Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
Driving your own vehicle in Hyderabad can be very challenging and most opt not to. Some of the main roads are wide but the inner ones can get quite congested. During off peak hours, driving is not that bad, but during the day it can be quite frustrating because many drivers do not maintain basic road etiquette. Expatriates generally prefer to commute in chauffeur-driven vehicles.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
To drive in India, one must either have an international or a locally approved license, which can be obtained from the local Road Transport Office (RTO). Further, third-party insurance is mandatory.
What side of the road do people drive on?
In India, drivers drive on the left side of the road. If you are not familiar with this, please drive with extreme caution.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Taxis: These are the best option of travel within the city and can be easily identified by their company name written on the cab, along with the phone number to be contacted for booking. It is metered and payment made is as per the fare card.
Auto rickshaws: Three-wheelers move around in all parts of Hyderabad. They are metered and payments have to be made as per the fare card. They are cheaper in comparison to taxis and easily available, best for suburban travel.
There is also the option of buses and local trains available, but not advisable for expats.
Cabs: They are a better option when compared to auto rickshaw. They are better-looking cars equipped with GPS, AC and English-speaking drivers; naturally these are expensive than auto rickshaw . You need to book these cabs by smartphone apps or through internet. Uber and Ola are the most common online cab aggregators.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
It is possible to take public transit out of the city. Good air-conditioned taxis and private buses are easily available. For short journeys, taxis are a much better choice and in good weather they can be fun!
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Driving rules in Hyderabad are the best in India, but that's not really saying much. It can be chaotic and, with road development work going on, it can be quite frustrating, especially during peak hours.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
At train stations and when boarding the bus.
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