Flights to Mumbai
Flights into Mumbai take you to India’s west coast, the capital of Maharashtra state and the nation’s most populous city. Seductive, spiritual and showy in equal measure, Mumbai pulsates 24/7 with a dynamic energy that’s hard to resist.
Few other cities on the subcontinent can compete with the frenzied pace of this go-getting megalopolis, and Mumbai leaves a lasting impression on even the most experienced traveller.
Flying to Mumbai from UK Airports
Visitors from the UK will land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, the second busiest in India. Spread across several neighbourhoods in Mumbai Suburban District, its five modern terminals are connected to the major Western Express Highway by an elevated access road which opened in 2014.
Get flights direct to Mumbai from London Heathrow on British Airways and Jet Airways. But if you’re happy to stop over in Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Dubai and Kuwait City, you’ll have the choice of many flights from London to Mumbai with carriers on non-direct routes.
One-stop flights to Mumbai are also available from Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, without the need to change planes in London. The flight time to Mumbai when flying direct is approximately eight hours and 45 minutes, but will take around 11 hours minimum when stopping over en route. UK citizens need a visa when travelling to India.
Getting to Grips with Mumbai
Mumbai is India’s economic, commercial and creative powerhouse, home to a port that handles more than half the country’s foreign trade, a financial centre bringing in around 30% of the nation’s tax receipts and the prolific Bollywood movie industry, one of the largest film production centres in the world.
Add to this a mix of colourful, chaotic neighbourhoods awash with jaw-dropping wealth and grinding poverty, where flashy shopping malls and skyscrapers brush up against faded colonial architecture and crowded bazaars, and you’ll find Mumbai one of the most challenging yet fascinating cities on Earth.
After you step off your flight to Mumbai, freshen up at your hotel, then embrace the mayhem and kick things off with a walking tour of the Colaba neighbourhood, to give yourself a sense of place and perspective. Discover local landmarks like the Mumba Devi temple and Crawford and Mangaldas markets, and stop to sample local street food, or pick up some exotic spices to take home.
Don’t miss Mumbai’s best known symbol, the Gateway of India monumental arch, or the exquisite Chhatrapati Shivahi Terminus railway station, an opulent Victorian Gothic Revival building with a stone dome, pointed arches and turrets. And no visit to Mumbai is complete without an evening stroll along Marine Drive’s broad promenade, where seemingly every Mumbaiker comes out to watch the sun sets over the Arabian Sea.
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