Wanting to travel around Delhi by bus? This quick guide to Delhi buses will get you started.
- Buses in Delhi are operated by the government owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), and there are around 2,500 different bus stops in the city.
- A useful bus route finder is available.
- Buses run from around 5.30 a.m. until around 10.30 p.m. at night.
- The frequency of buses varies from 5 minutes to 30 minutes or more, according to the route and time of day. Buses can be unreliable depending on the amount of traffic on the roads.
- Fares are more expensive on the new air conditioned buses. You'll pay a minimum of 10 rupees and maximum of 25 rupees per trip on an air conditioned bus, while the fare on ordinary buses is between 5 and 15 rupees.
- Blueline buses operate in Delhi to supplement DTC services, but they should be avoided where possible. These privately owned and leased out buses have no fixed routes, get very hot and crowded, and are driven erratically and at fast speeds -- all making for a dangerous and uncomfortable journey. Many of these buses have been involved in fatal accidents.
- The Delhi Transport Corporation also operates cheap Delhi Darshan sight seeing tours for only 200 rupees for adults and 100 rupees for children, from Scindia House in Connaught Place. Buses stop at popular attractions around Delhi. In addition, there is a Delhi Hop on Hop Off bus service for tourists. The fare is 300 rupees for adults and 150 rupees for children. Although HOHO is more costly, it offers better value for money overall.