About Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or CST is said to be one of the busiest and also one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world. I'm listing you some of the interesting facts about Mumbai’s monumental building. The station was eventually known as the Victoria Terminus, named after the then reigning Queen, later it has been renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) after the 17th-century king. The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens who was highly influenced from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and also traditional Mughal architectural styles. It was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai too in the honor of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The skyline, turrets, arches and eccentric ground plans resemble the traditional architecture of Indian palaces. The interiors also give a cathedral look to it. This terminus is the main reason for Mumbai being the gothic city until today.

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How to reach

It is easy to reach the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus by rail, as most trains start or stop their journey from this station itself. So you are lucky that your train might just disembark at this station. 66 and 123 buses leave from Mumbai Central Station and take 22 to 24 minutes to reach the mentioned place. However, if you are coming from other Central or Suburban railway stations, then you can reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus through local transport. Mumbai is well-connected by the road that leads to all major cities in India. This rich city is served by NH 2, 3, 4, 8, 17, 222. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway is the first expressway built in India.


  • Mumbai’s climate will make you sweat, so it is good to wear loose cotton clothes. Though the sea breeze makes the evening cool and pleasant. it is usually quite hot and humid during the daytime. 
  • You will find all buses in Mumbai have route numbers written in Hindi or Marathi. Learning Hindi numerals will help you track your bus route easily.
  • Get used to traveling in crowded local trains, buses if you choose to do so.
  • If you like photography, then the Victorian and Gothic architecture is a perfect example of the Colonial era.
  • You can visit here during the evening time because it looks beautiful. 
  • Don't drink inside the place.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Use light luggage and only use the necessary things. 

Visit Time

Sunday: Open 24 hours

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours


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