Getting Around in Hyderabad
Indian transportation is a common source of distress for travelers – while the state-owned TSRTC bus system offers citywide service, bus conditions can be very crowded and navigating the system can prove complicated. Fortunately, bus routes are displayed in two languages, one of which is always English.
If you choose to take a taxi or autorickshaw in Hyderabad, be prepared to pay extra for the privilege. While both forms of transportation are metered and payments must conform to state-mandated sums, in practice most drivers will simply claim their meter is not working. Then, they will quote a price estimate that is invariably higher than what the meter would charge.
Additionally, taxi and autorickshaw drivers will claim not to have change even when they do. This lets them keep slightly higher tips for their work. To prepare yourself, make sure you always have change on you.
Hyderabad's public drivers may also try to entice you to visit a pearl shop. While they claim you do not need to buy anything, their deal with the store owners is that they get a commission on whatever sells during such a visit. Avoid letting a driver take you to such a place.
For the best experience getting around in Hyderabad, use Uber or a similar ridesharing app that guarantees professional conduct from the beginning to the end of the ride.