Cycle-rickshaws are useful for navigating Old Delhi and the suburbs, but are banned from many parts of New Delhi, including Connaught Place. Negotiate a fare before you set off – expect to pay around ₹10 per kilometre.
Local taxis (recognisable by their black and yellow livery) and autorickshaws have meters but these are effectively ornamental as most drivers refuse to use them. Delhi Traffic Police run a network of prepaid autorickshaw booths, where you can pay a fixed fare, including 24-hour stands at the New Delhi, Old Delhi and Nizamuddin train stations; elsewhere, you’ll need to negotiate a fare before you set off.
Fares are invariably elevated, especially for foreigners, so haggle hard, and if the fare sounds too outrageous, find another cab. For an autorickshaw ride from Connaught Place, fares should be around ₹30 to Paharganj, ₹60 to the Red Fort, ₹70 to Humayun’s Tomb and ₹100 to Hauz Khas. However, it will be a struggle to get these prices. Visit www.taxiautofare.com for suggested fares for these and other journeys. To report overcharging, harassment, or other problems take the licence number and call the Auto Complaint Line on 011-42400400/25844444.
Taxis typically charge twice the autorickshaw fare. Note that fares vary as fuel prices go up and down. From 11pm to 5am there’s a 25% surcharge for autorickshaws and taxis.
Kumar Tourist Taxi Service is a reliable company; a day of Delhi sightseeing costs from ₹2000 (an eight-hour and 80km limit applies).
Metropole Tourist Service is another reliable and long-running taxi service, and good value, charging ₹1500 for up to 80km for one day's car and driver hire, plus ₹100/15 per hour/kilometre thereafter.
Shared electric rickshaws are also a possibility, which means cheaper fares, but only if you're going in the same direction as other passengers.
You’ll need a local mobile number to order a radiocab, or ask a shop or hotel to assist you. These air-conditioned cars are clean, efficient, and use reliable meters, usually charging ₹23 at flagfall then ₹23 per kilometre. Try Easycabs or Quickcabs.
Car-sharing services Uber (www.uber.com) and Ola Autos & Cabs (www.olacabs.com) have transformed travel around Delhi. If you have a local number and a smartphone, download these apps and you can arrange pick-ups from your exact location (though the car/auto will sometimes stop a little way away), then pay the electronically calculated fee in cash when you complete the journey and thus side-stepping much haggling. Uber was banned in 2014 following an assault by one of its drivers but checks have been improved since.