Bandra Terminus to Mumbai Airport

The Bandra Terminus and the Mumbai Airport are undoubtedly among the most crucial travel/transport transit points in the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay).

The former, distinct from the Bandra local suburban railway station of the Mumbai suburban railway service, is an important junction in the Indian national railway network and has regular long range trains scheduled from its premises. On the flip side, the Mumbai Airport, which was earlier bifurcated in the Sahar Airport for international transit and Santa Cruz Airport for domestic transit, is now merged into what is called as the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). The Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport is India’s and South Asia’s crucial aviation hub in terms of passenger traffic. It is connected to most of the major cities on the globe with regular passenger, cargo and charter airlines operating on a regular basis.

Distance from Bandra terminus to Mumbai airport

By conservative estimates, the maximum distance from Bandra West to the Mumbai Airport is 17 kilometers, i.e. 10.5 miles. While on the other hand, the maximum distance between Bandra East and the Mumbai Airport is approximately 12 kilometers, i.e. 7.4 miles.

Bandra terminus to Mumbai airport by Train

If you are planning to travel from Bandra Terminus to the Mumbai airport by train, then you might be faced with a plethora of constraints. Unlike some of the major airports in the big cities, the Mumbai airport does not have a direct train or Metro service to the doorstep. First of all, from Bandra Terminus one has to switch over to the local Bandra suburban railway station and then to road transport in order to reach the exact destination (here is a map which would give a rough idea of the location and distance between the two stations http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=19.0560132&lon=72.8429282&z=17&l=0&m=b). It will be a daunting task on working days, especially if the traveler does not believe in travelling light.

Finding a cab is another challenge considering the hustle and bustle outside the railway stations. The nearest Railway station to the Domestic Terminal of the Mumbai Airport is the Ville Parle station (East). It is approximately at a distance of 7 kilometers, i.e. 4.3 miles from the Airport. One can also get down at the Santacruz railway station but it is farther than the Ville Parle station. The nearest railway station to the International Terminal is the Andheri railway station (East) which is estimated to be at a distance of 5 to 6 kilometers, i.e. 3.1 to 3.7 miles. Fare for the train ticket is very low and would not go beyond Rs.10, irrespective of whichever station you descend at.

Bandra terminus to Mumbai airport by road

Contrary to the popular misconceptions, travelling by road is actually the easier and much better way to travel from Bandra Terminus to the Mumbai Airport. There is no direct BEST bus route to the Airport. Some of the area bus routes are number 2, 35, 40, 180, 321, 348, 440 and 449.

Traveling by taxi is a tad expensive but is much more comfortable and practical way to travel, taking into consideration the luggage factor.  Hiring an auto rickshaw is also an option but it has limited space for the luggage. Time of travel is something that could fluctuate even more rapidly than the prices of food commodities under UPA government. The famous Mumbai traffic and the rains are something one should bear in mind while travelling from Bandra to the Airport.

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