Mumbai Local Trains| Mumbai Local Train Daily Tickets [December 2021]

Can you actually get Mumbai local train tickets now or its just a Government announcement which is yet to be implemented?

After Maharashtra government announced that fully vaccinated people can buy single/return journey tickets, team ReviewBlogTravel went out to investigate the reality.

    Confusion about Local train tickets

    As we entered Bhayander ticket counter (one of the suburbs in western railways), we were faced by few angry commutators cursing system about not issuing the ticket.

    I asked one of them if the tickets are being issued as per announcement, got an angry reply "These people don't care about poor people, they are making getting a ticket impossible for the poor"

    I got sceptic but still wanted to get the first hand experience.

    I approached the ticket counter and asked for a Borivali return ticket. I showed my Aadhar card and the Universal Travel Pass softcopy on my mobile and the lady quickly took the required money and handed me the ticket!!

    I was happy to get the ticket and was confused as why others were not able to get it.

    I decided to investigate it further, so I just stood nearby the ticket counter and started observing.

    One gentleman got into an argument with the ticket staff saying he is already fully vaccinated and is also having the Cowin certificate. Still he was not given the ticket as Universal Travel Pass is mandatory.

    Another lady came with an Aarogya Setu certificate printout and was denied the ticket.

    How to get daily ticket for Mumbai Local?

    To get the daily ticket, you will have to show:
    1. The Universal Travel Pass (soft or hard copy)
    2. Aadhar card
    3. Money for Ticket (but of course 😀)

    What is not accepted as valid document for issue of Mumbai local train tickets?

    You will not be given a local train ticket if:
    1. You show your fully vaccinated certificate and not the Universal Travel Pass.
    2. You show your Government or essential worker id and not the Universal Travel Pass.

    Note: Recently I observed that tickets were being issued by showing the fully vaccinated certificate as well. Don't take risk, get Universal Travel pass if you can.

    How to get Universal Travel Pass for Mumbai Local train tickets?

    Getting Universal Travel Pass is very easy. The pre-requisite is you should be fully vaccinated and 14 days have passed since your final vaccination.

    Follow the steps mentioned below:
    1. Browse to ePass website

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    You can change your language on this screen, English and Marathi are supported.

    2. Under Citizen section, Click on "Universal Pass For Double Vaccinated Citizens"

    3. You will be directed to this screen

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    4. Enter the mobile number that you used for vaccination and press "Send OTP"

    5. Next screen will appear for entering OTP

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    6. After submitting the valid OTP, you will be presented with a screen to Generate Pass

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    7. Click on the Generate Pass link, and you will get the option to upload your photo (should be less than 3MB)

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    8. On click of Apply, you will get the screen confirming the submission

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    9. The message says after 24hrs but you can login after 10min and if you fulfill the pre-requisite, you will be presented with a screen to download the pass.

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    10. Click on View pass and download it.

    Cons with Universal Pass process:

    Each screen comes with a time ticker and if you miss your action within that time, you will have to start the whole process again.

    Someone who is not internet savvy, may find it overwhelming to complete the whole process.

    Pros of Universal Travel Pass Process

    The online process is quite efficient and any internet savvy person will be able to complete it quickly.

    This will definitely save a lot of time if this was done manually by Government staff.

    How to get monthly pass for Mumbai local trains?

    The process is same as explained for the ticket, just tell at ticket counter that you need a monthly pass and which class (1st/2nd class).

    After verifying your Universal Travel Pass and Aadhar card, monthly pass will be issued.

    Online Mumbai Local Train tickets and pass

    Railways and state government is working towards providing facility to book local train tickets from app. This may take some time, stay tuned to get latest on this!

    Mumbai Local Trains

    Mumbai local trains are called the lifeline of the city. Daily millions of travelers commute on these trains.

    Mumbai suburban or local trains are divided into three broad categories:
    1. Western Line: This covers local stations from Churchgate to Dhanu road.

    2. Central Line: This covers local stations from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji  Terminous (VT) to Kalyan, Karjat,Khopoli,Kasara.

    3. Harbor line: This covers Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji  Terminous (VT) to Panvel.

    Mumbai Local Train Tickets

    To travel on these local trains, you will have to buy a ticket.

    You can buy a one way or return ticket. 
    • Return ticket is valid till next day.
    • You need to start journey within 1hr of purchasing ticket.
    If you are a frequent traveler, its better to get a seasonal pass i.e either Monthly or 3months pass. These pass are very cheap as compared to the tickets.

    You can buy tickets or pass for AC, 1st class or 2nd class. Ticket/pass cost varies as per the class.

    You can safely guess that there is more comfort and less crowd in tickets with higher cost but it may not always be true.

    Best time to travel in Mumbai Local

    Mumbai local train starts at morning 330 am and runs till mid night.

    The least crowded hours are early morning before 630am, after noons from 12pm to 4pm and nights after 10pm.

    Any time apart these are classified into rush hour and crush hour.

    During rush hour, you will find it very difficult to board the train and during crush hour, its impossible unless you are boarding it from the starting station.

    FAQ about Mumbai Local daily ticket, monthly pass

    1. Is daily ticket being issued to general public on Mumbai local? 

    Yes, daily tickets are being issued to general public for Mumbai local train travel who have Universal Travel Pass.

    2. Do I need to be essential service worker or Government employee to travel in Mumbai local?

    No, now Mumbai local trains are open for general public who are fully vaccinated and are having Universal Travel Pass.


    Conclusion:

    Yes, Mumbai local train tickets are now available over the counter provided you have you Universal Travel Pass with you.