Delhi and Mumbai Transport issue: Coach or taxi?

#1 Feb 9th, 2004, 17:52
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We will be visiting India in April with a group of 25. Of this period, we will be spending 7 days in Mumbai and 6 in Delhi, these days will mainly be used to visit (large) companies. Most of us are students and none of us has ever visited India.

However, I am unsure about how to travel within these cities. Hiring a coach would probably be much easier, but taxis would presumably be much faster. The point is that we'll have to arrive at a certain time, and being late would probably offend the companies we visit. On top of that, if we were to take taxis, some of them might arrive on time, while others maybe wouldn't even arrive at all. Would it be possible to pre-book taxis and have them all driving in line?

What would you guys suggest, the comfort of a coach, or the speed of taxis?
#2 Feb 9th, 2004, 18:33
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For 25 people hire 3 Toyota Qualis or TATA Sumo cabs. They can whirl like a fish through the Bombay and Delhi traffic! Book a bit in advance (1day).

They charge a minimum rate of about 800rs/day or Rs5/kilometer, whichever is higher. For AC cab the rates are about Rs7/kilometer. This is to give you an idea of the cab hire rates. Could vary a bit about the above depends upon place agency etc. Contact at your hotel travel desk.

Never book from those smiling chicks inside the airport arrival area, if you are not in a desperate position. They’ll hang your skin at their living room and eat your flesh also!

Go to the prepaid counter/taxipoint and stand in the queue at airport.
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Why would you consider using taxis for a group of 25? Charter and bus in Mumbai and a bus in Delhi.
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There are suberban railways in both Mumbai and Delhi, when I get home later I will post a map of each on this thread.

The Residency hotel is a 5 - 10 minute walk from both CST and Churchgate train stations, there will be train stations reasonably close to any of the companies you are visiting.

Do you have the addresses of the companies?

There is a good A - Z Mumbai street atlas on sale in London, (also one for Delhi), if you give me the addresses I will check out the closest train stations.

The trains are cheap, though a little crowded during peak times.
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Mumbai rail map.

Delhi rail map.

I have also e-mailed you another Mumbai rail map.
#6 Feb 11th, 2004, 19:15
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Thanks for all the information! I think hiring a few smaller cars is indeed a much better solution than 1 big coach or taking taxis.

I did think about taking trains or the subway, but after hearing multiple stories about overcrowded trains and the such I didn't consider it to be a sound option. Do you guys consider these systems to be reliable?

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