Mumbai by Train
Travelling in Mumbai trains or 'locals' as they are popularly called, is not a cake walk, it is a hive of activity which can burn you out. The locals are highly crowded, open-door trains making them a risky ride for those who are not familiar with the rough pushing/shoving and commotion. Mumbai Suburban Railway has the highest passenger density in the world, so think before you leap in for this adventure ride, you were forewarned!
There are three train suburban lines: Western line, Central line, and Harbour line. Western line operates from Churchgate to Dahanu Road, covering famous stations like Mumbai Central, Charni Road (chowpatti), Bandra, Vile Parle (domestic airport). Central line operates from CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) to Khopoli, covering stations like __ .
Harbour line operates from CST to Andheri and Panvel, it has famous stations like __. Do not travel in trains during the peak hours to avoid inconvenience. It is advisable that you travel on weekends or during the noon, from 12pm-3pm on weekdays as it is usually less crowded.
Tickets for all the three lines can be purchased at every station. Travelling without a ticket is an offence and can result in a penalty. You can choose to travel in the first class and second class compartments. First class is comfortable, less crowded, and obviously more expensive, the tickets range from Rs.40- Rs.150. Second class compartments are very crowded, unclean, and more suitable for the local crowds, the tickets range from Rs.7-Rs.15. A special tourist ticket is also available. With the tourist ticket, you can travel between stations any number of times till the ticket is valid. You can buy the first class ticket for Rs.210- 1 day, Rs.365 - 3 days, Rs.430 - 5 days, three days in advance. Please confirm the rates before booking as the rates may vary.
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