The first meeting point of travelers to India is usually Mumbai airport (The second gate to India is Delhi airport). The airport in Mumbai was recently renovated and expanded and serves many passengers on their way into the country and is one of the most active ports in India and South Asia. The airport is not far from the city and is relatively convenient and offers a variety of transportation to the city. The following post will offer you a guide for all that you need to know about the Mumbai airport and how to start your journey:
Full name: The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Airport Code: BOM
Number of terminals: 2
Nearest city: the airport is a 26-30km north of Mumbai
TRANSFER BETWEEN TERMINALS:
The airport which is north of Mumbai has two terminals that are located just 4km apart from each other. Terminal 2 is in Sahar and is the international flights terminal. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights only and is located in Santa Cruz. There is a free shuttle transferring passengers between the terminals. The shuttle leaves every 20 minutes during the day.
HOW TO PASS TIME IN THE AIRPORT:
You can pass the time at one of the restaurants, fast food outlets, bars, coffee shops, ice-cream parlors or even chocolate stores, located at the airport. Also, there is free wireless internet. You can connect to the Internet from anywhere in the airport (in all terminals).
Duty-free shops: the duty-free is in Terminal 2. There is not much variety, but you will find a few duty free stores but it doesn’t have the variety relative to other duty free shops in international airports around the world.
SLEEPING AT THE AIRPORT?:
1.5km from Terminal 2 and 7km from Terminal 1 there is Hotel Leela Kempinski. There is a free shuttle from the airport directly to the hotel.
Here are some additional hotels with free shuttle service directly to the airport:
Orchid Hotel and Hotel Midland Hotel in Mumbai. You can book your accommodation in these hotels or other hotels, and book a ride that will take you directly to the hotel at a special booth at the airport.
EXCHANGING MONEY AND TAX REFUNDS:
ATM’s and currency changers are scattered in several areas around the terminals in the airport. For more information click here.
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESS PEOPLE:
At the airport (in all terminals) you can find a communication center that provides telephone, fax, internet, photocopy machines and more. Besides, there are postal services, which anyone can use if necessary.
Especially for business travelers, there is a business center, located in the departure flight section of the terminals. The center offers a lounge for passengers in business class. If you need conference rooms, you will find them at the Leela Kempinski, near the airport. (Phone: 6691 1234 022).
At the airport, you can find lifts, WC for disabled and disabled parking spots. Wheelchairs can be obtained also in the terminals, but you need to contact the airlines in advance. Passengers seeking special help/special equipment will have to contact their chosen airline before the flight. Besides, you can address the crew in the airport that provides help to all who in need of freedom.
TRANSPORTATION TO THE CITY:
There are several means of transportation from the airport to the city:
Buses: at the airport, you can obtain the services of a public bus that will take you directly to Mumbai city center from the airport. Also, there are buses (prepaid) to the southern parts of the country. Shuttles to the town can be booked in a booth at Terminal 2 arrivals section.
Taxi: prepaid taxis meter taxis and rickshaws are also available from the airport. The journey in a taxi directly to the city center is between an hour and a half to three hours.
Train: train tickets counter can be found in Terminal 2. You can get a train to Mumbai CST and Churchgate Station.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
Arrival or departure to/from the airport to the city may take a long time. Roads leading to the airport and from the airport are mostly packed. So to arrive from the city in time for your flight it is advised to get out early enough (this advice is fitting for many situations in India…). Transportation is good and varied, but the roads may be jammed and crowded.
Welcome to Mumbai!
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