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Mumbai Travel Guide

Getting Mumbai

Getting There

Mumbai is the financial capital of India and is connected with important cities of the world through of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, or you can arrive there by railway, road and ship.

By Air

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport also called the Sahar International Airport is the gateway the City of Opportunity, is a busiest airport of India, have three terminals: 2A, 2C and 2B, but the terminal 2B is unoperational, and frequently receive flights of the important cities of the world, supporting the two-thirds parts of air traffic of India, the airport is 28 km from downtown, on Salsette Island. To 4 kilometers from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the Santa Cruz Airport recently renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, is the domestic terminal and is divided in two terminals 1A and 1B; the Indianís domestic flights arrive to Terminal 1A and the Terminal 1B serves for private airlines. The airports are connected by a regular free shuttle buses, and both terminals have tourist information centers, and other services.

By Railway

Mumbai is a prominent centre of railway in India, has two terminal railway zones, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus also called Victorian Terminus or V.T. on the western of the city, and Mumbai Central Terminus, both Terminus are located inside of the city. The western line connects with states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and some parts of countryís north; central line connects with Eastern of the country, southern of the country and some parts of the Indiaís North. The tourists can get a especial quotas to travel by railway in both mains Terminus.

By Bus

Mumbai support a heavy traffic in its roads, three National Highways connect Mumbai with the rest of country the NH8 to the north, the NH3 and NH4 to the east, the Main Bus Terminal is behind the Central Railway Terminus of Mumbai, and the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation is the responsible for operating inside of Maharashtra State, and private buses offer their service to travel from/to other cities of the country.

By Ship

The important port of Mumbai in the past was an important place for connect Europe and Asia, now the harbor manage about of 40 percent of the maritime traffic and trade of India. Ships of passenger and cruise liners arrive there.

Getting Around

By Taxi:

In Mumbai are many taxis, these are cheaper, and exist two kind of taxis, the Yellow and Black Taxi and Cool Cabs. The Yellow and Black Taxis use mechanical meters, these are small taxis, and cheaper, the basic tariff is 13 rupees and in the nights charges 25 % extra from the midnight to five in the morning, but you can agree the price before to take one. The Cool taxis are modern taxis; these have air conditioned, electronic meters, and are 40 percent more expensive than Yellow and Black taxis.

By Train:

People commonly called to this transport media, how the Local Train, Mumbai has four lines in its network of local trains, the Western Line, The Central Main Line, the Harbour Line and the New Line to New Mumbai. The trains start to work from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m., in generally the economic class is very crowded.

By Bus

Popularly called local buses, connect all parts of the city, running since 5 a.m. until midnight, the fleet is formed for buses of red color of single or double decker. The transport of buses is under management by Brihanmumbay Electric Suply and Transport, now the company has new buses with air conditioned and modern characteristic; in general is available special seat for ladies, pregnant women, and women with children, senior citizens and handicapped.

By Autorickshaws

Like in other cities of India autorickshaws are a popular transport media, these are very cheaper, and can go three people in a autorickshaws, like the taxis, rickshaws has a meter for journey, but you can agree the price previous to get one, autorickshaw isnít recommendable to pregnant women and for long distances.

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