Travelling in Mumbai can be a back breaking experience. there are various modes of transportation available, although the crowd and traffic jam can easily annoy anyone. You will have various options for local transport in Mumbai.
Modes of transport in Mumbai are
1. Auto Rickshaw
An Auto rickshaw comes handy when you have to rush somewhere as they are available at every nook and corner. However they do not operate beyond Bandra in the western suburbs and beyond Sion in central suburbs. Only 3 passengers are allowed at a time and travelling is fairly cheap.
The minimum fare is Rs.11 for 1st 2 km and subsequent kilometer fare is Rs.7. Extra 25% is charged from 12:00 am to 5:00 am. Mumbai auto drivers are trustworthy and honest as compared to other India cities.
The kali pili taxi operates all around the city. The minimum fare is Rs.16 and subsequent kilometers fare is Rs.10.50. Again extra 25% is charged from 12:00 am to 5:00 am. 4 passengers are allowed to travel at once.
These taxi’s are a hallmark of Mumbai and the old fiat cars model used are as old as 30 years and still continue operate.
3. Private Taxi
These taxi are available with 30 to 60 min prior notice. They are air conditioned comfortable and well maintained cars. They charges are Rs.15 for the 1st km and Rs.13 for subsequent km, with 25% charged during midnight (12:00 am to 5:00 am). They all have mobile apps using which you can summon an cab in as less as 10 min.
Here are some private taxi service details.
Meru cabs – Tel 44224422 https://www.merucabs.com/
Mega cabs – Tel 42424242 http://www.megacabs.com/
Easy cabs – Tel 43434343 http://www.easycabs.com/
Ola cabs – Tel 3355 3355 https://www.olacabs.com/
Some tips to be followed while travelling in auto & taxi
- Check that the meter is down and when you step in.
- The fare is government regulated, so only pay what is shown on the meter.
- Check the cabs/auto’s number before boarding.
- The driver should always have an ID proof.
- Note – Waiting charges are applicable, so the meter will continue to add charges while on a traffic signal or during waiting.
4. Private cars
Travel agents and tour operator can assist you in getting private cars. These are suitable when you want to visit in group or visit places, malls, beaches etc. and would like to keep the vehicle with you throughout.
5. BEST bus
The Brihan Mumbai Electric supply and transport (BEST) is extremely flexible, affordable and connects every part of the city. They start operating from 5:00 am and finish at midnight. BEST has recently introduced AC buses, but only on certain routes.
BEST has a fleet of 4500 buses which carry 45 Lac (4.5 million) commuters daily.
Minimum fare is Rs.4 and increases on subsequent distance. BEST issues day pass costing Rs.40 (access Mumbai). The ticket is valid for one day and passengers can alight and board any number of buses as he wishes to. They also provide monthly passes for those using this service daily.
These buses are crowded during morning and evening, as they are peak time for office going Mumbaikars. However, there is an BEST staff called ‘conductor’ on board to issue ticket and to assist. Seats are reserved for Women, handicapped person and elderly persons.
6. Railways (The life line of Mumbai)
They are classified as below and the fastest and cheapest mode of transport.
- Central line
- Western line
- Harbour line
Again there are fast local and slow local
Fast local stop only at certain stations, whereas slow local stops at every station. Trains are either of 9 car or 12 car. Our Mumbai government is in the process of introducing 16 car trains. The train start operating from 4:00 am and close operation at around 1:00 am.
There are 1st class and 2nd class compartments, besides the luggage compartment.
The luggage compartment is more used by the local vendors carrying items which they intent to sell in the locality. Every local train has a ladies compartment of both classes.
Note – Avoid travelling during peak hours (7:00 am to 10:00 am / 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm)as its almost impossible to enter or exit the train during this time.
Of course there are few private buses running in certain areas, which provide relief from traveling in BEST buses during peak hours.
For long distance travel, train is preferred as they are cheap and quick. However if you wish to enjoy your ride, have time on hand and money in pocket, you can always prefer auto, taxi or private cabs.