Trains to Goa
Indian Railways connects Goa with direct train services from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Kochi, Kolkata, Thiruvanantapuram, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. The destination station is usually Madgaon in South Goa. Travelling to Goa by train is a real pleasure as the route passes through greenery and many tunnels.
Goa is also connected to Pune via Belgaum Miraj line, A railway station which most tourists tend to miss is Thivim, which is served by most trains and is just 20 minutes away from Calangute beach by taxi.
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.
Today, 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.
Trains for budget travelers
For budget travellers, train is the cheapest option, apart from being faster and much more comfortable than travelling by road. It is advisable for tourists to make reservations well in advance as the major trains (Konkan Kanya, Nethravati express etc.) are usually heavily booked.
Travelling by train can be quite an experience as you are more likely to be able to interact with fellow Indian travellers visiting Goa from different parts of the country, under more relaxed conditions.
Trains Details to Goa
|Train Number||Train Name||Starting Point||Goa Station|
|2432||Rajdhani Express||Nizamuddin (Delhi), Panvel (Mumbai)||Madgaon Junction|
|2618||Mangala Lakshadweep Express||Nizamuddin (Delhi), Kalyan (Mumbai), Panvel (Mumbai)||Thivim, Madgaon Junction|
|0103||Mandovi Express||Mumbai CST, Panvel (Mumbai)||Thivim, Madgaon Junction|
|0111||Konkan Kanya Express||Mumbai CST, Panvel (Mumbai)||Thivim, Madgaon Junction|
|2051||Jan Shatabdi Express||Mumbai CST, Panvel (Mumbai)||Thivim, Madgaon Junction|
|2450||Sampark Kranti Express||Nizamuddin (Delhi)||Thivim, Madgaon Junction|
|7309||Yesvantpur-Vasco Express||Yesvantpur (Bangalore)||Madgaon Junction, Vasco Da Gama|
|7311||Chennai-Vasco Express||Chennai Central, Yesvantpur (Bangalore)||Madgaon Junction, Vasco Da Gama|
|8047||Amaravathi Express||Howrah (Kolkata)||Madgaon Junction, Vasco Da Gama|
|6346||Netravathi Express||Thiruvananthapuram Central, Mangalore Junction||Madgaon Junction, Thivim|
|2431||Rajdhani Express||Thiruvananthapuram Central, Mangalore Junction||Madgaon Junction|
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.