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Mumbai Local Train – History, Lines Details, Map, Tickets Detail


Mumbai’s Rapid and Low-Cost Public Transport, the Mumbai local train is unique compared to the rest of India’s local train systems. These trains are so vital to the public that they have been dubbed the “Lifeline” of Mumbai.

Detailed information about AC and NON-AC local trains operating on the routes is provided on this page, including information about the ticketing system, station names, station distances, and the most recent updated timetable (including all up and down routes) as of the year 2023. 

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Mumbai Local Train Station

History of Mumbai Local Train

It is believed that the Mumbai Suburban Railway is the oldest railway network in Asia, and it is a component of the oldest railway network in India. 

The British East India Company was the one who first established it. 

In 1853, the Bori Bunder station in Mumbai, which is today known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, became the starting point for the first railway to travel between Mumbai and Thane. 

After this, in 1867, trains were finally able to run between Churchgate and Virar.

Western Railway and Central Railway

The Mumbai Suburban Railway system, or Mumbai’s Local train, is operated by Indian Railways. The entire rail network of mumbai is divided into two zonal divisions that are Western Railways and Central Railways

Western Railway operates the Western line, and Central Railway operates the Central line such as Harbour line, Trans Harbour line, Nerul-Uran line.

Each one is more than 62 miles or 100 kilometres long. 

Western Line:

The Western Line is operated by the Western Railway(WR), which runs between Churchgate and Dahanu, a 124 km-long stretch. The Churchgate station in South Mumbai is the starting point for the Western Line, which travels all the way to the city’s outer north. 

The Western Line consists of 37 stations from Churchgate to Dahanu Road. 

Western Railway Line
Western Railway Line

Initially, the line used to run between Churchgate to Virar (60 KM); however, On 16th April 2013, it was extended up to Dahanu Road. 

Western Line Trains are categorised as Fast or Slow trains, which can be either 12 or 15 coach/car. The Fast train will halt only at selected stations such as Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander, Vasai Road, and Virar. Whereas slow trains will halt at all stations. Western Line also operates AC Train that runs as per the scheduled timing

Central Line:

The Central Line is operated by the Central Railway(CR), which runs between three major corridors. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in South Mumbai, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is the starting point for the Central Line, which travels to the Kalyan. From Kalyan, the line bifurcate and run up to Kasara and Khopoli. 

Central Railway Line - Mumbai
Central Railway Line

Harbor Line: 

The Harbour line is part of the Central Railway, and it operates three major corridors, which are CSMT-Goregaon, CSMT-Panvel, and Panvel-Goregaon. 

The Harbour line runs parallel to Central Railway Line for a few stations from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus; however, the Harbour-line bifurcates at Wadala Road Station into two separate corridor routes. 

The first route connects Mumbai Western Line at Bandra, which goes up to Goregaon. The second route connects Navi Mumbai, which goes up to Panvel.

Trans-Harbor Line (Thane-Vashi Line): 

The Harbour line is another part of Central Railways that connects Navi-Mumbai and Thane.

This line operates two routes, one line run between Thane and Vashi, and another line run between Thane and Panvel. It joins Harbour Line and runs parallelly at Nerul till Panvel, and another line that connects to Vashi joins the Harbour line at Sanpada.

Currently, this line stops at all stations. 

Nerul-Uran line: 

Nerul-Uran Line is another part of Central Railways that Links Navi Mumbai with Uran. 

This line operates two major routes, one between Nerul and Uran and another between Belapur and Uran. 

Please note that this line is not fully operational and is currently under construction. Hence, the line is operational only till Kharkopar.

Types of Trains

  • Mumbai local train can either be FAST (few stops) or SLOW (stopping at all or most stations). The digital signs at train stations will either display “F” or “S” to indicate which one is being used. 
  • Stations served by express trains are shown in red on this map of Mumbai’s local rail system.
  • The trains typically have 12 carriages but may have up to 15.
  • Only the Western and Central lines have the capacity to run fast trains, and these lines are the only ones with trains with up to 15 cars/coach.
  • “AC” service indicates a train equipped with air conditioning runs on the Western Line (the Churchgate-Virar route). One of the roughly ten daily trains on this route now has specially renovated Uttam carriages, with improved security and comfort amenities. As far as operation goes, it’s just like any other train.

How to book Mumbai local train tickets Online and Offline?

You can purchase tickets for either a single journey (one way) or a return journey. Tickets can be booked at the Ticket Booking Office counter or online.

Ticket Booking Office:

At each suburban train station, you will find atleast 1 or 2 ticket counters where one can buy tickets to travel. There are also other ways through which you can book Mumbai local train tickets.


You may purchase First and Second Class single, return, and renew season tickets, as well as Platform tickets for adults and children at any station that has an ATVM. 

These machines are accessible at all suburban stations. The Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATM) accepts payments made using Indian Railway Smart Cards. 

A Smart Card may be obtained from the booking offices of any suburban station, where it can also be recharged according to the user’s specific needs. 

Commuters receive an additional 3% discount on each recharge. 

The capability to make an online payment using a QR code has also been added to automated ticket vending machines (ATVMs).

  • Smart Card Cost: ₹ 70/- (50/- refundable deposit & 20/- recharge value)
  • Benefit: 3% extra value on every recharge.
  • Types of Tickets issued: I Class & II Class, Single, Return, Platform Tickets, Renew Season Tickets for Adult & Child
  • Minimum Recharge: ₹ 20/-
  • Maximum Recharge: ₹ 9500/-
  • Smart Card Cancellation Charges: ₹ 30/-
  • Validity: 1 year after last recharge

Online Book Ticket on UTS App:

You can also book the ticket via Mobile App called UTS (Unreserved Ticketing System). 

First, install the UTS app on your mobile device and then sign up to register with your mobile number.

Once you log in to the app, the R-Wallet will initially show no balance. Under the Normal Booking section, you can select “Depart from” and “Going To” stations. Based on the class and train type selection, it will calculate the fare. 

You may be prompted by the message saying that your RWallet Balance is lower than the fare. You can proceed by either Recharging the wallet or using other payment options to book your ticket.

Printing the ticket is not required if you select the option of Paperless while booking the ticket. 

The R-Wallet may be reloaded with a minimum value of 100/-. Commuters receive a 3% incentive on each and every recharge.

Monthly Pass:

There is also an option to buy a monthly pass for the selected route for the daily commuter.

About Special Train for Ladies

The Western Railway also operates ladies special trains solely intended for female commuters. 

These trains are designed to provide further safety and convenience for female passengers.

Facilities to Ladies

At various stations in the suburban stretch, there is a separate counter that is reserved just for the purchase of tickets by female passengers.

Facilities for Differently abled

Divyangjan (Differently Abled) Passengers and Cancer Patients are given priority seating in the fourth and seventh coaches from the Churchgate end of 12-car trains and the fourth, seventh, and tenth coaches of 15-car EMU trains. 

Pregnant women are permitted in these sections as well. 

There are Divyang-friendly ticket windows and information desks at all stations.

Allowed luggage Details in Mumbai Local Train:

The following is the free baggage allowance that is included with tickets for First Class and Second Class travel on both suburban and non-suburban trains:

  • However, neither Season Tickets nor Single/Return Journey Tickets may be purchased on EMU trains with luggage more than the free quota.
  • Passengers who need assistance transporting their tricycle will not be charged for the service.
  • Unchecked or partly checked bags that exceed the free baggage limit will result in a fine for the passenger.
  • If a passenger is found to have checked more bags than their free baggage allotment allows, they will be charged a fee.
  • Large, offensive, explosive, or otherwise dangerous items are not allowed on board.

Offences & Penalties in Mumbai Local Train:

Type of Fines and Amount of Fines

  1. Travelling without proper pass/ticket (Sec. 138 Railway Act)   

Punishment: Ordinary single fare for the distance which he has travelled or from the station from which the train started and the excess charge i.e. `250/- or equivalent to the fare whichever is more. 

  1. Travelling Fraudulently (Sec. 137 Railway Act)

Punishment: 6 months jail, fine ₹1,000/- or both.

  1. Alarm Chain Pulling (Sec. 141 Railway Act)

Punishment: 12 months jail, fine ₹1,000/- or both.

  1. Travelling in Coach Reserved for Handicapped Passengers (Sec. 155 (a) Railway Act)

Punishment: 3 months jail, fine ₹500/- or both.

  1. Travelling o­n Roof Top (Sec. 156 Railway Act) Punishment: 3 months jail, fine ₹500/- or both.
  2. Trespassing (Sec. 147 Railway Act)

Punishment: 6 months jail, fine ₹1,000/- or both.

  1. Nuisance and Littering (Sec. 145 (b) Railway Act)

Punishment: 1st offence ₹100 fine, 2nd & subsequent ₹250, o­ne month imprisonment.

  1. Bill Pasting (Sec. 166 (b) Railway Act)

Punishment: 6 months jail, fine ₹500/- or both.

  1. Touting (Sec. 143 Railway Act)

Punishment: 3 years jail, fine ₹10,000/- or both.

  1. Unauthorised Hawking (Sec. 144 Railway Act)

Punishment: One-year jail, fine min. ₹1,000/-, max. ₹2,000/- or both.

Important Contact and Helpline number of Mumbai Local Train

In cases where a woman in Mumbai needs assistance, she can contact one of the following helplines, which are maintained by nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), private organisations (POs), and private individuals (PIs).

Helpline Numbers for Women in Distress

State Women’s Commission: To all women in need, number 155209. For issues like assault, sexual harassment, basic rights, husband issues, extramarital relationships, and more.

Mumbai Police Helplines for Molestation: 103 / 1090 / 7738133133 / 7738144144

Women’s Center: 26140403

Women Right Initiative: 43411603 / 43411604. Email:wri.bombay@lawyerscollective.org,

Integrated helpline for all enquirers: 139