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Cheap flights to Mumbai

What's Mumbai like?

India's largest city, Mumbai is a fascinating but challenging place to visit, a city where some of the world's most expensive real estate overlooks impoverished slums. Many people who visit India use Mumbai only for transit, but this bustling metropolis has plenty to appeal in its own right, from ornate temples and architecture to museums exploring India's natural and social history.

Which airlines fly to Mumbai?

It's not possible to fly directly from New Zealand to Mumbai, but you can get a 1-stop flight from Auckland or Christchurch with airlines such as:

In some cases, 2-stop flights may arrive sooner or have cheaper airfare.

How long is the flight to Mumbai?

Auckland to Mumbai

16 hours 50 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Mumbai

17 hours 15 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to Mumbai

20 hours 55 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Mumbai

19 hours 40 minutes (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit Mumbai?

Mumbai can be uncomfortably hot in the summer (May-September), which is also the monsoon season. For milder temperatures and less rain, consider travelling between October and March. Mumbai's winters are still warmer than New Zealand's summers.

Do I need a visa for Mumbai?

Yes. You need to organise a visa in advance or apply for an online visa on arrival. This is valid for up to 60 days.

How expensive is Mumbai?

Mumbai is a very cheap city by New Zealand standards, with average restaurant meals costing around 200 rupees (NZ$4.50) and local beers around 100 rupees (NZ$2.25). With most taxi journeys only being a few dollars too, you won't have to deal with crowded public transport.

Arriving in Mumbai

Mumbai Airport (BOM) is India's 2nd busiest airport, handling over 45 million passengers in 2017. The airport has 2 main terminals. International flights arrive at the newer Terminal 2, which has extensive facilities if you need to change money or use other services before you head to your Mumbai hotel.

The airport is 28km from the city centre. Taxis are operated by Meru Taxis and Tab Cab, which charge flat rates to destinations in the city (around 140 rupees to the city centre) and should be paid inside the terminal. You can also take public buses 308 or 321, although these take longer and can be difficult if you have a lot of luggage.

Useful tips about Mumbai

Make sure you only drink bottled or filtered water in Mumbai, as the local tap water is not safe.

See the chic side of Mumbai by visiting Bandra, one of Asia's top hipster neighbourhoods.

With more international venues than any other country, India is one of the world's top cricket destinations.

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Please note: all information is correct as of November, 2017.

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