the airport. Your hotel should be booked in advance so that you do not have to depend on strangers or unscrupulous elements to guide you to choose your hotel after arrival at the Airport or Railway station. Police assistance is available by dialling 100. At the prepaid booth counters, never leave your luggage unattended. A little vigilance on your part can go a long way to make your journey comfortable and memorable.
Current Taxi fare charges w.e.f. 8th May, 2013 in Delhi:
Taxi (Black &Yellow Top):
Fare: Rs 25/- for first Kilometre (upon downing the meter) and thereafter Rs 14/- per Km. for Non-AC taxis and Rs 16/-per Km for AC taxis for every additional Kilometre.
Night Charges: 25% of the fare (11:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M.)
Waiting Charges: Rs 30/- per hour or part thereof (Subject to a minimum of 15 minutes stay)
Luggage: Rs. 10/- shall be charged as extra luggage charges whereas the driver/ operator shall not charge and money for a shopping bag or a small suitcase.
You will be delighted to learn that Delhi is the only city in India where you find black and yellow roofed taxis operating on CNG. CNG stands for Compressed Natural Gas and has contributed in lowering pollution levels in the capital. You can take a taxi from a Taxi Stand nearby which is just a phone call away.
DTTDC (Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation Ltd.) has a full-fledged Transport Department comprising of 'Travel Transport Counters' and 'Tourists information offices' in the Airport, Railway Station, centrally located Connaught Place etc.
Transport Division INA, Near Dilli Haat Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi Phone: 91-11-24674153, 26884312
Taxi Stands in Delhi
Taxi Stands have mushroomed in almost all localities in Delhi and are just a phone call away. In fact, sometimes it has also been reiterated by some residents in Delhi that these taxi stands have invaded too much prime space in the Capital! They can be seen on pavements, vacant plots, colonies, parking areas and main roads. Although no one can deny their utility when you set out for traveling to local or even out station destinations, taxi stands become an eye sore for some, as they have encroached lot of space in Delhi.
Only 5 to 12 cars (depending on location) can be parked in a taxi stand according to Traffic Police Rulings. There are around 520 plus Traffic Police authorized taxi stands in Delhi.
Delhi AC Taxi Fare Breakup
Booking fee: NA Minimum fare: Rs 25 for first 1Km Fare above minimum fare: Rs 16 per Km Waiting charges per hour: Rs 30. Minimum 15 minutes are charged. Luggage charges: Only big bags are charged. Night Booking fee: NA Night Timings: 23:00:00 - 05:00:00 Night Extra fare percentage: 25% Traffic, Roads, etc. variance: Expect 5% (Moderate traffic) - 10% (Heavy Traffic) increase, as the practical on-road fare.
Delhi Taxi Fare Breakup
Booking fee: NA Minimum fare: Rs 25 for first 1Km Fare above minimum fare: Rs14 per Km Waiting charges per hour: Rs 30. Minimum 15 minutes are charged. Luggage charges:Only big bags are charged. Night Booking fee:NA Night Timings: 23:00:00-05:00:00 Night Extra fare percentage: 25% Traffic, Roads, etc. variance: Expect 5% (Moderate traffic) - 10% (Heavy Traffic) increase, as the practical on-road fare.
Taxi Stands in South Delhi
Sidhu Taxi Service Near Gurudwara New Friends Colony, DDA Market, New Delhi Phone: 011-2631 4195
Qutub Hotel Taxi Service Qutab Road, Near Katwaria Sarai New Delhi Phone: 011-2696 0444
Jagdish Taxi Service Malviya Nagar, Near Apj School New Delhi Phone: 011-2667 6870
DDA Taxi Stand Service DDA Flats, Saket New Delhi Phone: 011-2696 4937
Kalkaji Tourist Taxi Service Krishna Market, Kalkaji New Delhi Phone: 011-2643 0357
B B Tourist Company B-4, Opposite Kalkaji, Nehru Place, New Delhi Phone: 011-2642 7473
Ravi Dutt General Taxi Service M G Road, Mehrauli New Delhi Phone: 011-2664 2596
Chaudhary Taxi Stand, South Extn. Mkt., South Extn II, Delhi-49. Phone: 011-26256368,26252690
Taxi Stands in Connaught Place:
Taxi Stand Janpath, Connaught Place New Delhi Phone: 011-2332 1642
Dhillon Tourist Taxi Service A 1 Near America Express Bank, Connaught Place, Delhi Phone: 011-2332 4220
New Regal Taxi Service D-Block, Opposite Sapna Cinema, New Delhi-65 Phone: 011-2641 6515
Jaglan Tourist Taxi Service Janpath Hotel Janpath, New Delhi Phone: 011-2332 1151
Travel Care Centre Jai Singh Marg, Connaught Place New Delhi Phone: 011-2336 0019
Balwant Singh Taxi Stand Gurudwara, M B Road, Saket, Near J & H Block New Delhi Phone: 011-2955 2833
Sainik Tourist Taxi Service K G Marg, Connaught Place, Near Baroda House New Delhi Phone: 011-2338 2382
Taxi Stands in North Delhi:
Taxi Stand Under Hill Road New Delhi Phone: 011-2391 7866
Akash Taxi Stand Roop Nagar New Delhi Phone: 011-2766 7898
Azad Taxi Service 13, Sruvidha Market, Kamla Nagar New Delhi Phone: 011-2435 3070
Taxi Stands in East Delhi:
Haryana Taxi Service Opp. Hargobind Enclave, Karkardooma Community Centre, Delhi-92 Phone: 011-2237 9488
Avtar Singh Taxi Stand 10, Gulmohar Enclave New Delhi Phone: 011-2696 0651
Samachar Taxi Service Samachar Apartment, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi-91 Phone: 011-2271 1415
N H Taxi Service Shop No. 12, Place No. 9, Vardhman Tower, Savita Vihar New Delhi Phone: 011-2216 3839
Taxi Stands in West Delhi:
Gopi Tourist Taxi Service Booth No 4, North Avenue, Near R M L Hospital New Delhi Phone: 011-2309 4789
Vohra Taxi Stand Laxmi Bazar Market, Vikaspuri New Delhi Phone: 011-2853 8805
Gurvinder Taxi Stand A- 334, Uttam Nagar New Delhi Phone: 09212318190