Car Hire from Mumbai Airport
Mumbai is a great starting point for an Indian adventure. This region of the country is dominated by the sprawling city of Mumbai but surprises visitors with the rich variety of natural landscapes easily accessed from the metropolis. Visitors who hire a car from Mumbai Airport will find it easy to discover more of this beautiful and vibrant part of the country.
Where to hire a car at Mumbai Airport
There are a number of car hire companies operating at Mumbai Airport. Akbar Travels of India is located in the International Terminal Arrivals Hall, Rohan Travels and Shree Sai Rent A Car are located in the Domestic Terminal 1B and Mauli Enterprises are located in Domestic Terminal 1A.
Petrol Stations near Mumbai Airport
If you have hired your car from Mumbai Airport with a full to full fuel policy you will need to refuel it before returning it.
The closest petrol station to Mumbai Airport is an Adarsh garage located just five minutes’ drive from the terminal building. It can be found by following Nehru Road out of the airport.
Driving around Mumbai Airport
Mumbai Airport sits to the north west of Mumbai city centre. It’s on route 8, a main road heading north to Mira Bhayandar and south to the Mount Mary district of Mumbai. Route 3, or the Eastern Express Highway, is also within easy reach. It heads north to Thane and south towards Kamathipura.
Drivers from the UK will require an International Drivers’ Permit to drive in India. This is different from your standard international drivers’ license and you’ll need to apply for the permit before you travel from the Post Office or through The AA or RAC. Your permit will be valid for up to twelve months after the date of issue.
Roads in India can be chaotic and poorly maintained. You’ll need to drive carefully, make liberal use of your horn and expect other road users to flout road regulations rather than adhere to them. One of the familiar aspects of driving in India, however, is that traffic drives on the left, the same as in the UK.
Getting to your destination
Mumbai Airport gives you easy access to a number of top destinations, particularly when you have your own hire car.
Mumbai, once known as Bombay, is a bustling city, full of people, cars and culture. From grand colonial buildings to busy local bazaars, high class nightclubs to some of the continent’s biggest slums, it’s a city of extremes. Visitors can enjoy visiting beautiful temples, popular attractions such as the Taraporewala Aquarium, haggling in the street markets or taking a cruise around the harbour.
The centre of Mumbai is around 25 minutes’ drive from Mumbai Airport. Drivers should take route 8 south before branching off into the city. Congestion is an ever-present problem in this crowded city so you’ll need to prepare yourself for traffic jams and slow progress. Parking in the city can also prove difficult so, if possible, it’s best to park on the outskirts and take either public transport or a taxi into the centre. For overnight parking, booking a hotel in Mumbai with parking available would be recommended.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is within striking distance of Mumbai but a world away from the busy crowds of the city. The park is home to a great selection of wildlife, cascading waterfalls, the Kanheri Caves and a number of lakes. Visitors can go trekking with the Bombay Natural History Society, go cycling, boating or wildlife spotting.
It’s around 50 minutes’ drive from Mumbai Airport to Sanjay Gandhi National Park, taking route 8 northwards. The main entrance to Sanjay Gandhi National Park is located to the north of the park. Here visitors will find a car park and information centre. However, other entrances and car parks can be found on all sides of the park.
Khandala and Lonavala
Khandala and Lonavala are often grouped together as two twinned hill towns. They provide a countryside break from the busy city. It’s a green, mountainous region with plenty of outdoor activities including trekking, paragliding and cycling to enjoy. Waterfalls, lakes, valleys and a pretty rose garden are all close by too.
Khandala and Lonavala are around 1 hour and 50 minutes’ drive from Mumbai Airport. Drivers should head through Mumbai city centre before picking up the Mumbai-Pune Expressway heading south east.