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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 Mar 7, 23, 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by CharlotteC View Post
Please can anybody help? I fly into BOM T2 next Monday arriving 🤞at 06.50. Please can anybody tell me how long it is likely to take to clear immigration and retrieve my luggage if it had deigned to follow me to India? Thank you. Also please can anybody advise me how long it is likely to take to get to the Taj Palace? If I arrive after 9am I get early check in whereas if any earlier I will have to pay 50% of the day rate. Thanks again
At that time, give it about ~45 minutes for baggage and immigration. I'm assuming you will be taking an Uber/normal cab - if you manage to leave before 8, you should be able to avoid traffic and get to Taj in an hour or so (assuming its Taj Palace, Colaba and not Taj Land's End, Bandra)
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Old Mar 7, 23, 11:39 pm
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At that time, give it about ~45 minutes for baggage and immigration. I'm assuming you will be taking an Uber/normal cab - if you manage to leave before 8, you should be able to avoid traffic and get to Taj in an hour or so (assuming its Taj Palace, Colaba and not Taj Land's End, Bandra)
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Old Mar 8, 23, 1:08 am
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Originally Posted by CharlotteC View Post
Please can anybody help? I fly into BOM T2 next Monday arriving 🤞at 06.50. Please can anybody tell me how long it is likely to take to clear immigration and retrieve my luggage if it had deigned to follow me to India? Thank you. Also please can anybody advise me how long it is likely to take to get to the Taj Palace? If I arrive after 9am I get early check in whereas if any earlier I will have to pay 50% of the day rate. Thanks again
Two weeks ago we landed at 646am and I was in the car park at 728am. Immigration lines for non-Indian passports were a little longer so probably add 10 minutes to that. The drive is approx. 45-60 minutes at that time of day. So figure arriving at the hotel right around 845-9am.
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Old Mar 8, 23, 3:52 am
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Two weeks ago we landed at 646am and I was in the car park at 728am. Immigration lines for non-Indian passports were a little longer so probably add 10 minutes to that. The drive is approx. 45-60 minutes at that time of day. So figure arriving at the hotel right around 845-9am.
Thank you! Need to arrive at or just after 9am to avoid having to pay for an extra half day!
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Old Mar 18, 23, 1:43 pm
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Lhr > bom > goa

Hi. Booked on Virgin LHR to BOM arriving at 8:40am. Looking to book a domestic to GOI at 11:25am with Vistara (I believe they run from T2) which would leave 2hr 45 to clear immigration/customs, collect checked bags and check in.

Other option was to fly to GOX with a 4hr 35 connection with Vistara, but would rather not waste the time if it 2hr 45 was sufficient.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 8:04 am
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2:45 hours is tight (but doable if there are normal lines & wait times), immigration could slow you down in BOM. IIRC, there is only the one Vistara flight to Goa if you miss it & have to be rebooked.

GOX has just started operations & as of a few weeks ago they had not yet figured out taxis (taxis are very politicized in Goa). I would only fly there if I was being picked up by someone, or had arranged a hotel pickup.

Do you have to fly Vistara? There are BOM-GOI flights about every half hour on other carriers.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 12:58 pm
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2:45 hours is tight (but doable if there are normal lines & wait times), immigration could slow you down in BOM. IIRC, there is only the one Vistara flight to Goa if you miss it & have to be rebooked.

GOX has just started operations & as of a few weeks ago they had not yet figured out taxis (taxis are very politicized in Goa). I would only fly there if I was being picked up by someone, or had arranged a hotel pickup.

Do you have to fly Vistara? There are BOM-GOI flights about every half hour on other carriers.
Thank you. No desperate need to go Vistara, was just trying to avoid the terminal change. First time to BOM and flying taking my mum, so was going for the easiest option after the flight from London.

I think the hotel will arrange pick up so Iíll confirm they can do that from GOX, if not thereís an Air India flight i think from terminal 2 with a 5 hour connection.

Are there any airlines Iím missing that fly BOM to GOI from terminal 2?

Thank you again!

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Old Mar 19, 23, 3:55 pm
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Are there any airlines Iím missing that fly BOM to GOI from terminal 2?
Air Asia India (I5), and SpiceJet (SG) fly out of T2 as well.
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