Mystifying and stupefying in equal measures, Mumbai is a city of contrasts. Ancient and modern, rich and poor, secular and spiritual – this is a city that rewards those who explore it.
Mumbai’s peak season for UK flights is September to April, but several festivals throughout the year cause spikes in flight prices, such as the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in late August or Holi in March.
The cheapest flights to Mumbai are available during the monsoon season and when the summer heat is at its most intense. This is from June through to early September.
For the best weather and the best chance to secure cheap flights the optimum time to visit is between March and April, avoiding the Holi festival.
Check to see if a connecting flight will lower your air fare without greatly adding to your flight time. It’s also worth checking to see if dates close to your suggested flight days are cheaper. To do this you can select ‘Show flexible dates’ when your flight results are returned. Often a day or two’s difference can make a very big difference to the cost of your flight.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to Mumbai are:
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport is around 15 miles north of Mumbai. Your best bet for onward travel into the city is a taxi – agree a fare rather than rely on a metered ride. There are trains available but the station is a bus ride away and, after a long flight, it can be confusing to try and navigate your way by public transport.
Airlines offering direct flights to Mumbai from the UK include:
Many more offer connecting services, including:
Mumbai may be a city on the go – but with a million vehicles crowding its streets you often go nowhere fast. Taxis are your best bet, and auto rickshaws a riskier but more fun option. There are buses and a good suburban train service in operation but they can be confusing for first-time visitors.
Take a boat trip from the Gateway to India to the ancient caves and mischievous monkeys of Elephanta Island. Head back to stroll along Chowpatty Beach before sampling a cocktail or two in Colaba.
Mumbai is not all commerce and money: visit the Haji Ali Dargah to take in one of the most iconic and sacred spots in Mumbai, if not India.