Some Brief Information about Mumbai Airport (A.K.A Gateway to India)

Mumbai Airport Name and Code:

Chhatrapati Shivaj International Airport (BOM)

Mumbai Airport Contact Information:

  • (91)22 26264-000 for Terminal 1 (1A, 1B, 1C Domestic)
  • (91)22 26813-000 for Terminal 2 (2B and 2C International)

Website: www.csia.in

Mumbai Airport Location:

The international terminal is located at Sahar in Andheri East while the domestic terminal is in Santa Cruz, 30 kilometers (19 miles) and 24 kilometers (15 miles) north of the city respectively.

Mumbai Airport Travel Time to City Center:

One and a half to two hours to Colaba. However, travel time is much less early in the morning or late at night when traffic is lighter.

Mumbai Airport Development Fee:

From April 1, 2009, departing international passengers must pay a 600 rupee ($12) Airport Development Fee, and domestic passengers 100 rupees ($2).

Mumbai Airport Overview:

Mumbai airport is the main entry point to India and handles 25 million passengers a year. It was leased to a private operator in 2006 and is undergoing major renovation and upgrade. A new domestic terminal has been opened and construction works are in progress in the international terminal. There’s faster immigration and improved amenities, however expect some inconvenience due to construction. T2, a new domestic and international terminal building, is expected to be completed by 2012. Eventually, the domestic and international terminals will be merged together, and the domestic terminal used for cargo.

Mumbai Airport Terminals:

Mumbai airport has the following terminals:

  • Terminal 1A – Domestic departures check-in and arrivals (Air India, Kingfisher Airlines and Alliance Air).
  • Terminal 1B – Domestic departures check-in and arrivals (all other domestic airlines including Jet, JetLite, Kingfisher Red, IndiGo, Go Air, and Spice Jet).
  • Terminal 1C – Links Terminal 1A and 1B. Is a holding area for passengers before departure. Also has a food court.
  • Terminal 2B & 2C – International departures and arrivals. (2A is under reconstruction).

Mumbai Airport Shuttle Bus:

The international and domestic terminals are located around five kilometers (three miles) apart. There’s a free shuttle bus, which departs every half hour or so. Time taken to travel between the terminals is around 20 minutes.

Mumbai Airport Facilities:

  • Luggage storage facilities are no longer operational due to security threats.
  • Free wireless Internet is available in both domestic and international terminals.
  • Passengers with special needs are catered for by reserved parking slots, ramps, lifts and bathrooms. Wheelchairs and attendants are available inside the terminals.
  • Money exchange counters and ATMs inside the terminals.
  • New duty free shops.
  • Beauty spa, and classy Bombay Blue bar, in the international departures terminal.
  • Railway reservation counter at the international arrivals terminal (open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and until 2 p.m. on Sunday).

Mumbai Airport Transport:

The easiest way to get to your hotel is by taking a prepaid taxi from out the front of the international arrivals area. The fare to south Mumbai (Colaba) is around 400 rupees ($8). Luggage charges are additional. Pre-paid taxis are now also available at the domestic terminal. The stand is a short walk away as you exit the arrivals area. Bus services are also available from the airport.

Mumbai Airport Hotels:

Unfortunately Mumbai airport doesn’t have any retiring rooms, however there are plenty of airport hotels in the vicinity.
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