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How To Travel To Agra

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Agra is located 200 kilometers southeast of Delhi and is one of the destinations in the Golden Triangle of Agra-Delhi-Jaipur. Agra is also well-connected by train and road to other neighboring towns and tourist locations, making it an ideal day excursion from Delhi or a stop on a longer journey.

BY PLAIN

Seasonal service to Agra’s Kheria Airport. Currently, Air India Regional serves the city through the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur tourism triangle route. Agra is one of India’s most renowned cities and is well linked by air to all other major cities in the country. Both destinations are accessible by airplane in less than an hour. Renting a vehicle may be a more cost-effective option.

BY TRAIN

Agra is located on the major railroad line from Delhi to Mumbai (Bombay) and Delhi to Chennai, and several trains link Agra to these cities daily. Certain eastbound trains from Delhi also pass via Agra, providing direct connections to places in Eastern India (including Kolkata). Each day, there are about 20 trains to Delhi and at least three or four to Mumbai and Chennai. Agra and Delhi are well-known for their dense winter fog, which decreases visibility to near-zero levels. If traveling in late December or early January (during the fog season), travelers should be advised that all trains will slow down and travel times will increase due to limited visibility. For example, the Bhopal Shatabdi may arrive in Agra long after 10:00 a.m. and depart for Delhi well after midnight. From a safety standpoint, traveling by rail is always better during the winter. Please keep in mind that driving in foggy situations is very dangerous.

Train tickets may be purchased online on the Indian Railways website using debit or credit cards. You may arrange “UP Tourism”-led trips in air-conditioned luxury buses from Agra station. Additionally, planned trips depart from Delhi. If you visit during the busy season, you must purchase your tickets many days to a few weeks in advance if you desire to make it a day excursion, which means departing early in the morning and returning at a suitable hour at night.

STATIONS

Agra has three railway stations:

  • Agra Cantt (Station Code : AGC) is the city’s principal railway station. It is located southwest of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, which are both accessible by automobile, auto-rickshaw, or cycle rickshaw. A prepaid taxi stop is located just outside, charging a set fee to any hotel in the city. If you go a little distance from the station, you can get an auto-rickshaw, although they may not speak English. The station has a quite decent Comesum food court, which also serves affordable, sanitary takeout foods like as sandwiches and samosas.
  • Agra Fort station (Station Code : AF) located near Agra Fort, is only served seldom by interstate fast trains. The station is served by trains to the east (Kanpur, Gorakhpur, and Kolkata), with a few of these trains stopping at Agra Cantt.

This is one of Agra’s oldest railway stations due to the presence of a large, octagonal Tripolia Chowk between the Jama Masjid and the Agra Fort’s Delhi gate. This Tropolia was demolished to make room for the Agra Fort Railway Station, which was also Agra’s first railway station and one of the country’s oldest.

  • Raja Ki Mandi is a minor station (Station Code: RKM). Several trains that stop at Agra Cantt also make a stop here. The station has a relaxed and sleepy ambience, but comes to life when Intercity trains and Taj Expresses arrive. It is centrally located in the city.
  • Agra City is located in the centre of the city. This station, a vestige of the metre gauge period, is of little use.
  • Idgah Railway Station is the first stop on your journey from Jaipur to Agra.

LINES

  • Delhi to Agra – Each day, close to twenty trains link Delhi and Agra, with trip lengths ranging from two to five hours. The Bhopal Shatabdi Express (leaves New Delhi at 06:15 and arrives in Agra Cantt at 08:12; departs Agra Cantt at 20:30 and arrives in New Delhi at 22:30, everyday except Friday) and the Taj Express are the best alternatives (departs Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin at 07:15 arriving Agra Cantt at 10:07; departs Agra Cantt at 18:55 arriving Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin at 22:00, daily).
  • Agra to Jaipur – The travel from Agra Fort Railway Station to Jaipur (Station Code : JP) takes around 4 hours on train no. 2988, which departs at 18:25 and arrives in Jaipur at approximately 22:20.

Additionally, train number 2965 departs from Agra Cantonment at 17:40 for Jaipur. At 22:15, the train comes. 300 air-conditioned coach.

  • The Luxury train – On its eight-day round journey through Rajasthan and Agra, Palace on Wheels makes a stop in Agra.

BY BUS

Numerous buses connect Jaipur, Delhi, Ajmer, and Lucknow to Agra.

FROM DELHI

There is a freshly constructed motorway between Delhi and Agra, but since it is toll-free, most buses avoid it. Rather of that, they travel the local roads, which greatly lengthens the journey compared to the fast trains (4-5 hr). It is feasible to reach Agra by bus and minibus through lesser routes; however, you must inquire about where the buses to Agra leave, either from a trustworthy local or from the personnel at your hotel/hostel. Bear in mind that Indian “bus stops” are often enormous pavement areas under flyovers, densely packed and devoid of any indicators as to which bus goes where, or stands for private bus companies offering a more pleasant ride at a greater price. This is an adventurous alternative, since your travel may be delayed due to a bus breakdown or a road closure owing to a local protest or other sort of gathering. Take note that this is by far the cheapest method to go to Agra, since it should cost no more than 60 rupees for a regular “bus” and 200 rupees for a more coach-like vehicle.

FROM AGRA

Three interstate bus stops are available:

  • Idgah Bus Stand is the principal bus station for travel to Rajasthan/Madhya Pradesh. It is located in the middle of the city, about 8 kilometers from the Taj.
  • ISBT at Transport Nagar, 12 km from the Taj, is an inter state bus terminal. Except for buses departing from Idgah Bus Stand and heading towards Rajasthan, the majority of buses pass by here.

If you intend to go on these government-run buses, you must insist on your rickshaw driver transporting you there. If you just inquire for buses to Delhi, he would very certainly direct you to a private bus operator from whom he receives a commission. It will be somewhat more costly for you, and since these buses are not direct, they often stop at odd locations and drop you off at random locations as well.

BY TAXI

You may either arrange for a cab via your hotel or straight outside the train station. There is often a government-authorized taxi stand, but it may be difficult to locate, and the locals present at the station (hunting for foolish visitors) will not assist you in locating it. 950 each day for eight hours. It may be more expensive to book directly with the hotel, since hotels do have their own tariffs. It is preferable to bargain directly with the driver or book via an online vehicle rental agency.

While automobiles are not permitted near the Taj Complex, the remainder of Agra is readily accessible by vehicle.

BY CAR

  • From Delhi: The Yamuna Expressway, India’s longest expressway, links Delhi and Agra, covering a distance of 200 kilometers. The trip takes around two hours. The expressway connects Greater Noida and Agra. This highway is toll-free.

NH2 Highway: The principal entry to the highway is along Mathura Road in Delhi, although if traveling from South Delhi or the Delhi Airport, it is more convenient to take Aurobindo Marg (Mehrauli Road) and then make your way up to NH2 through Tughlakabad. While the roadway is split, it is critical to watch for trucks, vehicles, and bullock carts traveling in the opposite direction. It is possible to rent a vehicle with a driver (a large automobile for five passengers costs 3,500 rupees from/to the Delhi airport). However, if you need to go from Agra to the airport in order to catch a flight, allow enough of time for the journey, since traffic conditions may greatly lengthen the drive. Additionally, it is good to get acquainted with your driver. There are instances when he may take more than five hours to complete the journey, and you cannot compel him to travel quicker than an autorickshaw (tuk-tuk).

  • From Jaipur: National Highway 11, a split four-lane highway, links Agra to Jaipur through Bharatpur, a bird sanctuary town. Around 255 kilometers may be covered in around four hours.
  • From Gwalior: A route of around 120 kilometers takes approximately 1.5 hours on National Highway 3. (Agra- Mumbai Highway).
  • From Lucknow / Kanpur: The split modern motorway continues to Kanpur (285 kilometers, 5 hours) and then east to Kolkata. From Kanpur, NH25 leads to Lucknow (90 kilometers, 2 hours).
  • From Greater Noida : Perhaps the finest route, since it links straight to Agra through the Yamuna Expressway, a 165-kilometer stretch that can be traversed in 1.5–2 hours due to low traffic. The road is really well-maintained.

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