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Is Delhi Expensive? (Here’s The Cost of Traveling In Delhi)

Are you planning to have a trip to Delhi?

If you are and next if you are thinking that Delhi is expensive then wait, this is the perfect post to read right now.

Delhi as a travel destination and the capital city of India has many merits: from the exciting history and its trailing architectural wonders to the rich culture and delicious food.

It’s a huge metropolitan city with a huge population and big infrastructure. But, you also need to keep this thing in mind that traveling to Delhi can be a lot expensive if you don’t have control and limit to your budget.

So, I think this post will help you a lot to set your budget and get the overall detailed estimation of how cost and budget-friendly your trip to Delhi can be.

But one of the most important virtues of travelling in Delhi is that it offers experiences at prices for any type of traveller, backpackers and luxurious vacationists alike.

By reading this, it’ll help figuring out the cost of travelling in Delhi and help plan the budget for your trip to Delhi very easily.

You will get a very good idea of the best budget for your Delhi trip. Keep reading and plan your trip accordingly.

So, let’s get started!

Is Delhi Expensive?

Yes, Delhi can be a lot expensive for your travel trip. The cost of living is also high. Here in Delhi, you can find a lot of expensive and luxurious places to eat and stay if you look around.

But, for a budget-conscious traveler who wants to enjoy an overall best trip with limited money in hand then Delhi has also got various budget-friendly and cheap options to meet your needs.

So, what do you think? These budget-friendly options include accommodation, transport, entry fees for commonly visited sights and meals all under your limited budget.

Remember, it does not include your personal expenses like shopping, extravagant luxuries, expensive dealings, etc.

A budget trip is only for those who want to enjoy an awesome travel trip under awesome accommodation, transport, entry fees, and meals on a limited budget.

In a nutshell, if you compare Delhi to the rest of India, you will find that Delhi is relatively expensive to travel and stay.

It’s a bit more expensive than traveling to cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, etc. but, not that huge.

If you talk about the budget and in the saving money point of view than it’s really best to stay for a few days at the most in Delhi.

If you still have a lot of time, spend more time in smaller and more interesting cities nearby Delhi. But, don’t travel too long in Delhi as it may cost you a lot due to its expensive nature.


Cost of accommodation in Delhi

In big cities like Delhi, you will find a lot of hotels and hostels alike. The majority of the hotels in Delhi are expensive and luxurious, while a few of them are budget-friendly.

On the other hand, only a few of the budget-friendly hotels are awesome and cost-effective, I should say. So, it’s always better you choose your hotel wisely if you are traveling to Delhi.

I love (Booking.com) and I use it very often to book my stay. They save time, and eventually save money! And, they do also provide the best cheapest accommodation options for you as promised.

If you see, October to March are considered as the best time to visit Delhi. During this period, the weather remains pleasant and is the best time of the year to visit Delhi.

So, due to high demand the cost of accommodation and stay in Delhi may increase a bit high between October to March.

An overview of the cost of accommodation in Delhi:

  • As a budget traveler, you can easily find a hotel between Rs. 700-1500. You will get a simple to mid-range room with basic facilities. Breakfast can be sometimes included but not always.
  • As a mid-range traveler, you can easily find a hotel between Rs. 1500-3000. It will be a little more comfortable with breakfast included along with a private bathroom, a pool, a garden, and sometimes a very nice view.
  • As a luxury high-end traveler, you can easily find a hotel between Rs. 5000-11000. You get everything from meals to comfortable beds with nice views, affordable boutique and heritage hotels, and a nice pool the majority of the time.

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Cost of transportation in Delhi

Getting around in Delhi, you have got so many options.

There are various cheap means of transport like the city buses, which can get very crowded, especially during peak hours.

There are other transport options like metro, auto-rickshaw, e-rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw, Taxi, Privet cabs, bicycle. You can even rent a vehicle if you want.

Delhi is heavily crowded, its expensive, and everywhere full of traffic jams. And so the transport fares are very high in Delhi.

As a word of recommendation, the Metro train is the fastest and best way to reach the majority of the locations in Delhi. You won’t have any traffic issues and this will eventually save you a lot of time and money of course.

The metro rail rapid transit system provides a quick and convenient way of getting around Delhi.

After reaching your metro station next, you can hire an auto-rickshaw, e-rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw, etc. to go to the nearby location you want.

This will eventually save you a lot of money and of course, your time as a budget-conscious traveler.

An overview of the cost of transportation in Delhi:

Transport TypeAverage Fare
Local BusFor Adult: Rs. 15 per 10 km
For Children: Rs. 8 per 10 km
Metro RailRs. 8 to Rs. 40
Cycle-rickshawRs. 20-50 or even higher depending on the location and traffic
TaxiRs. 15 per km
Auto-rickshawRs. 10-25 per km depending on the location and traffic
E-rickshawRs. 10-25 per km depending on the location and traffic
Private cabsRs. 10-30 per km
Rs. 80-100 per hour

Who should take what:

  • If you are a budget traveler, take Delhi metro, local buses, Auto-rickshaw, Cycle-rickshaw, E-rickshaw for commuting within Delhi.
  • If you are a mid-range traveler, you can take Delhi metro, Cabs, Auto-rickshaw, Taxi, etc.
  • If you are a luxury high-end traveler, it’s better that you take Luxury Sedans and SUVs such as Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Toyota, Camry, and Fortuner from sites like Oba, Uber, etc. It will cost about Rs. 2-4 per minute plus Rs. 20-30 per km on an average.

Cost of meals in Delhi

Meals are the most important part of any trip. Having a concern about the cost of the meals is very important for your trip.

So first of all, I want to make it very clear to you that the cost of the meals totally depends on the type of restaurant or hotel you have visited.

There’s no limit about the standards. Delhi has all types of food houses and is home to various types of restaurants from the high-end luxury ones to cheap rates street food stalls to the various small roadside hotels.

Depending on your budget you can enjoy the food as you want. You get it all everywhere from breakfast to lunch to dinner.

Moreover, you want to get a sip of tea or coffee anytime and anywhere then, you have got so many options (tea-stalls, etc.) in Delhi from street to street.

In general, if you eat at local restaurants:

  • A simple plate of breakfast that includes Omlette, Parathas, Idli, Dosa, Roti/Chappati, etc. can cost you anywhere Rs. 50-100.
  • A lunch or dinner that includes rice, meat, fish curry, dal (pulses), a sabji (vegetables sauteed with spices), etc. can cost you anywhere between Rs. 100-300.
  • A cup of tea or coffee with a snack, sweet, or biscuit can cost you anywhere between Rs. 30-50.

Food is everywhere in Delhi. Finding local restaurants in Delhi is quite easy.

In the old part of the Delhi city, you will many of these almost everywhere.

On the other case:

  • Meals at mid-range nice restaurants can cost you somewhere between Rs. 250 – 400 per meal, per person.
  • At high-end luxury fine dining restaurants like those in the five-star hotels, etc. meals can cost you anywhere between Rs. 1000 – 2500 per meal, per person.

Cost of other things in Delhi

Whether you are backpacking alone, or with your family. Whether you are traveling as a bachelor, or as a couple in Delhi.

It’s much important that you know the estimated cost of the other mandatory things in Delhi as well that will make your trip a fun and enjoyable one.

Here’s the overview of the cost you need to bear while traveling in Delhi:

TypeBachelorsCouplesFamiles
EntertainmentRs. 4,000 – 8,000Rs. 6,000 – 10,000Rs. 6,000 – 12,000
ShoppingRs. 2,000 – 5,000Rs. 4,000 – 8,000Rs. 6,000 – 12,000
Monument Entry FeesRs. 10-50 per person (Indian)
Rs. 100-500 per person (Foreigner)
Rs. 10-50 per person (Indian)
Rs. 100-500 per person (Foreigner)
Rs. 10-50 per person (Indian)
Rs. 100-500 per person (Foreigner)
Meals at Inexpensive RestaurantsRs. 40 – 150 per person at a timeRs. 300 – 500 at a timeRs. 500 – 700 at a time
Meals at Expensive RestaurantsRs. 300 – 600 per person at a timeRs. 600 – 1200 at a timeRs. 1300 – 2100 at a time
Tea/Coffee (regular)Rs. 10-20 per cupRs. 10-20 per cupRs. 10-20 per cup
Packaged Water (1 Litre)Rs. 10-20 per bottleRs. 10-20 per bottleRs. 10-20 per bottle

The above prices are just an estimate of what you can spend. If you are a budget-conscious traveler you can even enjoy the above options at a very nominal rate less than those mentioned above. It depends on the place and locality and luxury you have chosen for.


Overall, How much money do you need per day in Delhi?

As a budget traveler the minimum money you will need on an average per day to travel in Delhi:

TypeBachelorsCouplesFamiles
AccomodationRs. 700 – 1500Rs.700 – 1500Rs. 700 – 1500
TransportationRs. 100Rs. 200Rs. 300
MealsRs. 40 – 150Rs. 300 – 500Rs. 500 – 700
WaterRs. 100Rs. 200Rs. 300
Other miscellaneous chargesRs. 200Rs. 300Rs. 300
Total Money You Need Per DayRs. 1,100 – 2,000Rs. 1,700 – 2,700Rs. 2,100 – 3,100

As a mid-range traveler the minimum money you will need on an average per day to travel in Delhi:

TypeBachelorsCouplesFamiles
AccomodationRs. 1500 – 3000Rs. 1500 – 3000Rs. 1500 – 3000
TransportationRs. 200Rs. 300Rs. 500
MealsRs. 150 – 300Rs. 300 – 600Rs. 1100 – 1400
WaterRs. 100Rs. 200Rs. 300
Other miscellaneous chargesRs. 350Rs. 700Rs. 1000
Total Money You Need Per DayRs. 2,300 – 3,950Rs. 3,000 – 4,800Rs. 5,900 – 6,200

As a luxury high-end traveler the minimum money you will need on an average per day to travel in Delhi:

TypeBachelorsCouplesFamiles
AccomodationRs. 5000 – 11000Rs. 5000 – 11000Rs. 5000 – 11000
TransportationRs. 1000Rs. 2000Rs. 3500
MealsRs. 300 – 600Rs. 600 – 1200Rs. 1300 – 2100
WaterRs. 100Rs. 200Rs. 300
Other miscellaneous chargesRs. 500Rs. 900Rs. 1200
Total Money You Need Per DayRs. 6,900 – 13,200Rs. 8,700 – 15,300Rs. 11,300 – 18,100

So, what should be your best budget for Delhi trip?

The best minimum budget you need per day for your Delhi trip:

  • As a budget traveler, you will need at least Rs. 1100 minimum per day in hand to enjoy a budget-friendly trip in Delhi.
  • As a mid-range traveler, you will need at least Rs. 2,300 minimum per day in hand to enjoy a budget-friendly trip in Delhi.
  • As a luxury high-end traveler, you will need at least Rs. 6,900 minimum per day in hand to enjoy a budget-friendly trip in Delhi.
Travel TypeBachelorsCouplesFamiles
Budget travelerRs. 1,100 – 2,000Rs. 1,700 – 2,700Rs. 2,100 – 3,100
Mid-range travelerRs. 2,300 – 3,950Rs. 3,000 – 4,800Rs. 5,900 – 6,200
High-end travelerRs. 6,900 – 13,200Rs. 8,700 – 15,300Rs. 11,300 – 18,100

Final tips for the best budget-friendly trip to Delhi

  • Always try to make use of the Mumbai metro train to save a lot of time and money if you want to commute within Delhi. It is the fastest mode of transport. Metro tickets fare can range between Rs. 8 to Rs. 40 per head and that’s too cheap.
  • Try booking your hotels from (Booking.com) as they provide so many budget-friendly stays. Check reviews & cost & find your ideal hotel. You will eventually save a lot of time and money.
  • Try to minimize the use of cabs and auto-rickshaws if your route falls in a very traffic-congested area. Or else, it will cost you a lot of money.
  • Make the use of DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) local buses that runs within the city. It is the most cost-effective way to commute within the city. For adults, the ticket fare ranges between Rs. 15 per 10 km per person & for Children, the ticket fare ranges between Rs. 8 per 10 km per child.
  • Visit the local restaurants and food stalls to have your meals. You can find these almost everywhere in Delhi, mostly in the lanes of Old Delhi. Having breakfast here can cost you between Rs. 50-100 per person. And, lunch or dinner can cost you between Rs. 150-300 per person. That’s so budget-friendly, right?
  • If you are visiting a local restaurant or food stall then, hygiene may be an issue. Hygiene could often be unwilling, but that is a risk you are always going to have to take when traveling in India. In that case, you can choose to have meals at mid-range nice restaurants. Rarely opt for high-end luxury restaurants if you want to save a lot of money.
  • At last, make a proper travel cheat sheet with a strict budget in mind. Bookmark this post and read it later if you haven’t made that cheat sheet as this post is already the one.

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