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Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM)

Overview

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, often referred to simply as Mumbai Airport (and formerly known as Sahar International Airport), is the second-busiest airport in southern Asia.

Processing roughly 29 million passengers each year, Mumbai Airport is made up of two main terminals, with an additional five sub-terminals. Terminal 1 handles domestic flights, while Terminal 2 is reserved for international flights. Transferring between the two takes 15-20 minutes via a free shuttle service that departs every 20 minutes.

Mumbai Airport can be chaotic, with long queues and confusing signage, but the airport is undergoing a number of renovations that will merge the terminals and smooth operations throughout the facility.

Flights to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport come in from all over the world, including Paris, Abu Dhabi, London, Singapore, Mauritius, Tokyo, Amseterdam, Cairo, Atlanta, Bangkok, New York, Frankfurt, Brisbane, Johannesburg and Istanbul; there are also a number of domestic routes to destinations within India.

Location

The airport is located 18 miles (29km) north of Mumbai.

Getting to the city

Taxi: Taxis are the only form of transport offering direct transfers to the city. Choose a prepaid taxi over a metered one as metered taxi drivers are notorious for travelling longer routes to destinations in order to rack up the meter reading. Do not pay more than RS 450-600 for a prepaid taxi, the amount of which will take you past central Mumbai to Colaba, the city's main tourist hub.

Train: Commuting via railway is the fastest way to travel in Mumbai. The Mumbai Suburban Railway Network consists of three lines, namely the Western, Central and Harbour Lines; all of which connect to various parts of the city. The closest station to CSIA's Domestic Terminal 1 is called Vile Parle, which is located in Santa Cruz, while the nearest station to International Terminal 2 is Andheri, located in Sahar. Both stations may be reached via a quick bus or taxi trip from CSIA. A one-way second-class ticket is about RS 9 and a first-class ticket costs around RS 76.

Bus: Buses travel between CSIA and nearby railway stations Vile Parle and Andheri. Catch route no. 312 in Domestic Terminal 1 and no. 321 in International Terminal 2.

Auto Rickshaw: Auto Rickshaws are only licensed to operate in the western suburbs beyond Bandra, and in the central suburbs passed Sion. They are available at Domestic Terminal 1. The minimum fare is RS 11 for 1.2miles (2 km), after which the meter clocks RS 6.50 for each additional 0.6 miles (1 km).

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 (0)22 2615 6500, Terminal 1: +91 (0)22 2615 6600, Terminal 2: +91 (0)22 2682 9000

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Mumbai International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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