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Indira Gandhi International Airport is about 14km southwest of the centre. International and domestic flights use gleaming Terminal 3. Terminal 1 is reserved for low-cost carriers. Free shuttle buses (present your boarding pass and onward ticket) run between the two terminals every 20 minutes, but can take much longer. Leave at least three hours between transfers to be safe.
The arrivals hall at Terminal 3 has 24-hour foreign exchange, ATMs, prepaid taxi and car-hire counters, tourist information, a pharmacy, bookshops, cafes and a Plaza Premium Lounge with short-stay rooms (there's another of these at Terminal 1 arrivals).
You’ll need to show your boarding pass to enter the terminal. At check-in be sure to collect tags for all your carry-on bags and ensure these are stamped as you go through security.
Delhi’s airport can be prone to thick fog from November to January (often disrupting airline schedules) – it’s wise to allow a day between connecting flights during this period.
Whatever time your flight arrives, it's a good idea to book a hotel in advance and notify staff of your arrival time – some places may allow you to check in early. Organised city transport runs to/from Terminal 3; a free shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes between Terminal 3 and Terminal 1.
Pre-arranged Pick-ups Hotels offer pre-arranged airport pick-up, but these are usually more expensive than arranging a taxi yourself – however, it may be worth it to ease your arrival. You’ll pay extra to cover the airport parking fee (up to ₹220) and ₹100 charge to enter the arrivals hall. To avoid the entry fee, drivers may wait outside Gates 4 to 6.
Metro The Airport Express line (www.delhimetrorail.com) runs every 10 to 15 minutes from 5.15am to 11.40pm, completing the journey from Terminal 3 to New Delhi train station in around 20 minutes (International/domestic terminal–New Delhi, ₹60/50). It’s usually empty because it’s a separate line from the rest of the metro. You can use a smart card, or buy a token for the other lines at Airport station; check with customer services.
Bus Air-conditioned buses run from outside Terminal 3 to Kashmere Gate ISBT every 10 minutes, via the Red Fort, LNJP Hospital, New Delhi Station Gate 2, Connaught Place, Parliament St and Ashoka Rd.
Taxi In front of the arrivals buildings at Terminal 3 and Terminal 1 are Delhi Traffic Police Prepaid Taxi counters offering fixed-price taxi services. You’ll pay about ₹350 to New or Old Delhi, and ₹450 to the southern suburbs in a battered old black-and-yellow taxi. There's a 25% surcharge between 11pm and 5am. Travellers have reported difficulty in persuading drivers to go to their intended hotel. Firmly insist that the driver takes you to your chosen destination and only surrender your voucher when you arrive where you want.
You can also book a prepaid taxi at the Megacabs counter at both the international and domestic terminals. It costs ₹600 to ₹700 to the centre, but you get a cleaner car with air-con.