Information on local trains running on Western Line, Central Line, Harbour Line in Mumbai.
The oldest railway network in Asia is Mumbai Suburban Railway that started its operations in 1853. Popularly known as "locals" in Mumbai; these run round the clock except from 1a.m. to 4a.m. Local Trains are the primary and most significant means of transportation in Mumbai. The majority population of Mumbai relies on this railway network to commute within metropolis. The three lines of this railway network are the Western Line, the Central Main Line and the Harbour Line. Western line covers the part from Churchgate to Virar via Western Suburbs. The Central Main Line plies from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and schedules to Kalyan through the Central Suburbs and Thane. Kurla happens to be the point of interchange of trains at Cental Main Line. Also, a common stretch of the Harbour Line lies between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Vadala. This line bifurcates further into two, one out of which goes towards Eastern Suburbs, Navi Mumbai and ends up at Panvel; while the other line heads till Mahim on the Western Line. Bandra and Andheri are its interchange stations. Mumbai locals have recorded over 7 million commuters each day, as the route network is spread over 464 km. These trains are divided into two classes- first and second. Travelling in second class during rush hours can be a hassle to your journey. So, tourists should prefer travelling in first class. Although the ticket fares are four times in first class to that of second class, but facilitates you with comfortable journey. The Virar locals are said to be the most crowded ones as it comes on the Western line, which covers the maximum stations. There are special coaches for women in both the classes; these coaches are apparently better and safer than the common compartments. In case you are travelling in group, hiring a cab or an auto rickshaw is advisable. Mentioned below are the railway lines and the stations they cover.