So there are four ways you can get back to your hotel from the airport. Firstly you can go outside. You can just meet any taxi driver and these guys on the street out here are just gonna extort you. Karl: Paharganj. Driver: Paharganj? Which hotel? Karl: Paharganj main market. Driver: Any hotel there? Karl: No, main market. Driver: First time in India? Karl: Yeah, first time. Karl: How much is it to go there? Driver: Just only… 20 dollars. Karl: 20 dollars, American? Driver: Yes Karl: I have rupees. Driver: Rupees, you give me. Karl: How much rupees? Driver: How many persons? Karl: How much per person? Just one person. Driver: Just come. Karl: How much rupees? Driver: 1200. Karl: Hmm, I’ll check here first. Driver: It’s the same price there. It’s the first time, morning time, so you’re first customer. Okay, you give me 1000, enough. Karl: No, I think it’s still expensive, still. Driver: Sir, price, sir. It’s a company car so.. income.. Karl: No, it’s okay. Thank you. Driver: This is a good price for you. Where are you from? Karl: New Zealand. Driver: So I tell you good price. How many days in India? Karl: You always tell me a good price, eh? Driver: This is a good price for you. Karl: Amazing price!? Driver: Yes. Just, otherwise 1800 is price to city. Karl: Really? 1800? Driver: But I will give you reasonable price, because you tell me this thing. So I give you last offer is 1000 rupees. Karl: Na, it’s okay. I’ll check here too first. Thank you. Driver: Listen, you go with him. Karl: Why? Driver: You give him 600 Rs. Karl: It’s okay, I’ll check here. Driver: He will give you (ride for) 600 rupees. Driver 2: Coming from? Karl: New Zealand. Driver 2: French company.. Karl: Yeah, French.. Driver 2: We have a shop in Delhi. Four shops, big and old.. Karl: Really? Driver 2: Coming from? Karl: You know, New Zealand. Driver 2: Come. Where you going? Karl: Paharganj.
Driver 2: Paharganj! Karl: Yeah yeah. Driver 2: Come. Karl: I’ll check here. Driver 3: Taxi, sir? Karl: How much is Paharganj? Driver 3: Paharganj… which hotel, you? Karl: Just the main market, Paharganj. Driver 3: Paharganj.. Driver 3: 800 Rs. Karl: How much? Driver 3: 800 Rs.
Karl: Okay This is the prepaid taxi booth right outside gate 2. Let’s see how much Paharganj is from here. How much is Paharganj? Booth staff: 400. Karl: 400, okay. So you can see here that there’s a police barrier and the police barrier ends at the road. These taxi drivers are gonna wait for you to leave that barrier, to move away from the police. And then they’re going to come to you and they’re gonna start offering you these crazy prices. That first guy was three times the amount of what the prepaid taxi was. And he’ll try and convince you and use every…every trick in the book to get you to come, like.. Then he brings in his friend and his friend’s half the price. You know, it still seems like a good deal and I’m down to 600 now. But in reality, if you just go to the prepaid taxi booth, it’s just gonna be 400. But the drivers going to try screw you again. So what he did to me last time was, I’d pre-paid for my ticket and these tickets are just for one person. It’s an exclusive taxi ride. You don’t have to share with anybody. So this driver told me, “We’re gonna wait here for five minutes. And then we’re gonna take a few more passengers and go to where you’re going.” So he wanted to load the taxi up as a shared taxi when all of us passengers had paid.. you know.. full price for an exclusive ride, not a shared ride. Thirdly, you can take the metro and the Delhi Metro is like the London Underground. It’s amazing. It’ll take you anywhere and it leaves directly from the airport. It will take you right into the center of Delhi and to Paharganj where most foreigners will stay here. The only complexity here is that you’re going to need a metro map so you know which line to take and which station to get off at. You’re gonna need a GPS as soon as you get off so you can find your way to your hotel. You can take an Uber from outside the terminal too. But the problem here is, as soon as you book that Uber, the driver’s gonna call you and start speaking to you in Hindi. *Phone ringing* Uber Driver: Hello? Karl: Hello? Karl: Okay, so these are what the exit gates look like and there’s actually six of them. So, once you exit this gate, you’re gonna see these pillars behind you and there are… 18 of these pillars. You can see this one’s number 14. And you’re gonna need to tell the driver to meet you at one of these numbered pillars so you can tell them ‘Pillar 14, Gate 14.’ And then the next problem you have is you’ve also got these taxi bays. You’ve got 3 lanes out here and the Uber drivers are usually gonna meet you on the furthermost lane. So tell them the pillar and then go out to the lane and wait for the driver, look for his number plate. You’ll see a bunch of people looking at their phones and waiting for their Uber. So find them and you’ll find the Uber drivers. I don’t think they’re allowed to come along this first road or the second road. Second road is just for the taxis, first road’s just for… I’m not even sure. There’s no one on it, buses and things. But the third lane is for all traffic. The final way that I advise most of my friends to take is to get the hotel to organize their, their pick-up. They all have a driver waiting for you outside one of the gates of the New Delhi Airport. And the guy will have your name on a card and that’s gonna get you straight to your hotel. Then you can start taking the metro, start taking Ubers. In India you can’t enter the airport unless you’re flying so everybody has to wait outside. And you know, there’s army guys on the doors.