Besides connecting 70+ destinations, the Delhi Airport is also well-linked to various parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) via several modes of public transportation. These ways of travel, including the Delhi Metro, which is the lifeline of the Indian capital, ensure easy accessibility. The high-speed Delhi Metro Rail makes it possible for travellers to commute safely, economically, and conveniently to and from Delhi Airport.
So, on the occasion of Public Transport Day, celebrated on 10th November to learn about the various modes of commute and transportation systems, let’s see why navigating through the metro to the airport facility is recommended for flyers. Here you go!
Among the 10 metro lines that interconnect the national capital of India, the Airport Express or Orange Line links Dwarka Sector 21 to the New Delhi Railway Station while also connecting to the airport. The Orange Line was inaugurated in 2011 to offer a seamless travel experience for flyers who need to access terminals 3 and 2. The metro line connects six stations and takes about 21 minutes of estimated travel time to drop passengers at the Delhi Airport from New Delhi Railway Station. Besides Airport Express, the Magenta Line linking Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden also provides access to IGI and connects to Terminal 1.
Stretching across a span of 22.7 km, the Airport Express connects six stations, namely New Delhi, Shivaji Stadium, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi Aerocity, IGI Airport, and Dwarka Sector 21. The technological marvel provides access to terminal 3 and is interlinked with different metro lines. It connects with the Yellow Line at New Delhi, the Pink Line at Dhaula Kuan, the Silver Line at Delhi Aerocity, and the Blue Line at Dwarka Sector 21, and makes it possible for people living in different localities in the NCR region to easily reach the airport.
Commuting to the airport via the Delhi metro is one of the safest options. It is so because the stations located on the Airport Express are fitted with advanced gadgets like explosive detectors, under-vehicle scanners, quick reaction teams, and dog squads to ensure the security of passengers and baggage. The metro terminals also have a network of CCTV cameras to discourage thefts and prevent the loss of valuable assets.
The Airport Express metro is available from 4:45am to 11:40pm from New Delhi station while from Dwarka Sector 21 the last rail can be boarded at 11:15 pm. A train arrives every 10 minutes during the peak hours and every 15 minutes during the non-peak hours, which makes travelling through the metro hassle-free. Also, since the commute time is less and the passengers can travel from one end of the Orange Line to another in approx. 24 minutes, this mode of transportation is swift and rapid.
The Delhi Metro charges fewer fares when compared to the other commute options to drop flyers at terminal 3. While booking a cab or taxi from the New Delhi station to the airport can cost you around 500-600 bucks, the Delhi Metro covers the same distance for 60 bucks. This makes it a preferred travel option for flyers.
The Airport Express Line provides numerous facilities to ensure a hassle-free and smooth travel experience for flyers. By opting to commute via Delhi Metro, the passengers can avail of the baggage check-in facility 12 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure time. By doing so, they can free themselves of the worries of dragging their luggage and utilize the time and freedom to shop at stores at the airport facility. Another way they can benefit by travelling via the metro is by using the clock room facility, which is available at the New Delhi Metro Station.
Passengers arriving in Delhi via railways are recommended to access the IGI airport through the metro. It is so because the New Delhi Railway Station is linked to Airport Line Metro Station through a dedicated pathway. So, by travelling via Delhi Metro, the flyers can ditch the on-road traffic they are likely to find on this busy route. This also means reduced stress and anxiety caused because of the concern of missing the flight as a result of being stuck.
Travelling to the airport via the metro is especially made convenient for disabled people. The stations are wheelchair accessible and feature ramps. The elevators at the Airport Express are spacious enough to carry stretchers and designed to ensure ease for physically challenged people. Also, they can be easily used by visually impaired people as the buttons have Braille signs.
While travelling via the metro is the best way to access the Delhi Airport, several other options are also available. These include navigating via cabs, taxis, auto-rickshaws, and DTC buses.
Since the Airport Express Line came into existence in 2011, accessing the Delhi Airport has become convenient and hassle-free. So, this Public Transport Day, let’s celebrate this comfort and added value to the overall travelling experience because of the Orange Line!
Note: The information in the article is taken from the official DMRC website, i.e., www.delhimetrorail.com as on 10th of November 2022.