How to get from Mumbai Airport to Thane
After landing at Mumbai Airport (BOM) there are three transfer options to the nearby city of Thane. Thane, also known as the City of Lakes, is located 24km north of Mumbai Airport and is reachable directly only by taxi, but you can also choose to travel by train or bus connecting at a nearby station. If you prefer to travel by taxi, you can get one from the airport and the trip duration will be around 70 minutes depending on traffic. There are different taxi operators at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and the taxi fare to Thane will be approximately 11€ (875INR) when you prepay for a taxi service for up to 4 people. Getting to Thane by train means you need to transfer to Ghatkopar Train Station from the airport of Mumbai and then board a direct train to Thane. The train service from Ghatkopar to Thane takes 15 minutes and standard tickets cost 0.50€ (40INR). To take a bus to Thane, you will first head to Andheri Station and board a bus to Thane. Bus ticket costs less than 0.50€ (40INR) and the bus trip takes 35 minutes.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €11|| 70min|| 24/7|
| Train (indirect) || €1.00|| 15min|| 04:00–01:00|
| Bus (indirect) || €1.00|| 35min|| 08:00–13:00|
How to get from Mumbai Airport to Thane by taxi
You can choose from several taxi options at Mumbai Airport. You can pre-book your taxi before your flight or get a taxi on arrival. If you choose to get a taxi on arrival at the Airport of Mumbai, you have two options: black-and-yellow taxis and cool taxis. Black-and-yellow taxis are a bit cheaper and run on a meter, but they are not air-conditioned, while cool taxis are air-conditioned and relatively more costly, offering a fixed fare. You will pay around 11€ (875INR) for a taxi transport to Thane. The fare may differ at times of heavy congestion or depending on the number of luggage items you carry. Your trip will take around 70 minutes under normal traffic conditions.
Taxi fare from Mumbai Airport to Thane
Taxi fare from Mumbai Airport to Thane will be around 11€ (875INR) for a ride with up to 4 passengers. The fare can increase depending on the type of vehicle you select, as well as due to traffic conditions.
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A taxi trip to the city of Thane from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is surely 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. Your trip to Thane will be hassle-free and secure.
Choose to travel with an official taxi provider and avoid unauthorized drivers who may approach you promising a lower fare. You will be in a higher scam risk and you may end up getting lost.
Choosing an air-conditioned taxi is an affordable option you will want to pursue. Weather conditions in Mumbai and the region can be overwhelming for visitors.
If you travel with a large group, it is worth hiring a larger vehicle instead of several standards ones. Sharing a single fare will reduce the cost of travelling by taxi to Thane.
How to get from Mumbai Airport to Thane by train
There is no direct train connection from Mumbai Airport to Thane. To reach Thane via train when traveling from the airport, you need to transfer to Ghatkopar Train Station located 6km from Mumbai Airport. You can reach Ghatkopar by taxi, bus, rickshaw or metro in 35 minutes and then board a train to Thane. If you prefer to take a taxi to the train station, the taxi fare will be around 2.50€ (200INR) under normal traffic. The bus option is again cheap, as tickets cost less than 0.25€ (20INR). Taking a rickshaw is really cheap too with journeys up to 6kms amounting to less than 1€ (77INR). Taking the metro from Airport Road Station to Ghatkopar is very affordable. Single metro tickets cost 0.30€ (25INR). The direct train service from Ghatkopar to Thane takes 15 minutes and trains leave every 20 minutes. Standard tickets cost 0.50€ (40INR).
How much is the train ticket from Mumbai Airport to Thane?
A train ticket to Thane from Ghatkopar Station, located close to Mumbai Airport, is really cheap. Single journey tickets in air-conditioned wagons cost 0.50€ (40INR). You can get your train tickets to Thane at the train station counters.
The final amount to pay for all transfers to Thane will amount to 2-3€ for a single passenger (160-240INR).
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 the nearby Ghatkopar Train Station, where you can board a train to Thane. Ghatkopar is located 6km from Mumbai Airport. After you land, exit the terminals and either board a taxi or rickshaw from the ranks. Alternatively, board Bus 331 or take the metro to Ghatkopar from Airport Road Station a few minutes walk from the airport. In approximately 35 minutes you will reach the train station.
Choosing to travel to Thane from Mumbai Airport by train is a really cheap, but quite inconvenient transport option. As there is no direct connection between Thane and Mumbai Airport, you will need to transfer to Ghatkopar Train Station to get a train. This will cause some challenges significantly if you carry lots of luggage. Trains are really overcrowded in Mumbai and taking a train is often a struggle for visitors. If you're looking for an easy and relaxed trip, it is better to avoid this transport option.
If you're not familiar with India's complex transport network, it is better to avoid connecting at different stops and stations.
Trains are the No.1 transport option for locals. While admittedly this causes dangerously busy and overcrowded services, it also gives you a glimpse of Mumbai everyday life. If you are the adventurous type, you may want to try it.
If you decide to take a train from Mumbai Airport to Thane, be sure to travel light.
How to get from Mumbai Airport to Thane by bus
There is no direct bus connection between Mumbai Airport and Thane. In order to catch the bus to Thane, you need to transfer to Andheri Station which is located quite close to the airport. You can reach Andheri Station by taxi, bus or rickshaw and the journey to the station is around 20 minutes. Bus 312, alongside other bus routes, leaves from outside both Mumbai Airport terminals 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 Andheri, the taxi fare will be around 2.5€ (200INR) under normal traffic. Once you arrive at Andheri, take bus AC-125 and get off at Teen Hath Naka or Majiwada Naka stops which are close to the city centre of Thane. There are more indirect bus route options from Domestic Airport Junction Station. Buses to Thane cost less than 0.50€ (40INR) and the bus trip takes 35 minutes.
How much is the bus ticket from Mumbai Airport to Thane?
The bus tickets to Thane costs less than 0.50€ (40INR) for a single journey. You can purchase tickets on board from the driver or at the bus stations.
Journey duration can change dramatically under extreme traffic conditions, which are common in Mumbai and the state of Maharashtra.
Most buses to Thane run Monday to Saturday.
Where do I get it from?
Buses to Thane do not depart from Mumbai Airport. You will need to go to Andheri Station, which 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 Andheri Station. Take the bus to Thane from there.
Travelling from Mumbai Airport to Thane by bus is not the most convenient transport option. Crowded buses means you need to travel light and the traffic conditions can make the trip even more challenging. Travelling to a nearby station to board a bus to Thane adds to the challenge.
If you choose to travel from Mumbai Airport to Thane by bus, it is better to avoid too many layovers. The transport network in Mumbai is complex and new visitors can find it overwhelming.
For a more comprehensive and live update on bus schedules, ask at the airport or bus stations on your arrival.
Plan you journey ahead of departure by deciding on your exact Thane destination to avoid getting off at the wrong bus stop. Walking can be hard especially when carrying luggage under challenging weather conditions.