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How to Reach Mumbai

How to Reach Mumbai by Air

Mumbai’s international terminus is the Sahar International Airport, 30 km from the city centre of Nariman Point and 4km from the domestic terminus at Santa Cruz. Most of the international airlines fly into Mumbai and connect it with major national and international destinations. Both terminals have facilities like foreign exchange bureaus, duty free shops, restaurants, left luggage sheds and tourist offices. Travelling into the city is made convenient by the easy availability of prepaid taxis, rented cars, airport-city shuttle bus services and auto rickshaws. Pick up service by hotels you are booked in can also be availed of.

How to Reach Mumbai by Rail

Mumbai is the headquarters for both Western & Central Railways sectors of the behemoth Indian Railways. An enormous network of regular train services connects the city via superfast, express and passenger trains with all major towns and cities in India, including Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The Victoria Terminus and Bombay Central Station, the two main railway stations in Mumbai form the hub of Western Railways, tickets and reservations as well as train schedules and other information can be gotten here.

How to Reach Mumbai by Bus

Good motorable roads connect Mumbai to all major cities, small towns and tourist centres in the state –Pune (163 km), Aurangabad (392 km), Nashik (184 km), Mahabaleshwar (239 km) and to the towns and cities of the neighbouring states of Goa - Panaji (597 km), Gujarat - Ahmedabad (545 km) and Vadodara (432 km) and Andhra Pradesh. Traffic is fairly heavy but disciplined. Interstate roadways buses and private operators run every kind of bus from luxury coaches to ramshackle rattletraps. Car rental companies will usually provide chauffeur driven vehicles; traffic drives on the right hand side and while ideally you should have an international driving license, your local license will do for stays under six months.

Getting Around Mumbai

Mumbai has the best city transport system run by a municipal department anywhere in the country with an excellent network of fast local and commuter trains, double-decker buses and bus services run by BEST. Auto rickshaws and ferry services between the islands are other ways of getting around the city.

Considering the heavy traffic situation in Mumbai, the quickest way to get around is really the Mumbai local train service which operates on the Western, Central and Harbour lines. The local train network is spread wide and covers almost all areas in and around Mumbai. Yes, the local trains are crowded during peak office hours, but they are a convenient and quick way of getting around the city.

The other popular mode of transport is the metered black and yellow topped taxis that are available around every corner or next to most hotels. Mumbai’s cabs are economical and safe and the cabbies are an efficient, honest and helpful lot. Cars, MUVs and vans (usually with drivers) are also available from car rental agencies. If you’re planning to drive yourself around, then an international or at the very least a local driving license and a good city map are absolute imperatives.


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