From Delhi’s Anand Vihar ISBT, the land of Taj, Agra is about 233 kilometre away and takes roughly 3 hours on the Taj Expressway. While trains are popularly chosen over bus rides on this route owing to their fastness, it is worth knowing about the bus connectivity between the two destinations in case your trains tickets are still unconfirmed. There is a great frequency of buses between Delhi and Agra, from non-AC seater/sleeper to Volvo AC semi-sleepers. The journey begins from Kashmiri Gate or Anand Vihar, depending on your pick up location, and follows the Outer Ring Road to NH44 and through Greater Noida hits the Taj or Yamuna Expressway.
A 165-kilometre-long 6-lane drive, the Yamuna Expressway is easily among India’s longest expressway stretches with controlled access. Starting in Greater Noida and ending in Kuberpur on NH2, you spend a little over 2 hours tearing through this highway before continuing on the Mahatma Gandhi Road in Rakabganj, Agra. The drive is an easy one because for its significant part you are on the broad Taj Expressway. Early morning bus rides are quite popular because you can arrive at Agra in time for a visit to the Taj Mahal.
Delhi to Agra Bus Service
The range of bus service on the Delhi to Agra route is quite wide. You have AC seater and Volvo AC seater buses by Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) as well as private operators of the likes of City Land Travels, Northern Travels, ANT Travels, Fox Travel, Laxmi Holidays, Taj Express Bus Service, R.S Yadav Travels, Gangesh Tours and Travels who have their fleet of AC seater/sleeper, non-AC seater, Volvo AC semi-sleeper, Volvo Multi-Axle AC seater, Scania Multi-Axle AC semi-sleeper, and Bharat Benz AC semi-sleeper buses. The buses takes off from a host of boarding points across Delhi with some popular ones being the Akshardham Temple, Mori Gate, Anand Vihar ISBT and Kashmiri Gate. The buses cover the 233-odd kilometre journey in about 3 to 4 hours subject to the traffic, which is why early morning journeys are highly recommended when the highways are relatively free. Bus journeys begin as early as 06:00 am and go on through the day with the last trip being around midnight. Depending on the fleet, bus tariffs can vary from INR 285 to INR 1500.
Delhi to Agra Bus Booking
You can now book your bus ride with Yatra by logging into their Bus section and entering the starting and onward destinations as Delhi and Agra respectively followed by the date of the journey. Search for the bus that best suits your budget and preference. If a non-AC bus doesn’t suit you, go for a Volvo coach, check the timings, the duration of the trip, do a price compare and proceed with the booking. You are also shown the seating plan and allowed to choose a seat. Select a boarding point from the drop down and you are prompted your bus boarding time. Enter passenger details and head to the payment gateway to confirm your booking.
Delhi to Agra Bus Boarding Points
Since the buses take off from the Outer Ring Road following the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, most pick up points are concentrated around north and northwest Delhi. Some prominent pick up points for a journey from Delhi to Agra by road include:
Delhi to Agra Bus Drop off Points
- Mori Gate
- Kashmiri Gate
- Akshardham Temple
- Anand Vihar ISBT
- New Ashok Nagar
Bus drop offs vary with the service provider. Typically the options range from the Agra Bypass, Rohit Cold Storage in Kuberpur, Bihari Ji Family Restaurant in Kuberpur, Agra Toll Plaza and Agra Fort.
Volvo Bus from Delhi to Agra
It is easy to find a Delhi to Agra Volvo at a time convenient to you. Alongside UPSRTC’s fleet of Volvo AC seaters, the private operators too have a fleet of Volvo Multi-Axle AC seater, Volvo AC semi-sleeper, Scania Multi-Axle AC semi-sleeper and Bharat Benz AC semi-sleeper aside from regular AC seater/sleeper and non-AC seater buses. The private operators offering Volvo service include Northern Travels, Travel House Delhi, Fox Travel, Maheshwaram Travels, and ANT Travels among others. A Volvo from Delhi to Agra leave from Majnu ka Tilla in Delhi at 08:50 am and arrive in Agra around 1:30 pm. There are early morning buses too leaving from Vasant Kunj around 05:30 am, dropping you off in Agra Fort at 11:15 am. The Volvos are deemed extra comfortable and come with a range of amenities on-board such as Wi-Fi, water bottle, charging point, reading lights, blankets and pillows, movie screen among others. The Volvo services are faster taking approximately 3 hours to get you to Agra, of course depending on the traffic. A Volvo bus ride is priced at approximately INR 1200 to INR 1500 per way per ticket.
Delhi to Agra Volvo Package
Apart from helping you cover the Delhi to Agra distance by a Volvo coach, a typical Volvo package comprises pick up in a car from bus drop off point to your hotel, sightseeing in Agra along with a visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and returning to your hotel. Further, on the following day, depending on the length of your tour, a private car will again pick you up and drop you to the bus starting point in Agra so that you can make the return journey to Delhi. The bus types in such a package vary from luxury coach, Volvo AC seater to Volvo Multi-Axle semi-sleeper. Same day return packages are quite common, as are packages with an overnight stay. You can even include Mathura and Vrindavan to your same day sightseeing Volvo package to Agra from Delhi.
Delhi to Agra Bus Fare
Now that you know how to reach Agra, it is time you figured out the bus fares. The Delhi to Agra bus ticket price varies with the category of fleet and the facilities on-board. A regular non-AC seater bus comes for as little as INR 285, but a Volvo or a Bharat Benz fleet could come for as much as INR 1200 or INR 1500.
Delhi to Agra Bus Time Table
In order to cover the Delhi to Agra distance by bus, you need to be apprised of the timings. The first UPSRTC bus is at 07:30 am where as the last bus is at 09:30 pm, taking approximately 3.5 hours to get you to Agra from Delhi. The Delhi to Agra bus timings with private operators is quite varied and there is service through the day. Prasanna Purple has AC seater buses beginning as early as 05:15 am from Karol Bagh in New Delhi, bringing you into the Taj Mahal parking by 10:00 am in time for a morning visit. Operators like Shri Hari Travels have AC seater buses starting from Chandni Chowk at 06:50 am with a drop off in Agra Fort at 11:00 am. Early morning buses usually take lesser time than the noon or evening buses as the highways and the subsequent roads are less busy. Private operators have enough buses in the afternoon, early evening and night, with the last bus departing from Akshardham Temple at 11:50 pm and arriving at Agra by 03:05 am. Late night buses also do good time and bring you to your destination in under 3 hours.
Delhi to Agra Bus Route
The route follows NH9 which further leads you to the Outer Ring Road proceeded by NH44, Geeta Colony and Dadri Main Road before landing on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. The first leg of your journey will take roughly an hour and you would have covered nearly 37 kilometres. Further ahead lies the best part of your journey where you cruise down the Taj Expressway also called Yamuna Expressway all the way to NH509 in Kheriya Khanduli. This second leg of your journey takes a little over 2 hours and covers an additional 177 kilometres. The last part of your journey when you have another 19 kilometre left takes around 40 minutes in which you continue on NH509 and then the Mahatma Gandhi Road in Rakabganj, Agra. The entire trip takes about 4 hours in ordinary road conditions. Little wonder people prefer the early morning hours to tear down the Taj Expressway and arrive in Agra as fast as possible. Along the way you can stop at the McDonald’s for a quick bite and to freshen up.
Delhi to Agra Bus Travel Time
While 3 to 3.5 hours is the average time taken by buses to reach Agra from Delhi, much of it depends on what time of the day you are travelling. Though, service provider and the kind of fleet has a role to play in the total time taken by a Delhi to Agra bus. Plenty of late night to early morning buses get you to Agra in less than 3 hours, while the day buses especially the ones after 09:00 am and before 08:00 pm can take over 4 hours to reach Agra from a Kashmiri Gate in Delhi. Usually, Volvo and Bharat Benz buses are faster than the regular AC seater/sleeper or non-AC buses, but you have to be prepared for heavy traffic both on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and the Taj Expressway if you are hitting them in the peak hours. City Land Travels, for instance, has an AC seater/sleeper leaving from Anand Vihar at 09:00 pm and reaching Agra Bypass by 12 midnight in straight 3 hours. If you cannot make it so early, you can still do well by taking a late night bus to Agra.
Hotels in Agra
Agra has hotels, guesthouses, homestays, serviced apartments and exclusive resorts for visitors of every category and budget. Among Agra’s landmark hotels are The Oberoi Amarvilas inspired by Mughal palace designs, Radisson Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Crystal Sarovar Premiere, ITC Mughal, Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Jaypee Palace Hotel, Double Tree by Hilton, Trident Agra among others. Some of these hotels are known for their exceptional view of the Taj, architecture and sprawling spas aside from a comfortable accommodation and sumptuous Mughlai offering.
Attractions in Agra
Agra is visited primarily for the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, and further on Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is good base if you are interested in joining the dots on Mughal history in India. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 14th century in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is a poetry in white marble and incorporates some truly fascinating elements of the Islamic and Hindu styles fronted by the iconic Char Bagh gardens. Like the Taj, the Agra Fort is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a bastion of the Mughal dynasty until 1638 when it moved its capital from Agra to Delhi. The Agra Fort was also where Shah Jahan was held captive by his son Aurangazeb, where he spent his last days grieving for the Taj. Explore Agra’s local bazaars and take in its vibrant atmosphere.
FAQ - Bus Ticket Booking from Delhi to Agra
Q. How do I get to Agra by bus from Delhi?
A: There are nearly 160 direct bus plying between Delhi to Agra. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Agra from Delhi is 1h 55m.
Q. When does the first bus depart from Delhi to Agra?
A: The first bus leaves from Delhi to Agra at 05:50 hours. It is a Non AC, seater, Volvo scania multi axle bus run by UPSRTC.
Q. When does the last bus depart from Delhi to Agra?
A: The last bus leaves from Delhi to Agra at 23:15 hours. It is a Non AC, seater-sleeper (2+1) bus run by Shree Krishna Travels.
Q. What are popular bus operators on Delhi to Agra bus route?
A: Top bus operator on Delhi to Agra routes are UPSRTC, RSRTC, PRTC, SR Yadav Travels, Mahalaxmi Travels, Hans Travels, Srinath Travels, Shikar Travels, Amar Travels, Southern Express Travels, and Rathi Tour and Travels etc.
Q. How much time it takes to travel by bus from Delhi to Agra?
A: Approximately it will take 03:30 hours to reach Delhi to Agra by bus.
Q. What is Delhi to Agra bus fare in UPSRTC?
A: The bus fare for an air-conditioned, Shatabdi push back seater bus by UPSRTC is INR 620.