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Getting from Mumbai Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Mumbai Airport to City Centre

There are two ways to get to the city centre of Mumbai after you land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Mumbai Airport (BOM), as it is most commonly known, is located 22km north of downtown Mumbai. From there, you can travel to the city centre by taxi for a direct trip, or train for a cheap but non-direct trip. There are different taxi companies in operation at the airport of Mumbai. A single taxi ride for max. 4 people will cost you around 9€ (700INR), if you're heading anywhere close to Fort or Colaba districts of Mumbai. The trip will take around 60 minutes, but due to extreme traffic conditions in Mumbai, this can change to even 2 hours or more. If you want to travel like a local, you can try getting to the city centre by train. To take the train for Mumbai Airport, you can use a taxi, rickshaw, or bus to transfer to either Vile Parle Station (2.1km from T1 and 4.6km from T2) or Anhderi Station (3.6km from T1 and 6.1km from T2). A transfer from the airport to the stations will take around 20 minutes. Trains run regularly in Mumbai, so there is a service roughly every 10 minutes. This is also the cheapest travel option as you will pay less than 1€ (80INR) for a single journey to the city centre of Mumbai.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Train (indirect) €2 40min 04:00–01:00
Taxi €9 60min 24/7

How to get from Mumbai Airport to city centre by train

There is no direct train service from Mumbai Airport to the city centre of Mumbai. However, you can choose to transfer to a train station on your arrival at the airport. There are two stations located close to Mumbai Airport: Vile Parle and Andheri. Vile Parle is located 2.1km from Terminal 1 and 4.6km from Terminal 2, while Andheri is located 3.6km from Terminal 1 and 6.1km from Terminal 2. You can reach the stations either by taxi, rickshaw or bus and the journey to the stations is around 20 minutes. Bus 312, alongside other bus routes, leaves from outside both terminals towards both train stations and the ticket costs 1€ (80INR). Taking a rickshaw is equally cheap with journeys up to 6kms amounting to less than 1€ (77INR). If you prefer to take a taxi to the train stations, the taxi fare will be around 2.5€ (200INR) under normal traffic. Once you reach the train stations, get your tickets at the counters and with only 1€ (80INR) per passenger, board a train to either Marine Lines or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Trains run every 10 minutes on average.

How much is the train ticket from Mumbai Airport to the city centre of Mumbai?

Trains are really cheap in Mumbai. If you choose to travel by train to the city centre of Mumbai from either Vile Parle or Andheri Stations, you can expect to pay around 1€ (80INR) for a standard single journey ticket. You can always upgrade to a 1st class ticket for only 2€ (160INR). Tickets are available to purchase at the station counters.

Cost

1€

Trip Duration

40 Min.

Trains in Mumbai are really overcrowded and it is better to avoid travelling with a train if you are new to Mumbai or you travel with lots of luggage. That is unless you're in for an adventure.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Most trains in Mumbai run from 04:00 am to 01:00 am.

Where do I get it from?

There is no train station at Mumbai Airport, but you can transfer to two nearby train stations from the airport. Vile Parle Station is located 2.1km from Mumbai Airport T1 and 4.6km from T2. Andheri Station is located 3.6km from Mumbai Airport T1 and 6.1km from T2. Once you exit the terminals, either board a taxi or rickshaw, the traditional three-wheel vehicle of India, or head to the bus station outside the terminals. In approximately 20 minutes you will reach the train stations.

Convenience

Although trains are really cheap in Mumbai, the level of convenience offered is really low. You will need to travel to a train station away from the airport as soon as you arrive at BOM. Trains are dangerously overcrowded in Mumbai and visitors often avoid taking a train, as non-familiarity with the network can cause challenges. If you don't travel lightly, you risk not being able to board the train.

Editor’s Note

Taking a train is not recommended for people travelling with children, individuals with mobility challenges and passengers carrying heavy luggage.

Useful Tips

If you decide to take a train, consider upgrading to a 1st class ticket for just an extra 1€.
In order to make the most of a cheap transport option, take a rickshaw from Terminal 1 to the train stations. This way the total amount for your journey will stay low.
Plan your journey ahead of arrival by checking in which Mumbai Airport terminal you land. Choose the train station located closest to your terminal.

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How to get from Mumbai Airport to city centre by taxi

There are several 24/7 taxi options at Mumbai Airport. You can choose to pre-book your taxi before flying or get a taxi on arrival. If you choose to board a taxi on arrival at Mumbai Airport, you have two options: black-and-yellow taxis and cool taxis. Black-and-yellow taxis are slightly cheaper and run on a meter, but they are not air-conditioned, while cool taxis are relatively more expensive and offer a prefixed fare. They also offer a 'cool' trip as they are air-conditioned. You can expect to pay around 9€ (700INR) for a city centre transport. This can increase at times of heavy traffic or depending on the number of luggage items you carry. Mumbai is notoriously heavy on traffic. Your trip can last from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Taxi fare from Mumbai Airport to city centre

Under average traffic conditions, a taxi ride from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will cost around 9€ (700INR). Prices may be higher if you travel at night or you choose to pre-book, choosing a more luxurious vehicle.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM BOM TO THE CITY CENTRE
€9
€11
60 min
FROM BOM TO HOTELS IN THE CITY CENTRE
€9
€11
60 min
FROM BOM TO THANE
€11
€13
70 min
FROM BOM TO COLABA
€9
€11
60 min

Convenience

A taxi trip to the city centre of Mumbai from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is by far the most convenient transport option. If you pre-book or prepay a taxi ride, there will be a designated vehicle waiting for you in the taxi ranks. With pre-booked taxis, you can also track the location of your vehicle. Standard taxis can carry up to 4 passengers, plus luggage items, so you won't have to worry about space restrictions.

Editor’s Note

Always choose an official taxi provider for your Mumbai airport transport. Unofficial taxi services can be dangerous and you may end up paying a lot more if you don't know your way around Mumbai.

Useful Tips

Due to traffic and weather conditions at Mumbai, it is better to choose an air-conditioned vehicle. The price difference is minimal and you will enjoy your journey in comfort.
There are also shared-ride taxi services at Mumbai airport. If you feel confident, you can share a ride with a fellow passenger and split the fare.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Mumbai Airport from the city?

Mumbai Airport (BOM) is located 22km north of Mumbai.

Is Uber available at Mumbai Airport?

Yes, Uber operates at Mumbai Airport.

How do I reach Mumbai Airport from CSMT?

Take a train to either Vile Parle or Andheri Train Stations and Mumbai Airport is 20 minutes away by bus, taxi or rickshaw.

Which train station is closest to Mumbai Airport?

Vile Parle Station is located 2.1km from Terminal 1 of Mumbai Airport.

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