By Rail

There was a time when the train journey from Mumbai took nearly twenty-four hours, on the winding route via Miraj and Pune, involving a change of trains too.

altToday, the high-speed Konkan Railway has a daily train which hardly takes around 8-9 hours for the same journey. Other trains between Mumbai and Panaji take typically around 10-12 hours.

The rail route also has trains which travel past Mumbai to other northern areas of India right upto Delhi as well as down south to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

The Konkan Railway has special reservation facility via the internet for foreigners which allows payment to be made by credit cards. There are also computerized reservation systems in most metros.

As the demand for the rail journey is quite high and most trains run filled to capacity, it is highly advisable to reserve the tickets well in advance of your actual journey to Goa.

Goa has two major railway stations — Margao and Vasco-da-Gama, both located in the southern area of the state. The South Central Railway terminus is at Vasco-da-Gama and the Konkan Railway terminus is at Margao. Besides the two main stations, the trains usually halt for a few minutes at a number of other smaller stations in Goa.

The Konkan Railway has trains which ply between Mumbai and Goa and other destinations. The latest updated schedules for these are available on the official Konkan Railway website. The South Central Railway has one train, the Nizamuddin Goa Express coming in daily in the early morning. This train departs from Delhi and comes to Goa via Pune.

The Konkan Railway undoubtedly offers the quickest and cheapest route to Goa from Mumbai. In Mumbai there are two booking offices: one is on the upper floor of the Western Railways booking office in Churchgate Station and the second is at the Central Railway booking office, at the rear of Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus or VT).

A list of major trains to and from Goa

 

From Goa to : Ahmedabad . Ernakulam . Gandhidham
. Hapa . Howrah . Jaipur . Jodhpur . Karwar . Mangalore . Mumbai . Nagercoil
. New Delhi . Okha . Puna . Trivandrum . Vijaywada . Yeshwantpur .

To Goa from : Ahmedabad . Ernakulam . Gandhidham
. Hapa . Howrah . Jaipur . Jodhpur . Karwar . Mangalore . Mumbai . Nagercoil
. New Delhi . Okha . Puna . Trivandrum . Vijaywada . Yeshwantpur .

Departures (From Goa to other destinations)

Train Name Train No. Margao Karmali Thivim Vasco Arrival Operation
Ernakulam 
Ernakulam Poorna Express  1097  1325        04205  Sat 
Marusagar Express  2978  1325        0420  Fri 
Okha Ernakulum Express  6337  0745        2250  Mon, Sat 
Gandhidham 
Nagercoil Gandhidham Express  6336  1055        1410  Tue 
Hapa 
Okha Express  6338  1055        1350  Wed, Fri 
Howrah 
VSG Howrah Express  2848        0750  2225  Tue, Thr, Fri
Jaipur 
Marusagar Express  2977  1035    1120    1405  Sun 
Jodhpur 
Trivandrum Jodhpur Express  6312  1055        1700  Sat 
Mangalore 
Janashatabdi Express  2071  1600        2150  Daily 
Matsyaganda Exp.  2619  0020        0615  Daily 
Mumbai 
Netravati Express  6346  0600  0633  0710    1640  Daily 
Mandovi Express  0104  1000  1028  1045    2145  Daily 
Matsyagandha Express  2620  2055        0635  Daily 
Janashatabdi Express  2052  1420    1502    2255  Except Wed 
Konkan Kanya Express  0112  1800  1832  1850    0550  Daily 
Nagercoil 
Nagercoil Gandhidham Express  6335  0745        0440  Fri 
New Delhi 
Ernakulam Nizamuddin Mangala Express  1097  0335    0422    1320  Daily 
Sampark Kranti Express  2653  0210        1105  Sat 
Rajdhani Express  2431  1035        1235  Tue & Thr 
Goa Sampark Kranti Expres  2449  1120  1150  1208    1645  Tue 
Okha 
Okha Express  6338  1055    1143    1730  Wed, Fri 
Puna 
Poona Express  1098  1520        0505  Mon 
Trivandrum 
Trivandrum Veraval Express  6333  0850        0600  Thr 
Netravati Express  6345  2230        1840  Daily 
Rajdhani Express  2432  1235        0525  Tue, Sun 
Nagercoil Gandhidham Express  6335  0745        0310  Fri 
Bikaner Trivandrum Express  6311  0745        0310  Tue 
Veraval Trivandrum Express  6333  0745        0310  Thr 
 

Arrivals (From other destinations to Goa)

Train Name Train No. Departure Vasco Thivim Karmali Margao Operation
Ernakulam 
Mangala Express  2617  1245    0420    0325  Daily 
Ernakulam Pooma Express  1098  2245        1500  Mon 
Ernakulam Hapa Express  6338  1955        1045  Wed, Fri 
Marusagar Express  2977  1955        1025  Sun 
Gandhidham 
Gandhidham Nagercoil Express  6335  0520        0735  Fri 
Hapa 
Ernakulam Hapa Express  6337  0515        0735  Mon, Sat 
Howrah 
Amravati Express  2847  2330  1420      1900  Mon, Tue, Thr & 
Jaipur 
Jaipur Emakulam Marusagar Expr  2978  1005    1150    1315  Fri 
Jodhpur 
Trivandrum Jodhpur Express  6311  0045        0735  Tue 
Mangalore 
Matsyaganda Exp.  2620  1440        2045  Daily 
Mumbai 
Netravati Express  6345  1140    2228  2154  2230  Daily 
Mandovi Express  0103  0655    1712  1733  1845  Daily 
Matsyagandha Express  2619  1405        0010  Daily 
Janashatabdi Express  2051  0530    1302    1355  Except Wed 
Konkan Kanya Express  0111  2300    0926  0948  1045  Daily 
Nagercoil 
Gandhidham Nagercoil Express  6336  1330        1045  Tue 
New Delhi 
Emakulam Nizamuddin Mangala Ex  2618  0920    1758    1925  Daily 
Goa Sampark Kranti Express  2450  0730  1315  1148  1358  0730  Sat 
Rajdhani Express  2432  1105        1225  Tue, Sun 
Kerala Sampark Kranti Express  2654  1400        2050  Wed 
Okha 
Okha Ernakulum Express  6337  0150    0631    0735  Mon, Sat 
Puna 
Emakulam Pooma Express  1097  2310        1305  Sat 
Trivandrum 
Trivandrum Jodhpur Express  6312  1515        1045  Sat 
Trivandrum Veraval Express  6334  1515        1125  Mon 
Netravati Express  6346  1000        0550  Daily 
Rajdhani Express  2431  1915        1025  Tue, Thr 
Gandhidham Nagercoil Express  6336  1515        1045  Tue