Separated by just 175 miles (281 kilometers), India's capital territory of Delhi and the pink city of Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan are relatively close to each other and it's easy to get between both cities. You can either take a short and inexpensive flight, or go the budget route and take the train. It's also possible to take a bus or drive yourself if you need more flexibility, but these alternatives are quite long when compared with the ease and comparative affordability of flying.
|Train||4 hours, 15 minutes||from $2||Budget travel and convenience|
|Bus||6 hours||from $5||Cheap and comfortable|
|Flight||1 hour||from $16||Fastest route|
|Car||5 hours||175 miles (281 kilometers)||Flexibility|
What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Delhi to Jaipur?
In the unreserved class, you can find train tickets to Jaipur for as little as $2 each way. Bear in mind that the cheapest tickets are extremely basic and can be quite uncomfortable—think close quarters and hard seats— so you may consider upgrading for just a few dollars more to the sleeper or air conditioned class. Options for getting to Jaipur vary, with trains running at different speeds and price-points.
- 12015 Daurai (Ajmer) Shatabdi Express: This is the fastest and most convenient train from Delhi to Jaipur, arriving in Jaipur in just over four hours. Ticket pricing is dynamic, meaning it fluctuates depending on demand.
- 12916 Ashram Superfast Express: Taking about five hours to reach Jaipur from Old Delhi, this is a fast option but can be slightly more expensive.
- 12986 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Jaipur Double Decker AC: If you can't leave early in the morning, this is the quickest train you can take in the evening, departing Delhi daily at 5:35 p.m. and reaching Jaipur at 10:05 p.m.
- 12958 Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani Express: This late-night train departs New Delhi Railway Station at 7:55 p.m. and arrives at Jaipur Junction at 12:20 a.m. with only two stops on the way.
What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Delhi to Jaipur?
Flying is the fastest way to get to Jaipur: The flight only takes 1 hour from Delhi, with many airlines offering direct service to Jaipur, including AirAsia, Air India, and IndiGo. Typically, AirAsia offers the cheapest fares and it's possible to find tickets for as low as $16. However, tickets are more likely to be sold somewhere in the range of $50 to $80.
How Long Does It Take to Drive?
It takes about five hours to drive from Delhi to Jaipur. To get there, you'll need to travel southwest from Delhi along National Highway (NH) 48 towards Jaipur. You'll stay on this road for most of the journey until you can take the exit toward NH 21/ NH 52, which will bring you into Jaipur. It's a common route, so the roads should be in good condition and easy to navigate, but expect to pay some tolls along the way.
Is There a Bus That Goes From Delhi to Jaipur?
Via RedBus, you can get to Jaipur in about six hours and one-way tickets can be found for as little as $6. Bus travel in India tends to be more comfortable than the train and RedBus' vehicles even feature meal service for business class passengers and complimentary Wi-Fi for all passengers. Although you might have to deal with traffic, the bus can sometimes be faster than the train, depending on the timeframe your itinerary calls for.
When Is the Best Time to Travel to Jaipur?
Jaipur has a hot climate, which means the winter season, from October to March, is the best time to visit. During these months you'll find the most comfortable temperatures. December and January, in particular, can be the best months to visit with the average high temperatures ranging between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 27 degrees Celsius). However, temperatures can drop at night, so make sure you bring layers. You'll want to avoid traveling in the summer when temperatures regularly peak above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), especially from July to September when monsoon season is in full swing.
Can I Use Public Transportation to Travel From the Airport?
Jaipur International Airport is about 7 miles (12 kilometers) away from the city center. It's a short cab ride, but if you'd rather take public transportation you can walk to the bus station at Jaipur Center and take either the 3, 3A, or 3B bus, which will bring you into the city for as little as $1.
What Is There to Do in Jaipur?
A stop on the Golden Triangle, a tourist route comprising of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, the pink city is one of the most visited cities in India and offers a lot to do. When you arrive, make sure to sign up for a guided walking tour of the old city and visit some of the iconic landmarks like the Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), Amber Fort, and Jaigar Fort. A must-visit, the Nahargarh Fort is a fantastic place to watch the sunset and see one of India's abandoned step wells, an inventive and aesthetically-pleasing way people in India used to store water. A trip to Jaipur is also a chance to go off the beaten path to see the deepest step well in the country at Chand Baori in Abhaneri, which is between Jaipur and Agra.