Transportation from Mumbai Airport: Taxi, Bus, Rail

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport is the unique airport that serves Mumbai, but this airport was created by the fusion of two old airports and some people of Mumbai refer to it as two separate airports. The Domestic Terminal or Terminal 1 was Santa Cruz Airport, and the International Terminal or Terminal 2 was Sahar Airport. Both terminals are 5 kilometers apart, so be sure which terminal are you arriving / departing (Some flights to other indian cities departs from International Terminal).
See below the different transport options that you have in Mumbai/Bombay Airport:

Inter terminal Transportation: There is a paid service that connects both terminals (Domestic - Terminal 1B and International - Terminal 2).
T1B to T2: Prices Rs.245 for a Sedan. Rs.700 for a SUV.
T2 to T1B:
Prices Rs.230 for a Sedan. Rs.750 for a SUV.

The counters to buy the ticket are located:
T1B: Arrivals. Phone: (022) 65882672
T2: Level 2, International Arrivals. Phone: 8767350021

Taxi

Taxi is probably the best option to move from the airport to the city centre.
There are two types of taxis operating from the airport: The normal metered taxis and the prepaid taxis.
We strongly recommend to use the prepaid taxis because you will be sure what are you going to pay prior contracting it and you will receive a receipt. Do not pay anything extra after.
The counter to buy the ticket for prepaid taxis is located just as you exit custms. The journey to Mumbai city center can take from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Rickshaws

Auto rickshaw is a typical method of transportation in India and consists in a three wheeler vehicle. This metered mode of public transport operates only in the suburbs- post Bandra in the western suburbs and till Sion in the central suburbs.
We recommend you to arrange the price with the driver and pay according the meter or the figures that you have said. Auto Rickshaws are available at the Domestic Terminal.

Bus

The bus service available at Mumbai Airport doesn't offer direct connection to the Mumbai city centre, but there are some routes that connect you with train stations.

- BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport), offers routes from both Domestic and International Terminals:

  • Domestic Terminal: Bus Route number 312. Commute to Vile Parle (East) and Andheri (East) railway stations.
  • International Terminal: Bus Route number 321 to Vile Parle East. Bus Route number 308 to Andheri (East) railway station.


Check other options: BEST
Be aware that the buses/trains doesn't run during night and also that could be difficult to use them if it is your first time on the city.


Private and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses operate from Mumbai to other parts of the country as well.

Train

The train is probably the quickest way to arrive to Mumbai city centre, but the trains are really crowded.

There is not any train station inside the airport, but you can use any type of transport (Bus, Rickshaw, Taxi) to reach the nearest stations.

If you plan to use Domestic Terminal, the nearest station is Vile Parle (East).

If you plan to use the International Terminal, the nearest station is Andheri (East). There are three lines in Mumbai: Western, Central Main and Harbour.

If you plan to go to other cities, you can check the routes in this website: indianrailways.gov.in

Car Rental

If you want to have completely independence from public transport and taxis, the best option is to rent a car.

You can compare the different options available at Mumbai airport, at car rental page.

If you are planning a large trip inside india, probably the best option is to use railway instead of renting a car, since the distances between cities are really big.