The streets of Mumbai are chaotic and difficult to negotiate, but most attractions are fairly central and can be reached on foot. However, visitors generally opt for hiring a car with a driver by the day. The city's public bus service is government-run and consists of a fleet of red single and double-decker buses. The bus service is cheap and extensive, but the buses are almost always hot and crowded and it is not generally a pleasant way to get around. Suburban electric trains connect to the outlying areas, but are crowded, particularly during rush hour. Auto rickshaws are not allowed to operate in the centre of the city, but are cheaper than taxis and good for short distances. Metered taxis are plentiful all over the city and its surrounds. Uber and rental bicycles are also convenient ways of getting around the city.
The airport is located 18 miles (29km) north of Mumbai.
Mumbai International (BOM)
LocationThe airport is located 18 miles (29km) north of Mumbai.
Getting to the city
The Mumbai Suburban Railway Network consists of three lines, namely the Western, Central Main, and the Harbour Lines; all of which connect to various parts of the city. The closest station to Terminal 1 (Vile Parle), is located in Santa Cruz, while the nearest station to Terminal 2 (Andheri) is located in Sahar. Both may be reached via a quick bus or taxi trip from the airport. Buses also travel between the airport and the nearby railway stations of Vile Parle and Andheri. Auto Rickshaws are also available for transfers to public transport.
Car hire, with or without a driver, can be arranged in the Arrivals terminal. Passengers are strongly advised to hire a driver rather than chance the roads in Mumbai themselves.
Pre-paid taxis are available outside Arrivals, at both terminals. The journey time is approximately one hour to the city centre of Mumbai.
Transfer between terminals
The two terminals are connected by a free bus service which takes 10-15 minutes.
Facilities at the airport include ATMs, currency exchange and a post office, left luggage services, executive lounges and a business centre, tourist information counters, duty-free shopping, childcare rooms, medical facilities, a prayer room and a smoking lounge. A variety of restaurants and fast food outlets are available.
CSIA has a car parking facility at both domestic and international terminals. Parking starts at about INR 160 for the first half hour and goes up to INR 1200 for a 24 hour period.