Lucknow-Agra expressway is the longest expressway in India, till date. We went to Lucknow on 12th March'17, a day before Holi. The obvious reason of choosing the road journey over train is the unavailability of confirmed ticket from Delhi to Lucknow (Why !!...that's another story).
Lucknow-Agra expressway is 302 km in length and is OPEN both sides, without any major diversions. The total distance comes around to ~550 km from NCR to Lucknow. If you are planning to go from NCR to Lucknow, this expressway is one of the best way to reach Lucknow.
We started our journey at 6:30 am from Noida & reached our destination at 12:12 pm, covering total of 534.2 kms in the following order.
Source (Noida) --> Noida-Greater Noida Expressway --> Yamuna Expressway --> Agra-Lucknow Expressway --> Destination (Lucknow)
This includes one halt of 10 mins.
Yamuna Expressway connecting Greater Noida to Agra is 165km in length and has 3 toll points at Jewar, Mathura and lastly at Agra. we were charged rupees 415/- for a single side journey (Don't forget to carry enough cash).
The Lucknow-Agra expressway is connected to the Yamuna Expressway, through the Agra Ring Road. The construction work is still in progress at some parts of the expressway. Proper road markings for diversions are placed at these points for easy identifications. By diversions I mean that at some places, the traffic moves at the same side of the road (thats it !).
Till now, there is no TOLL charged for any vehicle moving on Lucknow-Agra expressway. I repeat, NO TOLL on Lucknow-Agra expressway, so if you are coming from NCR then the only toll you have to shell from your pocket is at Jewar entry point of Yamuna Expressway.
Quick points of Lucknow-Agra expressway ( these might change with time )
- NO TOLL.
- NO SPEED LIMIT.
- NO HEAVY VEHICLES.
- NO TRAFFIC AT ALL. (Amazing sight for any NCR resident).
- NO FILLING STATION.
- BETTER DRIVING EXPERIENCE FROM YAMUNA EXPRESSWAY.
- NO WATER, FOOD COURTS, RESTROOMS.
- NO ROADSIDE MECHANIC ASSISTANCE.
- AVOID TRAVEL AT NIGHT OR LATE EVENING.
- POLICE PATROL VANS AT FEW POINTS.
Read on, for detailed experience on above points.
There is no TOLL and any sort of check on max. speed on this expressway. The TOLL points are under construction and I believe I read somewhere its going to remain like this till June-July 2017. Many SUVs were driving at 160+, zooming past us. We took 5 hours 42 mins to cover the distance of 534.2 kms, so our car was on 120-130km/hr for long continuous duration.
No entry of Heavy vehicle is allowed till now and even there are very few private cars plying on the expressway.
Things to watch out for is that there is no assistance of any sort available on this route. Make sure there is sufficient fuel in the car and food & water as there are NO food courts & Dhabas on the way. We didn't even find a single shop for a bottle of drinking water. Though there is no check on the speed limit, but be cautious of stray animals coming suddenly in the middle of your way.
We saw PCR vans parked at every few distance (more near Etwah, Safai) but I'll recommend not to use this expressway for night travel.
This is the famous 'road-runway' on the Agra-Lucknow expressway. Below you can see the time and distance at various instances of this trip, might be useful to someone who is planning the trip in near future.
Overall it was nice trip to reach Lucknow and be with family to celebrate the festival of Holi.
HAPPY HOLI TO ALL THE READERS !!