Getting There and Around, Amritsar, India: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
The nearest airport is Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport in Amritsar which is located 11 km from the city center. The airport is well connected to other cities of India and also to a number of international cities. There are daily flights from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar, Dubai, London, Toronto and Tashkent, among other cities. According to the website, both city buses and car rentals are available. Travelers can take a prepaid taxi from the airport to their destinations. Secondly, there are bus services available from Amritsar to cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Shimla, Jammu and other towns in North India. These include both government run buses and coaches operated by private companies. Next, Amritsar Railway Station is an important railway station and is well connected to major cities in India through daily trains. A train journey from Delhi to Amritsar takes a little over 6 hours. Trains can be booked online, at the train station or at the small booking office in the Golden Temple Complex. Trains are often heavily booked so it is highly advised for travelers to book their return tickets in advance. Lastly, one can take long-distance taxis or hire a car from most places to reach Amritsar.
For getting around, driving is one of the most popular and convenient ways of travelling. There are many car rental companies available at the city. Travelers can also take an auto-rickshaw or a cycle-rickshaw. An auto-rickshaw from the train station to the Golden Temple should cost around INR20. A cycle-rickshaw should cost a bit more. There is also a free bus service from the train station to the Golden Temple which is run by Golden Temple trust. On the other hand, this services is usually very crowded, and intended only for locals and the poor who cannot afford transportation.