How To Reach Matheran

How to Reach Matheran Hill Station

Matheran is located about 100 km from Mumbai and 120 km from Pune. Mumbai airport is the nearest if one is contemplating on taking a flight to reach here. The nearest railway station is Neral and Matheran is around 11 km away from Neral.

From Neral you can rent a taxi for Rs. 70 Per person or 300 Rs. for whole cab. The Neral to Matheran cab would drop you to the entrance of Matheran known as "Dasturi Naka"and you need to go on by foot or rent a horse to reach to the heart of Matheran (Approximately 200-300 per horse). Vehicles are allowed till Dasturi Naka which is the last stop about 2.3 km from the town centre.

Matheran is well connected by road with Mumbai and Pune. One can also travel from Mumbai to Matheran via Navi Mumbai or Panvel.

Matheran is also popular for trekkers who want to cover the journey by foot. From Dasturi Naka, Narel is about 8 kms. One can enjoy snacks, beautiful landscapes, waterfalls etc and the sight of rare monkeys on the way. Because of these factors Matheran tourism has seen an upward trend in the recent years. Find out the routes to reach Matheran from Mumbai and Pune by clicking on below links:

Neral to Matheran by Taxi or Train:

  • Once you are at Neral station, you can reach Matheran by train or taxi.
  • You can book the Matheran Toy Train tickets in advance from Mumbai or Pune. At Matheran or Neral the booking starts 45 minutes before departure
  • Matheran Toy Train will take around 2 hours to reach Matheran and it will drop you in the Matheran City.
  • You can reach Matheran by taxi from Neral Station.
  • A taxi from Neral to Matheran takes about half hour to reach till Dasturi Naka.
  • You can reach from Dasturi Naka to Matheran by walking or can hire a horse.
  • Even from Dasturi Naka to Matheran railway station shuttle train is available from Aman Lodge. Aman Lodge is 5 minutes walking distance from Dasturi Naka

Local Transport in Matheran:

Matheran Hill StationHorses and hand-pulled rickshaws are the only transport options in Matheran. From the Dasturi car park, it's a 45-60 minute walk to the centre, or you can hire a horse. Walking is quicker than being pulled along in a rickshaw.

Horses can be hired for around Rs.250 per hour or they may provide you 2-3 hours signtseeing package.


Route Combination to Reach Matheran

As Matheran is situated near to metro cities there are many route combinations to reach Matheran. All these route combinations are very simple and affordable and tourists can choose any route as per their budget and requirements.

First Matheran Route Combination

  • Local Train from C.S.T to Neral Station (approx 2.5 hrs)
  • Mini/Toy Train from Neral Station to Matheran Station (Approx 1.5 Hrs)

Second Matheran Route Combination

  • Local Train from C.S.T to Neral Station (Approx 2.5 Hrs)
  • Taxi from Neral Station to Dasturi Naka (Approx 20 Minutes)
  • Horse Ride/hand pulled rickshaws or by walk from Dasturi Naka to Matheran Railway Station (Approx 45 Minutes)

Third Matheran Route Combination

  • Car Upto Dasturi Naka (Approx 2 Hrs)
  • Horse Ride or Rickshaw from Dasturi Naka to Matheran Railway Station (Approx 45 Minutes)

Matheran train Timetable