How early to arrive at Metro Stations to buy?

#1 Feb 7th, 2013, 03:22
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Hey guys,

How long does the process of buying a metro card/token usually take? Are there kiosks for buying tickets?
I really do not know what to expect, and I'm just trying to figure out how early we need to arrive at the stations in order to be on time to our destinations.
#2 Feb 7th, 2013, 04:05
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Normally not more than a couple of minutes unless you are riding at peak rush times. Most times after 9am and before 3:30 pm I just walked up to the counter. Wait for your change. I believe the clerks are slow to give change, thinking the stupid tourist will walk away without it.
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Thank you for the quick response!
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Are you planning to travel with luggage? The metro can get very crowded indeed, and the rules expressly forbid carrying "heavy" luggage. If you're just trying to get across town, and there are few of you, you might want to consider a taxi instead.

You can easily spend longer queueing to go through the security at the entrance (X-ray machine, metal detectors, frisking) than you would spend waiting to buy a token, depending on the time of day, and which station you're at.

btw, if you're going to buy a smartcard, you queue up at the Customer Services counter instead, not the ticket counter.
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Our use of the metro will just be for visiting various sites around Delhi. We won't have our luggage with us. We're staying with a volunteer organization that is only a five minute walking distance from the Govin Puri station.
Is it safe to assume that there are taxis waiting outside the stations? If so, do you think it would be easier to utilize a taxi service rather than using the metro?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. It is going to be our first trip to India, and we're trying to make it run as smoothly as possible.
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If you just want to use it for sight-seeing then there's nothing to worry about.

The Delhi metro works pretty much like any other metro you may have used before. It is clean, efficient and a good way of getting around. Signs and audio announcements are all in Hindi and English. It couldn't be more different from the usual Indian train experiences you may have read about.

Once you've bought a smart-card you just touch it on the pad at the barriers and you're through - the fare is about Rs 19 using the card.

Couple of points to note:
  • At peak times, some trains get very crowded indeed, and getting on/off can be something of a fight (literally). Especially changing lines at stations like Rajiv Chowk (Connaught Place) and Central Secretariat, where you will change from the Violet Line to the Yellow line. If the train you need is very full, it's easy enough to wait for the next one though, especially if you're in no hurry.
  • There are a range of different maps available online, some of them out of date (it's grown a lot in recent years), and some not very well designed IMHO. Personally I prefer this one.
  • The first coach in the direction of travel is for women only. Where this stops is usually marked on the platform with pink stickers.
  • Google maps for Delhi has the metro stations included, and it will show the various metro lines and their colours if you enable the "transit" layer
  • If you have an iPhone or iPad there's a free app called New Delhi Metro that you might find useful.

There will be cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws waiting outside most stations that you can use to continue your journey to exactly where you want to go. Taxis are a better bet when you have luggage, or have further to go and you want to be quicker.

I'm no expert btw but I've been using the metro every day for the past 3 weeks since I shifted to Delhi. Generally I'm quite impressed.

Enjoy!
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Thank you so much for all the information!
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I boarded a train at the Lajpatnagar station yesterday. The customer care there doesn't top up your smart card anymore. They have a spanking new vending machine that accepts banknotes.
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post I boarded a train at the Lajpatnagar station yesterday. The customer care there doesn't top up your smart card anymore. They have a spanking new vending machine that accepts banknotes.
Oh yeah, I spotted that - does it take debit/credit cards as well?

Talking of Lajpat Nagar (my local station), I was getting rather vexed about how to exit and cross the bridge across the busy highway when travelling South (Baradpur direction), because the only exit barrier when you come in from that direction is roped off.

Turns out you have to turn round and go towards the Gate No 1 exit, then take a right, go outside, right and right again as if you came in up the steps there. Then you can get across the bridge and exit the station on the other side of the highway.

I'd been risking my life trying to cross that road this week and wondering if there was an alternative...
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post I boarded a train at the Lajpatnagar station yesterday. The customer care there doesn't top up your smart card anymore. They have a spanking new vending machine that accepts banknotes.
Yeah they have those now at a few stations, and where they do they refuse to do it manually in order to get more people to use the machines.
When I first came across one, it was outside the security cordon, and a woman was in line ahead of me at the customer service counter. Apparently she'd been to the machine and back, and was trying to explain that she didn't get how to use it or some such. Totally lost it when the guy refused to help, and her and all the rest in the line ended up just buying new cards so we wouldn't have to go through the frisking again.

It's really kinda stupid to just randomly introduce these without any signages or instructions or warnings to get recharges before going through security.
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Useful information re top up card machines - we now know to look for them early on before going through security - this is the case with Customer Care too - you top up before getting into the security line although sometimes the window was half to the train side after security and half before.
Re taxis v. Metro - I would go for Metro every time - saves the haggling with auto rickshaw drivers, will still be cheaper than a taxi and at the same time it's marvellous for walking exercise. Up and down those stairs (most do have lifts) along the tunnels etc. Very good for health!
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In Bangalore, when I did not have change to buy my ticket, the guy at the counter pointed to the coin vending machine, and I had to go and bring the coins that were needed.

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