Public Transport in Mumbai

Information on train, bus and taxi services to, from and around Mumbai...

Mumbai has many modes of transport, which include buses, trains, taxis, auto rickshaws, a metro and monorail. Some of the services operate 24-hour, although their frequency varies.

Pets are not allowed on local trains and buses.

Local Trains

Known as Mumbai's lifeline, the 24-hour train service offers fast and slow trains, as well as first class and general coaches. Ticket booths are outside stations and a ticket should be bought before the train is boarded. There is also a monthly pass ticket.

All trains have a coach reserved for women and people with physical disabilities.

The Western Railway runs between Church Gate and Dhanu Road, covering all locations within south, west and north Mumbai. At Dader Station there is a connection to the Central Line, which connects to Thane.

The Central Railway operates trains from Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Thane/Kasara on central Mumbai routes. There are trains from CST to Navi Mumbai/Panvel, which is also known as the Harbour Line.

Metro

The Mumbai Metro service operates between Andheri-Versova to Ghatkopar and connects the western suburbs to the central suburbs of Mumbai. At Andheri station, passengers can connect to the Western line of suburban trains. At Ghatkopar there is a connection to the Central line of the suburban train network.

All trains are air-conditioned. The service operates from 05:30 to midnight, with trains running every four minutes during peak hours and every eight minutes during off-peak hours.

Tickets are purchased before boarding the train. Single journey tickets and a contactless Smart Card for multiple journeys are available.

Monorail

The Monorail service runs between Wadala and Chembur, covering a stretch of 9 Km. It is operated by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Service starts at 06:00 until 20:00, with trains running every 15 minutes. Currently only single journey tickets are available, which can be purchased at the station before boarding.

Buses

All buses have seats reserved for women and the elderly, while some buses have wheelchair facilities. A ticket is bought after boarding and fares are determined by the government.

BEST operates across the Mumbai metropolitan region with a fleet of more than 3,000 air-conditioned, non-air-conditioned, double-decker and King Long buses. Routes connect to all local train stations.

NMMT (Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport) operates mainly in the Navi Mumbai area, and also has connections for the Mumbai and Thane regions. There are both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses.

TMT (Thane Municipal Transport) operates within Thane and has connections for the Mumbai and Navi Mumbai regions.

Taxi Services

More than 50,000 yellow-and-black, non-air-conditioned metered taxis operate across the Mumbai metropolitan region. Fares are government-approved and taxis are available at all major city junctions.

There is a minimum charge for the first 1.5 kilometres and then an additional charge for each subsequent kilometre.

Blue-and-silver air-conditioned, metered taxis, also known as 'Cool Cabs', are available at all major city junctions. There is a minimum charge for the first 1.5 kilometres and then an additional charge per kilometre. An additional 25 percent is added to the fare between 00:00 and 05:00.

Radio taxis

There are four government-approved radio taxi operators offering air-conditioned, metered taxis. The fare can be paid with credit cards as well as cash.

Auto rickshaws

Auto rickshaws are a quick way of getting around and are found almost everywhere in Mumbai, except for south Mumbai between Mahim and Colaba.

As with taxi services, there is a minimum charge for the first 1.5 kilometres and then an additional charge per kilometre. An additional 25 percent is added to the fare between 00:00 and 05:00.