Trains are without a doubt the cheapest mode of transportation. If you are a Mumbaikar, you would definitely agree to the fact that locals have sorted people’s lives to a great extent. Travelling for work and back is made easier by the availability of trains.
There are a total of 21 to 22 trains that run between Mumbai and Bangalore. It takes about 24-32 hours to reach Bangalore from Mumbai. Udyan Express and Coimbatore Express travel between Central Mumbai to Majestic in Bangalore. The tickets cost roughly 600 INR for sleeper coach and 1400 INR for 3rd AC. Traveling by sleeper class can be a bad experience as a lot of people board the train near Gulbarga and they occupy seats without your permission. You don’t have to keep thinking about where is my train before boarding as there are many online applications available to help you out with tracking.
Things to look out for in the journey:
On your way, between Palasdari and Khandala, one can enjoy the view of the mesmerizing “Bhor Ghat”. It is a mountainous bypass that connects Pune and Nasik via Igatpuri. During the journey, you will find yourself travelling through dark tunnels that often lead ways to beautiful green mountains! If you travel during the rains, the sight is even prettier!
There is also a scissor’s crossing at Bablad, wherein one train makes way for another to pass. These types of crossings are used when the landscape is uneven. Bablad is the only station wherein the Udyan Express clashes with the timings of the LTT-CBE Express, and one train has to make way for the other.
Udyan Express- Timings, Arrival, Departure:
The Udyan Express is considered to be the best train connecting the route between Mumbai and Bangalore. It runs on all days, departing from Mumbai CSM Terminus and arriving at KSR Bengaluru City Junction. This train consists of 1A, 2A, 3A, and Sleeper Classes. Estimated time to reach Bangalore is 24 Hours and 40 minutes. The distance covered is 1152kms and average speed maintained is 47 km/hr. This train departs from Dadar Central at 08:25 and arrives KSR Bengaluru City Junction at 08:50 on the first day. 11301 Udyan Express has around 34 halt stations in its route including the source and destination stations.
Coimbatore Express- Timings, Arrival, Departure:
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus- Coimbatore Express trains (11012 /11014) are a daily running express train that is operated by Central Railway zone. It runs between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Mumbai) and Coimbatore Junction. It has 34 halt stations, including the source and destination stations. The distance travelled is 1514kms. The average journey time is estimated 32 hours and 25 minutes. This train consists of AC 3 Tier, Sleeper 3 Tier, and Unreserved classes. There is no catering facility available in this train. It operates at a speed of 47 km/hour. Train number 11013 leaves LTT at 22:35 hours and reaches Coiumbatore at 07:00 hours on the third day. Train number 11014 leaves Coimbatore Junction at 08:55 hours and reaches LTT at 14:30 hours on the third day.