A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Cochin vs. Mumbai

Should you visit Cochin or Mumbai?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cochin or Mumbai, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Cochin

Cochin is a large city in Kerala, India. It's a cosmopolitan commercial port city with a population of over two million and is a major tourist destination. The city has a diverse population that has migrated from elsewhere in Kerala, as well as the rest of India. The city continues to become more cosmopolitan with fashion shifting to western styles. There are also many large shopping malls as well as an enthusiasm for sports such as football (soccer) or cricket.

Mumbai

Mumbai is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. It is still occasionally referred to as Bombay, but most people know it now as Mumbai. It's the commercial capital of the country and is a major port city. It's also famous for Bollywood, which is the movie capital of the country and famous for it's music filled Bollywood flicks that have become popular around the world. Mumbai is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in India and has some of the most liberal views of an otherwise conservative country. Many immigrants and expats live in Mumbai and it's easy to see the blend of cultures.

Which city is cheaper, Mumbai or Cochin?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Cochin is $34, while the average daily cost in Mumbai is $61. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Cochin and Mumbai in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Cochin is about $28 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

The prices for places to stay in Mumbai can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $28, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $56.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cochin $14
    Mumbai $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cochin $28
    Mumbai $56

Food

While meal prices in Cochin can vary, the average travelers spends about $11 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Cochin should cost around $4.40 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Cochin is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

In Mumbai travelers spend around $24 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Cochin $11
    Mumbai $24

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mumbai

For Mumbai, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Virtual Authentic Indian Tea and Paratha Cooking Class: $14
  • Lonely Planet Experience: Mumbai's Food Tour: $20
  • Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Virtual Cooking Class Experience from Mumbai: $20
  • Mumbai Food Tour: $20
  • Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert: $20
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Mumbai Private Food Tour: $24
  • Mumbai Half-Day Street Food Tour: $25
  • Mumbai Street Food Tour: $26
  • LIVE cooking experience from India: $28
  • Indian cusine demonstration cum hands on with Hi Tea / Dinner at a Family home: $35
  • Indian cusine demonstration cum hands on with Hi Tea / Dinner at a Family home: $35
  • Private Authentic Thali Cooking Class in Mumbai, Santacruz: $39

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $9.14 per day to get around in Cochin.

To get around in Mumbai, the average visitor spends $7.18 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cochin $9.14
    Mumbai $7.18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mumbai

Also for Mumbai, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Affordable transfer from Mumbai Airport to Pune: $28
  • Airport Transfer - Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl. Airport, Mumbai to Mumbai Hotels: $22
  • Airport Transfer Mumbai to Pune: $35
  • Airport Transfer-Mumbai Hotels to Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl Airport (BOM), Mumbai: $24
  • Airport Transfers In Mumbai: $48
  • Arrival Private Transfer Mumbai Airport BOM to Mumbai City by Minibus: $88
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Mumbai Airport BOM to Mumbai City in Business Car: $68
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Mumbai Airport BOM to Mumbai City in Luxury Van: $100
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by Business Car: $121
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by Minibus: $88
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by SUV: $31
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by Sedan Car: $25

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.44 per person, per day in Cochin. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

In Mumbai, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $2.46 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cochin $9.44
    Mumbai $2.46

Tours and Activities in Mumbai

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Mumbai.

  • Bandra Private Tour: $4.90
  • Audio Guided Island City Car Tour, Mumbai: $5.00
  • Elephanta Caves Audio Guided Walking Tour, Mumbai: $5.00
  • Audio Guided Tour – From the Gateway to Fountain Walk, Mumbai: $5.12
  • The Bollywood Walk Audio Guided Tour, Mumbai: $5.13
  • Audio Guided Tour – Mumbai Cricket Walk by HopOn India: $5.13
  • Audio Guided Tour of Matunga & Dadar Parsi Colony, Mumbai: $5.90
  • Half day EsselWorld Bird Park Ticket in Mumbai: $6.35
  • Dharavi Slum - 2 Hour Private Tour with Guide: $9.63
  • Colaba Walking Tour in Mumbai: $9.73
  • Old Mumbai Guided Walking Tour: $9.73
  • Small-Group Walking Tour of Dharavi Slum in Mumbai: $10

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cochin may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.12 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Mumbai, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $3.41.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cochin $8.12
    Mumbai $3.41

Sample the Local Flavors in Mumbai

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Mumbai:

  • Bombay Party (Bar Crawl): $24
  • South Bombay Pub Crawl: $25
  • Pub Crawl Mumbai: $25
  • Andheri Pub Crawl: $39
  • Bar Crawl in Colaba with Hotel Pickup: $45
  • Half-Day Guided Pub Crawl Tour of Kamala Mills: $48
  • Mumbai Pub Crawl: History, Iconic Bars, Cocktail Workshop, Stories and Drinks: $71
  • Wine Tasting Tour Sula Vineyards Nashik - (Day excursion from Mumbai): $230


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cochin and Mumbai, we can see that Mumbai is more expensive. And not only is Cochin much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cochin would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cochin and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Mumbai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mumbai than you might in Cochin.

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