BEST (Bombay Electric Supply & Transport), popularly known as BST buses, run all over the city and are an efficient and safe way of travelling within Mumbai. There are single as well as double-decker buses and also a fleet of new air-conditioned buses too. There are other service providers like NMMT, TMT and more that operate in various localities like Bandra, Thane, etc.
Black & yellow taxis dot the streets of Mumbai. There are also fleet taxis, private taxis and auto rickshaws (only allowed in the suburban areas). The online and app-based cab services like Ola and Uber are also a popular means of transport these days.
Car rental companies like Budget, Avis, Car Jee and Hertz are widely used in Mumbai. Many companies also provide chauffeur-driven cars for full or half-day use. You can also opt for bicycle or bike rental services with companies such as Rent Set Go, Bikeonrent and Enfield Riders.
Currently, the elevated Mumbai metro operates from Versova to Ghatkopar. This is just Phase One of the project and the route length is 11.4km long with 12 stops.
Known as the lifeline of the city, the local trains are used daily by a majority of Mumbai’s population. The network is broken into three lines – Central, Western and Harbour Lines. There are 2 main classes – first and second. There are also separate coaches for women. The trains are usually very crowded and not all of them are wheelchair friendly. There are different platforms for fast and slow trains – the fast trains only stop at select stations.
Mumbai has numerous tourist spots within the city that can be reached on foot. There are half-day as well as full day tour packages that cover places like the Heritage District, Crawford Market and more. There are also food tours and bicycle tours. Mumbai also has a ferry system, which carries people from Mumbai Harbour to the suburbs of Greater Mumbai.
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