Mandovi Express, Mumbai to Goa
The Mandovi Express is a daily train that runs on India’s Konkan Railway, whisking passengers away from the crowds of Mumbai to the beaches of Goa. Running between Mumbai CST to Madagon, the train is named after the great Mandovi River, sandwiched between the Sahyadari hills and the Arabian sea and hugging India’s southwest coastline.
The journey is truly spectacular, whizzing past paddy fields filled with fruit trees, luscious rolling valleys and Goa’s glittering coast. It’s a scenic, safe and comfortable way of journey from Mumbai to Goa, covering 580km in just under 12 hours and hosting guests in clean carriages with power points, a dining car and regularly cleaned WCs. Passengers journeying from Mumbai to Madagon should catch the train number 10103.
Prices from: INR 2,030
Departing from: Mumbai CST, India
Journey length: 11 hours, 50 minutes
The Mandovi Express route
The Mandovi Express runs daily services of 11 hours, 50 minutes, covering a distance of 580 kilometres. Most tourists catch the 10103, which runs from Mumbai CST to Madagon Jn, the preferred choice of transport for those wanting to get away from the city and spend some time in Goa. The train departs daily from Mumbai at 6:55 and pulls into Madagon at 18:45, with 18 stops along the way. Once out of Mumbai the scenery becomes spectacular, crossing through mountains, tunnels, over hundreds of rivers and bridges – including the highest viaduct in India, the Panvalnadi bridge. Other highlights include paddy fields filled with mango trees, local villages and coastal vistas.
Mandovi Express train
The train itself is comfortable, safe and cleaned to a good standard, offering guests seating in five different classes of travel; First AC (air-conditioning), Second AC, Third AC, Sleeper, Pantry and Second Seating. First AC is the most premium way to travel with lockable four and two-berth compartments and a washbasin, while Second AC is divided into bays with curtains for privacy. For a more comfortable journey choose between First or Second AC. Mobile/laptop chargers are on hand and the train has a dining car selling drinks and food.
Why we love it
The train allows travellers to combine two very different Indian holidays in one adventure, buzzing, vibrant and chaotic Mumbai and a more laid-back, coastal Goa. For a daily train the Mandovi Express is impressively clean and well maintained and the scenery is like something from a Bollywood movie.