Beginner’s guide to local train in Mumbai

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This article is very useful guide to the Tourists, who wish to travel by local train in Mumbai. Travelling in a Mumbai local train is always a unique experience. I m sure, the Tourists will find it useful guide for travelling within the Mumbai City.

Local Trains

Mumbai has many attractions popular among the Tourists.

80% of people in Mumbai travel by local trains to reach their work place. During, peak hours the local trains are extremely crowded.

In case, you are new to Mumbai or you are planning to visit Mumbai, here is a beginner’s guide to local train in Mumbai.

Travelling in a local train in Mumbai is an unforgettable experience. Many tourists, who visit Mumbai, travel by local trains to have this unique kind of experience.

The network

The city has three networks of local trains, namely:
1. Western line;
2. Central line; and
3. Harbour line.

Railway stations

In case you are a tourist, you can get down from the local train at the following important railway stations:

• For Western Line – Dadar, Bandra or Mahalaxmi; and
• For Central Line – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Byculla or Dadar.

Fast local trains do not halt at Mahalaxmi station, hence use slow local trains to reach Mahalaxmi station.

Tickets

Tickets for the local train are available before the entrance of the railway station. There are two types of classes of tickets namely, the first class and second class. During peak hours, the first class is crowded just like the second class. Tickets are reasonably priced, however first class tickets are very expensive.

Timing

You must avoid travelling from 8.30 am to 11.00 am and 5.30 pm to 10.00 pm on Monday to Friday. During this time, the local trains are extremely crowded and if you’re new then you may be even kicked out accidentally due to the maddening rush of the commuters.

If you are a bold tourist and want to have an experience of maddening crowd, then you must definitely travel during the peak time.
On Saturday, local trains are crowded during 8.00 am to 10.30 am and 3.00 pm to
7.00 pm. Saturday, being half day for many offices, local trains are crowded during the afternoon time. Sunday, being a public holiday, local trains is generally not crowded.

If you are not a bold tourist, request you to please travel the local train only on Sunday.

Frequency

Local trains are available after frequency of every five minutes. Hence, frequency is not a problem unless the local train is delayed due to unavoidable circumstances.

Fast and slow trains

There are two types of local trains, the fast local train and the slow local train. The fast local train halts only at the main junctions such as Dadar, Bandra, Borivali, Andheri etc.
The slow local train halts at every station.

Railway stations are divided into different number of platforms. As a thumb rule, slow local trains going north, can be accessed from platform number 1. Fast local trains going north, can be accessed from platform number 3. Slow local trains going south can be accessed from platform number 2. Fast local trains going south can be accessed from platform number 4.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th Mar 2012 (#)

This is very useful information for the people who want to explore Mumbai.

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