The Elephanta Caves are located on Elephanta Island in the Indian state of Maharashtra, near Mumbai. Visitors can ride a ferry from Mumbai’s Gateway of India to the caves. It takes approximately one hour to go reach Elephanta Island via ferry. Click Here For More details on Elephanta Caves.
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About Elephanta Caves Ferry
Several companies provide ferry services to the Elephanta Caves. The ferry services usually comprise a round-trip voyage from Mumbai to the caves, then by time spent visiting the caves before returning to Mumbai. Some ferry services also provide extras like food, drinks, and guides.
Because the Elephanta Caves are a popular tourist site, it is recommended that you purchase your ferry tickets in advance, as the ferry services might become crowded during peak tourist season. Visitors should also be aware of ferry service timings and plan their visit accordingly, as the last ferry back to Mumbai generally departs in the late afternoon.
The most famous ferry service to Elephanta departs from Apollo Bandar, which is a quick walk from the Gateway of India.
Elephanta Island has two types of ferry services.
- Gateway of India
- CBD Belapur Jetty
Gateway of India
This is the most popular Elephanta ferry service from Mumbai. This ferry terminal is well-connected and a famous tourist destination in Mumbai.
The distance between this ferry service for Elephanta and two well-known train stations, Churchgate Station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM), is around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
Higher frequency of ferry service; every 30 minutes, a ferry arrives. Additionally, a round-trip ticket costs about Rs260 less with this ferry option than with other ferry options.
The crowd is the downside. For the ferry ticket and boat boarding, you might have to stand up to an hour in wait.
If you have a luxury ticket, you can choose between the two services for your return. To sit on the upper deck, they collect Rs 10 inside the boat. This “premium” is beneficial because you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view and because there are fewer people and noises on the second deck.
Belapur – MMB Passenger Jetty
The Belapur – MMB Passenger Jetty in the Navi Mumbai area is where you can get the Belapur-Elephanta ferry.
From Belapur – MMB Passenger Jetty to Elephanta, they operate catamaran (50+ seater) and speed boat (20 to 32 seater) services.
In comparison to the ferry to the Gateway of India, the prices are higher. The cost of a round-trip ticket on a catamaran is Rs 660. The price for the speed boat is Rs. 825 for each way. A round-trip ticket for a shared water taxi costs approximately Rs 750.
Some operators take advance online bookings for the pre-scheduled trip. Also for large batches (say 6 to 20 people) you can hire a private water taxi to Elephanta from CBD Belapur Jetty. This big plus point for the CBD Belapur ferry point compared to the Gateway of India ferry.
Less frequent services to Elephanta compared to the Gateway of India ferry point are the main drawback of the Belapur Jetty.
Four round trips on catamaran boats are run during the week. They increase the number of trips on weekends and during peak times.
Typically, there are two or three round-speed boat services (shared water taxis) departing from Belapur for Elephanta ( Departure: 09:15 am & 02:15 am).
Elephanta Caves Ferry Timings
Gateway of India To Elephanta Caves Ferry Timings
The ferry will start at 09:00 AM.
If you want to catch the last ferry back to Mumbai, you must be back by 5 o’clock!
Timings:- Ferry Service Starts At 09:00 AM and Ends at 03:30 PM
Every 30 minutes or so a ferry leaves for Elephanta.
Belapur Jetty To Elephanta Caves Ferry Timings
there are two times ferry for go to elephants caves.
Timings:- 09:15 AM and 02:15 PM
Belapur – MMB Passenger Jetty increases the number of trips on weekends and during peak times.
Elephanta Caves Ferry Ticket Price
Gateway of India To Elephanta Caves Ferry Ticket Price is Rs 260 for a round trip.
Elephanta Caves Ferry Online Ticket Booking
Gateway of India To Elephanta Caves Ferry is no online booking available. you can go there and buy a ticket. At the gateway of India Higher frequency of ferry service; every 30 minutes, a ferry arrives.
Address Of Elephanta Caves Ferry Service
Apollo Bunder, Gateway of India, near Taj Mahal Hotel and Colaba, South Mumbai. PIN Code: 400 039. This is where a boat to Elephanta Caves can be booked.
Elephanta Caves Ferry Contact Number
FAQ on Elephanta Caves Ferry Service
Elephanta Caves ferry is open every day except Monday.
Ferry Service Starts At 09:00 AM and Ends at 03:30 PM. Every 30 minutes or so a ferry leaves for Elephanta.
Yes, It will safe.
Gateway to Elephanta Caves approximately takes an hour.
you can go there and buy an offline ticket.