Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
Driving your own vehicle in Mumbai can be very challenging and most opt not to. Some of the main roads are wide but the inner ones can become congested. During off-peak hours, driving is not that bad, but during the day it can be challenging because many drivers do not maintain basic road etiquette. Expatriates generally prefer to be driven in chauffeur-driven vehicles.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
To drive in India, one must either have an international or a locally approved license, which can be obtained from the local Road Transport Office (RTO). Third-party insurance is mandatory.
What side of the road do people drive on?
In Mumbai, drivers drive on the left side of the road. If you are not familiar with this, please drive with extreme caution.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Taxis: The best option of travel within the city and can be easily identified by their black-and-yellow color. They are metered and payment is made per the fare card. You also have an option of an air-conditioned "Cool Cab" taxi, distinguished by its blue-and -silver color. One of most common online cab aggregators are Uber and Ola, where you could book your ride in AC cars using mobile applications.
Auto Rickshaws: Three-wheelers ply beyond Bandra in the suburban areas of Mumbai. They are metered and payments are made per the fare card. They are cheaper than taxis, easily available and suitable for suburban travel. Buses and local trains are also available, but not advisable for expats.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
It is possible to take public transit out of the city. Good air-conditioned taxis and private buses are easily available. For short journeys, taxis are a much better choice and in good weather they can be fun!
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Driving rules in Mumbai are the best in India though still quite challenging. It can be chaotic and, with road development work going on, it can be quite frustrating, especially during peak hours.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
At train stations and within the bus.
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