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Mumbai to Goa by Train

Mumbai to Goa by Train

Mumbai to Goa is roughly 600 km. The same distance as travelling from Brighton to Glasgow! You can take the train, bus or taxi. This time we chose to take the train.

Mumbai to Goa
Mumbai to Goa

We were quoted 12,000 rupees for a taxi from Mumbai to Goa.


From Mumbai airport to Mumbai central train station in a taxi will take roughly one hour and cost 700 rupees.

We chose Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or railway station as this area (Marine Drive) was supposed to be a decent district in Mumbai. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus formerly known as Victoria Terminus is a UNESCO world heritage site, historic railway station and headquarters of central railway stations in India. Designed by Frederick William Stevens in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

We stayed over one night in Mumbai. It wasn’t easy to find a decent hotel. It was a ditry city and so were alot of the Hotels. In the end we stayed at Outram Hotel for 1,100 rupees and it was decent for that amount.

Mumbai to Goa by train cost us 1050 rupees and took 12 hours. We chose third class which meant there were six people per carriage. First class would mean two per carriage and second class would mean four per carriage.


You can take faster trains that do not make stops along the way.

The train left at seven in the morning and arrived at seven in the evening.


Mumbai to Goa by Train 2015

It was a sleeper train so you will have one bed per person so you can chill and sit or lie and sleep. The first stop from Mumbai to Goa by Train inside Goa was ten hours into the journey but we chose to get off in Margao which was the last stop taking twelve hours.

We also chose air conditioning which was nice in this climate but also meant windows locked shut to keep the cool air in. This was a restriction when wanting to appreciate the scenery. However the doors at the end of each carriage were unlocked, you could open them and sit freely taking photos and looking around.

On the train you will get breakfast and lunch, both a decent meal. The best omelette I ever ate and a chicken/vegetable Buryani curry.

Tea coffee and other snacks will be offered to you constantly through the whole journey.

The coffee was 7 rupees a cup. Be very careful with the coffee on the train. It is served at boiling point and I spilt half onto my stomach. Resulting in second degree burns and took two weeks to heal before I could dip into that beautiful Goan sea.


I can’t say this was an easy journey but it was interesting, scenic and it gets you down south towards the beautiful Goan beaches.


  • Mumbai Airport – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – 1 hour, 700 rupees
  • Mumbai Hotel 1 night, Outram Hotel – 1100 rupees
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai – Margao Station, Goa – 12 hours, 1050 rupees
  • Margao Station, Goa – Palolem Beach Resort, Goa – 1 hour, 800 rupees


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Hotel in Anjuna Goa

Hotel in Anjuna Goa

Hotel in Anjuna Goa. The La Joia Hotel in Anjuna is the best value for money room I have experienced in the whole of India.

Hotel in Anjuna
Hotel in Anjuna

The style of this hotel is delightful. The whole hotel is a piece of artwork for you to feast your eyes on. Every staircase, doorway and wall has been given thought with its shabby chic/ Moroccan look.

Even the corridor continued this shabby chic/ Moroccan design. The hotel is quality throughout.


The used wood, painted wooden floor boards, book shelves and mosaic tiling are a pleasure sit in and relax.


The La Joia Hotel is situated just behind the Anjuna beach front. All the action is still on your doorstep but it is just far enough off the track to chill peacefully.

The backlit bookshelves were a nice touch with low light to help prevent the attack of mosquitoes.


The room was self contained with shower, toilet and sink. They were clean and stylish.

La Joia Hotel
La Joia Hotel


Hotel in Anjuna Goa 2015

The staff were friendly and clearly believed in providing quality.

Downstairs they have a kitchen serving food and drinks. They also have a lounge or social area where they sometimes have entertainment.

Our room was 1,500 rupees for a night. We turned up on the day and got a room but you can also book in advance with email.

The Hotel can be found on facebook under Elephant Art Cafe.


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Gokarna to Anjuna by Train

Gokarna to Anjuna by Train

Gokarna to Anjuna Beach Resort by train, rickshaw and taxi.

The rickshaw from Kudle Beach to Gokarna Road train station took 20 minutes and cost 250 rupees.

Gokarna to Anjuna
Gokarna to Anjuna

The train left Gokarna Road at 10.00 in the morning. It took 3 hours and cost 30 rupees each.

The train from Gokarna to Anjuna was spacious, clean and quiet enough for you to sit or even lay and have a sleep. The view was scenic and beautiful.

Refreshments were served as always on the train. Hot Coffee 7 rupees, hot Chai (tea) 5 rupees and Samosa’s 20 rupees for two.

Once at Madgaon Station we took a rickshaw to the bus station costing us 120 rupees and taking 10 minutes.

The bus/coach from Margao to Anjuna Beach is 20 rupees. However when we arrived at the bus station we were told there were no more buses to Anjuna Beach on that day. We settled for a taxi. I would imagine on the bus it would have taken about 3 hours.

Gokarna to Anjuna Beach

The taxi from Madgaon station, Margao to Anjuna Beach took 1 hour 30 minutes and cost 1,200 rupees. We were quoted 1,700 rupees from the first driver so I said 1,200 rupees, walked off and he didn’t follow. The second driver quoted 1,250. I bartered 1,200 rupees and offered to shake on it, he accepted the offer but refused to shake my hand saying the 50 rupees was his profit. I didn’t believe this, hopefully it wasn’t true, and by the end of the journey he was chatty and friendly.


Kudle Beach, Gokarna to Anjuna Beach, Goa

  • Kudle Beach, Gokarna to Gokarna Road Station – Rickshaw, 250 rupees
  • Gokarna Road Station to Madgoan Station, Margao – Train, 30 rupees
  • Madgoan Station, Margao to Margao Bus Station – Rickshaw, 120 rupees
  • Madgoan Bus Station, Margao to Anjuna Beach, Goa – Taxi, 1,200 rupees

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