How Safe Is Mumbai for Travel?

Mumbai, India
Safety Index:
49

Mumbai is also widely known as Bombay, with more than 21 million inhabitants.

It is considered to be the biggest city in terms of population in the whole world.

Mumbai is popular with tourists due to its numerous temples, bazaars, museums.

The first thing everyone wants to see when they visit Mumbai is the Gateway of India.

With so many sights to see, planning a trip to Mumbai must include sightseeing, visiting the restaurants, experiencing the nightlife.

Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and the center of the globally-influential Hindi film and TV industries.

Warnings & Dangers in Mumbai

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Because Mumbai is a huge and populous city, the level of crime is high. Travelers can easily become victims so they need to avoid traveling alone on public transport or in taxis, especially at night. There have been reports of British tourists becoming the victims of a scam by taxi drivers.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

The taxi meters scams are frequent occurrences in Mumbai and the taxi drivers may change the price for their service during the ride. The public transport is dangerous due to the pickpockets, so be careful on the overnight trains and buses. Do not hail taxis on the street. In case you want to drive a car or ride a motorbike, be aware that road accidents are the main cause of death in India, so make sure to wear a helmet when on motorbike.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Wherever there are a lot of tourists, pickpockets are operating. So, the commercial capital city of India is not an exception and has a serious problem. It is always advisable to keep an eye on your belongings whenever you are in busy and crowded areas of the city.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

India is very exposed to natural dangers, such as earthquakes, flooding, and severe storm. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities. The possible natural disasters in India are heavy monsoon rains, too. International weather updates are a good service to inform you about the possible risks and you should follow them before planning to come to India. Cyclones and tropical storms are also possible to happen.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

When it comes to kidnapping and mugging, it is not common and the risk of being seriously assaulted does not exist. You can feel free when these kinds of crimes are in question.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

India is very exposed to terrorism and the risk is high. Terrorist groups include Lashkar-e Tayyiba, Jaish-e Mohammed and the Indian Mujahideen. The places visited by British nationals, such as religious sites, markets, and beaches, are the main targets. What you, as a traveler, should do is to check the local media before planning your travel.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Mumbai is the city where the unfair individuals might try to fool you to obtain the money from you, particularly if you are a distracted tourist. Some of the frequent scams are importing gemstones scam, fast meter scam in a taxi and beg for milk or pen which are very well known throughout whole India.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

When the safety of a sole woman in India is in question, the risk of being sexually assaulted is at a very high level. Women travelers often receive both verbal and physical harassment by individuals or groups of men. Serious sexual attacks are constantly happening, so women travelers should exercise caution when traveling in India even if traveling in a group.

So... How Safe Is Mumbai Really?

Like most parts of India,  some of the most common crimes in Mumbai are purse-snatching, which can sometimes be done from a motorcycle, so it is advisable not to have your valuable things and money with you in your purse.

Only tourists who are vigilant and smart should travel to Mumbai and it is never a good idea to travel there alone.

Though it is not very common for tourists to be victims of any sort of violent crime, it happens sometimes.

Make sure not to speak too much about yourself to unknown people and do not accept any drinks.

Women should bear in mind that there have been recent cases of sexual assaults reported from all over the country.

You need to be aware of all the possible dangers, but you certainly should not avoid coming to Mumbai if you get the chance.

Useful Information

  • Visas - A visa is compulsory when traveling to India. You need to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet the requirements of the country you are visiting. Your visa needs to be valid for the duration of your stay. At the airport, your passport will be stamped and an expiry date for your e-visa will be handwritten by an Immigration Officer.
  • Currency - The official currency of India is the Indian rupee. The tourist should know that they are not allowed to bring any amount of Indian currency into the country. You can get the best currency exchange rate at international airports, in banks, post offices, and big hotels. There are ATM terminals in the international arrival area.
  • Weather - Mumbai has three main seasons — Summer, Monsoon, and Winter and the best time to visit it is between November and February when there is little humidity. The minimum temperature is 17 degrees and the maximum is 31 degrees. Summer is hot and humid from March to May, while the monsoon season lasts from June to September.
  • Airports - Kempegowda International Airport is one of the possible ways of coming to Mumbai and it has excellent connectivity with most of the major cities around the world, including, New York, London, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong. Another one is Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport which is India's second busiest airport and one of the main international gateways to the country.
  • Travel Insurance - It does not matter which country you are visiting traveler should always obtain a travel insurance policy in case of medical issues, theft, and loss of personal items.
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Mumbai Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 24° C
Feb 25° C
Mar 27° C
Apr 29° C
May 31° C
Jun 29° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 29° C
Nov 28° C
Dec 25° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
313133333432303031343432
Low
°C
171821242726252525242118
High
°F
888891919390868688939390
Low
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636470758179777777757064

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13 Reviews on Mumbai

  1. A
    Anonymous says:

    Bombay is wonderful to visit!!!

  2. A
    Anonymous says:

    Any part of India especially Mumbai is SAFE so safe is not 49 but way higher

  3. A
    Anonymous says:

    Completely misleading

    Weird how you say such things. Mumbai is a vigilant city. Not a single Terrorist attack has happened since 2006. Mumbai is as safe as New York minus the gun violence.

    This is a city of honorable men and women, and Pick-pocketing is common yes but doesn’t travel with loose pockets. Carry a backpack and always keep your belongings in them while traveling.

    The city ranks 3rd in one of the most honest cities in the world.

    Taxi fraud has reduced tremendously, and who uses regular cabs anymore? get an UBER!

    Public transport has seen a revolution and an extensive metro system with very good security systems will be in place soon.

    Night risk is very low. Mumbai is a 24hr city. Malls are open at all times and cops are always in place. South Bombay may get a bit deserted yes. But in all advice, stay in Bandra West as a tourist as those neighborhoods have livelier nightlife.

    For female travelers. Chances of being sexually assaulted are not any higher than that of Rome or Paris.

    Overall it a wonderful city and a safe city. a city built by businessmen and merchants and hard-working individuals with dreams to succeed.

  4. Poor safety, Corrupt politicians,Police helpless

    Mumbai is unsafe for tourists and common people because of the political connections between mafia of drugs and terrorists.It is unsafe as Mumbai Police will not give a hand of help unless politicians allow them to do so.A city where underworld,politics,buisness lobbies,local goons,drugs, rapists,corruption everything is in symbiosis

  5. Y
    Your true guide says:

    Mumbai

    Mumbai is 100% safe. 1000s of women work, travel and stay alone in Mumbai. One has to have a common sense and be a little vigil, thats all it takes to be safe.

  6. Misleading

    This is a very misleading post and whoever wrote this has probably not experienced Mumbai the right way. Mumbai is a lot safer than New York City.

  7. A
    Abhijit says:

    Mumbai is the safest city in India..
    Its an economical hub, surrounded with well cultured people , plenty of variety of food, festivals, beautiful weather and list is on..
    So visit this amazing place so that you will cherish the memories lifetime…

  8. A
    Anonymous says:

    Taxi scams are still a thing ? Get an UBER or OLA y’all. Grrrr… This post is at least 3 decades old.

  9. S
    Siddhesh says:

    Best City in India

    Mumbai is Best and Safe city. You can have a verity of food and historic places to visit. If you want to experience heavy Rush with personal space, then Welcome to Mumbai
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  10. D
    D Baneejee says:

    Safest city in India

    Mumbai is a vibrant city with some of the most helpful people. Very safe for women too at least till midnight. Mumbai never sleeps.

  11. A
    Anonymous says:

    Complete Misleading information about Mumbai. Very safe for women and coming to Pick-pocketing, yes it is still common.

  12. S
    Skgopale says:

    It’s 2020 and Mumbai is safe for travelers. Pls do not trust this website lot of fake stories written here.

  13. A
    Anonymous says:

    Totally bullshit information this website itself giving misleading information

    Totally bullshit blog.

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