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#1 Dec 12th, 2009, 18:29
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Hello! In one month I´m going to start my first India journey and I´m happy to find so much helpfull advice from IM, thank you for that!

Could someboby more experienced Mumbay-traveller please tell me that would it be possible to catch a train 06:55am from CSTM to Magdaon if my plane arrives at 04:15am at Mumbay international airport?

I allready bought e-ticket and thought about taking a prepaid taxi to station. What would the best way to find a right platform in CSTM? Taking a porter? How much should that cost?

And one more question: Can I buy drinking water from the train? as it is long journey..

Thank you allready so much!

#2 Dec 12th, 2009, 22:04
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You'd be cutting it pretty close. When I arrived in Mumbai Dec. 1 at 3:30am I wasn't out of the airport until 4:30am. You have to go through customs and the swine flu check. And the airport IS busy at that time. A prepaid taxi from the airport to Mumbai Central should take only about half hour or so. Finding your train at this station should not be hard at all. There are electronic signs every where.

They do sell water, soda, tea, snacks, and food on the trains. After every stop they walk by asking.
#3 Dec 13th, 2009, 12:44
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The one time I took this train, it's departure was substantially delayed, although PLEASE do not take this into consideration for your planning!

I agree that your timeframe is tight. I won't say it is impossible, but (in my mind) a best case scenario has you arriving at CST about 6:30 AM or so, which leaves you just enough time to find and board your train. Tack on a cumulative half hour of delays anywhere along the line and you arrive at 7 to see your train chugging away without you.

Spending the day in Mumbai and catching one of the overnight trains might be a better idea, but there are complications with that plan as well.

Sorry for the lack of a clear recommendation, but hope this helps!
#4 Dec 13th, 2009, 13:52
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Yes, it is reachable, unless u check out through the airport formalities in flawless manner.
Early morning, there is no traffic on mumbai roads, so u can get to cst station from international airport within 15-20 mins.
Morning train??
I think you'r talking about the the konkan kanya express?

Cst stn is well equipped with digital indicators and announcements in 3 languages i.e hindi, marathi and english.
No need to hire a porter if luggage is not too large.
The taxi will leave you right next to the station.
It's indeed a big stations, but the terminus for local trains and express trains are separate but under one roof.
For more details, you can always ask the locals, they are indeed very helpful and friendly.

About water,
The railways have tied bond with small scale companies, and they ONLY serve of their brand.
So it's better to carry a 2L branded mineral or purified water bought from outside.
Although it might not be a problem if u do buy it in train, but there will be still a glitch in ur mind.
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#5 Dec 13th, 2009, 15:50
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This is indeed, quite close for comfort.....

However, if your plane lands exactly at time i.e. at 4:15 AM, you should be able to come out of the airport latest by 5 AM. Your decision to take a pre paid taxi to CST Station and then a porter (Caled Coolie in India) is a good one. If all goes as per schedule, you should be in your train seat at around 5:45 AM. This gives you a margin of one hour.....
I did not fully understand the dread term "Terminal Illness" until I saw Terminal 1 D of Delhi Airport.
Last edited by delhiwala; Dec 13th, 2009 at 17:12..
#6 Dec 13th, 2009, 17:10
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Thank you for your help!

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