Mumbai has one of the most intricate city structures with an efficient mode of transportation connecting all the corners of the city. Public Transport in Mumbai includes train, road and water with over 88 percent of the Mumbaikars preferring to use public transport.
Mumbai has Public Bus Service run by BEST, a government run
organization. It has a fleet of red single, double-decker buses and air
conditioned low-floor luxury buses. BEST buses have 3380 buses carrying
45 lakhs passengers daily on 335 routes. Running every 5 to 30 minutes
these buses have their route numbers on their front.
Mumbai also has an extensive network of suburban railways also called
locals that run from 4 AM till 1 AM. The locals' network has various
routes that connect all the parts of Mumbai. Western Railway running
between Churchgate and Virar. Central Railway running between
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Formerly known as Victoria Terminus
[V.T.]) and Karjat and Kasara. Harbour Line running between Chhatrapati
Shivaji Terminus (Formerly known as Victoria Terminus [V.T.]) and
Mankhurd. This railway line has now been extended to Navi Mumbai.
The eponymous black and yellow Fiat Taxis in Mumbai make an integral
part of the city's heritage. These metered taxis ply all across Mumbai
having monopoly from Bandra to Churchgate on the Western line and Sion
to Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus on the Central line. Beyond Sion and
Bandra you have no choice but to hire a taxi since no auto rickshaws are
allowed in here.
Mumbai being coastal town, it has several waterways services in place
to carry people. Hovercraft services connect Vashi, in Navi Mumbai to
the Gateway of India. On the West, this service links Chowpatty to Juhu.
Ferry services are available to visit Elephanta Caves and to nearby
places such as Alibaug, Rewas and Mandwa.