Mumbai is more accessible than other Indian cities and can be reached through numerous flights. The international terminal (Sahara) and the domestic terminal (Santa Cruz) are quite near each other and can easily be reached through regular shuttle buses between the two terminals. The domestic airport is well connected and can be used to visit most parts of Western and Southern India. Depending on preferences, you can also travel on gong-distance buses depart from the state road transport terminal opposite Mumbai's Central railway station to visit adjoining places.
How to reach Mumbai by Air
Mumbai can be reached through numerous flights. The international terminal Sahar, renamed as Chatrapati Sivaji International Airport operates round the clock. Hotel bookings and pre-paid taxis are available at the terminal.
The domestic terminal Santa Cruz is about 5km apart and can easily be reached through regular shuttle buses between the two terminals. The domestic airport is well connected and can be used to visit most parts of Western and Southern India.
How to reach Mumbai by Rail
Mumbai is a prominent railway hub of the country. It is the headquarters to two railway zones, central and western. While Central Railways handles services to the east and south, Western Railways has services to the north from Churchgate and Central stations. The main railway station Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) formerly known, as Victoria terminus (VT) is located in the heart of the city. Local and outstation trains ply from here. Other railway stations are Dadar, Churchgate and Kurla. Bookings are to be made in advance to avoid the last minute rush, as trains are the most used mode of transport. The extensive system of suburban electric train network is the most sought after transport means in Mumbai for city travel.
How to reach Mumbai by Road
Mumbai is well connected by a network of roads to the rest of India by and state highways. Mumbai has one of the best public bus systems of any major Indian city called BEST buses. Mumbai has a huge fleet of metered black-and-yellow taxis as well.
Local Transportation in Mumbai
Mumbai has an efficient network of local transportation carrying you all across the city. You can opt to be a part of the chaos of the locals or just choose the window seat on the Double Decker bus run by the BEST and see the Mumbai life in all its color. Or when in hurry hire a taxi, but be ready to get stuck in the traffic when you desperately willing to reach some place. Mumbai never leaves you bored; even the chaos makes a sense here if you are a sport.
Suburban Electric Trains / Locals
Local trains are one of the fastest, cheapest and most commonly used means of transportation within Bombay. The city is interconnected by the following local railway network:
1. Western Railway running between Churchgate and Virar.
2. Central Railway running between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Bombay V.T.) and Karjat.
3. Harbour Line running between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Bombay V.T.) and Mankhurd.
4. A new railway line running between Shivaji Terminus (Bombay V.T.) and New Mumbai.
Travel Within Mumbai
Metro Trains of Mumbai different dimension to your travel in Mumbai and are also easily available. It is in traveling within the city that you find Mumbai in a class of its own. The rickety public bus system is still the BEST in India and the red double-decker buses are an experience to savor . You can also try suburban electric trains that connect everywhere, or the large and efficient fleet of metered black-and-yellow taxis .The Taxis are quite expensive and the backpackers may miss the auto rickshaws found elsewhere. Take any means of transport to reach the plethora of attractions that spread before you.