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

Should you visit Cochin or Mumbai?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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

Where Should I go: Cochin or Mumbai?


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 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 place 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 $37, while the average daily cost in Mumbai is $69. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Cochin and Mumbai in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cochin $15
    Mumbai $34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cochin $30
    Mumbai $68
Compare Hotels in Cochin and Mumbai

Looking for a hotel in Cochin or Mumbai? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Cochin

Hotels in Mumbai

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Cochin Hotel Prices and Mumbai Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cochin $9.97
    Mumbai $7.82

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
  • Arrival Private Transfer Mumbai Airport BOM to Mumbai City by Minibus: $135
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Mumbai Airport BOM to Mumbai City in Business Car: $61
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Mumbai Airport BOM to Mumbai City in Luxury Van: $94
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by Business Car: $126
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by Minibus: $135
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by Sedan Car: $25
  • Departure Private Transfer from Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by minivan: $34
  • Departure Private Transfers: Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM in Business Car: $61
  • Departure Private Transfers: Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM in Luxury Van: $94
  • Dharavi Slum Tour including Hotel Transfers with Options: $8.08
  • Dharavi Slum Tour with Laundry And Hotel Transfer (South Mumbai): $46

Is it cheaper to fly into Cochin or Mumbai?

Prices for flights to both Mumbai and Cochin change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Cochin $12
    Mumbai $26

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
  • Discover Mumbai's street & beach with food tour: $17
  • Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert: $20
  • Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Virtual Cooking Class Experience from Mumbai: $20
  • Mumbai Food Tour: $20
  • Mumbai Food Tour: $25
  • Mumbai Street Food Tour- Eat like a Local with sunset view: $26
  • Indian cusine demonstration cum hands on with Hi Tea / Dinner at a Family home: $33
  • Indian cusine demonstration cum hands on with Hi Tea / Dinner at a Family home: $33
  • Street Food Tour: $36
  • Experience Mumbai Street Food Tour: $36
  • Mumbai Street Food Tour with Sun Set View: $38

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cochin $10
    Mumbai $2.68

Tours and Activities in Mumbai

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

  • Slum Tour: Inside Dharavi's Vibrant Community: $5.16
  • Audio Guided Walking Tour on HopOn India App – From Gateway to Fountain, Mumbai: $5.32
  • Mumbai's Historical Architecture: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.40
  • Highlights Bus Full-Day Tour in Hindi: $5.43
  • Audio Guided Tour of Matunga & Dadar Parsi Colony, Mumbai: $6.14
  • Malabar District, Scavenger Hunt & Self-Guided Tour: $6.81
  • Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $6.81
  • Mumbai Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $6.98
  • Mumbai (Malabar District) Self-Guided Tour: $6.98
  • Exploring Dharavi: Mumbai's Walking Slum Tour: $7.42
  • Dharavi Slum Experience with Local Resident English Guide: $7.82
  • Dharavi Slum Tour: $7.84

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cochin $8.85
    Mumbai $3.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Mumbai

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Mumbai:

  • Bombay Party (Bar Crawl): $25
  • South Bombay Pub Crawl: $39
  • South Bombay Pub Crawl: $40
  • South Bombay Pub Crawl: $40
  • Mumbai Pub Crawl: History, Iconic Bars, Cocktail Workshop, Stories and Drinks : $90
  • Mumbai Private Bar Crawl with City Night Tour: $124
  • Nashik: Private Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings From Mumbai: $128
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tour at Sula Vineyards from Mumbai: $153
  • Wine Tasting Tour Sula Vineyards Nashik - (Day excursion from Mumbai): $163

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.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Cochin Expensive? and Is Mumbai Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Cochin or Mumbai?

Mumbai has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Cochin. When comparing the sizes of Cochin and Mumbai, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.