Mumbai is the gateway to India from the west. Being the commercial capital of the country, Mumbai has all infrastructures for domestic and international travel.
Mumbai's Santacruz Domestic Airport is 25 km from the city. On arrival at the Santa Cruz airport the baggage retrieval area is skirted by counters for various services such as hotel reservations. Taxis are available from a policed queue outside the terminal.
The Sahar International Airport, renamed as Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, is 5km further from the domestic terminal. There are regular shuttle buses between the two terminals. At a height of 26 feet above mean sea level, Mumbai airport serves as one of India's major international airports. It operates round the clock, and currently handles upto 35 landings and takeoffs per hour. Hotel bookings and pre-paid taxis are available at the terminal.
Domestic and international airlines connect Mumbai with all parts of the country and the world.
Mumbai is connected to almost every city and town of the country by rail. Long distance express trains operate from Mumbai to every state capital. Central Railways handles services to the east and south, and a few trains to the north. Western Railways has services to the north from Churchgate and Central stations. Bookings are to be made in advance to avoid the last minute rush, as trains are the most used mode of transport. The extensive system of suburban electric train network is most sought after transport means in bombay for city trvel.
Mumbai is well connected to all major towns and cities of the country with a network of national and state highways. Mumbai has one of the best public bus systems of any major Indian city. Mumbai has a huge fleet of metered black-and-yellow taxis as well.