Friday, 2021-08-13

Airport Transfers

  1. Pre-paid taxis:

  2. Uber/Ola: Uber works as expected in Mumbai and Ola is another taxi aggregator service in India just like Uber. Both Uber and Ola offer airport transfers in a variety of sizes of cars. They can be booked the usual way, from your phone. If your phone is not connected to a data network, Uber/Ola can also be booked at counters inside Terminal 2, and also near their pick up points in the parking lot. Follow signs carefully, Ola and Uber have specific designated pick up points.

  3. Airport transfer arranged by your hotel: Your hotel may arrange airport transfers for you. Check directly with your hotel.

  4. mdscabs(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Parking and toll charges extra, 5% GST extra

  • All rates are for air-conditioned cars. Cancellation can be done against the booking before 2 hrs of reporting time by email and phone, other wise bill will be charged against the booking.

Getting around within Mumbai

Conference related ferrying from a few main hotels to the conference venue will be arranged. If you want to travel locally on your own, the following are the options in the order of what is best for International visitors -

  • Uber (or the local equivalent, Ola) is your best option to travel locally. At the conference venue and in your hotels, you will have WiFi, but for this option, clearly you will need mobile data while not in these locations. Make sure you get a good international roaming data package before arriving here.

    • The long-term rental option is also offered by Ola, this also works out very well, and at shorter notice than the conventional tourist taxi operators.

  • Yellow-black taxis. You can try hailing these for long distances (>10 km), but these drivers are very selective about where they want to go and may refuse rides if the destination is not where they want to go.

  • Local Trains, Metro - these again, are the lifeline of Mumbai residents but can be daunting to use due to the extreme crowds. Google Maps are the best option to find routes and timings.

  • Walking - this is always an option for short distances, however note that you cannot always count on the availability of sidewalks and safe pedestrian crossings in Mumbai. The conference hotels are walkable in 20-30 minutes, under the same disclaimers.