Well..I must say Mumbai has variety when it comes to transportation.
We have been here for 2 weeks now and I have tried out 3 of the 5 that I am aware of or maybe I should say will be easily available when you arrive in the country.
So as an expat or forigners its exciting when you have options for moving around, but in Mumbai you must choose and pick your exploration of transportation wisely. I will start with what most Indians have advised that I should not even think about taking it.
The train system…. yeap…kids and I went to the train station and I must say it was crowded and not even worth experiencing this train ride. So for a forigner visiting I say stay away from the train stations.
Ok this bus systems are great for those short distance I think…since it gets suoer packed and kind of stinky and if you don’t know where you are going you will spend the whole day trying to get to your destination… So I say unless you have never been on a public bus then go for it…but if have then stay far away.
Ok this is almost becoming my favorite until one day the drive drove my kids all around the city when they clearly mentioned the mall they are going too…the kids said that they know he heard them but intentionally passed the turn just to make more money… any when I say more money…its like 30cents total ride…lol…but I still take this with my kids. I can fit me and my 4 kids in that ride….now it get hot and tjey drive crazy so its a dangerous ride somtimes….and I will say if you have not idea where you are going then don’t take this ride….but if you know your way and can direct them then great deal for moving around. Oh and they have meter in them so no negotiations just ride and pay.
Ok taxis…did not like their attitude…and they seem not to cut the meter on…and when I come around to notice it…he smiled like he forgot and ask that i pay him some ridiculous amount…all I can say is be mindful when you sit in the ride. And most of them don’t speak English. And can seem to read the Google maps in english.
This is an app system like uber…it cheaper than uber….but they don’t speak English so when you book them and they are lost calling and talking to them can be a bit stressful…I had some challenges with them since they don’t speak English. But if you location of pick up is easy to find and your destination is a place you can direct him in case he gets lost then better deal than uber.
My favorite….yes you read that right…no stress and not need to understand each other…and the uber cars in Mumbai has uber engraved on the side of some of the rides. And it’s so cheap its worth all the bells and whistles you get…ac fully pumped up and cooling you off and they actually welcome you in the car and some open the door for you. And when I say cheap its super cheap…like a 5 kilometers journey cost about $3.75 and a trip that took us an hour and a half cost us $2.80… I mean this is for all 5 of us in the car…. So if you are visiting Mumbai I say download the uber app and set it up for moving around so you ca enjoy the city fully without worrying about transportation.
I really hope this helps in deciding which transportation to use when exploring this vast city called Mumbai.
Mumbai Exploration Continues…