Taxi from Mumbai to Goa

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I'm looking to travel along with 3 friends from Mumbai to Goa on December 30th.

We've left it too late to get a train and the prices of the internal flights are too excessive.

I've been told that getting a taxi could be my only and best solution to this situation!

Can anyone give me information as to how much this would approximately cost along with any recommendations of taxi/driver companies in Mumbai that i should consider using?

Many thanks for your help.
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There are regular buses running between Mumbai & Goa.
From Normal Non A/c Luxury buses to Sleeper buses to volvo buses. Buses leave from Metro & Borivali.

Taxis will take approx. 14 - 16 hrs. to reach Goa (With breaks). Qualis car would be recommended on this trip. Distance to Goa is about 550 - 600 kms from Mumbai. Expect Rs. 6 - 7 per km for non a/c vehicle.

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You can always see if there are any special discounted airfares right before the date you want to leave.
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Agree with the above post. Go for a bus. A taxi would be outrageously expensive.
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post Agree with the above post. Go for a bus. A taxi would be outrageously expensive.
Based on the figures quoted, 7R per km for 600km works out around 4200 R / 50 which in my opinion is very reasonable split amongst 4 people.

Certainly a lot less than a train would cost.

If i wasn't to go with the taxi option, can you book buses online or would i be able to turn up and get a seat on the day?

Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by Laudrup11 View Post Based on the figures quoted, 7R per km for 600km works out around 4200 R / 50 which in my opinion is very reasonable split amongst 4 people.

Certainly a lot less than a train would cost.

If i wasn't to go with the taxi option, can you book buses online or would i be able to turn up and get a seat on the day?

Thanks again.

If that price is real, then it's for sure a good deal. But you want to go on Dec. 30 which will surely bring the price up. And the taxi's got to get back.
I took a bus many years ago from Goa to Bombay, but not at the height of the season like you want to. So I'm not really of much help.
Not sure about bus info online. Might want to Google it. Hopefully some Bombayite will be along shortly to give you the lowdown on the info you need. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Laudrup11 View Post Based on the figures quoted, 7R per km for 600km works out around 4200 R / 50 which in my opinion is very reasonable split amongst 4 people.

Certainly a lot less than a train would cost.
Actually, that's pretty much the same as a train would cost. For example, a 2A ticket from Mumbai to Madgaon is Rs.1090 on the Mandovi Express.

And you'll probably be expected to pay for the entire round trip for the taxi, not just one way.
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Originally Posted by Laudrup11 View Post Based on the figures quoted, 7R per km for 600km works out around 4200 R / 50 which in my opinion is very reasonable split amongst 4 people.

Certainly a lot less than a train would cost.

If i wasn't to go with the taxi option, can you book buses online or would i be able to turn up and get a seat on the day?

Thanks again.
Volvo buses at this would def. charge Rs. 800 - Rs. 1000 per seat one way. Check out this http://www.rajnationalexpress.in/

If you want to keep the car for you entire stay & return in the same car then it will work fine for you as you can go sight seeing in that very car. Otherwise expect to pay return fare.

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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post Volvo buses at this would def. charge Rs. 800 - Rs. 1000 per seat one way. Check out this http://www.rajnationalexpress.in/

If you want to keep the car for you entire stay & return in the same car then it will work fine for you as you can go sight seeing in that very car. Otherwise expect to pay return fare.

Ronak.
Cheers for the info (and for everyones help too).

Overall what do you think i should do?

I've got a return flight booked so all i need to do is get out to Goa one way.

The above bus company are fully booked. The trains are fully booked. We don't want to drive a car. The only available flights are UK 140 - thus as far as i see it, a taxi/car with driver to Goa (even including paying a return fee cost) is still cheaper and the better option.

Am i looking at this right or is there other options i've not considered?

Appreciate you guys for helping me out - it's great having this insight, cheers!
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There are other bus operators also. If any of your contact can visit Metro area, where all bus operators have booking counters for Non A/c, Sleeper & volvo buses.

I have one no. of Paulo Bus (Bandra office) Tel. 022 26518932
They have all of the above buses in their fleet. Try contacting them. They are very reputed bus operators.

If this does not work out then you will have Taxi as your only option.

Ronak.
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Are you sure about the cost of flights?

I have just tried to book 3 seats with a couple of airlines:

Indigo have 3 seats available on an afternoon flight - total cost for all 3 inc taxes is 24,000 rupees which is about 100 each.

Deccan also have seats but at the bargain price of 10,000 rupees inc tax, which is about 42 each. The potential downside of this is that the flighht departs at just after 5am, and am not sure if that would work for you.

Even Indigo's fare is about the same cost as a taxi by the time you have paid the return fare (which, like other posters, I think you would have to do).

One alternative is to take a taxi part of the way, and then pick up the train. My guess woulo be that the traim would be full as it leaves Mumbai, but that it may be less full after a few stops. You could try to book from further down the line and see if that works. Train would definitely be more comfortable than car.
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Originally Posted by SueJ View Post Are you sure about the cost of flights?

I have just tried to book 3 seats with a couple of airlines:

Indigo have 3 seats available on an afternoon flight - total cost for all 3 inc taxes is 24,000 rupees which is about 100 each.

Deccan also have seats but at the bargain price of 10,000 rupees inc tax, which is about 42 each. The potential downside of this is that the flighht departs at just after 5am, and am not sure if that would work for you.

Even Indigo's fare is about the same cost as a taxi by the time you have paid the return fare (which, like other posters, I think you would have to do).

One alternative is to take a taxi part of the way, and then pick up the train. My guess woulo be that the traim would be full as it leaves Mumbai, but that it may be less full after a few stops. You could try to book from further down the line and see if that works. Train would definitely be more comfortable than car.

you think it s easy changing over from taxi to train that too in between the mumbai goa highway !!!
hello the road is scary in night ad that too to travellers who have done it 25 times mumbai goa !!! ( ME )
even in day time its pretty empty but ur time of travel for new year s eve it shall be with traffic
and you shall be better off takin the raj national express(volvo buses )
u can book over the internet 2 !!
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Originally Posted by SueJ View Post Are you sure about the cost of flights?

I have just tried to book 3 seats with a couple of airlines:

Indigo have 3 seats available on an afternoon flight - total cost for all 3 inc taxes is 24,000 rupees which is about 100 each.

Deccan also have seats but at the bargain price of 10,000 rupees inc tax, which is about 42 each. The potential downside of this is that the flighht departs at just after 5am, and am not sure if that would work for you.

Even Indigo's fare is about the same cost as a taxi by the time you have paid the return fare (which, like other posters, I think you would have to do).

One alternative is to take a taxi part of the way, and then pick up the train. My guess woulo be that the traim would be full as it leaves Mumbai, but that it may be less full after a few stops. You could try to book from further down the line and see if that works. Train would definitely be more comfortable than car.

Sue, you're a star.

Deccan is ideal and it wasn't an airline i was aware of. (could we not have a page on the forums with links of all airlines?).

One quick question - am i able to book this online with an international credit card? I know that Go Air allow this, Indigo don't allow this, but not sure where Deccan stand.

Thanks for your help - much appreciated.
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You can book Deccan with international credit cards.

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