By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Mumbai?

Do you need a car in Mumbai > Should you rent a car in Mumbai India > Mumbai ( BOM )

Before dismissing the idea of hiring a car in Mumbai completely, it is worth bearing in mind Mumbai is really a city of cities, and that much of the more recent development has been concentrated around Navi Mumbai (New Mumbai). This area is quite distinct from the older parts of the city.

Do you need a car in Mumbai? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Mumbai?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Mumbai?

Mumbai Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 586 - of which 359 have free parking. [full notes - parking]




Mumbai is also famous for its notoriously congested trains, although you should at least expect to travel on the inside of the Mumbai Metro. Back on the surface, local transport is chaotic and slow-moving, but many visitors will prefer to leave the driving to the operator of whatever taxi or bus they are in.


Why not? Visiting Mumbai without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Mumbai public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Mumbai. 


There are a few day trips which are worth taking outside the city, and you might want to do this by private tour or by organised bus tour, but a self drive car hire isn’t really particularly practical or desirable here.

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Would you hire a car in Mumbai?

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