Transportation In Chandigarh

The largest number of vehicles in India is found in Chandigarh as the wide roads and parking space availability allows people to have several cars without any issues. This eases the local transport as well.

The public transport buses are being operated by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU). They have Inter State Bus Terminals (ISBT) in sector 17 as well as in sector 43. The bus services to travel to the neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh are also there. The city has the National Highway 22 which connects it to Kalka, Ambala, Shimla and Kinnaur. Chandigarh also has National Highway which connects the city to Leh.

By Plane

The main airlines which connect to the city are Air India, Go Air, Jet Airways and Spice Jet Airways. These flights offer direct flights to and from Delhi and Mumbai. Most of the airlines will charge you around three thousand for a flight to Delhi including all the taxes. You can also get hopping flights to Srinagar, Jammu and Kolkata and the flights to Goa are also going to start very soon.

By Train

You can easily travel between Chandigarh and New Delhi via trains. The most popular trains which run regularly on the route are Kalka express, Shatabdi Express, which runs twice a day and there is another train named Chandigarh Jan Shatabdi Express which is economical and has cheaper rates than any other trains on that route. The best train between them is Shatabdi express and it is always advised to have a reservation in it at least three days prior to the travel.

Popular long-distance trains include the following:

  • Paschim Express (daily) to Mumbai
  • Kalka Mail (daily) to Howrah
  • Dehradun-Chandigarh Madras Express (Monday) to Chennai
  • Kerala Sampark Kranti (Wednesday) to Kochuveli (Kerala)
  • Chandigarh Lucknow Express (daily) to Lucknow.
  • Chandigarh-Jaipur GaribRath to Jaipur.
  • Chandigarh Bandra Terminus Super-fast Express (Sunday) to Bandra Terminus (Mumbai)
  • Chandigarh Bandra Terminus Super-fast Special (Wednesday) to Bandra Terminus (Mumbai)

By Car

The connectivity via road is equally good and the drive from Delhi is just four to five hours in which the national highway 1 is the best. The city is more like a gateway to Himachal Pradesh.

Important Distances:

  • New Delhi - 260 km (160 mi)
  • Shimla - 110 km (68 mi)
  • Manali- 320 km (200 mi)
  • Dehradun - 175 km (110 mi)
  • Amritsar - 250 km (155 mi)

You can also find several car rental companies in Chandigarh and if you are a traveller from Delhi, finding cabs will not be difficult at all thanks to the numerous travel agencies which will book a cab for you in a simple call. The highway has a scenic beauty and most of the passengers travel vial Indica and other smaller vehicles in this route.

It was really convenient to take the cabs at the time of summers when you travel to Chandigarh, but it should be avoided in winters as there was a lot of fog at that time. The months between December and February are the ones which have the maximum fog. During the night and early morning, the fog increases a lot which is because of the hills surrounding the area. The visibility can reduce to as low as six feet at times.

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By Bus

There are two bus terminals in Chandigarh. One is the Inter State Bus Terminal which is in Sector 43 which is connected to all the nearby states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu, Uttaranchal and Delhi. On the other hand, the bus terminal in sector 17 is responsible for the communication to the towns of Haryana and Delhi.

Delhi and Chandigarh has extremely good connectivity with bus travelling to and from Chandigarh in every fifteen minutes. This bus service is provided by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, Punjab roadways and the Haryana Roadways. You can also find A/C Volvos on the route which is between Chandigarh and Delhi and also drop you to the Airport or to towns like Gurgaon. The fares of Shatabdi and Volvo are generally comparable and you can get the tickets booked from Haryana State Transport Service. There is A/C as well as normal buses available on the route and one can easily obtain the tickets and travel hassle free.

Chandigarh Metro Rail

The metro rail of Chandigarh is expected to start from the year 2018 along with the Kolkata Metro and the metro in Indore. The Asian Center of Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) is also there in Chandigarh.

Chandigarh Local Transport

The roads of Chandigarh are well maintained and have a lot of parking space all over the city making it much more convenient to use private vehicles to explore the City. The bus service of Chandigarh is also very good and runs under Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) and is considered the best means of transportation in Chandigarh. Inter-State bus services are also provided by the CTU and emphasis is laid upon the traffic rules in Chandigarh. The city has traffic parks in which people are taught the traffic rules and several workshops are conducted for the same. Rickshaws are available in the city to travel short distances and auto rickshaws are generally used to travel to and from the Inter State Bus Terminals (ISBT)

By Taxi

The city does not have much taxi services and one can find the taxis only at the taxi stands which are there in the commercial market of the sectors.

Fully A/C cab services are also being started by the UT administration and by making a single call; one can receive the cab at their door step. You can also find cabs at the railway station and the airport. These cabs are really comfortable and serve the satellite towns of Mohali and Panchkula apart from Chandigarh. These taxies are comfortable and are fully Air conditioned or air heated which are driven by the drivers in Uniform. They also have complaint books where the passengers can lodge a complaint if they have faced any difficulty while travelling. These cabs are monitored by GPRS and the location of the cab is monitored in the control rooms.

These taxis charge fifteen rupees per kilometer and do not have any charges for the first kilometer and just charge for the meter down.

Car Rentals

You can find several car rental companies in Chandigarh to explore the city. www.taxiguide.in is the website of the Chandigarh Car Rental Company. The number of the company is 91 888 023 4455 and you can even mail them at [email protected] The fair of the taxi starts from Rs. 866 for the ones within the city and for the ones taken for outstation costs Rs. 8.5 per kilometer. You can talk to the inquiry from 7 AM to 11 PM.

Taxi Services

Taxi services are also available in Chandigarh and you can get the information on their official website www.cabgurgaon.com. Their telephone number is 9891-88-6666 and you can email them at [email protected]

By Auto Rickshaw

Chandigarh was the first Union Territory to have radio auto services which are pink in colour and charge Rs. 10 for the first kilometer and the subsequent kilometers are charged by Rs. 8. This service is named “Tuk-Tuk” which is available for the people round the clock.

In spite of them being available everywhere, they are not all that popular in the city. The auto drivers might not agree to charge you via meter, so you should negotiate on the terms and then hire an auto.

By Cycle Rickshaw

The three wheeled pedal rickshaws having a seat at the back so that the passengers can sit are the Cycle Rickshaws. The driver is in front and cycles it to go forward. They are best meant to travel short distances or the places which cannot be walked down as they are too long and too short to be travelled via auto or taxi. They can be found anywhere in the city and you need to negotiate really well before boarding it otherwise they might ask you for extra money.

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