How To Reach Matheran

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By Air

The nearest airports to Matheran are in Mumbai (100 kilometres) and Pune (120 kilometres). You can hire a bus or taxi to Matheran from these airports. But since Matheran is a vehicle-free zone, all petrol and diesel vehicles are stopped 2.5 kilometres away from the city. You will have to cover this last stretch on a horseback, a rickshaw or if you’re fit enough, on foot.

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By Train

The closest railhead to Matheran is in Neral (21 kilometres). You can get on the Deccan Express from Mumbai or the Sahyadri Express from Pune; both ply every day. From Neral you will have to go to Matheran by road, which is a 30-minute journey. Many local trains on the Mumbai-Karjat route also stop at Neral.

Another interesting but slow way to reach Matheran is to catch the Toy Train that departs from Neral. The journey takes about 2 hours but the ride is quite beautiful. During monsoons, the frequency of the trains reduces considerably so make sure to book well in advance.

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Road/Self Drive

There are many State Transport buses that go from Mumbai and Pune to Matheran. The buses would stop 2.5 kilometres from the city and you can go the rest of the way by horseback, rickshaw or on foot. If you plan to go by car, there is a parking space at Dasturi Peak just outside Matheran.

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