The sprawling city of Agra is quite spread out in all directions with many monuments located few kilometers away from each other. The mode of transportation within the Agra city serves as a lifeline for tourists and travelers travelling from one sightseeing place to another. The poor conditions of the roads and overcrowded traffic make commuting a bit difficult for the tourists. Moreover, the only two bridges to cross the Yamuna River are under-maintained and overcrowded.
Cycle rickshaws is the most prevalent and preferred mode of transportation within the city of Agra. While the cycle rickshaws are comparatively cheaper that other mode of transportation and eco-friendly, they can be agonizing slow for covering longer distance – which is kind of a deal-breaker for tourists who need to cover as much distance as possible in short duration. Cycle rickshaws are ideal for short trips. A sufficient amount of horse-driven Tongas are also available near the Taj Ganj area.
Auto rickshaws are a faster mode of commutation in Agra with reasonable fare if you don’t mind bargaining. Keep in mind, Agra being a tourist destination, the auto rickshaw drivers quote higher fares to new and unsuspecting tourists. Taxis are ideal for longer trips such as to Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra. It is advisable to agree on fare beforehand as the taxis are unlikely to have operational fare-meter. Apart from that, tourists can also opt for electric buses that shuttles back and forth between the Agra Fort and the west gate of the Taj Mahal.