NH-4 is the most preferred route taken by self-drive cars and buses alike to do the Mumbai to Goa stretch. The highway with its 3-4 lanes and well-demarcated dividers and milestones make the drive comfortable both for the driver, and thereby the passengers. The landscape changes from the stark brick and mortar of Mumbai to the green slopes of Lonavala, cutting across Pune before skirting the fringes of Western Ghats and entering Goa through Mapusa. And no better way to experience the true beauty of the Western Ghats than staying tucked comfortably in the seat of a Volvo coach and simply looking out the window. This way you will arrive into Goa rested, and all set to start the next leg of your holiday.
Bus Services from Mumbai to Goa Bus
Not just the bus connectivity between Mumbai to Goa that is fantastic, you can even count on some stunning scenery to open up around every bend as you wind through the slopes of the Ghats. Your journey time is approximately 15-16 hours and can cost you anything to the tune of INR 540 to INR 1330 depending on your bus type. Besides, you have a range of bus operators to choose from which is mostly made up of private parties to the state-owned, Goa-based, Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) that operate their fleet of Volvo AC seater and Volvo AC sleeper coaches covering the Mumbai to Goa distance of 600 kilometres. Most buses take about 2-3 rest stops spanning about half hour for you to grab some lunch, use the lavatory and get some fresh air.
Mumbai to Goa Bus Boarding Points
While there are several boarding points in Mumbai, and you can easily catch a Mumbai to Goa bus from the nearest one to you, we list the more popular ones for good measure.
● Borivali IC colony
● Kandivali Samta Nagar Police Station
● Malad Shantaram Talao
● Goregaon Highway
● Jogeshwari Lal building
● Andheri Bisleri
● Vile Parle Centaur Hotel
● Santacruz Teacher Colony
● Bandra Kalanagar Bus Stop
● Chembur Yogi restaurant
● Vashi Plaza
● Kalamboli McDonalds Hotel
Mumbai to Goa Bus Drop Points
Mapusa, Panjim bus stand and Margao are the places you can take a drop in Goa.
Volvo Bus from Mumbai to Goa
Mumbai to Goa by road can be done in a comfortable Volvo bus with a range of facilities on-board. Typically the bus categories vary from AC sleeper, AC seater, non-AC seater, non-AC sleeper and of course the Volvo AC sleeper, Volvo AC semi-sleeper, Volvo Multi-Axle semi-sleeper, to Volvo AC seater buses. The KTCL fleets also have Volvo AC seater and Volvo AC sleeper buses, though their boarding points are not as extensive as that of the private players. Most prominent boarding points in this case are Mumbai Central MSRTC Bus stand, Bhatia Baug bus terminal, Dadar, Sion, Chembur, Vashi and Kalamboli McDonalds Hotel. The price points of each of these categories change with the amenities they offer. For instance, a Volvo Multi-Axle semi-sleeper offer blankets, charging point, pillow, private movie screen, CCTV, reading light, emergency contact number and a Track-My-Bus facility. Mumbai to Goa AC buses are hugely reliably for the comfort they offer in this 600-odd kilometre run, despite being significantly costlier than the regular AC and non-AC variants. In any case if taking a Volvo from Mumbai to Goa is on your mind, make sure you close your booking at least a couple of weeks before your date of travel to get better seats, or even seats of your choice.
Mumbai to Goa Volvo Package
For a first-timer to Goa from Mumbai, a Volvo package is a great way to experience the country’s most thriving beach destination alongside witnessing the change of landscape as you cross the concrete street-scape of Mumbai and hit the Western Ghats with their low hanging clouds and abundant greenery. By booking a Volvo package your itinerary is taken care of from end to end. A typical Mumbai to Goa Volvo package aside from covering the Mumbai to Goa distance by bus with a drop off at a common point in Goa from where you are driven to your pre-booked hotel, takes care of your stay and sightseeing there. On your day of arrival, you can either catch some sleep in your hotel room or venture out to explore neighbourhood. Your dinner or lunch on a daily basis will be provided for. Further on, on the following day, your Volvo AC bus will pick you up from a common point and take you sightseeing around the city, and later drop you back to your hotel. One day is dedicated to North Goa and another to South, and at the end of your five day vacation you begin the return journey to Mumbai in the same Volvo AC coach.
Mumbai to Goa Bus Fare
The bus fare varies with the type of bus you have booked, how far ahead you have booked and the reputation of the bus operator. Usually if you book only days before you date of travel, chances you might shell out more, and worse still, not get a seat of your choice. A Mumbai to Goa bus ticket price starts from INR 540 for a non-AC push back and can go up to INR 1330 for a Volvo AC Multi-Axle semi-sleeper.
Mumbai to Goa Bus Time Table
The bus departures begin from early to late evening depending on your pick up point in Mumbai, arriving at Goa next morning. Usually the Mumbai to Goa bus timings are quite flexible starting from 04:00 pm from a Borivali, and picking up folks along on the route from Malad, Goregaon, Andheri, Vile Parle, Santacruz, Bandra to Chembur, Vashi then Lonavala until 07:30 pm, and dropping them off at Mapusa at 07:30 am, Panjim at 07:50 am, and terminating at the KTC bus stand in Madgaon at 08:30 am.
Mumbai to Goa Bus Route
If you have been researching about how to reach Goa from Mumbai, here are the two popular routes - the NH 4 and NH 66. The NH 4 being the more popular Mumbai to Goa route taken by buses as well as those you enjoy a good drive. Beginning from Mumbai, this route cuts across Lonavala, Pune before bringing you to Satara, Kolhapur, and Belgaum. The Belgaum highway eventually brings you to Goa through Mapusa. And if you continue down the Belgaum highway you will arrive into Goa’s capital city, Panjim. The roads are broad in most parts and in good condition provided you are not visiting in the monsoon, but scenic all the same. The NH66 route is also very scenic for it takes you through Ratnagiri and throws open the entire expanse of the undulating Western Ghats. Several bikers take this route on account of some truly rewarding trekking trails of the likes of Durshet, Mahad, Chiplun and Indapur.
Mumbai to Goa Bus Travel Time
You have only overnight buses running between Mumbai and Goa that take about 15 to 16 hours to bring you to your destination after making the 2-3 brief halts for lunch and tea.
Mumbai to Goa Bus Booking
The best way to secure a confirmed bus ticket on this route is by making an online booking, and also for the simple reason that it is easier and hassle-free. You can make your Mumbai to Goa bus online booking from the Yatra site by following these quick steps.
Hop onto Yatra’s Bus section, and type you starting and onward destination, and of course you date of travel before clicking ‘search’.
● The subsequent page will give you the list of buses along with the names of operators available for your dates. Each of these will tell you the departure and arrival time along with the duration of the trip, and of course the number of seats available.
● At this stage, you can conduct a narrower and more precise search by using the filters available on your left-hand panel. Here you can select the price range and the departure time range. Also, you can choose your bus type be it sleeper, seater, semi-seater, or all, if you prefer. Further narrow it down by choosing amenities like AC, non-AC, or all. Else, mention your preferred boarding and de-boarding point, as well as bus operator.
● After you have zeroed in on the bus of your choice, say ‘select seat’, and this will bring you to a pop-up showing you the seating plan of that bus, demarcating the ones up for grabs.
● Choose the seat, and the next thing you will be prompted is the boarding point. Pick one from the drop-down and it will show you your expected pick-up time from the particular boarding point, indicating your seat number as well. In the same window, the cost of your journey will show up. Continue if you agree.
● Once you confirm, the next page will ask you for the passenger details. Fill it up accordingly and continue the booking process.
● You further land on the payment gateway where you need to enter your card details and finally confirm your booking.
● Your confirmed e-ticket will be mailed to your registered id.
Restaurants on the Mumbai to Goa Bus Route
Usually a bus takes about three stops on the road from Mumbai to Goa. These include Food Mall, a food court on the Mumbai-Pandharpur Road. This stop comes in at around 10:00 pm, in case who wish to have a late dinner or use the lavatory. The next halt comes after midnight at 02:30 am at Bhairav Nashta Centre on the Pune-Bangalore highway. This is a pit-stop to grab a quick bite or buy some water. The last and final stop comes around at 04:00 am at Hotel Nakshatras Sweet Chillies on Hathkhamba-Goa road for about 10 minutes. Get your fill of snacks, use the restroom if you like and return to your bus. By 07:30 am you will enter Goa and your first drop point in Mapusa.
Hotels in Goa
Goa has hotels for travellers from every category, from budget service apartments, to mid-range hotels and luxury boutique properties as well as one-off homestays. However, North Goa is comparatively more cost-effective than the laid-back South. From INR 2000 a night to INR 20,000 a night, pick the one that best suits your needs. Some popular choices include W Hotel Goa, Double Tree by Hilton Arpora, Alila Diwa, Ginger Hotel Cidade De Goa Hotel to name a few.
Travelling Around in Goa
Goa is an eclectic mix of sun, sand, history, scenery and a delirious nightlife. Goan beaches in the North are shack-heavy while affording a stunning sea view. After exploring the erstwhile water tank that is Fort Aguada, hit the Sinquerim beach. Next on your list are Candolim, Calangute beach, Baga and Arpora beaches. The cafes, the street-hawkers and the smell of fresh seafood will draw you in despite the crowd. Don’t miss the party scene on Anjuna or Little Vagator. At Panjim, spend a day exploring the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the Bom Jesus Basilica in the adjacent compound. Drive towards the Miramar beach and spend some time in solitude taking in the scenery before you head to Dona Paula. The legend of the doomed Dona Paula resonates on this concrete beach with viewing points, to this day. In South Goa, do try out some parasailing on the Colva beach before you look up the Benaulim and Varca beaches for their white sands and azure waters. Palolem beach is a busy South Goa beach to soak up some scenery and take a boat ride into the mangrove creek.
FAQ - Bus Ticket Booking from Mumbai to Goa Bus
Q. How do I get to Goa by bus from Mumbai?
A: There are nearly 94 direct bus plying between Mumbai to Goa. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Goa from Mumbai is 11h 30m.
Q. When does the first bus depart from Mumabi to Goa?
A: The first bus leaves from Mumbai to Goa at 14:00 hours. It is a AC, Sleeper (2+1) bus run by Chirag Travels.
Q. When does the last bus depart from Mumbai to Goa?
A: The last bus leaves from Mumbai to Goa at 21:01 hours. It is a AC, seater-sleeper (2+1) bus run by Paulo Travels.
Q. How much time it takes to travel by bus from Mumbai to Goa?
A: Approximately it will take 13:00 hours to reach Mumbai to Goa by bus.
Q. What is Mumbai to Goa bus fare in VRL Travels?
A: The bus fare for an air-conditioned, Volvo multi Axle, semi sleeper (2+1) bus by VRL Travels is INR 750.
Q. What are popular bus operators on Mumbai to Goa route?
Q. What are other popular bus route from Mumbai?
Q. What is the best time to visit Goa?
A: October to February are the less hotter months to visit Goa, with December and January in particular drawing in the international crowd. While monsoon between July and September sees rains in Goa, the bus route will be at its treacherous best.
Q. How to reach Goa by train from Mumbai?
A: There are several trains departing from Mumbai and arriving into Goa in 12-13 hours. Some popular trains include the Trivandrum Rajdhani that departs from the Vasai Road railway station at 03:15 pm and arrives into Madgaon Junction at 02:35 pm the next afternoon. You can also take the Jan Shatabdi Express departing from Mumbai Dadar central railway station at 05:25 pm and arriving into Madgaon Junction at 04:20 pm next evening. Mandovi Express departs from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj railway station and brings you to Madgaon Junction in 13 hours. Mangalore Express, Konkan Kanya Express are among the other trains traversing this scenic route through the heart of the Western Ghats.
Q. How to reach Goa by air from Mumbai?
A: The Dabolim Airport or the Goa International Airport is the airport serving Goa, and from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, there are several non-stop short flights bringing you to this beach destination in a matter of an hour and 20 minutes. You have flights by GoAir, IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, and JetKonnect. Flights between these destinations operate through the day, and you can book one that is most convenient to you.
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