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1. Posted by as-one (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y

Ello all .... after our amazing 16 hours traveling from south africa we arrive in mumbai at 3pm... now would the best idea be to pre book our accommodation for our first couple of nights in advance... if so have you any places you can recomend and give us a rough price of what it would cost us and how far from the airport it would be ,keeping in mind we would like to be in the heart of everything...or would we better off to arrive there and hunt and haggle for our accommodation instead ....

Thanks ALOT:)

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

I would recommend booking something in advance, preferably with airport pickup. The last thing you want to do on your first day in India is have to search for accommodation. Even arriving at 3pm, a really good time, it'll be 6 before you get into town, probably getting dark and you'll be overwhelmed by Mumbai. So just get it all sorted beforehand, even if it's just for a couple nights that you book.
The place you want to head is Colaba. It's close to all the action, is a pretty nice area to stay in, and has a couple of the main sites like the Taj Mahal Hotel, and the Gateway of India right there. I can't remember exactly the name of the place I stayed, but it was something like "Seashore" or "Seaview" or similar. It's in the Lonely Planet guide and is just down the street from the Taj Mahal Hotel. It's a basic place, but it was very clean, friendly, and the cheapest place we could find. They arranged our taxi to the airport, so I'm sure would do the same in reverse.

3. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y


I agree that Colaba is the right place to be in since most of the attractions are located nearby. Regarding ur accommodation if u wish to stay in hostels, u can just walk in and they would come cheap especially in Colaba Market area, but if u plan to stay in a hotel u need to book in advance, u can check the hotels on

Pre-paid taxi counters are available at the Airport, the rates are fixed and they are safe and reliable as the taxi operating through such counters have to get themselves registered.

DO let me know if u need more info, I am in Mumbai itself:)

Cheers and have a nice trip

4. Posted by runah (Full Member 22 posts) 8y

Mumbai international airport is located in the city itself. U can also take an auto rickshaw to Santa Cruz railway station and catch a local train to Churchgate station, which is close to Colaba area. though the local trains would be much crowded but if u wanna have the thrill of riding the train, u can take this route, else taxi is the best option.


5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Hello As-One:)

Haggling for a hotel room at 4AM in Mumbai is not a good idea.
What about u prebook this place. It is both good and good value for money.
At the international airport in Mumbai there is a desk where u can pre book a taxi. Those taxis are fairly safe and reliable. But as an added precaution u can ask them to give u the taxi drivers name and the registration number of his taxi. I think u pay at the booking desk. If not then ask them what the price will be before u go. If the taxi driver attempts to take u to the wrong hotel then dont get out of the taxi. Insist that he takes u to the Bently because that is where u want to stay.

Your other option would be to wait at the airport until a more civilized hour and take the bus into the city. I dont know what the current busses available and prices are. When I was there there was an airport bus that went to the part of Mumbai where all the popular tourist attractions are and where the Bentley is within walking distance. If u choose this option try to get a map of the city before u arrive. If u want a rock bottom very very cheap and without luxery place to stay u could stay in a dorm room at the The Salvation Army Red Shield Hostel for a couple of Euros per day including breakfast. It is on 30 Mereweather Rd which is very cental to much of what a tourist would want to see in Mumbai.


6. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Quoting Mel.

Hello As-One:)

Haggling for a hotel room at 4AM in Mumbai is not a good idea.

Mel he will be in mumbai at 4 pm, so there is no cause for worry:)

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting arif_kool

Quoting Mel.

Hello As-One:)

Haggling for a hotel room at 4AM in Mumbai is not a good idea.

Mel he will be in mumbai at 4 pm, so there is no cause for worry:)

I misread that. :)

8. Posted by hellomaya (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y


Please, PLEASE, for your own sanity book a hotel (preferably a guidebook-recommended one)! Use a pre-paid taxi from the pre-paid booth, and understand how the system works. When you pay, you get a slip of paper with your destination on it. It's AS GOOD AS money. Don't, under any circumstances, hand it to the driver until you're absolutely sure he's taken you where you wanted to go. If he doesn't take you where you wanted or claims your hotel has burned down or fallen off the face of the earth, tell him he's not getting the paper til you get to where you asked to go. Good luck!