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How to Reach Mumbai

Read about the best & quickest mumbai transport routes, travel guide to save time & money.

Mumbai is the financial capital of India and the capital of Maharashtra. It is connected to all the small & large cities and countries around the world by means of airways. Trains are connected to the majority of the places within the country. Roadways are also very nicely maintained as it is part of the Golden Quadrilateral road plan.

By Flight

TMumbai has excellent connectivity with most of the major cities around the world, as well as the domestic sectors, making it the second busiest aviation hub in India. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the country main international gateway and many international airlines operate from here. The airport has two terminals - Terminal 1A serving Air India, and Terminal 1B serving other airlines such as IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GO Air. The airport is 28 km from downtown Mumbai and you can take a prepaid taxi available there. Buses are also available that takes you to the Andheri Station.

By Train

Mumbai has excellent connectivity with most of the major cities around the world, as well as the domestic sectors, making it the second busiest aviation hub in India. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the country main international gateway and many international airlines operate from here. The airport has two terminals - Terminal 1A serving Air India, and Terminal 1B serving other airlines such as IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GO Air. The airport is 28 km from downtown Mumbai and you can take a prepaid taxi available there. Buses are also available that takes you to the Andheri Station. Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) Search for flights to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) Tentative return flight prices to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) from major cities in India.

By Road

Mumbai has road links to all parts of the country with the Mumbai-Pune Expressway being the most popular of the lot. The road conditions are better than the rest of the country. Mumbai is also well served by buses from all the major destinations. The Asiad Bus Service is a bus terminal located on the Dadar road from where buses travel to Pune regularly. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation operate services in Mumbai from various cities in Maharashtra.

By Airby roadby train
Delhi to mumbai2 hrs16 hrs14 hrs
Chennai to mumbai3 hrs36 hrs28 hrs
Kolkata to mumbai3.5 hrs39 hrs32 hrs

Local transport in Mumbai

Public transport is very accessible, as well as affordable in Mumbai. Unlike most other parts of India, the auto rickshaws travel by meter and don’t fuss about the destination. The base fare is Rs. 18 for the first 1.5 km, and then Rs. 12. 19 per km. Mumbai also has a good and extensive bus network, The BEST bus network, which runs AC buses as well. The local black and yellow or the kaali-peeli taxis are also a popular mode of commuting in the city as they run on reasonable rates and are readily available. However, the traffic conditions in Mumbai are terrible, making local trains the best option to reach somewhere on time.


The Mumbai local trains are considered the lifeline of the city. They operate for the major part of the day and are shut only for a few hours from 1:30 AM to 3 AM. They are cheap and provide excellent connectivity and reliability. Travelling by the local is an experience in itself. It is not for the weak hearted though, as both the trains and the stations, can get incredibly crowded during peak hours. There are daily, monthly and even quarterly passes (4 months) available which can be purchased either at the local railway station by presenting an ID proof or online through the UTs app. The trains run over many different routes and are connected to all major places in Mumbai.  Both the Central and Western railway lines have both slow and fast trains. The Central line starts from CST and ends at Khasara or Kopoli, splitting at Kalyan Junction. The Harbor line is a sub-part of the Central line which ends at Panvel and has only slow trains. The Western line starts from Churchgate and ends at Dahanu road. There is also the Trans-Harbour and Trans-Western line, connecting Harbor line to Central and Western line respectively. No fast trains are available on these routes. Details of the local trains – such as timing, routes etc are available on the app m-Indicator.
The Mumbai metro and monorail also provide connectivity in some select areas of the city. The Line 1 of the Mumbai metro has been completed and is operational, which runs along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor. Two other lines: Dahisar – Charkop – Bandra – Mankhurd and Colaba – Bandra – SEEPZ are under construction and planned, respectively. The Mumbai monorail, which completed its construction under Phase 1 in mid-2017, connects Jacob Circle, Wadala and Mahul via Chembur, and provides a feeder service to the existing Mumbai Suburban Railway. It is the 5th largest mono-rail system in the world.  The cable-stayed bridge – the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is also a popular commuting choice that links Bandra in the west to Worli in the south of Mumbai. There are 8 lanes of bridges and they are of strategic importance in providing good connectivity to the financial hub in Nariman point.

Waterways is also an option for the commute, primarily to some tourist destinations in the city. Regular ferry services have begun in 2017 from Mora jetty in Uran to the Elephanta Caves. Private ferries and jetties also run from the Gateway of India to Mandwa and Rewas. The introduction of the Roll on Roll Off (Ro-Ro) ferries has also resulted in better connectivity to the Alibaug region.
 

FAQs on Mumbai

The commercial capital of India. Well connected to the rest of India. Home to awesome cuisine and culture. A heaven for history aficionados.

Extremely congested city. The local trains are always overcrowded. polluted.

An ideal hotspot for history buffs and movie aficionados. Perfect for anybody who loves the beach and the monsoon season. Ideal for all sorts of tourists, primarily foreigners. looking to explore the beautiful city.

The best time to visit Mumbai is from October to February. Mumbai receives copious rainfall during the monsoon. The city springs to life, with greenery everywhere. It is a good time for rain lovers to visit the city, have some local snacks and get drenched in the rains of Mumbai. Monsoon is the ideal time for taking a trek on the surrounding hills, because they look their greenest, with amazing waterfalls gushing down. Summer is not a good time to visit Mumbai because it is too hot and humid. During winter, the weather is pleasant, that is, it is neither too hot nor does the city receive incessant rainfall. Therefore, it is the ideal time to travel to Mumbai.

Mumbai shows remarkable diversity in all its spheres and food is no exception. You can fill your stomach by spending INR 20 on two spicy, delicious vada pavs or a plate of steaming, hot idlis; or you can savour an excellent Japanese meal at Wasabi, Taj for INR 6000. Mumbai boasts of restaurants serving a large range of international cuisines – more than any other city in India. It also has a good balance of the north Indian and south Indian cuisines. It has happening pubs like Hard Rock Café (Worli / Andheri), The Little Door (Andheri) and Social (multiple locations) for those who like to party, and cheap places like Gokul (Colaba), Janta (Bandra) and Laxmi (Powai) for those who want to grab (more than) a few drinks with their friends. Sagar, Hotel Madhav Palace, Hotel Mohit Palace, SaffronStays Jaipura Garh, Angel Resort Sikar Highway, OYO 14565 Hotel Snazzy. You can see all the hotels in Jaipuof the richest street foods you might ever find.