Public Transport in Mumbai - Primary Systems

Primary Systems

Mumbai's public transport primarily comprises the famed suburban railway lines, the bus services of the three municipalities making up the metropolitan area, public cabs/taxis and auto rickshaws, as well as ferry services:

  • Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST)

It has a fleet of single and double decker buses and A.C. Kinglong buses as well. Along with this, the other two municipalities making the metropolitan area run their own public services:

    • Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) operates its A.C. Volvo buses from Navi Mumbai to Bandra, Dadar, Mantralaya & Borivali and non ac buses from Navi-Mumbai to Mulund (East & West).
    • Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) operates its buses from Thane to Mulund and Borivali.
  • Suburban electric trains:
    • Western Railway, running between Churchgate and Virar. There are plans to extend this service up to Dahanu in near future.
    • Central Railway, running between Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Karjat/Kasara.
    • Harbour Railway, running between Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Panvel / Andheri. A new line has extended the Harbour Line from Thane to Vashi/Panvel.
  • Public taxi/autorickshaw services:
    • Black and yellow metered taxis
    • Radio Taxis: Silver Green run by Meru and Yellow Red by Gold cabs and Black by Mega cabs.
    • Blue and silver airconditioned metered taxis known as Cool Cabs
    • Black and yellow metered Autorickshaws which are not allowed in the Central area (between Colaba & Mahim in the West and Colaba and Sion in the East) of the city.
  • Waterway services:
    • Ferry services connect Vashi (in Navi Mumbai) to the Gateway of India.
    • Ferry services are available to visit Elephanta Caves and to nearby places such as Alibaug, Rewas and Mandwa.
    • Ferry services is also available in northern Mumbai, across the Manori Creek. The barges operate at regular intervals across the shallow creek linking Manori to Malad
    • Ferry also connects Versova and Madh Island

You can use various web sites like and their web ( & and android apps ( to help your commute using public transport in Mumbai.

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