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Most people fly in to India via various international airlines, to Bombay or New Delhi for instance, and then take small regional planes, buses or trains to Agra. Of course, since Agra is a ‘must-see’ on most visitors list, since the Taj Mahal is located there, there are easy travel options.
The Agra airport is 7 km from city center and 3 km from Idgah bus stand. Indian Airlines provide a shuttle flight between Agra, Varanais and Khajuraho. Via plane, it takes forty minutes from Delhi to Agra.
It is also possible to travel to Agra via bus. There is a bus stand called Idgah bus stand where one can get on buses that head to Delhi, Jaipur, Mathura and Fatehpur-Sikri. There is also the Agra Fort Bus stand which has buses to Mathura. Travelers should note that while the bus offers a good way to see the scenery of India, it is near impossible to predict the length of the trip since there can be bad traffic jams or even cows stopped in the middle of the street at any time.
As with all big cities in India, Agra is accessible via train. In Agra, the train station is located in Agra Cantonment station. There are trains that leave daily to Delhi, Varanasi and Rajasthan. There are several different train lines but preferred ones are Shatabdi, Rajdhani or Palace on a Wheel.
The newly inaugurated Yamuna Express Way is fascinating many commuters and tourists alike to zip through the new express way. However, if you are travelling to Agra for the first time through this express way, here are a few important tips, which you should keep in mind before planning to take that road –
1. The new express way has no fuel station through-out. Therefore, tank up your car to cover 165 – 200 KM, else your car will be left gasping for fuel.
2. There are no eating joints or dhaba on the stretch. There are a few eating joints adjacent to the 3 Toll plazas en-route, but they are not yet operational. Therefore, please stock food, especially for the young ones.
3. If you are travelling from Noida – Agra, the drive will take you less than 2 hrs (at an average speed of 120 KMPH), but the exit from express way to Agra city (or Taj ganj area, where most of the hotels are located), could be a painful drive of 1.5 -2 Hours subject to traffic conditions. While Google Maps is of great help, but be mindful of the fact that the NH 93 (road perpendicular to NH-2 leading towards Aligarh) is full of massive pot holes between Rambagh and Khandauli (the intersection between NH93 and Yamuna Express way). Instead go straight on NH 2 to meet the intersection of Yamuna Express way, which is also the beginning point of the express way. This way, you will definitely save 1 hour or so.
4. There are no signage of the new express way in the agra city or for that matter on NH2, the old highway between Delhi and Agra. Therefore, study the map well before you plan any detour from any of the cities in between Delhi and Agra such as Mathura, Vrindavan or Palwal.