Transport in PrayagrajGetting around in Allahabad is an easy task given the transport options available. Locals just hop into a bus or auto or cycle rickshaw to make their way around the city. While it is crowded in the old parts of the city, with all manner of vehicles jostling for space, travelling is comparatively easier in modern parts of the city such as the spacious Civil Lines. The minimum charges are nominal whether it is by bus, auto or cycle rickshaw. For more far flung parts of the city such as Naini and Phaphamau it is best to take a bus or call a taxi.
The average Allahabadi can avail of buses, autorickshaws and cycle rickshaws to get around the city. The buses are operated by the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) and cover the entire city. They are easily accessible from most parts of the city and are the cheapest form of transport in Allahabad. Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme, UPSRTC has also added more than 200 air-conditioned Volvo buses to its fleet to increase convenience and comfort for passengers in Allahabad.
Yellow and black auto rickshaws called vikrams are also popular with Allahabadis. They can seat six passengers and are easily accessible in all parts of the city. They pick up passengers as they go along and are not metered. For short distances cycle rickshaws are also available. Tempos are also used to hitch a ride from one part of the city to another.
As in any other city in India, taxis are available on call from Rs 150 per hour depending on the vehicle. Radio taxis are also set to make an entry into Allahabad and they would be available on a 24x7 basis.
Allahabad is well connected by public and private buses to nearby cities and town including Varanasi, Etawah, Rae Bareli, Mirzapur, Chitrakoot, Agra, Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Kanpur, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Aligarh, Patna, Gorakhpur, Gaya, Ranchi, Gwalior and Jhansi. Most of these buses are available from the Inter State Bus Terminus in Civil Lines and many bus travel agents in the city facilitate easy booking of seats for travelling out of Allahabad any day of the week. NH 2 and NH 27 pass through the city.
Allahabad is an important junction of Indian Railways and connects the city to Delhi, Jhansi, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Indore, Bhopal and Chennai by Mahanagai Express, Magadh Express, Sarayu Express, Kalka Mail, Prayag Raj Express, Brahmaputra Mail, Mumbai Mail, Rajdhani Express, Toofan Express, Ganga Gomti Express and Ganga Kaveri Express. The city has four railway stations and these are City Station, Prayag Station, Daraganj Station and Allahabad Junction. Prayag Ghat station comes up temporarily during the Kumbh Mela held periodically in Allahabad.
Allahabad is connected by air to Delhi and Mumbai. Bamrauli airport is located 12 km from the city centre and is one of the oldest airports in the country. It has been operational since 1919 and operated a direct flight to London till 1932.
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