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    Local Buses

    by Donna_in_India Updated May 21, 2011

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    Local Buses

    Mumbai's buses transport millions of people. The bus system, known as BEST, is run by a government organization, Brihanmumbai (formerly Bombay) Electric Supply and Transport. BEST is the largest organized bus transport network among the major Indian cities.

    The BEST fleet consists of red colored single and double decker buses. Although traffic to/from the suburbs can make for a long ride, the buses are a great way to get around the actual city. There are frequent buses and fares are very cheap (usually just a few rupees). I would avoid taking the buses during rush hour(s) because they are usually extremely crowded (standing room only!). I would take the bus at least once though - it's a fun way to meet the locals.

    Check the BEST website which now lets you check specific bus routes and fares easily.

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    Mumbai BEST Bus

    by ni3sgalave Written Nov 13, 2009
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    Significantly contributing to the industrial development of India , this city has it's 'Arteries' in the form of Central and Western Railways. Not less importantly than that, BEST's Bus Service running across the vast area of Brihan Mumbai limits, can be very well called the blood vessels of this metropolis.
    They Are All Over the Mumbai.
    Bus Rush Timing :morning 8 Am to 10.30AM to Evening 5.30 to 8.30 pm
    Avoid this Timing .

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    Work out your Mumbai bus route on Net

    by nora_south_africa Written Dec 30, 2006

    I have found a site where you can work out your bus route on the internet, you give the bus stop of departure and where you want to go to and its works out your bus route for you, gives the bus number and each stop it stops at and also when to change busses, even gives the bus number, I have worked out my points of interest and noted the details for my trip .
    check this site...
    http://www.mumbai-central.com/buses/

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    Local Buses

    by keeweechic Written May 4, 2006

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    The BEST (Bombay Electric Supply & Transport) buses run all over the city and are numerous. There are the single buses and the red double decker variety. Bus routes are written in Hindi on the front and side of the bus however English is often given on signs at bus stops. I read warnings to be careful of pickpockets on these buses. BEST buses are the largest municipalized transport in India.

    There are now new city buses which are air-conditioned and the doors are controlled by the driver.

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    BEST Buses

    by amarshah Written Mar 12, 2006

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    All over India, the BEST BUS in Mumbai are to considered the best and safest option to bus travel within the city. They are used by many of various income groups.

    If looking for travel using the Bus, i suggest you to check this web site for details of the route etc to save of time and money

    http://www.bestundertaking.com/transport/Area.asp

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    BEST Buses

    by amarshah Written Mar 12, 2006

    All over India, the BEST BUS in Mumbai are to considered the best and safest option to bus travel within the city. They are used by many of various income groups.

    If looking for travel using the Bus, i suggest you to check this web site for details of the route etc to save of time and money

    http://www.bestundertaking.com/transport/Area.asp

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    Bombay Electric Supply and Transport [BEST]

    by indntrvlr Written Mar 26, 2005

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    Symbol of BEST

    If the lonely planet guide does not give you this, I will attempt to bring in here the list of local bus routes operated by the BEST that gets you from one end of the city to another through it's myraid of inner roads and gullies and gives you a sneak view of what this city is all about.
    The red color of these buses, a gift to India from the British, used to be in one other shape than the ones currently seen - the trailer bus type that I used to ride way back in the early 90s. They were phased out in the mid 90s as they were behemoths on the small roads.
    But this is just the beginning. I will update here, the routes and how the tickets are charged.
    For starters - my fav routes that I regularly travel on are - 312, 39, 533 Ltd, 424, 425 [to work] and otherwise - 241, 33, 79, 38, 4 Ltd
    most of these except the 424, 425, and 533 run from the most popular central suburb - Dadar up north to Andheri and beyond to either the northern suburb of Goraygaon or further north west to Maalwani.

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    busses, taxis, and carts

    by pollon Written Mar 2, 2005

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    Busses, taxis, and carts are three of the means of transport not only of Mimbai but of the whole India.

    Busses have conductors selling you the tickets aboard, but you have to know where you want to get off as the price hangs from the distance you travel.

    Taxi are worth a whole single tip ;-)

    The only use we tourist do of carts ;-) is taking pics, aren't choreographic the long horns of the oxes pulling it?! But I would also like to make an appreciation of the manual skilfullness of this nation, a mastery in manual jobs which most of the countries don't practice any more.

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  • B.E.S.T Busses are truly one of the Best

    by nikhilvinod Written Nov 20, 2004

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    A New Bus which is friendly for handicaped people

    The BEST bus (comonly called the BST busses) are a very convienient way to travell around Mumbai especially when the train stations are far away or when the local trains do not take you to the place you want to visit. During Peak hours it is best to get busses from the starting stops so that you do not have to stand the entire journey. Now a days the destination journey are written on the front and side of the Bus along with the route number. Generally the front is in Hindi and the information on the side is in English. So it is easy for both the locals as well as the tourists. There are three types of Busses :-
    1) Ordinary Bus.
    2) Limited Bus.
    3) AC Bus.
    The Ordinary Bus takes longer time to reach destination as it stops at most locations. The Limited Bus stops at only important locations. The only disadvantage of travelling through Bus is you get tired very soon and that is thanks to the polution and crowd during peak hours. A solution for this is the AC bus. The bus is a very economical way of transportation. The minimum fare is Rs. 3.50 for ordinary bus, Rs. 5.00 for limited bus and Rs. 22.00 for AC bus. For more and detailed information about fares and routes you can visit the online website, it is very helpful and gives all information on which bus to catch if you are in one location and want to reach another (and the information is along with the fares).

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    Buses in Bombay !!!

    by GK2005 Written Apr 4, 2004

    Bombay is well served by B.E.S.T buses which run to every nook and corner of Bombay. They are comparitively slower due to the heavy traffic but they are very economical compared to the outrageous costs of autos and taxis. The website below would tell you which bus to take from Place A to Place B.

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    Travel local

    by SirRichard Updated Dec 23, 2003

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    Inside a double decker bus

    Most foreigners use taxis to move around Mumbai. They are cheap, so why not?

    But I wanted to taste local transport, so I decided to have a ride in one of those "british" double decker buses. The problem was that the destinations on the buses are written only in hindi, no western letters, so unless you ask and the driver is patient, you will never know where you are going...

    BUT I did anyway, after all I had a free afternoon and the ticket was dirty cheap. So I stepped in, not knowing where I was going, and had a ride by unknown quarters of Mumbai for about an hour or so. When the bus reached its final destination, I payed again and did the return way till I reached the original stop again!

    It was a nice experience, no tourists, just locals ;-))

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    Buses with sleepers

    by SirRichard Updated Dec 23, 2003

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    My cabin (at the beginning) :-((

    To go to Goa, I took one of these buses where you can SLEEP (in a horizontal position I mean). You don't have seats here, just couchettes, so you can lay down with a wide window (with curtains, don't worry, LOL) and sleep.

    The cabins are BIG, but... there is always a BUT, isn't it? they are cabins for 2 persons! When I stepped in I was alone and I thought: great, big cabins, but then 1 hour later, another passenger (yes, male, LOL) came in so I had to share my cabin with him...

    SO my advice is: reserve 2 seats if you go alone, is not very expensive and you will spend a much better night!

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    Double decker buses

    by SirRichard Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    A double decker

    No, this is not London! In Mumbai you'll find this double decker red buses, as in England, but a little older... and the destinations are only in hindi, so ask the people at the stop for info!! Tickets for 3 Rs (6 cents of dollar!!)

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    once there, the best way to...

    by newsfreak Written Aug 26, 2002

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    once there, the best way to travel is to take the city buses and trains (only in non-peak hours). the buses are very convienient for short distances. you can buy a route guide in shops. carry lots of change for the tickets. bicycles are dangerous in the city due to the high density of traffic. there are no bicycle lanes in the city.

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    Bombay has one of the best...

    by tarush Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Bombay has one of the best local transportation systems in the world.. Train, bus, taxis and in some cases even boats and ferries where possible. You will never need a car in Bombay. You can get from any point to another with much ease.. I've never had to make more than one bus switch to reach a destination.. The tranportation is extremely cheap.. but can be crowded at times...

    And the locals are always more than happy to help you find your way... just ask one and you will find many get involved trying to help you out..!!!

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