I had often travelled to Delhi by air from Hyderabad for my onward journey to Amritsar by train from the New Delhi railway station and back from Amritsar to New Delhi by train and then by air from Delhi Airport to the newly built international standard Shamashabad airport of Hyderabad. I always used to take a taxi from the Delhi Airport to New Delhi Station for my onward journey to Punjab and again from New Delhi railway station to Delhi airport on my return journey from Punjab. It used to be harrowing experience to travel in the hot sun or extreme cold to travel by a taxi through the thick traffic of Delhi and bearing with the rough and rash driving of the Delhi taxi drivers. Sometimes, the lack of knowledge of travelling facilities become the cause of your hardships. So was the case with me until last week when I was travelling from Amritsar to New Delhi by train that a kind fellow passenger told me that I could avail the services of the Delhi Metro rail to go to the airport in a most convenient and fastest way and at a much cheaper cost than the fare of a taxi. I followed my co-passenger's advice and reached the airport in no time with ease and comfort. Then I thought of writing this article so that many passengers reaching Delhi airport from various parts of India and the world could avail of the facility if already not known them. One can have the full details about the Delhi metro from its official website http://www.delhimetrorail.com.
How to avail the services of metro rail at New Delhi Railway Station
• Any one reaching New Delhi railway station from any part of India can avail of the Delhi Metro rail services to the places connected by the metro rail, especially the Delhi airport both domestic and the international airport. The passengers going to the domestic airport must get down at the 'Delhi Aerocity' metro rail station and those traveling to the Indira Gandhi International Airport to catch any international flights should get down at the 'Airport' rail station of the metro.
• There are two exits at the New Delhi Railway Station. One exit is towards the Pahar Gunj side and the other is towards the Ajmeri Gate site. To reach the Delhi Metro rail station, one must get out from the exit towards the Ajmeri Gate side. Immediately after getting out of the railway station, one may find two metro rail stations. One is meant for the local stations and the other is meant especially for the metro train going to both the domestic and the international airport. The cost of ticket for Aerocity is Rs.60 per person and if you have luggage, you have to pay a minimum Rs.50.
• The Metro rail station porter will help and guide you to the ticket counter and finally to the platform from where the train has to start. A train will leave for the airport almost after a gap of every 15 minutes. It will take to the Delhi Aerocity station within about 15 minutes. The announcement of the arrival, departure and the next station on your way will be made inside the train from time to time. So it is a hassle free journey to the airport sitting comfortably in the air conditioned compartment as compared to the most costly, time consuming and uncomfortable journey by a taxi.
• Along with the two paper tickets for you and the luggage, you will also be given a plastic / metal token which you have to carry carefully to the destination station. It is important that your entry to the platform is possible with this token only and again while getting out from the destination you have to drop this token in the box provided to get the gate opened for your exit. So an utmost care should be taken to keep this security token with you unless you get out of the metro rail station.
• The moment you reach your destination to go to the airport, you will find many sharing taxis parked outside the metro rail station ready to take you to the airport. As soon as I got out of the metro rail station, I got a sharing taxi within just one minute and reached the airport within 10 minutes. The sharing taxi driver charged me Rs.40 as the fare. So, with one suitcase and a bag, I had to spend only Rs.150 to reach the domestic airport instead of spending between Rs.300 – Rs.500 that too with a lot of bargaining to be done with the private taxi drivers.
How to avail metro rail services from domestic or international airport
• After you come out from the airport, just ask for a taxi to the Metro rail station. The metro rail station for the domestic airport is 'Delhi Aerocity' and for that of the International Airport, it is the 'Airport'. After reaching the Metro rail station, follow the same procedure as described above for catching a train at the New Delhi metro rail station. For any problem, approach the help desk. You may use escalators provided at every metro station for your convenience in stead of using the stairs.
A brief about Delhi Metro
Delhi Metro is one of the world's first class metro rail services and is fast becoming a trend setter which many countries in the south Asian region may follow. It is the product of the unique modern communication technology with a state of the art air-conditioned coaches which are so modelled at to give the passengers the comfort which they need during their travel. The Delhi metro is provided with the most modern communication and train control system to ensure the fool proof safety of its operations and the security of its passengers. The Automatic Fare Collections System has been introduced for the first time in the country for ticketing and passenger control. The trains run at very frequent intervals obliterating the need of waiting ordeals which the passengers usually face at the railway platforms. The entries and exits are controlled by flap-doors which are operated by smart cards. There are adequate number of escalators installed at metro stations for the convenience of the travelling public. The metro is integrated with other modes of public transport like feeder buses and taxis.