There has been a lot of advice to NOT ride the trains in Mumbai. They are crowded. They aren’t designed with foreigners in mind. They can be dangerous. People die on the tracks every single day. Blah, blah, blah. I’m totally going to do it. (I think.)
Notes to Self on Trains
- Mumbai has 3 major train lines that run north and south.
- There is also a new metro line in the northern suburbs and a monorail in eastern Mumbai.
- The “Western” line has the most points of interest for travelers. (It starts in the south from Churchgate Station.)
- To get around not being able to read or understand Hindi, note your stop, how many stops you’re traveling, the stop before your destination.
- Avoid peak hours! (9 to 10:30 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.)
- Avoid going South in the morning.
- Avoid going North at night.
- At the ticket window, there should be two lines, one for second class tickets (right) and first class (left)
- Tell the ticket attendant: [destination station] + first class + return journey + head wobble?
- First Class ticket costs between 10 and 50 Rupees
- Female only cars are green
- First class is denoted by red and yellow strips on the columns nearby or red and white stripes on the actual rail car
- Can I just get a monthly pass or something like that? Do I have to buy a ticket every time?
- Where do I get a map in English?
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