Mumbai Transport


The streets of Mumbai are chaotic and difficult to negotiate, but most attractions are fairly central and can be reached on foot. However, visitors generally opt for hiring a car with a driver by the day, which can be arranged at hotel desks. Rates are dependent on the type of vehicle hired. The city's public bus service is government-run, and consists of a fleet of red single and double-decker buses. The bus service is cheap and extensive, but the buses are almost always hot and crowded and it is not generally a pleasant way to get around. Suburban electric trains connect to the outlying areas, but are crowded, particularly during rush hour. Auto rickshaws are not allowed to operate in the centre of the city, but are cheaper than taxis and good for short distances when you are outside of this area. Metered taxis are plentiful all over the town and its surrounds. Ensure that the meter has been reset, or that you have negotiated a fare, before setting off in a taxi. A very fast (and air-conditioned) hydrofoil service connects central Mumbai to many surrounding suburbs, and this service is very convenient and comfortable.

Experiencing the overwhelming tide of humanity that is Mumbai's traffic is an unavoidable part of any trip to Mumbai, and although it can be frustrating, it can also be fascinating. Just allow yourself plenty of time to get from place to place.

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