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Arrival In Hyderabad

Whatever your point of entry, here is the complete guide to make sure you know what to do without getting confused, insecure, tired or cheated.
A quick understanding of the topography will help a lot if you are new to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Think a horizontal line and a circle slightly above it - or just look at the summary map alongside where they're drawn. The horizontal line is the river Musi, and the circle is the lake Hussain Sagar.

Below the river Musi is what is called the old city - the original Hyderabad with most of the city's popular monuments. Above the river Musi is also Hyderabad, until the top of that lake. Above the top of that lake is Secunderabad.

Broadly, this is the summary. If you are coming to Hyderabad, you will land at one of the following places:

1. The airport (located about 30km (18 miles - a mile is 1.6km) below that horizontal line)
2. The Hyderabad railway station (located about 2km (1 mile) above the horizontal line), marked as the black circle 2 in the map
3. The Secunderabad railway station (located about 2km (1 mile) above the circle), marked as the black circle 3 in the map
4. The Imliban bus station, marked as the black circle 4 in the map

The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport At Shamshabad

The world-class Hyderabad airport
The Hyderabad airport, located centrally in Begumpet until March 2008, shifted 30km (18 miles) south of the city to Shamshabad. See the small black circle marked 1 in the map. That's not the airport - it's much lower than that, about as far below the map as the distance of this mark from the horizontal line. The airport is certainly much bigger (5,000+ acres) and far classier now, but it also means a 1-hour drive into the city.

If you are here on business, it is quite likely to be at Begumpet, Banjara Hills or Madhapur/Gachibowli. You can try spotting these on the map - Banjara Hills is below the large red "New City" on the left, Madhapur is above it and Begumpet is under the black circle marked 2.

Shamshabad is far outside Hyderabad, but the connectivity is quite good, with dedicated flyovers and the Outer Ring Road. There are airport shuttle coaches (buses) that cost about Rs. 265 per one-way trip, and you can see the timings and stops here. There are also car rentals, app-based cabs, prepaid taxis and She Cabs - you'll find all options here.

The airport of course has radio taxis and pre-paid taxis plying, and these charge Rs. 25 a kilometer (1 mile = 1.6 kilometers). So expect a bill of Rs. 700 ($9 at a conversion rate of Rs. 75 to a dollar) if you work needs you to come to Banjara Hills, and another Rs. 250 ($3) if you need to go to Madhapur.

Most of the bigger hotels will arrange for cars/taxis to take you around, so check for airport shuttle services with the hotel you have booked into.

The Nampally (Hyderabad) Railway Station

The Nampally (Hyderabad) Railway Station
The Hyderabad railway station is much more centrally located (black circle marked 2), and has plenty of budget hotels around. If you are entering Hyderabad from here, you will encounter licensed porters first who will in all probability charge you more to carry 30 kg to the entrance of the station from your compartment than it will cost you to reach home after that. If you cannot carry your luggage yourself, negotiate hard, for there are no fixed prices here.

Once out, you will most likely look for a prepaid taxi or an auto-rickshaw. Prepaid taxis charge about Rs. 25 a km, and auto-rickshaws about Rs. 15. Ola and Uber, of course, can cost lesser. For pre-paid taxis you pay at a counter at the station based on the distance, and just give a copy of the receipt to the driver of the car you have got into, once you get off. And if you are planning to take an auto-rickshaw, you will find a traffic police manned queue for auto-rickshaws that you should stand in.

In Hyderabad, by law you need to pay exactly the reading on the meter to auto-rickshaw drivers, and about 50% more between 11 pm and 5 am (the driver will have a conversion card for late nights which you should ask to see). Auto-rickshaw drivers in Hyderabad at however not necessarily the most honest or the most cordial persons, and almost no one cares for the meter - so you need to negotiate a price with the driver before getting in. You can also call the cops at 23234065 (or 100) to complain about errant or abusive auto-rickshaw drivers.

There are two local train services in Hyderabad (Metro and MMTS) that both have stops at the Nampally station (you may need to change platforms for MMTS trains, and get out of the station and cross the road for the Metro station). Metro is easily far more comfortable than MMTS (the coaches are air-conditioned), and there's a train every 5 minutes (from 6 am to 11 pm). It also gets you to where you want to go in the fastest time, being a train running on an overhead railroad. The list of Metro stations is here. The Metro is a pretty good option if you do not have too much luggage and are looking to save money. MMTS trains are not very frequent, but they are also cheaper than the Metro. The list of MMTS stations is given below.

The Secunderabad Railway Station

The ever-improving Secunderabad station
The Secunderabad railway station is much bigger than the Nampally railway station, and sleeker, being the headquarters of the region for the railways. Everything else above holds - just everything. The black circle marked 3 in the map is where the station is located.

The Imliban Bus Stand

The black circle marked 4 in the map is where Hyderabad's central bus station is located. You are most likely to be getting off here if you are coming in from outside Hyderabad on a bus. There are bus stops outside where you get buses to almost any part of town, as also a Metro station. Please read the Nampally Railway Station section for any other tips.

List Of MMTS (Local Train) Stations In Hyderabad

Hi-Tech City
Nature Cure Hospital
Necklace Road
Sanjivaiah Park
James Street
Arts College
Jamia Osmania

Other Information

The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation conducts daily sightseeing tours of the twin cities. For information call telephone numbers 23453086/23453036/27816375. To find taxi services / cabs, please click here.

Last updated on Mar 26, 2022.
Murali on 31st Dec 2014, 8:04am | Permalink
Hi Friends,

i am new to Hyderabad, please help me to find out the hostels/hotels at nearest hi-tech city to stay for a week untill i find a room.

Thank you.
Vasudevan Raghavan on 8th Jul 2014, 11:20am | Permalink
I want to know the most economic transport facilty from Nampally railway station to Hyderabad airport
Rajiv on 9th Jun 2014, 10:44am | Permalink
Sir please convey me to how i reach Gochobolli (IIIT) from Airport.
jafar on 24th Dec 2013, 11:22am | Permalink
nice info
i want to kno about libraries and civil services co. achings in hyb
Yahoooo on 8th Dec 2012, 10:28pm | Permalink
shabana azmi on 24th Oct 2012, 9:47pm | Permalink
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ramakrishna on 21st Aug 2013, 5:14pm | Permalink
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Jagee on 29th Aug 2012, 3:44pm | Permalink
Thanks for the information. Its really helpful for me since I am new to Hyderabad!
Ravi on 12th Jun 2012, 10:26am | Permalink
Good Information. Thanks
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