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PLEASE NOTE that CERTAIN DOMESTIC FLIGHTS OF Air India (#010-399 and 900-999) are ACTUALLY segments of INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT and hence for the following discussion should be considered INTL flights.


TRANSFER at BOM

Air India and Vistara operate all of their international and domestic flights out of the same NEW terminal (T2). There is no need to change terminal or take any bus/taxi.

Low-cost airlines operate out of legacy Santacruz domestic terminal (T1) and you need to continue to follow the usual practice of changing terminal.
(For those not familiar with Santacruz Airport - CSIA - while both T1 and T2 uses same airfield and runaways, they are quite apart landside and can be 25-45 min by taxi depending on the traffic)

If first time in BOM then it is advisable to book connection with AI or Vistara to avoid this transfer between terminals.

INTL-to-INTL connections (suspended as of Jan 2022 due to COVID):

If both legs are on the same airline or on airlines that have interlined agreement, then your bags will be tagged to your final destination. But verify this fact when you actually check your bags at your origination and reconfirm by inspecting the bag tags.

Otherwise you have to go through immigration, collect bags and check-in again. This may need appropriate Visa too. If you have to do this, provide for 3 to 4 hours layover to be safe.

INTL-to-DOM transfer

Practice is similar to what you may find at major airports in the world such as JFK, LHR, etc. You have to go through immigration, collect bags, go through customs and then TURN LEFT upon exit from customs towards transfer area. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT into Semi-controlled reception area.

It is best to have entire reservation on single PNR to avail of better baggage allowance. Otherwise expect to pay high tarrifs of excess baggage. Also in case of delayed incoming flight, you will be most likely accomodated on the domestic portion.

Note that certain domestic looking segments of AI are actually onward leg of continuing International flight (#010-399 and 900-999). When connecting to/from these flights, treat them as INTL segments.

DOM-to-INTL transfer

It is best to have entire reservation on single PNR to avail of better baggage allowance. Otherwise expect to pay high tariffs of excess baggage. Your bags will be most likely tagged to your final destination when it is same airline or when airlines have interline agreement. Again, best to double check and reconfirm by looking at the bag tags. Otherwise, you have to collect bags at BOM and check-in again. Please check with your airline for the current process. Posts on this thread that are more than couple of months old, should be in "Trust but Verify" category.

If you are travelling by Air India and your incoming flight to BOM has been classified as international flight (currently applicable to certain AI flights only) then you would have already completed immigration process at your origin and you will simply follow INTL-to-INTL connection at BOM.

Otherwise, you will go through immigration at BOM airport even when your bags are checked to your final destination directly.
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Old Oct 2, 18, 8:20 am
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Not familiar with Perth but I’m very familiar with JFK. The biggest difference I guess in JFK is that you can move within the airport area from T1-T8 and that takes 10 minutes via the air train or even by shuttle it’s all within the airport complex.

In BOM moving from T1 to T2 till the new flyover was built could take you an hour. Today it can still take you around 30-45 minutes and most importantly you have to leave the airport complex.

When people think T1 - T2... it’s usually closely connected terminal buildings connected airside or landslide that’s not the case with BOM for people not familiar with this it can be misleading.

Even LAX can take 30 minutes by shuttle from TBIT to T7. But it’s still within the airport complex.

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Agree. GVC can easily run a bus (even landslide) that goes through secure area and connect the two terminals in 10 min. They can even make a bundle by charging INR 300 per pax. (about 3 pounds)
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Arrived at T2, United flight from Newark. Had to connect to Indigo from T1. Only option to get from T2 to T1 seems to be cab. Ola pickup area was a mess. Long lines, cancelations. Finally, walked down to the City Bus stop and asked a waiting Kali Peli taxi to drop me at T1. Paid INR 300 for a 10 mins ride. Good that I had over 3 hrs between the connections, the transfer between terminals was a big hassle.

I have done this intl-dom and reverse transfer at BOM (and also DEL) many times, however most of the time it is with Jet or AI, which are on the same terminal. However for Indigo or SpiceJet or Go Air, there is an inter terminal bus transfer provided by the airport, which is free and it is inside the arrivals complex, do not leave the terminal, instead follow signs for domestic transfer, which is left after customs. Do not go straight. It is NOT advisable to leave the airport for taxi. Long time ago (about 10 years ago), while doing an inter terminal transfer from dom (Kingfisher) to intl (Air France) in the middle of the night, I took a taxi and was robbed in transit. Fortunately I only lost about $50 and promptly lodged a complaint.
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Agree. GVC can easily run a bus (even landslide) that goes through secure area and connect the two terminals in 10 min. They can even make a bundle by charging INR 300 per pax. (about 3 pounds)
There used to be a shuttle bus on the airside. It was used for transferring passengers between terminals. This was before the BOM airport was modernized / new T2 was opened. Then, there was a landside shuttle bus between T1 and T2 for a while. Now there is nothing, which seems like a step backwards.
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Old Oct 15, 18, 6:32 pm
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I am arriving from BKK on Thai around 10pm, departing on EgyptAir at 2:30am. Separate tickets, no checked bags. Hoping to check in online with EgyptAir (but may not have a paper boarding pass). Looks like both flights are at T2. Anything specific to know about the transfer process? All information appreciated.
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For international departures you cant checkin online. You will have to report at the international transfer desk to get a boarding pass.
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Where is this transfer desk located? Will
Egyptair have someone there?

Just trying to ensure I don't need to go "landside" (and consequently don't need to
apply for an Indian visa)
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Originally Posted by br2k View Post
I am arriving from BKK on Thai around 10pm, departing on EgyptAir at 2:30am. Separate tickets, no checked bags. Hoping to check in online with EgyptAir (but may not have a paper boarding pass). Looks like both flights are at T2. Anything specific to know about the transfer process? All information appreciated.
Don't go landside---and you can't accidentally wander over there as it requires going through immigration. After exiting the plane, just follow the signs that point to "International Transfers" or similar wording.
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Originally Posted by br2k View Post
I am arriving from BKK on Thai around 10pm, departing on EgyptAir at 2:30am. Separate tickets, no checked bags. Hoping to check in online with EgyptAir (but may not have a paper boarding pass). Looks like both flights are at T2. Anything specific to know about the transfer process? All information appreciated.
The check-in & immigration agents at BKK will probably insist on you showing proof of your onward journey so have the ticket / electronic BP handy.

You have plenty of time to do the transfer. Once you get off the plane follow the herd... just before the immigration hall is the transfer desk. There will be big signs. Go there and ask for your paper BP. It might take a little bit of time for them to arrange for it. Go through security and continue to your gate.
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Old Oct 20, 18, 5:12 pm
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PDX>AMS>BOM>GOI Transit question

Hi,
I have flight from PDX > Amsterdam > Mumbai > GOI. Its all booked in a single itinerary. Flying Delta from PDX to amsterdam and rest all the legs are on Jet Airways.

I reach Mumbai at 12:45 AM and my flight to Goa is at 11:00 AM. I have Priority pass and I want to know what options do I have based on the following situation.

I want to rest and then take a shower at one of the lounge and then clear customs and drop my bags at the transfer desk. I then want to get out of the airport for few hours and I will come back to take my domestic flight from Mumbai to GOA which is at 11.00 am. I will make sure I am at the airport by 8 a.m.

Do you think the above situation will work if not can you tell me how can I drop my check in bags and get out of the airport(other than taking a hotel) as I don't want to carry such big bags with me outside the airport. I need to take a shower which is absolutely required.

Any suggestions will be helpful.



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Old Oct 20, 18, 7:06 pm
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Originally Posted by pbs_flyertalk View Post
Hi,
I have flight from PDX > Amsterdam > Mumbai > GOI. Its all booked in a single itinerary. Flying Delta from PDX to amsterdam and rest all the legs are on Jet Airways.

I reach Mumbai at 12:45 AM and my flight to Goa is at 11:00 AM. I have Priority pass and I want to know what options do I have based on the following situation.

I want to rest and then take a shower at one of the lounge and then clear customs and drop my bags at the transfer desk. I then want to get out of the airport for few hours and I will come back to take my domestic flight from Mumbai to GOA which is at 11.00 am. I will make sure I am at the airport by 8 a.m.

Do you think the above situation will work if not can you tell me how can I drop my check in bags and get out of the airport(other than taking a hotel) as I don't want to carry such big bags with me outside the airport. I need to take a shower which is absolutely required.

Any suggestions will be helpful.



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Hi there,
Not sure what you can do in the city from say 1 AM to 8 AM ? If this is your first time to city
then it is not safe to roam around at night without any trusted escort. Nothing will be open
unless you are looking to meet someone you know.
Your luggage will be transferred to your GOI flight so you will have hand luggage only. If I were
you, I would just stay at the BOM transit hotel (Niranta) until the AM and catch the GOI flight.
Alternately I think there is an earlier GOI flight as well (around 2:30 AM). You can take that
and reach GOI to relax in your final destination. This will mean no transit hotel needed. You
can go to the Priority pass lounge in the departures area. I do not know if they have showers
but I doubt it....Good Luck !
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Thanks, I have been to Mumbai but always from my home town via Train.
The thing is I am visiting a temple which is open by 5 am so that's the reason I have my flight at 11.00 a.m. The temple is 15 kms from airport.
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Hi there,
Not sure what you can do in the city from say 1 AM to 8 AM ? If this is your first time to city
then it is not safe to roam around at night without any trusted escort. Nothing will be open
unless you are looking to meet someone you know.
Your luggage will be transferred to your GOI flight so you will have hand luggage only. If I were
you, I would just stay at the BOM transit hotel (Niranta) until the AM and catch the GOI flight.
Alternately I think there is an earlier GOI flight as well (around 2:30 AM). You can take that
and reach GOI to relax in your final destination. This will mean no transit hotel needed. You
can go to the Priority pass lounge in the departures area. I do not know if they have showers
but I doubt it....Good Luck !
Thanks, I have been to Mumbai but always from my home town via Train.
The thing is I am visiting a temple which is open by 5 am so that's the reason I have my GOA flight at 11.00 a.m, this gives me lot more time to visit the temple and come back.
The temple is 15 kms from airport.
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Old Oct 20, 18, 10:11 pm
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Originally Posted by pbs_flyertalk View Post
Thanks, I have been to Mumbai but always from my home town via Train. The thing is I am visiting a temple which is open by 5 am so that's the reason I have my GOA flight at 11.00 a.m, this gives me lot more time to visit the temple and come back. The temple is 15 kms from airport.
I would suggest that you try to catch some rest/sleep till the morning. Then arrange for a taxi to take you to the temple, wait for you, and bring you back to the airport (without knowing where the temple is, I would not chance my flight on finding a cab just when you need one).

You will have to remain landside (outside the secure area) in order to do this, which will constrain the lounge(s) you can access for rest. According tp PP website, Aviserv Lounge meets your needs and it has a shower facility as well. The website says 3 hour maximum, I don't know how strictly that is enforced. See https://www.prioritypass.com/en/loun...aviserv-lounge .

For your Goa flight, it would be sufficient o reach the airport by 9AM, so let's say 830AM to be safe (check which terminal). If you arrive much earlier, you can go to a different lounge. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by pbs_flyertalk View Post
Hi,
I have flight from PDX > Amsterdam > Mumbai > GOI. Its all booked in a single itinerary. Flying Delta from PDX to amsterdam and rest all the legs are on Jet Airways.

I reach Mumbai at 12:45 AM and my flight to Goa is at 11:00 AM. I have Priority pass and I want to know what options do I have based on the following situation.

I want to rest and then take a shower at one of the lounge and then clear customs and drop my bags at the transfer desk. I then want to get out of the airport for few hours and I will come back to take my domestic flight from Mumbai to GOA which is at 11.00 am. I will make sure I am at the airport by 8 a.m.

Do you think the above situation will work if not can you tell me how can I drop my check in bags and get out of the airport(other than taking a hotel) as I don't want to carry such big bags with me outside the airport. I need to take a shower which is absolutely required.
The Aviserv lounge after customs will meet your needs.

Here’s what you need to know.
1. Access to this lounge is AFTER customs
2. Once you clear customs do not recheck your bags - if you do that you will not be allowed to leave the airport
3. Go to the Aviserve lounge which is beside exit Gate A inside the terminal building. Don’t go out of the exit.
4. Aviserve is a PP lounge. Showers there are a paid extra.They also have sleeping pods which are a paid extra - you can use that or just nap in the lounge for a few hours till you’re ready to leave the airport.
5. After your shower you can use their luggage storage facilities again a paid serivce - they will tell you how to get your luggage when you’re back. You can also scroll up - I’ve detailed that procedure in this thread I think
6, When you’re back collect your luggage and go to check in. Arriving by 8 AM will give you plenty of time.
7. If you’re arriving back on a weekday keep in mind that traffic can start getting bad the later you are. Although I’m guessing you’re going to Siddhivinayak and the route back to the airport is against rush hour traffic... still something to keep in mind
8. Your arrival and departure will be out of the same T2 terminal in BOM
9. After security for departure you will have access to the Travel Club Lounge (or whatever it’s called) PP beside gate 45. Food there is quite decent. Actually food in Aviserv is also quite good and they have a live counter as well.
10. Bombay is a fairly safe city

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