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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the different modes of reaching Matheran?

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So, have you already starting packing and waiting eagerly to set foot on the wonderful hilly terrains of Matheran? Wait a bit, friends. Do have a look at the various modes of transport available for you to reach Matheran. We give you a brief idea:

  • By Bus

    Mumbai International Airport, at a distance of 100 km, happens to be the nearest airport to Matheran. Since, Mumbai is connected to all major cities in India and abroad, you can easily plan your trip from here to Matheran. You can hire a taxi from outside the airport, where there are a number of them waiting. Taxi-fare from Mumbai to Matheran comes to around INR 2000.

  • By Train

    If you are coming from Mumbai side, you take a train to Neeral town from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). From Neeral, the most convenient and popular mode to reach Matheran is through the local toy train known as Matheran Hill Railway or Matheran Light Railway, a heritage railway service.

    The train runs for approximately 21 km and connects towns like
    Neeral to Matheran and covers large swathes of forests in the Western Ghats. The train plies 4 times in a day. A 1st class ticket to Matheran costs an approximate amount of INR 220, while a 2nd class journey is much cheaper at about INR 35.
    Do take care that the train is generally overcrowded and therefore it’s wiser to make advance bookings in order to avoid any last-minute hassles. Bookings can be done 3 days prior to your journey or at least 45 minutes before the train flags off for Matheran.

    The train timings and bookings can be enquired about either directly from the station or else you can visit the official website of
    Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited at https://www.irctc.co.in/, .

  • By Bus

    Matheran is well-connected by bus services as this is a much sought-after destination for a number of tourists. There are a number of buses plying from many nearby cities like Mumbai, Pune, Panchgani, Shirdi, etc.
    Buses drop passengers at
    Neeral, located at the base of Matheran. From here, you can hire a taxi for approximately INR 250.

When it comes to Matheran, even travelling is an adventure. Don’t you agree with us now?

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