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Transportation in Thane

Thane is well connected to other regions by an extensive network of Railways and Roadways - including one national highway passing through Thane. As Thane is next to Mulund (which is the last station of Mumbai's eastern suburb), Airoli and the Thane - Borivali/Mira Road ~ Ghodbunder Road, most parts of the city are easily accessible.


Main article: Thane railway station

Road Transport

Public Transport System (Buses)

Thane is accessible by BEST buses which cater to people commuting to places like Andheri, Ghatkopar, Borivali, Trombay & also BRTS BEST (A/c Super) bus ply towards south Mumbai; TMT buses are main source of Transport inside Thane City, NMMT ply in Thane towards Vashi, KDMT towards Kalyan, MBMT towards Bhayander & MSRTC commonly known as ST ply their buses from Thane to various other destinations across the State of Maharashtra.

Thane Municipal Transport (TMT)

Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) Thane Municipal Corporation started its own transport service on 9 February 1989, known as TMT ~ Thane Municipal Transport.[1] TMT is the major bus service provider in Thane. TMT has all its bus depots in Thane and numerous bus stops. The Biggest depot being at Kalwa depot. TMT plys its buses inside Thane city and also towards Kalwa & Mumbra. Some of the major BusStops / junctions which are always crowded than any other bus stops in Thane these are Thane Station W & E, Kapurbawdi Junction, Manpada, Majiwada, Teen Haat Naka, Cadbury Junction, Jambli Naka/ Court Naka .

List of some important TMT bus route plying to and from Thane to other Municipal Borders. Mira-Road Station (E){MBMC}; Mulund Station (MCC College)& Kelkar College{BMC}; Anand Nagar & Ganpatipada {NMMC}.

58 Lokmanya Nagar to Mira Road Station(East). via Thane Station.

57 Thane Railway Station East(KOPRI) to Mira Road Railway Station(East).

75 Kalsekar College(MUMBRA) to Mira Road Railway Station(East) via.Golden Nest Circle(Bhayander).

75 Thane-Chendani Koliwada to Mira Road Railway Station(East) via.Golden Nest Circle(Bhayander).

AC65(Air-Conditioned)Thane Railway Station East(KOPRI) to Borivali Station East.

Info Details
No of Buses 289
No of Routes 45
No of Depot 3 Kalwa Depot & Wagale Estate Depot (Kolshet Depot)*Proposed
No of Bus Stands 8
No of Bus Stops 874[1]
Running K.M. Per Day 63135
No of Bus Trips per Day 7114
Bus Travellers Per Day 280017
Daily Income Rs. 1388547/-
Running K.M. Per day Per Bus 211
No of Employees 2558[2]

Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply & Transport (BEST)

Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is second largest bus service provider in Thane. List of some important BEST bus route numbers plying to and from Thane.

Route Route No Starting Destination Route Description
AC AS-1 Backbay Depot Cadbury Junction via Eastern Express Highway
AC AS-3 Nehru Planetarium (Worli) Cadbury Junction via Eastern Express Highway
AC AS-5 Kurla Telephone Stores (BKC) Cadbury Junction via Eastern Express Highway
AC Express As-13 EXP Backbay Depot Hiranandani Estate / Lodha Paradise via Eastern Express Highway
Express C-42 EXP Rani Laxmibai Chowk (Sion) Balkum, Dadlani Park via Eastern Express Highway
Express C-43 EXP Wadala Depot Mumbra Police Stn via Airoli, Eastern Exp way
Express C-44 EXP SEEPZ Pawar Nagar via LBS Road
Express C-45 EXP Ghatkopar Depot Bramhand via LBS Road
Express C-46 EXP Marol Depot Lodha Paradise via LBS Marg
Express C-61 EXP Mira Road Rly Stn (E) Mulund Depot via Ghodbunder Road
Express C-198 EXP P.Thakre Udyan Bus Stn (Sewree) Cadbury Junction via Eastern Express Highway
Limited 399 LTD Trombay Marathon Chowk
Limited 453 LTD Wadala Depot Lokmanya Nagar
AC AS-458 P.Thakre Nagar Bus Stn (Charkop) Mulund Depot via Ghodbunder Road
Limited 484 LTD Mhada Bus Stn Mulund (E) Pawar Nagar
Limited 491 LTD SEEPZ Bramhand via Western Express Highway
Limited 492 LTD SEEPZ Waghbil Village / Hiranandani Estate via Eastern Express Highway
Limited 493 LTD Anushakti Nagar Balkum, Dadlani Park via Eastern Express Highway
Limited 494 LTD Ghatkopar Depot Retibundar (Kalwa) via LBS Road
Ordinary 495 Gawanpada Mulund (E) Thane Rly Stn (E) via Hari Om Nagar
Limited 496 LTD Agarkar Chowk Andheri Rly Stn (E) Marathon Chowk via Powai
Limited 497 LTD Ghatkopar Depot Lokmanya Tilak Nagar via LBS Road
Limited 499 LTD Ghatkopar Depot Vrindavan Society via LBS Road
Limited 700 LTD Magathane Depot Thane Rly Stn (E) via Ghodbunder Road
AC AS-700 Borivali Rly Stn (E) Thane Rly Stn (E) via Ghodbunder Road

Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT)

Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) ply in direction towards Vashi and New Mumbai. It goes through Airoli, Turbe etc. Most of NMMT buses ply in Thane from the Kalva area. They are the main Connector between Thane City & Navi Mumbai. The Major Bus Starting point is Cidco Bus Stop [Near VPM's Joshi-Bedekar College, Chendani Koliwada (Thane Station - West)].

List of NMMT bus routes from Thane

Route No Starting (Thane) Destination Route Description
1 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Vashi Railway Station via Turbhe Naka
2 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Divanagar Sector 10 via Digha

4 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Vashi Sector-6 via Koparkhairane
8 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Vashi Railway Station via Ghansoli
11 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Vashi Railway Station via MIDC
12 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Mahape Bus Stand via MIDC
16 Lodha Paradise CBD Belapur via Majiwada, Thane Railway Station (Chendani)
18 Brahmand (Ghodbunder Road) Vashi Sector-6 via Dhokali, Thane Railway Station (Chendani)
24 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) New Panvel Bus Stand via Patni Computers
26 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Kharghar (Jalvayu Vihar) via Airoli Bus Stn
27 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Karave Sector 46/48 via Turbhe Naka
28 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) CBD(Artist Colony) via MIDC
29 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Kharghar (Jalvayu Vihar) via Nerul(E)
34 Thane Railway Station (Chendani) Karave Sector 46/48 via Nerul LP
70 Bhayander Railway Station (West) Vashi Railway Station via Ghodbunder Road, Thane Railway Station (Chendani)

Kalyan-Dombivili Municipal Transport (KDMT)

Kalyan-Dombivili Municipal Transport KDMT has started a new Bus Service in Thane City connecting Kalyan - Dombivili to Thane City. They currently have one Bus Service which was started from October 2009.

Route Route No Starting Destination (Thane) Route Description
Ordinary 17 Kalyan Railway Station (West) Lodha Paradise) Eastern Express Highway, Bhiwandi Bypass, Kon Gaon[3]

Mira Bhayandar Municipal Transport (MBMT)

Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Transport (MBMT) is the newest Public Transport, The Buses are ply from Dahisar Check naka towards Versova [Thane] Check naka. So till now Majority of MBMT buses can be taken up at the Check naka only. MBMT has started new services to Thane City from January 2010.

Route Route No Starting Destination (Thane) Route Description
Ordinary 7 Bhayander Railway Station (West) Ghodbunder Village Kashimira[4]
Limited 10 LTD Bhayander Railway Station (West) Thane Railway Station (East) Ghodbunder Road
Ordinary 29 Mira Road Railway Station Marathon Chowk (Teen Haath Naka) Ghodbunder Road

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC)

MSRTC has a major base in Thane city, with 3 major bus stations (Thane Rly Station, CBS Khopat, Vandana Talkies), 2 depots (Thane-1 & Thane-2) and 1 divisional workshop (Kalwa).

Following are the major routes plying from the 3 major bus stations in Thane

Bus Station Bus Services Location Bus Routes
Thane Railway Station Asiad
Thane Railway Station West Places in Thane District (Borivali (Sukurwadi), Bhayandar Railway Station (West), Vasai Depot / Vasai Road Railway Station (West), Nallasopara Bus Station, Arnala Bus Depot / Virar Railway Station (West), Palghar Railway Station (East), Boisar Bus Station, Uran, Jawhar, Talasari, Mokhada, Wada, Bhivandi Depot, Panvel Bus Station, Rabale Naka, Kokanbhavan)
Vandana Talkies Shivneri
3 Petrol Pump, Near Harinivas Circle Towards/via Pune(Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Belgaum, Hubli, Karwar, Hyderabad, Bangalore)
Central Bus Station (CBS) Khopat Asiad
Khopat, Near Cadbury Junction Towards/via Nashik and Konkan (Nashik, Shirdi, Dhule, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Goa, Sawantwadi, Ratnagiri, Malvan, Alibaug, Baroda, Ahmedabad)

Private Transport System

Even though a variety of the Public Transport are available for the commuters, still the Private Buses Operators give an extra option within Thane City. Most of the Big Residential Societies have their own Bus facitities. They all have scattered Stops either in West or East of the Thane Station. Existence of these facitlites are also due to inadequate Public Transport within the City.


If you like to travel within Thane then Autorickshaws are the Best but costly option. The Starting Fare of Auto in Thane City is Rs. 11. The travelling can be quick as Thane City have many Internal Roads which are used as a short cut to the major Roads. Auto shall be only available within the Toll Naka of the City. If you like to travel to Mumbai(Mulund) then you need to change the Auto from toll naka and then take other Auto which Ply in Mumbai Suburb.


Taxis are also very common in Thane, travelling inter city like Nashik, Pune or even Mumbai. As the closest Airport for Thane City is Mumbai Airport commuters can go for the Normal Taxies. Major Tax Stand in Thane is at Thane Railway Station (W) and at the Mulund-Thane Check Naka on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg.

A/C Cabs

Various Private A/C Cabs provide services in Thane City. Some of the Major Private A/c Cabs Proivders are

  • Coolcabs
  • Meru
  • Mega Cabs
  • Easycabs

They Provide Services to Airport,Railway Stations Like Thane Railway Station, Kalyan Junction, Dadar Terminus, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Bandra Terminus, Mumbai Central, Borivali Station& so on. It also provides services in other Major Cites nearby Nashik and Pune Panvel, Khopoli. These providers have numbers from which you can book a cab anytime from anywhere.

Connecting Roads

Thane is home to 2 of the 5 ways leading into Mumbai : The Eastern Express Highway(NH3) and Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg. (The other 3 entrances are from Goregaon Link Road from Navi Mumbai, Chembur and Dahisar). Ghodhbunder Road is the other Important Road which connects the Thane City towards the Western Side of the Mumbai & Thane District, It connets to Borivali & Mira-Road. Agra Road is used to travel towards the City of Kalyan, Bhivandi & Dombivali.

Traffic problems

Thane has become crowded over the years, and the infrastructure has been successful in coping with the growing population. The per capita income of the residents has increased enormously, leading to an increase in vehicles every year. Many arterial roads in Thane are concretised, thus not needing resurfacing every year. Some of these roads have been converted to One-Way to nullify the effect of the growing traffic. Traffic woes still exist in some areas like the railway station, market and near the malls and also the major Junctions.

The Biggest Progress has been seen at Ghodbunder Road, where the whole road is concretised & have 4 Lanes on each side. and Flyovers are under construction at the Major Junction on this Road to ease the traffic blockages. Internal Roads are still 2 lane road. The Bridge at the Thane Station ~ West has been completed and thus exit from the Station from Public Transport has became more quick as there is no traffic on the Bridge.

Future of transport in Thane

A light rail network covering 42 km has been proposed in three phases. In the first phase, consultants have suggested connectivity between Balkum and Kolshet via Naupada. It will be 16.05 km long with 14.65 km elevated, and only 1.4 km on the surface, and 11 stations in all.[5]

Metro is also in the proposal of the development Plan but nothing yet has been said about its phases as it is just a suggestion and thought.

See also


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