Trying to get out of campus but don’t have anyone to share a cab with? Have plans in the city but don’t know how to get there on your own? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here are a few ways to travel to and fro from campus, all personally tested by this cheapskate writer.
A) Noida (mostly)
The first way, of course, if you have enough people or too much luggage is to simply book a cab for the nearest Metro Station (Noida City Centre, Anand Vihar Terminus, etc) or to your particular destination in Noida.
Cost estimates for cabs:
OLA/UBER – depends on the distance travelled as well as time taken.
University Cabs – Rs. 600-800 till Noida City Centre Metro Station, Rs. 1100-1200 till Anand Vihar (Rates are subject to change).
Phone numbers of cab services operating in the campus–
Pappu Cabs: +91 9310915945
Harindar Cabs: +91 9911892222
Ravi Cabs: +91 9871910739
2. University Shuttle Service
The University offers bus services to students every weekend. The Uni shuttle will take you from campus at 6 pm every Friday and drop you off at the Noida Sector-16 metro station around 8 in the night. It will pick you up from the same station on Sunday at 5 pm to take you back to campus. The transport committee regularly mails updates about costs and registrations which you can keep an eye out for. However, a word of caution, the service isn’t very reliable as it can be cancelled at the last minute if there aren’t enough registrations. It is often crowded and you might feel uneasy sitting when it gets stuck in traffic, which happens depending on the route available.
There are a couple of semi-private auto services that you can book for comparatively cheap travel. For example, Deepak Auto Service requires around half an hour notice to send an auto to the campus. It takes Rs.250 from you to drop you off at Pari Chowk (location of Ansal Plaza – the shopping complex that is trying its level best to become a mall) and Rs. 450 to drop you off at the Noida City Centre Metro station. Other than that, you can also book them to go to particular places, for which they will adjust their rates according to the distance. Also, you can travel in a group of three and split the fare.
Deepak Auto Service: +91 8745855316
Anish Auto Service: +91 9899535327
4. Public Transport
NTC buses run on a regular schedule from Pari Chowk to the Botanical Gardens Metro Station, taking an estimated time of 45 minutes to traverse this distance. You can either take the regular non-AC bus which will cost you around Rs.27 as the economical choice, or the dark green low-floor AC bus which for Rs.47. Both these buses will drop you off at a number of spots along their route, including Amity University, Atta Market or DLF Mall of India. Their last stop, as previously mentioned, is Botanical Gardens Metro station, from where you can get the Blue line to Dwarka via Rajiv Chowk, or the Magenta line to Janakpuri West via Nehru Place. You can take the same routes back to campus.
B) Routes to Ghaziabad and Anand Vihar Terminus
1. Auto Services
Deepak Auto Service takes around Rs. 350-400 from the campus till the Ghaziabad Railway Station or the Bus Stand.
2. Public Transport
Hop onto a shared auto right outside the campus main gate (Warning! Keep your heart strong and elbows inside for this one). For Rs.7 it will drop you off at the Dadri Bus Stop, from where you will get buses to Ghaziabad, Anand Vihar Terminus, Kaushambi Metro Station and sometimes Delhi and Noida as well. You will need to ask whether the bus is going your way before you climb on. It will cost you around Rs. 35 to get to the above mentioned places. The routes for these places are very different, so DO NOT climb onto the wrong bus, or you will be hopelessly lost (unless hopelessly lost is your perpetual state of being, like mine, in which case, carry on). The bus will take around an hour to drop you off. However there is a possibility of getting stuck in traffic jams, which might take longer. It would help you keep track if you keep asking the conductor if the bus has reached there yet.
To come back to campus the same way, climb onto the buses at Anand Vihar Terminus that go towards Bulandshahar. Tell the conductor to drop you at Shiv Nadar University and the bus will stop at the main gate of the university for you.
C) Specific Places
1. Delhi Airport
The easiest way (if you have heavy luggage) is to book a cab. Otherwise, take the following metro route:
From Noida City Centre/Botanical Gardens Metro Station, take the blue line till Rajiv Chowk station. Switch to yellow line going towards Jahangir Puri. Get down at New Delhi station. New Delhi station is one of the stops of the Airport metro line. Switch to the Airport metro which will take you onto the airport terminals.
2. New Delhi Railway Station
Follow the same route as above and get down at the New Delhi station. You will get out towards the Ajmeri Gate side of the Railway Station which opens onto platform number 16.
Alternative Route: Continue on the blue line till Ramkrishna Ashram Marg station, get down towards the Ashram side and take an E-rickshaw till the Railway Station. You will enter from the Paharganj side (starting from platform 1).
3. Connaught Place
Take the blue line from Noida City Centre/Botanical Gardens till Rajiv Chowk. Get out of gate number 4 or 7.
4. Sarojini Nagar Market/Dilli Haat
Take the blue line till Rajiv Chowk, switch to the yellow line going towards HUDA city centre. Get down at INA station. You can then take an auto till Sarojini Nagar Market or walk till you reach Dilli Haat.
5. Hauz Khas
Take the blue line till Rajiv Chowk. Switch to the yellow line going towards HUDA city centre. Get down at Hauz Khas Metro Station.
That’s all folks! Hope this will help you escape campus whenever you want to! If you have any other travel options that aren’t here, please add them in the comments below. We will be much obliged!