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Travel to Mumbai (Bombay)

Flying to Mumbai (Bombay)

Air India, British Airways and Jet Airways operate direct flights to Mumbai from the UK. If you're travelling from the USA, there are direct flights with Air India and United. The cheapest time to fly is during monsoon season (June to September), when it's extremely hot and humid in Mumbai.

Flight times

From London - 9 hours; New York - 15 hours;Los Angeles - 21 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Toronto - 17 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Sydney - 15 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

For those brave enough to tackle Mumbai's congested roads, driving is on the left. Foreign drivers must be over 18 and possess an International Driving Permit. Consider using taxis or hiring a car and driver for longer journeys. Those taking their own car to India must obtain a Carnet de Passage from an international motoring association before entering India.

Speed limits are 50-80kph (31-50mph). Motorists should seek insurance cover from an Indian insurer. Visit www.wiaaindia.com for more information.

Emergency breakdown services

Western India Automobile Association (tel: +91 22 2204 1085) provides a limited breakdown service within Mumbai for members.

Routes

National Highways (NH) 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 17 provide connecting routes between Mumbai and the rest of India. Take NH3 for Agra; NH4 for Chennai via Pune, and NH8 for New Delhi.

Coaches

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (tel: 1800 221 250, in India only; www.msrtc.gov.in) operates coach services from Mumbai. Private bus companies tend to have faster, more comfortable services. The main government and private bus terminal is located opposite Central Station, on Bellasis Road. Destinations include Goa, Pune and Udaipur.

Time to city

From Delhi - 23 hours; Agra - 22 hours; Goa - 10 hours; Hyderabad - 12 hours.

Travel by Rail

Services

Mumbai is very well served by its railways, both for suburban and national routes. During the rush hour (0700-1100 and 1600-2100), trains are extremely crowded and best avoided.

Western Railway services depart from Mumbai Central (MC) Station, Boman Behram Road, while the majority of Central Railway services depart from the magnificent CST building (formerly Victoria Terminus), on Dr D Navroji Road, at the corner of St George's Road. A few Central Railway trains depart from Dadar, a few stations north of CST.

Operators

Three train systems operate out of Mumbai but the most useful for visitors are the Western Railway (www.wr.indianrailways.gov.in) and Central Railway (www.cr.indianrailways.gov.in). See the Indian Railways website (www.indianrail.gov.in) for timetables. A computerised enquiry system for arrivals and departure information is available (tel: 131 or 134).

Central Railway handles services to the east, south and a handful to the north, while Western Railway covers services to the north.

Journey times

From Bangalore - 23 hours; Delhi - 20 hours; Goa - 8 hours; Jaipur - 18 hours; Kolkata - 31 hours; Varanasi - 26 hours.

Featured Hotels

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Gordon House Hotel

Each floor has its own theme at this boutique hotel located just behind Apollo Bunder. Decorated in Mediterranean, Scandinavian or country cottage styles, the rooms are charming without being twee, with plenty of modern gadgets and positively 5-star bathrooms. There's also a bar and the popular Poly Esther's nightclub onsite. Light sleepers should avoid rooms adjoining the club.

Taj Mahal Palace & Tower

A Mumbai institution since 1903 the Taj has played host to Maharajas and monarchs movie stars and media moguls. Built in striking Indo-Saracenic style this grand hotel was extensively damaged during the 2008 terrorist attacks but an artful renovation has removed all traces of the disaster. For more than a century this has been the epitome of luxury in Mumbai with graceful vaulted ceilings tall archways fine carpets and crystal chandeliers. The Taj also houses some of Mumbai's best restaurants plus luxury shops a nightclub and outdoor pool gym and even its very own fortune teller.

Traveller's Inn

Set on a leafy road in Fort, Traveller's Inn has just 21 rooms, which are small but clean and excellent value. There are inexpensive dorms and better private rooms, and the staff are friendly and accommodating. There's also free wireless internet access in the lobby. Located close to many good value restaurants.

Hotel Oasis

Rooms are compact but tastefully decorated at this inexpensive 30-room hotel in a handy location in Fort, just a short hop from Victoria Terminus and Horniman Circle. For a reasonable price, you'll get a TV, air-conditioning and an en suite bathroom. There are numerous dining options on the neighbouring streets.

Residency Hotel

The atmosphere in Fort is a bit less frantic and a bit more business-like than in Colaba, and the Residency makes a perfect base from which to explore. Rooms are modern and comfortable and decorated in calming colours, with pictures of historic Mumbai on the walls. There's also a cute little café, where breakfast is served.

Hotel Bawa Continental

A comfortable resort-style hotel along lively Juhu beach, the Bawa Continental offers neat rooms, some with grandstand views over the beach and Arabian Sea. Although a hike from the historic centre, Juhu is much calmer than Fort or Colaba, with plenty of upscale restaurants and bars within walking distance. Rooms have TVs, air-con and Wi-Fi (for a charge), and there's a Starbucks on site.