Travel

Airports

Information on all airports in India is available at the Airports Authority of India website.

Ground transport

Although there are comprehensive local bus/train networks in most major towns, they are often overcrowded. It is advisable to avoid using public transport.

Taxis/hotel cars are the best mode of transport in most of the towns in India and are inexpensive by Australian standards. Taxis are metered in most major cities, but in some cities, fares are negotiable or have a surcharge. Pre-paid taxis and hiring chauffeur-driven cars are other options available.

To travel around a city it is best to hire a car and driver through the hotel. Hire a taxi for the day (but be precise about the period and negotiate the price) or hire a car and driver direct from car rental companies, like Hertz India, Orix India or Avis India. Online App based taxis service like Uber and Ola Cabs (Indian home grown taxi service) are available in all major cities across India.

India has an extensive network of railways. However, it is more efficient to travel by air as trains are slow by international standards.

Allow extra time when travelling during the peak hours, which are from 8.00am to 11.00am and 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

Hotels

India has a large number of good five-star hotels and also cheap, reasonable and affordable hotels. Special discounted rates are offered to diplomatic missions and large corporations.

Dining

There are a number of restaurants across India that are good and cheap. Each city in India offers certain specialties. It is safe to eat freshly cooked food and to drink only bottled water.

Tipping

Tipping 10 per cent is customary in restaurants and hotels in addition to the usual service included in the bill. The taxis and auto-rickshaws charge a fee over and above the metered amount; no tipping beyond the surcharge is required.