Mumbai Layover Guide (BOM)
Mumbai Airport (BOM) is also known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, India. The airport is located 22 km (13.6 mi) north of downtown Mumbai. It is among the busiest airports in Asia and it was first opened in 1942. Mumbai Mumbai is famous for street markets, festivals, Bollywood, local trains, street food, and famous places like Marine drive, and the Gateway of India.
Can you leave Mumbai Airport (BOM) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave the airport during the layover. However, travelers may require visa. (more info).
Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing
India Organized Tours
Elephanta Caves Tour
Hope on to the ferry to Elephanta Island to explore moer than 1500 years of history. Witness the intricate carvings of the Elephanta Caves. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site with a travel guide. And learn more about the Hindu and Buddhist practices as you gaze upon the exquisite statues of deities. » book this tour
Tour the City with Ferry Ride and Visit Dharavi Village
Explore the city of Mumbai from a different perspective by car and ferry as your guide will take your to this amazing tour. You can see the famous attractions of Mumbai and its landmarks with the opportunity to walk through the culturally important Dharavi Slum village. On this tour, you can also go to Mahatma Gandhi’s residence and also the iconic Haji Ali Dargah mosque which is located just off the coast of Mumbai. Your tour guide will provide you with an insider’s view of life in Mumbai while you explore the city’s popular attractions and landmarks. » book this tour
Gateway of India Day Tour
Embark on a detailed journey to explore Mumbai and uncover the beauty of city while interacting with the locals. In this tour you can visit the iconic spots like the Gateway of India and Dhobi Ghat. Also, other places to visit it the Crawford Market. In this tour you can visit other places like the Crawford Market and a British-era market with array of spices. » book this tour
India Things to do / Sightseeing
Explore the Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions. You can get a walk through the historical timeline of Buddhism. Also, you can visit Kanheri caves for an insight into the history and culture of Buddhist monks in India. In addition, you can also discover the eleven-headed Avalokiteshwara is the most distinctive motif. There are about 100 inscriptions in different scripts – Brahmi, Devnagri, Pallavi, and Sanskrit.
Time required: 5 hours.
Airport to here: 47 minutes via private transport.
Mumbai Colaba Area
If you want to explore the city of Mumbai then visit the Heritage Mumbai Colaba Area. As your tour guide will take you for a walk to the famous sites including the Gateway of India and the Victoria Terminus Railway Station. The walk then proceeds towards the Regal Theater. This theater was designed by Charles Stevens and the interior was created by Karl Schara. Moreover, take in the Victoria Terminus and the famous, historic railway station Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
Time required: 5 hours.
Airport to here: 43 minutes via private transport.
Shopping At Vile Parle West
If you are a shopping lover and want to experience some Indian things. Visit the Vile Parl West Station which is popular as a cheap street shopping. You can find beautiful accessories and a lot of bargains on dresses, jumpsuits, and much more.
Time required: 1 day.
Airport to here: 11 minutes via taxi and 24 minutes via public transport.
Bandra Worli Sea Link Bridge
Bandra is known for housing hot shots, celebrities and artists of Mumbai. Also, it has a lot of places to discover for new visitors. While your visit to Bandra you will also find the Bandra Worli sea link bridge which is actually an architectural marvel. It is a picturesque site where one can witness the endless view of the Arabian Sea.
Time required: 4 to 6 hour
Airport to here: 45 minutes via public transport.
Discover the beautiful skyline as you can witness the Mumbai skyline seamlessly with boats speckled across the water body. In addition, it offers you amazing views after the sunset and this area is a famous stop for the people who like quiet places. You can enjoy your time at a little park and enjoy the sunset.
Time required: 5 hours.
Airport to here: 17 minutes via taxi.
Juhu Beach is a prominent tourist attraction in Mumbai. This beach is popular for its food court, which is located on the main entrance of the beach. At this food court, one will get to gorge on street food items such as bhelpuri, pani puri and sevpuri. This beach is located 6 km from Mumbai Airport.
Time required: 5 hours.
Airport to here: 16 minutes via taxi.
Powai Lake is an artificial lake located in the Powai valley of Mumbai and a great place to visit. This lake was built by the British in 1799 A.D. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset near this lake. And also do some bird-watching during their visit to this lake and spot exotic birds, such as kingfishers, brahminy kites, spotted doves, and purple-rumped sunbirds.
Time required: 6 hours.
Airport to here: 15 minutes via taxi.
Visit Mumbai Temples
India is also rich in religion with being rich culturally. Embark on a journey to visit five stunning temples with a tour guide. Learn about Hindu gods and goddesses at Balbulnath Temple, Mahalakshmi Temple, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumba Devi Temple, and ISKCON Temple, and soak in views of the city and Arabian Sea.
Time required: 7 to 8 hours.
Airport to here: 34 minutes via private transport.
Things to Do in Mumbai Airport (BOM)
Relaxing and Sleeping
Airport Lounges and Relaxing
Lounges are available at the terminal 1 and 2 and at the Arrivals of the airport. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online
Hotel and Sleeping
There are several hotels availble inside and near the Mumbai airport. » view all or book an airport hotel online
Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There is no designated rest or sleeping area inside the airport.
WIFI/Internet and SIM Card
WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at Mumbai Airport. Connect to the WiFi@CSMIA network.
SIM Card: You can buy the Vodafone or Airtel SIM cards from the shops available at the airport. » buy a global sim card for India, Mumbai that you can use for other countries as well!
Transportation to/from airport
Taxi: Passengers can choose metered or a prepaid taxi service. Prepaid taxi counters are located in the Arrivals area in each terminal and the metered taxis can be hailed outside of the terminal.
Train: Suburban Trains are connected to the airport. (more info).
Bus: The airport is well-connected to the bus system and you can get bus service at both terminals. (more info).
Shuttle: Some hotels run shuttle services and also the airport offers a shuttle service between the terminals.
Car rentals: Akbar Travels and Shree Sai Rent-A-Car provides car rental services at the airport. » view available cars or rent a car now online
Parking: Parking facility is available in terminal 2 of the airport.
Luggage Storage & Lockers
Left Luggage facility is available in all terminals for storage with different rates according to duration and weight. » book a luggage storage or locker at Mumbai Airport (BOM) online (subject to availability).