Is Mumbai Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Mumbai, India
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* Based on Research & Crime Data
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* Rated 82 / 100 based on 34 user reviews.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

How Does Mumbai Compare?

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Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Toronto (Canada)81
Melbourne (Australia)80

Useful Information



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.



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.



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.



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.

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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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34 Reviews on Mumbai

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    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.

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      Beautiful city

      I’ve been to Bombay multiple times and I love it so so so much! It’s one of my favorite cities and I never felt unsafe. Just like most cities there is always the chance of getting pickpocketed but as long as you remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings you will be fine.

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        Beryl Baptista says:

        Stop putting mumbai down

        Mumbai is a very safe beautiful city. I hv got lost in Mumbai must say people were wonderful. I always find the most beautiful, kind hearts live in Mumbai. Do not simply make stories and make Mumbai seems dangerous. Whoever edited this article shd be ashamed of urself. I love my India.

    2. Agree. I have been travelling to Mumbai as a single woman since 1974 and have never had a problem. Love the city.

      1. Thanks for motivation. I was scared reading this article

    3. Completely agree. I travelled several times all over India and never had uncomfortable situations or issues anywhere!!

  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

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      seems you have watched too many Bollywood movies and based on the same wrote this review. I feel like laughing after reading your comments. lol lol lol.

    2. I am going to mumbai despite the review, ty

    3. U
      Unknown says:

      Hi Ajay please stop telling rubbish and don’t talk like a crack person about Mumbai

      Mumbai is the safest place in India for every person, because here there is no mafia of drugs and terrorist or and also there is no bad element at all in Mumbai and also the Mumbai police is the best police in the whole India.

  5. Y
    Your true guide says:


    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

  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.

  14. M
    Manoj Kumar Kohli says:

    Best City To Explore

    After reading this article I feel like slapping the writer. It seems you have never visited Mumbai and wrote this article based on some fake information especially about the risk factor. Let me tell you that Mumbai is always safe to travel and people over here are very helpful who likes to share their culture with each and every individual who visit this city. A women can travel any where within the Mumbai even in the middle of the night. Rickshaw and Taxi drivers are very humble and they make sure if there is a solo female traveler they drop them to their destination safely. People are very welcoming and the treat the visitors with utmost respect which you don’t find in many countries. There are so many good things about Mumbai and it’s people that one article is not enough to describe the beauty of this city and it’s people. So get your facts right before you write these kind of stupid articles.

    1. Highly uninformed

      I have been living in Mumbai since the last 30years. This is the worst review I have ever read or heard. Mumbai is a 24×7 buzzing city. Safety in the city is top notch and has always been. There are no second thoughts of even stepping out late night. As someone pointed earlier, public transport has become much better over the years.

      I have no clue of what natural disasters you speak about. If you’re talking about minor flooding, that’s normal as Mumbai’s flood water drains, drain into the sea and during high tide cause flooding in certain parts.

      As for terrorist attacks, we haven’t seen one since 2008. Mumbai is a very safe city, industries work 24 hours, people move around 24 hours, food available 24 hours, certain stores open 24 hours.

      I’m sure the author of the article has never visited Mumbai or lived here long enough to write a review. I would urge each person visiting India to experience Mumbai. Its one of the finest city where everyone is there for everyone.

  15. Totally Misleading. I’m living in Mumbai since birth
    Mumbai is really safe for travellers
    Take an uber and no-one can scam you
    Girls are safer here in the night even compared to Goa (Goa is like my second home) but Goa is overall safer but can’t say about the night.
    Foreigners are always welcomed by Mumbaikars
    There are less chances of get pickpocketed here
    If the monsoon hits us hard, we do facing floods in some areas but thats about it when it comes to natural disasters
    The Last terrorist attack was 12 years ago
    The only bad thing about Mumbai is the Summer heat and over crowding in some places

  16. Misleading

    Who even wrote this BS
    Mumbai is the safest city in the whole of India. I’m living here since birth
    The only thing that sucks here is the summer heat and over crowding in some places

  17. A
    Anonymous says:

    Misinformation at best

    Mumbai is one of the safest city in India. If someone considers Paris as a High Risk city for Tourists for scams and New York as a High Risk City for mugging then I agree with the gentleman’s view. London/Paris has seen more terrorist activities then Mumbai in recent years but would not dare to put them under High Risk city. Mumbai as any other city has its own challenges and as a tourist you need to be careful and vigilant as you would do outside your home city. People are friendly but you should not ask anyone on the street but reach out to shopkeepers for any assistance. It is crowded so as any other city in India. Do not flash cash and digital wallets and credit cards are accepted by most of the shops. For Cab, do not fall trap to local taxis and hire OLA or UBER for convenience. Do not enter crowded places like public transport (unless you thrill ) which you may have a bad experience as a tourist sheerly because of crowd. Tourist Women should Wear decent and proper clothing in public places as you could be target of constant harmless gazing which could make you uncomfortable. All in all you can be safe as long as you are vigilant as any touristy places

  18. A
    Anonymous says:

    Mumbai is one of the safest city in India one of the best public transport availability just lil crowded thats it even if you tavel by taxi or rikshaw there is meter reading for your payment so no chance to fool and for nightlife there lot of pub bar restaurant which serve you late night or you can enjoy your night drive at Marine drive

    1. S
      Siobhan says:

      Read a majoity of reviews. Really, when you step out of your house, anything can happen. You are aware of your surroundings, you know the do’s and don’t’s. It’s call “common sense”. Apply this when you travel, regardless where. No city is perfect, nowhere. So, with that in mind, Mumbai sounds Great 👍 thank you.

  19. My beloved India and my boloved Bombay. ‘ say Bombay and not Mumbai, because, when ‘ went there for the first time ( 50 years ago) was Bombay and my memories are and will remain Bombay. Many things are changed, ‘ remember hours to reach the airport from Colaba; now just 30 minutues more or less. Bombay is so beautiful, so glamour; friendly people, Santo Domingo, a taxi driver, so gentle and helpful; remembering sweet Nuthan, a beautiful lady; was very fond of me and very fond of Her. She is a part of my memories of the glorious days there. Bombay is SAFE, yes, the slums, some areas poor but always found good people. Miss India so much, this damn covid !!!
    Colaba, Nariman Point, Bandra, Juhu, Chowpatty, Gamdevi, Malabar Hill; any place must be seen and really hope to be there again

  20. What? MUmbai risk is higher than London, New York and Paris? Really?
    Why don’t you guys say that some cities in South Africa and Mexico are safer than my city?

  21. Mumbai is the best

    Completely fake, mumbai is one of the safest
    It is one of the best city in the world.
    They are really spreading rumours
    #Noob website

  22. J
    Janhavi says:

    City you will fall in love with!!

    Mumbai is one of the most safest cities in India. People are friendly. If you are not getting any particular place, they will go out of the way to help you.

    Risk of Terrorism??!! Really what is writer speaking about apart November 2006 there is nothing, that way even New York is unsafe as well.

    Please do not follow the reviews given in the article. Once you visit the place you will fall in love with it!!!

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    Abypeyhen says:

    I love traveling worldwide; I’ve already been to Germany, Italy, Spain, Egypt. There are a lot of exciting places in Egypt. I’ve been to the red sea, swam there, and conquered this underwater world. The most dangerous thing is the sun. You can quickly get sunstroke there. But Egypt was the last place I went. Because of this pandemic, I didn’t go anywhere for a long time. But I came across the website And after what I saw, I got the idea to visit this beautiful place. And I think shortly I will go there. After all, because of the pandemic, I got bored of sitting at home.

  24. J
    Josh Fernandes says:


    Mumbai is safe. Follow the usual safety rules ( anywhere in the world) and you should be ok. eg. Dont flast too much money, expensive stuff, roaming in quite areas, giving out too much information. Avoid the monsoon season and if possible, too crowded areas like the railways etc. during working hours. Do your research before you arrive. Keep alternative hotels etc. Contact numbers and locations, incase your reservation gets cancelled. Drink bottled water, Aquafina. Avoid eating anything that has any liquid, in it. Unless it’s from a good restaurant. Hospitals and visiting a Doctor is generally a walk-in or you could call in advance. Ask directions from shopkeeper. Google maps work well, so you can download an offline one too. Surrounding can be a bit dirty and infrastructure a bit chaotic but overall it’s generally a safe city

Mumbai Rated 4.12 / 5 based on 34 user reviews.

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