City Guide Mumbai, India

Visiting Mumbai

Known as Bombay until 1996, Mumbai is a city of stark contrasts. The country’s financial centre, over 40% of its population live in slums. All of this somehow adds to the city’s culture, however, and a visit to it will remain with you for a long time.

Read Mumbai Guide»

Hostelworld Podcasts

Check out our city guide podcasts to get the lowdown on cities all over the world in terms of what to see and do.<

View All Podcasts »

Hostelworld Videos

Watch our travel videos from around the world with tips on what not to miss and much more.

View All Videos »

Hostelworld Pocket Guides

Hostelworld Pocket Guides

Download our free pocket guides for cities all over the world that are packed with money-saving tips and more.

View all guides »

Mumbai City Reviews

  • 80%


    Couldn't get a deep impression

    One day was just enough for some sightseeing and a drink, the city's bustling cultural scene asked for more, but we wanted a good clean beach to get lost and it was not available anywhere around there =D

  • 80%


    Amazing place!

    Mumbai is spectacular, really really loved this city. The Colaba district was definitely our favorite. A brilliant city and in my opinion leagues better, nicer and more enjoyable than Delhi! A must visit if you're traveling to India.

  • 60%


    Busy crazy city

    Loved how the tuk tuk always runs on meter, unlike Delhi tuk tuk which are just robbers and never have a meter.

    Insider Tip:Opt for public transport like train or tuk tuk.

  • 70%


    One day in Mumbai

    We only had a day in Mumbai as we were flying out of India from there, thank goodness. Whilst it was friendlier than places we visited in the west and east of the country I wouldn't rush back. We decided to go and watch a Bollywood movie there and despite not understanding a word of it would recommend it to anyone else passing through.

    Insider Tip:Don't be bullied by aggressive haggling locals. Stand your ground. If you're not a millionaire then don't spend like one.

  • 90%


    Indeed, the city which never sleeps!

    I have heard and read so much about Mumbai that I had to visit it and it didn't disappoint me. Extremely crowded but friendly people. I had to just stand outside with a city map in my hand and everyone from auto guys to passer by's stopped and offered me tips on which places to visit and the best ways to reach there. Safe, friendly and lively- I enjoyed my stay here and would love to visit it again.

    Insider Tip:Buy a meter card for autos and taxis, available in any local shop. You wont get duped!

Please give us your feedback