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.
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)
Tentative return flight prices to Mumbai from major cities in India:
|Starting City||Return price (approximate)|
|New Delhi||₹ 6,085 Non-stop|
|Bengaluru||₹ 5,666 Non-stop|
|Chennai||₹ 7,136 Non-stop|
|Hyderabad||₹ 5,318 Non-stop|
|Kolkata||₹ 8,739 Non-stop|
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.
The nearest railway station is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, also the second largest railway station in the world. 12.3 km away from the Mumbai city, via Western Highway, this station is well connected to the rest of India. There are many more stations, viz. Mumbai Central and Lokmanya Tilak Terminal that serve the city of Mumbai. Alternatively, when in Mumbai, the local train service is arguably the most affordable option for an intra-Mumbai visit. An interesting fact about the local trains of Mumbai is that the no. of passengers traveling per day is roughly equal to the entire population of Switzerland!
Though the Mumbai cruise industry is still developing, there are numerous travel organisations that offer cruises to and from Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, etc. Ferries are available from Ferry Wharf to access islands and beaches in the vicinity of the city and the Elephanta Caves.
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.
|Route Name||Distance||Time||More Information|
|Goa to Mumbai||591 km||9 hours 58 mins||View Details|
|Delhi to Mumbai||1,422 km||22 hours 1 min||View Details|
|Pune to Mumbai||148 km||2 hours 39 mins||View Details|
|Hyderabad to Mumbai||738 km||12 hours 56 mins||View Details|
|Lonavala to Mumbai||82.7 km||1 hour 33 mins||View Details|
|Chennai to Mumbai||1,337 km||19 hours 32 mins||View Details|
|Bangalore to Mumbai||984 km||14 hours 18 mins||View Details|
|Ahmedabad to Mumbai||531 km||8 hours 8 mins||View Details|
|Jaipur to Mumbai||1,153 km||17 hours 31 mins||View Details|
|Mahabaleshwar to Mumbai||263 km||4 hours 59 mins||View Details|
|Gurgaon to Mumbai||1,384 km||21 hours 7 mins||View Details|
|Agra to Mumbai||1,351 km||21 hours 30 mins||View Details|
|Varanasi to Mumbai||1,679 km||1 day 2 hours||View Details|
|Thane to Mumbai||22.7 km||28 mins||View Details|
|Amritsar to Mumbai||1,743 km||1 day 3 hours||View Details|
|Kolkata to Mumbai||1,943 km||1 day 10 hours||View Details|
|Udaipur to Mumbai||760 km||11 hours 42 mins||View Details|
|Chandigarh to Mumbai||1,672 km||1 day 1 hour||View Details|
|Jodhpur to Mumbai||983 km||14 hours 58 mins||View Details|
|Srinagar to Mumbai||2,266 km||1 day 12 hours||View Details|
|Ernakulam to Mumbai||1,531 km||23 hours 0 mins||View Details|
|Munnar to Mumbai||1,467 km||22 hours 26 mins||View Details|
|Jaisalmer to Mumbai||1,066 km||17 hours 4 mins||View Details|
|Shimla to Mumbai||1,772 km||1 day 4 hours||View Details|
|Coorg to Mumbai||1,030 km||17 hours 13 mins||View Details|
|Wayanad to Mumbai||1,174 km||18 hours 35 mins||View Details|
|Manali to Mumbai||1,965 km||1 day 8 hours||View Details|