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

Should you visit Leh or Mumbai?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Leh and Mumbai. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Leh or Mumbai?


Leh is a small town located in the Indus river valley at a crossroads of the old trading routes from Kashgar, Tibet, and Kashmir. Today, the town is best known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking areas. It is situated in northern India, amidst the mountainous Himalayan range.


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 Leh?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Leh is $39, 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 Leh and Mumbai in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Leh $17
    Mumbai $34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Leh $34
    Mumbai $68
Compare Hotels in Leh and Mumbai

Looking for a hotel in Leh 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 Leh

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: Leh Hotel Prices and Mumbai Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Leh $7.92
    Mumbai $7.82

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Leh

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Leh:

  • Leh Airport Transfer: $33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mumbai

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

  • Dharavi Slum Tour including Hotel Transfers with Options: $8.07
  • Mumbai Airport Transfer: $12
  • Private Transfer to/from Mumbai Airport: $24
  • Airport to Hotel or Hotel to Airport Transfers: $24
  • Departure Private Transfer Mumbai City to Mumbai Airport BOM by Sedan Car: $25
  • Private Transfer from Mumbai to your Accommodation in Pune: $26
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Mumbai HTL-APT (BOM): $27
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Mumbai APT-HTL (BOM): $27
  • Private Transfer From/To Mumbai Chhatrapati International Airport: $27
  • Affordable transfer from Mumbai Airport to Pune: $28
  • Mumbai Airport Transfer in Private Vehicle: $28
  • Private Hotel Transfers to/from Mumbai Airport: $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Leh or Mumbai?

Prices for flights to both Mumbai and Leh 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
    Leh $14
    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
  • Mumbai Food Tour: $20
  • Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert: $20
  • Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Virtual Cooking Class Experience from Mumbai: $20
  • Mumbai Street Food Tour- Eat like a Local with sunset view: $24
  • Mumbai Food Tour: $25
  • 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
  • Experience Mumbai Street Food Tour: $36
  • Street Food Tour: $36
  • Traveling Spoon Butter Chicken and Naan Private Online Cooking Class: $40

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Leh $14
    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
  • Mumbai's Historical Architecture: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.40
  • Highlights Bus Full-Day Tour in Hindi: $5.42
  • Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $6.81
  • Malabar District, Scavenger Hunt & Self-Guided Tour: $6.81
  • Mumbai Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $6.95
  • Mumbai (Malabar District) Self-Guided Tour: $6.95
  • Exploring Dharavi: Mumbai's Walking Slum Tour: $7.41
  • Dharavi Slum Experience with Local Resident English Guide: $7.81
  • Dharavi Slum Tour: $7.83
  • Dharavi Slum Tour Experience with a Local English Guide: $8.89
  • Dharavi Slum Tour: $9.03

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Leh $5.61
    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: $152
  • Wine Tasting Tour Sula Vineyards Nashik - (Day excursion from Mumbai): $163

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Leh and Mumbai, we can see that Mumbai is more expensive. And not only is Leh much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Leh would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Leh 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 Leh.

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

Which is Bigger, Leh or Mumbai?

Mumbai has a larger population, and is about 340 times larger than the population of Leh. When comparing the sizes of Leh 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.