Practical Life in Mumbai

Transport in Mumbai

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Public transport in Mumbai includes transport by train, road and water. Transportation is convenient, efficient and cheap but often overcrowded. Despite this, commuters prefer public transportation as Mumbai's clogged streets are a nightmare to drive in especially during peak traffic hours. Click here for a roadmap of Mumbai.


The Public Bus Service (BEST) is a system run by a government organisation. It has a fleet of red single and double decker buses. There are air conditioned buses as well. While the buses cannot be compared to buses in most European capitals, Mumbai is said to have the best and safest organised bus transport network among major Indian cities. Click here for bus routes in Mumbai.

Sub-urban Electric Trains

Local railway lines connect all corners of the city with one another. While the train network is good, it struggles to keep up with the rapid growth of population and currently the network carries three times the number of people it is designed for during peak hours. There have been more than 20,000 deaths as a result in the last five years. Click here for train routes and schedules in Mumbai.

Taxi/ Autorickshaw

There are a number of taxi options; the no-frills black and yellow metered taxi, the air-conditioned blue and silver metered cabs known as Cool Cabs and Radio taxis. An even cheaper alternative is the three-wheeled autorickshaw. These are however not allowed in certain parts of the city. Click here to find out more on taxi options and numbers to call.


Ferries connect Vashi to the Gateway of India. Ferry services are also available to visit the Elephanta Caves and other nearby places.

For more detailed information on the various modes of transport in Mumbai, please click here.   

Update 24/10/2008


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