There are several means of transport from the Pink City of Jaipur, a popular tourist destination to Delhi, India’s capital city; one can take a flight, a train, a bus or even a private car or taxi. A flight is the fastest way to get from Jaipur to Delhi while a bus is the cheapest and also the most convenient as there are several bus stops in each city.
By road, the distance between Jaipur and Delhi is 268 kilometres, while by rail the distance is 288 kilometres. It’s faster to go by road, as a road journey takes just under five hours (with minimal stops) while a train journey can take up to eight hours. The flying distance is 241 kilometres and a flight would take just under or just over an hour.
Flight tickets from Jaipur to Delhi are comparatively cheap as they cost between INR 1500-5000. Train tickets for upper classes cost between INR 900-1500 while bus tickets cost only around INR 500.
Flights from Jaipur to Delhi
Depending on when you book your tickets, a flight from Jaipur to Delhi can cost anywhere between INR 1500-5000. For the lowest fares, book flights which will fly in the middle of the day as early morning and late night flights are in heavy demand by people travelling for business.
Both budget airlines like Indigo and SpiceJet and regular carriers like Jet Airways fly the Jaipur to Delhi route. They are similarly priced - a regular carrier may charge INR 500 more. However, budget airlines will not serve meals or snacks on board; passengers will have to buy them from the in-flight menu if they want refreshments. Regular airlines will serve complimentary snacks or meals, depending on the time.
All airlines allow between 15-20 kg of free check-in baggage.
Flights take between 50 minutes and an hour and ten minutes to fly the route, but one must also account for check-in, security and waiting times when calculating travel time.
Buses from Jaipur to Delhi
Bus prices cost between INR 250-600 depending on the company you choose and whether you opt for air-conditioned or non-air conditioned coaches. In the summers (April to June) it’s best to pay a little extra and take an air-conditioned coach for comfortable travel.
Trusted bus companies are Mahalaxmi Travels, Gold line Super Deluxe and Shakti Travels, all of which have luxury air-conditioned coaches. Bookings can be made both online and with travel agents.
Travelling from Jaipur to Delhi by bus will take five to seven hours and the road is smooth as the route involves travel on two national highways. There will be two to three bathroom or snack stops along the way.
Bathrooms on the route tend to be used by several travellers and are not very clean. Be sure to carry your own toilet paper and sanitizer.
There are several private bus companies which travel the route, so there are departures all through the day or night. If you’d like to cancel your ticket, most operators require notification at least 24 hours in advance to issue a full or partial refund.
One can choose between air-conditioned and non-air conditioned coaches. Most air-conditioned coaches have comfortable seats.
Snacks are not available on board, but one can request water. One can also purchase snacks when the bus stops as it will typically halt at small restaurants or near kiosks.
Some buses will have overhead television screens which will show local films and tv shows in the regional language.
Trains from Jaipur to Delhi
Train tickets from Jaipur to Delhi cost between INR 500-2000 depending on the train and class you choose. When booking tickets, it’s also important to be aware that Delhi has several main train stations spread across the city. These are the New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), the Delhi Sarai Rohilla Railway Station (DEE) and the Old Delhi Railway Station (DLI).
Direct trains from Jaipur to Delhi include the Mandor Express, the JSM DLI Express and the Ashram Express. The Swarna J Raj Express is the fasest train, taking four and a half hours.
Generally, the train journey from Jaipur to Delhi takes between seven to eight hours.
There are more than fourteen trains which travel the route so there are frequent departures every day. To cancel your ticket, you will have to pay a cancellation fee and submit a cancellation request at least 48 hours in advance.
The Indian Railways system has several different compartment types from the First AC to the Sleeper Class.
The best option for the Jaipur to Delhi journey would be the Second Class Ac, which has air-conditioned compartments, serves meals and snacks and only four to six berths per compartment. The ticket prices are reasonable.
Third AC is also an option; compartments are air-conditioned but have more berths than the Second Class and are therefore nosier and more chaotic. However, since the journey is just a few hours, these factors can be tolerated.
The Sleeper Class does not have AC and it’s not advisable to travel by it in the summer. The tickets are much cheaper than the air-conditioned compartments, however, so it’s a good option in winters.