Car Hire in Mumbai
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Rent a car in Mumbai and discover its religious sites, colonial buildings, museums and galleries, and other attractions. There are several car rental companies in the city that will help you get around different destinations at your own schedule. By hiring a car in Mumbai, you will have more mobility and freedom in checking out what the city has to offer.
Where to hire a car in Mumbai
Car rental companies such as Helioscabs, BookCab, taxiGUIDE, Clear Car Rental, Avis, cabs24x7, Zoomcar, Aadesh Cabs, and Carjee operate in Mumbai. Many of these companies offer pick-up and drop-off services at Mumbai Airport and in Mumbai Downtown.
It is advisable to rent a car online before going to the city. In this way, you can get the best deals and conditions.
What to expect when hiring a car from Mumbai
A great option to get around the city is by renting a car. Take note, though, that the lack of discipline of many drivers on Mumbai roads can make driving difficult.
Roads that radiate outward the city of Mumbai to all parts of India include National Highway numbers 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 17, as well as the Mumbai-Pune expressway. There are also the National Highway 222, the Eastern Freeway, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge, and the Mahim Causeway. Within the city, there are three major road arteries, namely Eastern Express Highway, the Sion Panvel Expresswat, and the Western Express Highway. Driving around Mumbai will not be difficult as the road conditions here are comparatively better than the roads in other parts of the country. Also note that there are five tolled entry points into Mumbai by road.
Mumbai's public transport network is composed of the Mumbai Suburban Railway, Monorail, Metro, buses, metered taxis, auto rickshaws, and ferries.
Getting to your destination
There are a lot of places to visit and things to do in Mumbai. A popular attraction is the Elephanta Caves. It is well-known for its cave temples and sculptures of Hindu gods. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves features a Mahesamurti statue, a 6.3-metre sculpture that portrays Shiva in his three-headed aspect - as Creator, Protector, and Destroyer. Other sculptures near the doorways and on side panels highlight Shiva's work.
The attraction is a 37-minute drive from the city via Eastern Freeway.
For a beautiful walkway with great sunset views, head to Marine Drive. This is a three-kilometre, six-lane concrete road that stretches along the coastline, on the outskirts of southern Mumbai. It is likewise called the “Queen’s necklace” because when it is viewed at night, the street lights on the walkway resemble that of a string of pearls forming a necklace. Go for evening walks or visit Chowpatty Beach at the northern end of Marine Drive. The perfect time to go to this beach is during the Ganesh Chathurthi. This is the city’s biggest gala celebrated by the Mumbai crowd.
Mumbai Drive is a 43-minute drive from the city via Eastern Freeway.
Visitors who are into trekking can go to Raigad Fort, a hill fort that is approximately 2,700 feet above sea level. Raigad Fort offers medium level of difficulty for trekkers who will need to trek for about 1.5 hours to reach the top. Those who do not have trekking experience can use the ropeway which offers a four-minute ride to the top. Raigad Fort is home to several structures such as the Samadhi of Shivaji Maharaj, Jagdishwar Temple, and Throne of Shivaji Maharaj. Take note that many consider the fort holy so visitors are encouraged to show respect to the area.
Raigad Fort is about a three- to four-hour drive from the Mumbai city centre via Pune Expressway or via NH66. Take note that this route has tolls.
Khala Goda Festival
If you will be travelling to Mumbai sometime in February, don’t miss the Kala Ghoda Festival. This event is a combination of music, dance, visual arts, literature, street stalls, films, as well as heritage walks. Mumbai has been holding this annual festival for the last 16 years and it lasts for nine days.
The festival is held at Kala Ghoda area which can be reached by a 35-minute drive from the city via Eastern Freeway.