From Mumbai airport to which Mumbai train station?

#1 Jan 6th, 2012, 19:19
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Hello,

The 13th of february i'll arrive in Mumbai Airport at 11:45.
I'll head to Coimbatore by taking a train.
Now:
a)How do i get from Mumbai airport to Mumbai BCT or Mumbai CST? b)What is the difference between those 2 trainstations?
c)What time will it take to get there?
d)Which class do you recommend to sleep?

Thanks in advance,

Best wishes for 2012,

Nathaniel
#2 Jan 6th, 2012, 19:41
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Welcome to India Mike.

The difference between the two stations is basically the destinations that they serve.

There are two trains to Coimbatore on 13th February. The one from CST is already waitlisted. There is one from LTT (train 11013) at 23.59 that still has availability in 2AC, 3AC and sleeper. AC might be more comfortable for a trip of 30+ hours.

LTT is nearer to the airport than the other stations that you mention. I'm sure that one of our Mumbai experts can tell you how to get from the airport to LTT.

Do you know how to book trains from outside India?
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Thanks Dave!

I'm not familiar with booking a train outside India. Should I hurry to book a seat?
It's my first time travelling through India, so i'm excited . Is there a big difference in 2 AC or 3 AC?

Anyway, thanks for helping me ! nathaniel
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Nathaniel

Apologies for the cut and paste but my typing is quite slow.

Where to start? Indian trains are available to book 90 days before the journey and can fill up pretty quickly. If there is availability that suits your dates reasonably well I would grab it. If you cancel later the costs are not high.

From outside India you need to book through www.cleartrip.com using a Visa or MasterCard with Verified by Visa or SecureCode enhanced security. Notify your card provider that you are buying from an Indian site in advance.

If you want to get to specific places in a certain amount of time it is best to book ahead as you risk getting stuck somewhere waiting for an empty berth on a train. Some people prefer to go with the flow and take their chance with trains.

2AC is considered pretty ritzy but is open plan with curtains and is two bunks high. There are bays of 4 berths across the train and pairs of berths longitudinally on the other side of the passageway. The AC berths are a bit like European couchettes but more roomy. AC three is much the same except the bunks are 3 high. There is more detail in some of the threads on the right hand side of this page.

A small quota of Foreign Tourist tickets is available on a limited number of trains. These can only be bought in person at certain special counters in India. The Indian railways site allows you to check whether any particular train has FTQ berths available but there can be no guarantee that these don't get sold before you get to India.

Come back if you need any more info.
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post LTT is nearer to the airport than the other stations that you mention. I'm sure that one of our Mumbai experts can tell you how to get from the airport to LTT.
The most easiest way is to take a prepaid taxi from airport to LTT
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Book train 12201 for the 13th from Lokmanya Tilak (LTT) to Trichur (TCR), book in 3A

Trust me, book now, I'll explain why later.
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My guess. Routed via Konkan, shorter journey time, better scenery?

Nathaniel - if you read this go with Steven's advice. He knows a lot more about it than I do.
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I've edited my previous reply, book till Trichur to get availability
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Oeps.. I already booked my train from Mumbai LTT to Coimbatore via cleartrip.com
I saw your advice too late steve, now i'll travel longer? anyways, i'll keep it in mind when i return home !
So, I booked my train in the late evening, so i can enjoy a few hours of Mumbai before i take my train. Is it comfortable with my backpack, or should i go immediatley go to LTT station?
I was also wondering if it is a big station and "safe" in the evening with my backpack to walk around over there?
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Did you get a confirmed ticket?

The other train would have saved 11 hours, but at least on your train you get an extra night, saving the cost of a hotel.

I've only taken 1 train from Lokmanya Tilak, it's OK, but I'm not sure it's a place I'd like to hang around for a few hours late at night.

Mumbai is great for a few hours, loads to do depending on your interests, although a few beers and some great street food around the Fort area is still my favorite pastime.

I suggest you get a pre-pay taxi to Lokmanya Tilak station, then put your backpack in the 'cloak room' (pack needs to be locked), then have a brief look around the station, then find your way to Tilak Nagar station (very close) and take a local train to CST station, go for a long walk to the fort area, then a couple of hours before your train departs, head back to LTT.
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I would suggest you reach LTT around 40 minutes before the scheduled departure time. LTT is not spacious or safe as CST.
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Yes, I already have my confirmed ticket, otherwise i would have followed your advice .
I don't know how it goes with long distance travel by train, but do i have to buy food and water before my travel by train or can i buy food and water on the train (if yes, is this reliable?)
Mmz, not that safe as CST, it's not that their will be gangs that scare out people of the station, or what do you mean with less safe (making me curious ).
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It would be difficult to explain. CST was well planned to control the crowd and it is organized properly. LTT was planned for a few trains and then more and more trains were added to the terminus. It is not planned to handle the crowd it gets currently. It certainly does not mean that gangs will be out there to scare people of the station. I think Steven would be able to explain properly.

There is a pantry on that train where you can buy food and water from. I would suggest to have dinner before reaching LTT and carry a couple of bottle of water with you. The next day onwards you can get the food from the pantry vendors .
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Caught a train from LTT to Calcutta the other year and the departure time of the train was delayed until 4am!!
decent enough waiting room but thats about all there-the food wasn't anything special
cab drivers knew the train was delayed for hours and were offerring to 'take me on a tour' 'hotel room' 'woman'??

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