TRAVEL BY AIR
The nearest airport to Matheran is the Mumbai Airport (Which handles both International and Domestic flights), which is about 100 km away.
Another airport nearby is the Pune Airport which is about 120 km away
TRAVEL BY TRAIN
Various Express and local trains are available from the nearby cities of Mumbai and Pune that travels till Neral.
MUMBAI – NERAL – MATHERAN
Departure From C.S.T. MUMBAI – 06.40 AM
Arrival To NERAL – 8.24 AM
Departure From C.S.T. MUMBAI – 08.50 AM
Arrival To NERAL – 10.28 AM
KARJAT LOCALS FROM CST MUMBAI
04.17 AM / 04.27 AM / 07.28 AM / 09.29 AM / 10.52 AM / 11.54 AM / 12.42 PM / 01.40 PM / 02.40 PM / 04.04 PM / 05.30 PM
PUNE – NERAL – MATHERAN
The Sahyadri Express departing Pune Junction at 6:15 AM is the only long-distance passenger train that stops at Neral. Alternatively, you board the Sinhagad Express departing Pune at 6:00 AM, alight at Karjat Junction, and then move on towards Neral boarding a local train.
FROM NERAL TO MATHERAN TOY TRAINS
TOY TRAIN TIMINGS ****NOT APPLICABLE DURING MONSOON****
From Neral, passengers can board the mini-train (toy-train) that ascends towards Matheran,traveling a distance of 21 km in 2hrs.
|NERAL TO MATHERAN||MATHERAN TO NERAL|
|6.40 AM||7.20 AM|
|9.10 AM||9.55 AM|
|10.40 AM (Sat & Sun)||12.55 PM(Sat & Sun)|
|5.05 PM||3.15 PM|
|DASTURI TO MATHERAN||MATHERAN TO DASTURI|
|9.20 AM||9.00 AM|
|10.30 AM||10.10 AM|
|11.45 AM||11.25 AM|
|1.00 PM||12.05 PM|
|1.40 PM||1.20 PM|
|2.50 PM||2.30 PM|
|3.45 PM||3.25 PM|
FROM NERAL TO DASTOORI CAR PARK TAXI SERVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE
LOCAL TRAIN FROM NERAL TO MUMBAI
|Morning||:||2.23 / 2.46/ 3.56 / 4.52 / 5.12 / 5.39 / 6.08 / 6.56 / 7.16 / 7.34 / 8.09 / 8.35 / 9.29 / 9.56 / 11.09|
|Afternoon||:||12.26 / 1.38 / 2.13/ 2.38 / 3.53 / 4.31 / 5.08 / 5.23 / 6.37 / 6.53|
|Night||:||7.54 / 8.56 / 9.54 / 10.22 / 10.56|
TAXI SERVICE FROM MUMBAI / PUNE TO MATHERAN AVAILABLE
***** ALL TRAIN TIMINGS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE*****
TRAVEL BY ROAD
Mumbai and Pune are two Major cities connected to Matheran by Road.
MSRTC – Mini Bus Service
|KARJAT TO MATHERAN||MATHERAN TO KARJAT|
|5.45 AM||7.15 AM|
|8.30 AM||9.45 AM|
|11.00 AM||12.00 AM|
|1.30 PM||3.00 PM|
|4.00 PM||6.00 PM|
MUMBAI TO MATHERAN
You set off on the old Bombay Pune road through Dadar, Chembur, New Bombay…
You get on to the Mumbai Pune Expressway at Panvel. (Near McDonalds)…Make sure you get onto the expressway as otherwise you will spend an hour getting through the congested streets of Panvel.
Once on the Expressway make sure you do not miss the first exit (Shedung/Khopoli Exit) that comes less than 5 minutes after you get onto the expressway at McDonalds. (Here you will need to Pay a Toll at the toll-booth for using the expressway).
Now this exit gets you back onto the Old Bombay Pune Road. Once again you will have to pay a toll for using the old Bombay Pune Road. (Toll in both places is about Rs.32 each).
Now follow the old Bombay Pune road for about 10 km. this will bring you to a crossing where a big green sign asks you to turn left for Karjat/Matheran. (Do not miss this crossing as otherwise you will end up in Khopoli). (At this Crossing is a big board advertining “N.D. STUDIOS”)
9 km After turning left you reach another crossing outside Karjat where you need to turn left towards Neral.
11 km After turning left, you will reach the bottom of the Matheran Hill ghat road.
Turn left here and climb 7 km to the Matheran Dasturi Car park.
It is a steep and narrow road but well surfaced for the most part. When you reach the car park find a parking space in the designated area and park your car.
No vehicles are allowed to pass this point but it’s a pleasant 40-minute walk to the center of Matheran and Lord’s Central Hotel 2 minutes later.
If walking doesn’t appeal to you for some or the other reason, you can avail of a hand pulled rickshaw or an exhilarating horseback ride. Porters are available to carry your luggage.
PUNE TO MATHERAN
You need to get onto the Pune Mumbai Expressway at Pune and get off the Pune Mumbai Expressway at the Khopoli exit after passing Lonavala/ Khandala and get onto the old Poona Bombay road. Approximately 18 km later, you turn right at a place called Chowk where a big green sign over the road asks you to turn right for Matheran. From then on there are regular road signs to guide you. From Chowk to Karjat rail crossing is 9 km, then 12 km to Neral at the tip of the hill.
After that the last stretch of the road (About 7 km) is on the ghat which leads you to Dasturi Naka (Last point to which cars are allowed, where there is a car park) at the tip of Matheran