It is an ancient city with settlements dating back to the Indus Valley civilization having been found in and around the area. The city lies 70 km from national capital New Delhi. It is the second largest city in the National Capital Region of India. It ranked 292 in 2006 and is projected to rank 242 in 2020 in the list of largest cities and urban areas in the world. The city is one of the largest producers of sports goods, and the largest producer of musical instruments in India. The city is also an education hub in western Uttar Pradesh.
It is the 14th fastest developing city in India.
Meerut has four railway stations: Meerut City, Meerut Cantt, Partapur and Pabli Khas. Meerut City station is the busiest in the city.
About 20,000 passengers travel daily to Delhi and back.
By road Meerut is well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Haridwar, etc. A large number of people commute to Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon every day for work. Three national highways (NH-58, NH-119 & NH-235) pass through Meerut. Upper Ganga Canal Expressway which passes through outskirts of the city is under development.
There are 2 main bus terminals, namely Bhainsali bus terminal and Sohrab Gate bus terminal from where Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) buses ply to cities all over the state and all nearby cities.