Frequently Asked Questions about Mumbai
Is Mumbai safe?
Terrorist attacks in 2008 and 2011 killed dozens of people. Many of the targeted locations are still frequented by foreigners, although the attacks weren't specifically aimed at them. Increased security measures in the wake of the attacks mean that Mumbai is generally safe and most expats live there without incident. Although the last major terrorist attacks were a while ago, it is important to understand that the nature of terrorist activity is unpredictable.
Where's the best place to find affordable accommodation?
Generally, properties get cheaper the farther they are from the city centre, but there are exceptions. Luxury city apartments could be cheaper than large freestanding houses in the suburbs. Many expats find that sharing accommodation in Mumbai is the surest way to save.
Does everyone speak English in India?
English is spoken by much of the population, and it's the language of education, the professional workplace and politics. Hindi and Gujarati are widely spoken, and Marathi is the area's official local language.
Will it be difficult to adapt to life in Mumbai?
Many new arrivals experience culture shock in Mumbai. But those who are open to learning about the local people and their customs find their time in India more worthwhile. One of the most important customs to be aware of is never to receive, give or touch people with the left hand. It's considered unclean.
Do I need a car in Mumbai?
Unless they live close to work, which is rare, most expats need a car. Mumbai is vast, and accommodation is often found in suburbs away from business districts. Bad driving and congestion make for long commutes, but it's easier to endure traffic jams in a private vehicle than on public transport in Mumbai. Many expats hire a driver and lease a car instead of buying one.