Mumbai, once called Bombay, is one of the most important port cities in India and is the largest city in the country. The city is the commercial capital of India and the state capital of Maharashtra and is perhaps most well known for picturesque Bollywood appearances. Make the most of your visit to Mumbai by also driving beyond the city limits and exploring the city’s surroundings in the comfort of a rental car. Book your car today.
Mumbai experiences three distinct seasons, summer, monsoon, and winter. Winter—from November to February—is the most comfortable time to visit the city, when the heat and humidity are milder.
The official language of the city and state governmental offices in Mumbai is Marathi. Due to its large population of immigrants from within and beyond India, however, Mumbai’s lingua franca is now Bombay Hindi. Regional Indian languages, such as Gujarati, are also widely spoken. Most residents of Mumbai speak some English, particularly those involved in the tourist, banking, and trading industries.
Mumbai is in the India Time Zone, UTC+5:30.
As in the rest of India, the currency is the Indian rupee. Currency exchange is available throughout the city; remember to always keep a receipt for your exchanges! While larger shops and restaurants will take most credit cards, be sure to have cash on hand for all other financial transactions.
Automobile hire is available in 2 locations throughout Mumbai, the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) and downtown.
Head to Lonavla, about 86 km southwest of Mumbai, for some excellent views along the way as well as upon arrival.
Many nationalities can now travel to India via an e-Tourist Visa, which you apply for online at least four days before your scheduled arrival and which allows you to stay for up to 60 days. The fee for the e-Visa depends on your nationality. Double check regulations before you leave, as some nationalities are required to apply for a visa at a consulate or embassy before they arrive.
Just as in other Indian cities, driving in Mumbai is not for the faint of heart. Roads are crammed with people, whether in cars or not, traffic conditions often turn to congestion for no apparent reason, and other vehicles on the road change their paths often and without warning. If you don’t feel comfortable driving yourself, hiring a driver is a viable and often inexpensive option!
Automobile hire in Mumbai typically starts at around $40 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Mumbai:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
While there is no seasonal variation in price for rental cars in Mumbai, be sure to book your rental car at least 4 months in advance of your arrival to receive the most inexpensive prices.
Rental companies such as Instant Cabs in downtown Mumbai and Avis at the airport typically offer rental cars for around $35 to $50 a day. Myles Drive Yourself’s car rental location at the airport routinely beats these prices by at least $10. With discounted prices of around 8%, you can rent for as low as $20 a day!
You can also typically save at least $1 a day by extending your rental period to over a week.