Airport to train station CSTM

#1 Mar 9th, 2008, 16:36
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How long will it take us to get from the airport to the train station? Flight arrival time is 2100 train departs 2300
Any idea what the cost of a taxi should be?
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#2 Mar 9th, 2008, 17:54
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it's a little tight, but you should make it, considering you're going against office traffic. cab should not be more than Rs. 200.

if you don't have a lot of luggage you should try the train to churchgate and then a cab (minimum fare Rs. 13) to CST. that'll be much quicker. closest station from the ariport is santacruz. you can take an autorickshaw from the airport to santacruz station.
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Assuming you're catching train 0111, the overnighter to Goa, the train calls at Dadar (9kms closer to the airport than CST) at 23:15, this should give you a much better chance of catching the train.
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don't forget making taxi driver switch a meter on.
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Originally Posted by anubisgrau View Post don't forget making taxi driver switch a meter on.
That doesn't work, as a tourist, there's every chance that the meter will have been running for the previous 2 hours.

Just get a pre-paid taxi, it's not the cheapest way to travel, but it's hassle free.
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Last november, pre-paid taxi from the airport to the station was 380 Rs.

It took over one and a half hour to get there. Traffic was dense, at the same time of night.

Once you're at the station, you need to allow some time to find the right platform. CSTM is a huge station. Then you need to find your coach...

Steven's advice sounds good (for a change...) : head directly from the airport to Dadar.

Good luck !
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Are you coming from the International Airport or the domestic airport?

If your train goes to Dadar, its 100% a better idea to goto Dadar.

Wonder wall's idea of taking a local train is really good .. but provided you have only a single or max 2 hand bags.

However DO NOT go to Santacruz. That is quite far. The correct (closest) station is Vile Parle.

Time from Airport to Station - 10 mins (with night time traffic)
Time from Vile Parle to Dadar station - 20mins (inclusive of buying ticket)
Time to change platforms - 5 mins

At Dadar- you need to catch your train from the Central Railway or basically goto the platforms on the East. As soon as you get down ... if you face the direction in which the local train was going .. you have to goto your left (East)

Keep in mind that flights are usually delayed by a few mins in the evening time. This means your flight will be scheduled to land around 2130. THIS IS THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME TO EVER LAND IN MUMBAI. The rush is crazy & aircraft circling mumbai for 45 mins are a VERY REGULAR affair. Last month .. my flight after circling for 50mins ... got diverted to Ahmedabad after running out of fuel!! .. SO by the time we re-fueled & got back .. it was 2.30am!!

If it is possible .. even by paying around 500 bucks .... do change your flight to a slightly earlier one.

goodluck!
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1. There is almost no way you're going to get off an international flight at 9pm and make a train on the other end of the largest city in the world by 11.

2. You should be able to get on at Dadar without changing your ticket.

3. You would be foolish not to use the prepaid taxi booth, regardless of which station you end up shooting for. You'll pay at the counter, and thus the meter will never be turned on. You can tip your driver at the end of the drive, but no more than 20-30 rupees (possibly even less if you're only going to Dadar).

4. A local train is a TERRIBLE idea, unless you already know Mumbai very well. You will have to locate and reach the nearest station, make sure to get on the correct train, fight your way through the crush of people, AND do all this with a lot of luggage. It's an even worse idea if you come from a place where you don't commute by subway/metro/tube/whatever normally.

5. If you get on at Dadar you probably don't need to micromanage this enough to know in advance which platform to go to -- there will be a fancy digital readout at the main departures area, a painted sign in the same general spot, and/or copious multilingual announcements over the PA. You could probably also just ask someone. The guy at the bookstall usually has the best chance of speaking enough English.
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Oyar is correct. I actually kept thinking Ville Parle and keyed in santacruz instead. VP is the closest station.

Taking Khandoma's personal experience into account there seems to be minimal chance of making it to CST in time. (and I surely haven't travelled much in cabs from the airport to CST )

Taking the train from VP isn't that intimidating. You'll need a prepaid cab/rick to take you there, get a ticket for Churchgate and ask the ticket counter guy for the platform no. of the Churchgate train (i think it's 4). As far as crowds go, after 9 p.m. in the direction of Churchgate, it's definitely not too crowded to travel.

Ofcourse this whole train thing is valid only if you have less luggage.

If you can board your CST train from Dadar, nothing like it. You can avoid all this seeming confusion and simply take a cab to Dadar.

If you can't board your CST train from Dadar, personally I'd think its simpler to just go to Churchgate from Ville Parle and take a cab from there to CST (also VT, Victoria Terminus).
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It is quite risky proposition - Here are some of the concerns.

1. The fastest time from the time Aircraft lands (taxi-ing and getting to the gate and doors opening and assuming pax is in the front of the plane) a non-indian clears the immigration check (assuming no other A/C arrived and no lines in immigrations) is about 15 minutes.

The walk from there to main exit - assuming no lines again at the green-channel screening is about 5-7 minutes. Getting a pre-paid taxi voucher etc. is another few minutes - finding your cabbie and leaving the parking lot and hitting the road another 8-10 min easily.

One is now at 9:30PM in the best case scenario. One now has one hour and 30 minutes to get to the platform of the train in Dadar (Central) -
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Wonder Wall, I hate to pick at you, but it's virtually impossible that someone coming, as Franjeff does (as Fran and Jeff do?) from Denver, CO, is going to find the Mumbai local trains easy to navigate within moments of stepping off a plane for the first time in India.

I mean, I live in New York, which has one of the most notoriously complex and overwhelming urban rail systems in the world, and even I thought the Mumbai local trains were difficult.
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I am having a difficult time finding a flight from the East Coast that arrives at BOM at 2100 Hrs local time
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Well, I'm just suggesting an alternative here. And it's a matter of perspective. I have a cousin who's lived in NY all her life coming to Mumbai for the first time and finding the trains fun. That too in daytime.

I take this route back from work. Post 9 p.m. the train's not crowded in that particular direction. And I think I'd be overwhelmed by the NYC subway system, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't try it if it gave me a small shot at making it to another place.

I'd hate to misguide somebody, I just feel and to the best of my knowledge I think it's doable. I feel that the the trains' not impossible at all. I would never suggest it if it were day. It's suicide to try the train if it were 9 a.m. rather than 9 p.m.

I think the alternatives have amply been discussed. Its for franjeff to pick whatever seems manageable. But I'd just say that the clincher here is the amount of luggage.
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Thank you for all of your input to help us out. Because I'm new to this wonderful forum I'm not sure how you all stayed so connected to us but I do appreciate you!
Fran
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nycank it's a new continental airlines nonstop flight that departs newark at 8:20pm
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