Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
Driving your own vehicle in Ahmedabad 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 a problem, but during the day, it can be quite frustrating because many drivers do not maintain basic road etiquette. Expatriates generally prefer to move around 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, driving is on the left side of the road.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Taxis: The best option of travel within the city. It is metered and payment should be made as per the fare card. You have the option of an air conditioned taxi.
Auto rickshaws: Three wheelers ply in all the areas of Ahmedabad. It is metered and payments have to be made as per the fare card. They are cheaper, compared to taxis, and easily available.
Buses and local trains are also available, but not advisable for expats.
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 transport out of the city. Good air conditioned taxis and private buses are easily available. For short journeys, taxis are a much better choice.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Driving rules in Ahmedabad are the best in India. However, it can be chaotic and with the 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 on the bus.
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