Taxi\Auto Rickshaw Rates generally

#1 Dec 22nd, 2010, 01:18
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Can anyone provide some idea of the cost of Taxi\AutoRickshaw in Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Agra and Varanasi. I don't mean to be vague, but I find the price info in lonely planet wildly out of date. Perhaps someone can give me an idea on the cost per KM, or "from the station to central". Just something I can use as a rough guide. I know as a tourist I am bound to pay more and I am ok with that, I just don't want to pay a hundred times more, you know what I mean
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A nearly impossible task since it varies by appearance, bargaining power, and with inflation and particularly petrol prices. Do you speak a local language or two.?
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Check this site: www.taxiautofare.com

Useful for big cities.
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It's hard to say as it varies by place and person (and yes the lonely planet rates are usually wrong and out of date)

Basically, hailing a rickshaw consists of this basic exchange: he tells you one price (100 rs for example). You should offer him about half that (50-60). He will laugh at you and tell you it's not possible. You act firm and pretend you will look elsewhere (employ the "walk away" technique). He will knock it down to 80. You say 70 only, and he nods for you to get in. Some will not bargain with you, so walk away and look elsewhere.

In most places 100 rupees should take you a significant distance (over 5 km). Be careful as many drivers try to take advantage of new looking tourists getting off buses or trains - I once had a rickshaw driver in Bangalore ask for 300 rupees to take me to my hotel 1/2km away!
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Smile Thanks Dhrubatara and candycanegirl

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That taxiautofare website is interesting. The fare calculator might not work very well, but for the first time I have actually seen some fare tables for Auto's in India. Is it up to date? It doesn't seem to be what they charge in any case, but here are some examples of some random cities:

1. In Trivandrum, the min fare is Rs.10 which will take you 1.3Km and then it is Rs.6 per km thereafter.
2. In Delhi, the min fare is Rs.19 which will take you 2Km and then it is Rs.6.5 per km thereafter.
3. In Bangalore, the min fare is Rs.17 which will take you 2Km and then it is Rs.9 per km thereafter.
4. In Navi Mumbai, the min fare is Rs.13 which will take you 1Km and then it is Rs.8 per km thereafter.
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I can just give you an idea for Delhi. The only way you should pay over Rs. 100 is if you're going from one side of the city all the way to the other. I live in Hauz Khas Village and go often to East of Kailash (you can take a look on Google Maps just so you have an idea of distance) and that's Rs. 45. Going from Hauz Khas Village to New Friends Colony is about Rs. 60 (that's about 10 km at the shortest route). The only way you'll get a somewhat decent rate is if you know the Hindi numbers (at least counting by 10s) and can bargain in basic Hindi. My main advice is be patient and keep waving them by if they're not giving you a decent price. Sometimes I'll wave five by before I get the price I want to pay. You can always say "meter se chalo" which means let's go by meter. These days in Delhi the autorickshaw drivers are more willing to go by meter. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Kathakar View Post Going from Hauz Khas Village to New Friends Colony is about Rs. 60 (that's about 10 km at the shortest route).
That seems to be a bit cheaper than the fare card, but roughly confirms it.
i.e. Rs.19 for first 2 km, plus Rs.52 for the next 8km (at Rs.6.5 per km). According to fare card that would be a total of around Rs.70.

By the way I should say congratulations to Kathakar. I don't remember anytime recently even getting 6km for Rs.60. However, you can forget any hope of that sort of a fare on Chennai Autos.
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The best one I had was in Poona where the fellow had jiggled a bit too much with the meter. The dials whirled madly into the hundreds for a short trip down Baji Rao rasta. I knew the regular fare and just laughed as I gave him that. Keep a firm, confident demeanor is my advice. However, don't close oneself to an honest man. One fellow took me inside a secured company compound so that I could photograph an elusive antiquity at the back. We roared with laughter as the guards ran behind us..
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Yes, easiest to think about that loose Rupees per km rule - I guess roughly 10 rs per km. But good luck convincing a Chennai driver to drive 6 km for 60! (Even in Bangalore, my Indian husband can't get a driver to go under 40 for even a couple km)

Meters are a good way to go but have heard stories of being tampered with. Good to first be aquainted with how much it should be before trusting a meter.
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useful info folks. As rich dumb looking foreigner I am regularly quoted 100r for the 1/2 kilometer trek from the Imperial hotel in Janpath ND to the metro. After the same tricks as set out above the 5th driver accepts 50r as I am too tired/sweaty/bored to resist.
Has anyone seriously considered hijacking or physical violence? On reflection I reckon they need the money more than I do.
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I've checked the site with Kolkata fares...It is not perfect but OK...
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What! 19r for 2 km! Gotta learn hindi, starting with a few cuss words..............
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Originally Posted by captain bruce View Post What! 19r for 2 km! Gotta learn hindi, starting with a few cuss words..............
Didn't get you...
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Has anyone seriously considered hijacking or physical violence?
Frequently. And have done both.
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