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Mumbai Airport

Mumbai Airport

By CarolUpdated Oct. 14, 2022

When you arrive in Mumbai from North America, Europe, or Australia you will land at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. All foreign passengers will need to fill in the arrival card and present a passport with a validity of at least 6 months and a visa at the immigration counter.

The Mumbai Airport offers a range of facilities including free wireless internet, ATMs, currency exchange, restaurants, snack bars, and ice cream parlors in both terminals. There are also taxi counters where you can book a taxi to go to the city center or your hotel.

Quick Facts

  • The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is locally known as the Sahar International Airport.
  • The airport handles more than 45 million passengers a year and only has one runway.
  • There are 2 terminals currently operating at the Mumbai Airport.
  • Free wireless internet, ATMs, and currency exchanges are some of the facilities available inside the airport.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

When people mention the Mumbai Airport, they are referring to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. This airport has 2 terminals that handle more than 45 million passengers a year.

Domestic flights are operated from Terminal 1 while international flights are managed from Terminal 2. Both terminals are equipped with facilities such as free wireless internet, reserved parking spots, ramps, elevators, bathrooms, money exchange counters, ATMs, and wheelchairs for passengers with special needs.

International Arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Most major international airlines fly to Mumbai. Western Airlines such as Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, and Etihad all have regular flights to Mumbai.

Other than western airlines, flights operated by Air China, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines also regularly fly into Mumbai.

Starting Point Non-stop/Connecting Flight Time Recommended Airliness
United States Direct flights available from New York Approximately 15 hours Lufthansa and United Airlines
United States Fly from San Francisco via Dubai, which is around 3 hours from Mumbai Approximately 18 hours Emirates via Dubai
Australia Fly from Melbourne via Singapore, which is about 5 hours from Mumbai Approximately 15 hours Singapore Airlines via Singapore
Europe Direct flights from London and Paris Approximately 9 hours Air France and British Airways
Southeast Asia Direct flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Approximately 5 hours Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines
Southeast Asia Fly from Bangkok via Calcutta, which is about 3 hours from Mumbai Approximately 8 hours IndiGo
China Direct flights from Hong Kong and Guangzhou Approximately 7 hours RwandAir and Cathay Pacific
China Fly from Shanghai via Hong Kong, which is about 7 hours from Mumbai Approximately 11 hours Cathay Pacific

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Domestic Air Travel from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Flights going to major tourist destinations in India including Calcutta, Delhi, Kochi, Varanasi, and Leh, are also available at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. These flights are operated by airlines such as Air India, IndiGo, GoAir, SpiceJet, and Vistara.

Air India has flights to all these destinations from Mumbai. They operate 43 flights to Delhi between 7 am and 9 pm. They also have 26 flights to Calcutta from 6 am to 8:30 pm.

Air India also offers flights to Leh from Mumbai. They have 4 flights that leave between 1 pm and 9 pm daily.

Destination Flying time Average Prices Flights Operated in a Day
Delhi 2 hours USD40 180
Calcutta 3 hours USD50 150
Kochi 2hours USD40 70
Varanasi 2 hours USD70 80
Leh 9 hours USD150 30
Udaipur 1 hour USD 50 24
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Terminals of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Mumbai Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1, locally known as Santacruz Airport, is used for domestic flights and primarily operated by low-cost carriers such as SpiceJet, GoAir, and IndiGo. This terminal has eleven passenger boarding bridges.

Terminal 2, locally known as Sahar International Airport, receives all international departures and arrivals with the addition of full-service domestic airlines such as Vistara, Air India, and Jet Airways. This terminal can handle over 40 million passengers a year and more than 780 aircraft per day.

The two terminals are located around five kilometers apart. There is a free shuttle bus that links them and departs every 20 to 30 minutes 24 hours a day. The time taken to travel between the terminals is around 20 minutes.

Terminal Flight Airlines How to get there
1 Domestic GoAir, IndiGo, and SpiceJet Shuttle buses available between terminals, go by taxi from hotel or city center
2 Domestic full-service and international Vistara, Air India, Jet Airways, and international flights Shuttle buses available between terminals, go by taxi from hotel or city center

Facilities of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Terminal 2 has 188 check-in counters, 60 immigration counters for departing passengers and 76 immigration counters for arriving passengers, 52 boarding bridges, 73 elevators, 10 baggage carousels, and 21,000 square meters of retail space.

Free wireless internet, ATMs, and currency exchanges are available at both terminals. Passengers with special needs can access reserved parking spots, ramps, elevators, and special bathrooms. Wheelchairs and attendants are also available inside the terminals.

If you want to get some food there are bars, restaurants, snack bars, and ice cream parlors available. There are also many shops selling designer clothes, jewelry, and newspapers and books in both terminals. Duty-free shopping is available in Terminal 2.

You will also find a business center and executive lounges situated in the departure areas of both terminals with facilities including fax machines and shoe-polishing stations. Other facilities include a pharmacy, first aid, childcare rooms, and smoking lounges.

Airport Facilities
188 check-in counters, 60 immigration counters, and 76 immigration Free wireless internet, ATMs, and bureaux de change
Reserved parking slots, ramps, lifts, special and bathrooms
Bars restaurants, snack bars, and ice cream parlors
Business center and executive lounges

Leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Prepaid taxis and metered taxis are the most popular way to get between your hotel and the airport. You can find prepaid taxi counters as well as app-based taxi services such as Ola and Uber in both the domestic and international arrival areas.

Buses are also another way to connect to central Mumbai. Bus 35 takes passengers from the airport to Dadar Station. From Dadar Station buses number 61 and 70 can take you to various destinations in the city center.

Three different railway lines near the airport connect to almost all parts of the city and the suburbs. These are the Western Line, the Central Main Line, and the Harbor Line. These stations can be reached quickly from the airport by bus, taxi, or rickshaw.

Many hotels also offer pick-up services and private hotel transfers. The airport parking charge and entry fee will already be included in the price.

Type How to Book Travel Time Cost
Taxi

Taxi counters Recommended as it is most convenient

25 minutes to 2 hours 500 to 600 rupees
Bus

Vile Parle Railway Station Not recommended for foreigners

1 hour 100 rupees
Hotel pick-up

Arranged by hotel Recommended as it is convenient

30 minutes to 1 hour 1,000 to 3,000 rupees
Rail

Andheri East Railway Station

Not recommended for foreigners

20 minutes 60 rupees

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Hotels Near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

There are many luxury hotels located around the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. Most are very close to the airport which makes it convenient for guests who want to reach the airport quickly and don’t want to worry about traffic. It is also easier to check-in at airport hotels for guests arriving late at night.

Hotel Name Star Cost per Night Facilities
Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport 4 5,000 to 12,000 rupees Gym, spa, and open-air sky terrace
Niranta Transit Hotel Terminal 2 Arrivals/Landside 4 7,500 to 9,500 rupees 24-hour front desk, ironing services, car services, fax/photocopying, and concierge
ITC Maratha Mumbai Airport 5 7,600 to 40,000 rupees 5 dining options including the Peshwa Pavilion, Peshawri Speciality Restaurant, Dum Phukt, Dakshin Coastal, and Pan Asian Restaurant and Bombay High The Bar
The Lalit Mumbai-Airport 5 15,000 to 30,000 rupees Business center, shopping gallery, fitness center, spa, pool, and massage services
Trident Nariman Point 5 9,000 to 18,000 rupees Pool, spa, beauty salon, steam rooms, and a large fitness center.
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar Airport 5 15,000 to 20,000 rupees Outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and a spa wellness center

Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport

Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport is located just under 1 mile from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Their 245 rooms are equipped with an ergonomic chair, a minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, and en suite bathrooms.

Rooms in this hotel include the Executive Club Level Room, Studio Suite, Superior Room, and Deluxe Room. The room prices range from 5,000 to 12,000 rupees.

Visitors can exercise at the gym, relax in the spa, or enjoy hanging out at the open-air Sky Terrace. Currency exchange and car rental services are also available.

For dining, visitors can go to the all-day Saptami Restaurant to enjoy some international dishes. Evening cocktails are also available at the chic 72 lounge bar.

Address: Sakinaka Junction, Andheri - Kurla Rd, Andheri East, Mumbai

Holiday Inn Mumbai Official Website

Niranta Transit Hotel Terminal 2 Arrivals

Niranta is Mumbai’s first airport transit hotel and is located at Level-1 within Terminal 2. Every room in this hotel is air-conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms will also have a seating area for your convenience. The private rooms in the hotel also have free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Room prices range from 7,500 to 9,500 rupees per night.

The hotel provides a 24-hour front desk, ironing services, car services, fax/photocopying, and concierge services. Guests can also enjoy a restaurant, bar, and a spa and wellness center.

Address: At Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2, Mumbai

Niranta Transit Hotel Official Website

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ITC Maratha Mumbai Airport, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Located just over a mile from Mumbai International Airport, ITC Maratha Mumbai Hotel is located close to some top attractions in Mumbai. This hotel is around 9 miles from Sanjay Gandhi National Park, 14 miles from Mahalaxmi Race Course, and 19 miles from the Gateway of India.

This hotel has elegantly designed rooms equipped with a satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The en suite bathrooms also come with a bathtub. Room prices will range between 7,600 and 40,000 rupees.

This hotel has 5 dining options. The 24-hour Peshwa Pavilion serves both international and Indian dishes while the Peshawri Speciality Restaurant serves delicious North-Western Indian food.

Other dining options include Dum Phukt, South Indian food at Dakshin Coastal, and oriental flavors at the Pan Asian Restaurant and Bombay High The Bar.

Address: Sahar Rd, Sahar, Andheri East, Mumbai

ITC Maratha Mumbai Official Website

The Lalit Mumbai-Airport

The Lalit Mumbai-Airport is located less than a mile from Sahar International Airport. The 369 rooms and suites here are equipped with ironing facilities, a work desk, and free coffee/tea.

The suites include the Executive Suite, Spa Suite, Luxury Suite, and the Lalit Legacy Suite. Room prices range from 15,000 to 30,000 rupees per night.

The hotel features include a business center, shopping gallery, and fitness center. There is also a spa and pool. Guests can enjoy Indian and international dishes at the 24/7 Restaurant, Baluchi Restaurant, and Trendz Restaurant.

Address: Sahar Airport Rd, Navpada, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai

The Lalit Mumbai-Airport Official Website

Trident Nariman Point

The Trident Nariman Point is located around 15 miles from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Although further from the airport, this hotel is closer to attractions like Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, and the Gateway of India.

Room types here include Premier City View, Superior Rooms, Premier Ocean View, and Family Rooms. Prices of these rooms ranges from 9,000 to 18,000 rupees per night.

Here, guests can enjoy a lovely pool with views of the sea, a good spa, a beauty salon, saunas, and a large fitness center.

Address: Marine Drive, Nariman Point, Mumbai

Trident Nariman Point Official Website

JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar Airport

Located just half a kilometer from the airport, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar Airport contains 588 spacious rooms with private bathrooms that come with a bath or shower, hairdryers, and bathrobes.

The available rooms include the Guest Rooms, Concierge, and Deluxe Suites. The prices range from 15,000 to 20,000 rupees per night.

This hotel also offers an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and a spa and wellness center for its guests. Visitors can dine at the JW Café, Romano’s, or JW Lounge.

Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, IA Project Rd, Navpada, Vile Parle East, Vile Parle, Andheri

JW Marriott Mumbai Official Website

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