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

Should you visit Pune or Mumbai?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Pune 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: Pune or Mumbai?

Pune

Located in Maharashtra, Pune is the state's second largest city and cultural capital. Not only is it a hub for museums, temples, beaches, and scenic overlooks, but it also has a thriving nightlife and general atmosphere due to the student population.

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 place is cheaper, Mumbai or Pune?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Pune is $51, 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 Pune and Mumbai in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pune $23
    Mumbai $34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pune $46
    Mumbai $68
Compare Hotels in Pune and Mumbai

Looking for a hotel in Pune 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 Pune


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: Pune Hotel Prices and Mumbai Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pune $14
    Mumbai $7.82

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pune

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

  • Mumbai-Pune Transfer: $68
  • Phuket Airport Transfer: $57
  • Simon Cabaret Show in Phuket including Return Transfer (SHA Plus): $52
  • Pune Airport Transfer in Private Vehicle: $50
  • Simon Cabaret Show in Phuket including Return Transfer: $50
  • Simon Cabaret Show in Phuket including Return Transfer (SHA Plus): $50
  • Private Transfer from Pune to Nashik: $45
  • Private Pune Airport - Pune City Round-Trip Transfer: $43
  • Private Transfer from Pune to Shirdi: $42
  • Private Transfer from Pune (PNQ) Airport to Pune City: $37
  • Private Transfer from Pune City to Pune (PNQ) Airport: $37
  • Pune Airport Transfer: $30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mumbai

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

  • 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
  • Transfer to & fro Airports,Cruise Terminal,Hotels or any whichway, one way/time: $44
  • Transfer from Mumbai Airport to Hotel: $55
  • Private Transfer: Mumbai Airport to Hotel: $55
  • Private Transfer: Hotel to Mumbai Airport: $47
  • Private Transfer from Mumbai to your Accommodation in Pune: $26
  • Private Transfer from Mumbai to Pune via Lonavala City Tour: $58
  • Private Transfer from Mumbai to Chatrapati Shivaji (BOM) Airport: $40
  • Private Transfer from Mumbai hotels to Mumbai Cruise Port: $65
  • Private Transfer from Mumbai hotels to Mumbai Cruise Port: $65
  • Private Transfer from Mumbai Port to Mumbai Int Airport (BOM): $49

Is it cheaper to fly into Pune or Mumbai?

Prices for flights to both Mumbai and Pune 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Pune $18
    Mumbai $26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pune

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

  • Guided Street Food Tour with Cultural Charms of Pune: $22
  • Traditional Cooking Classes & Dinner with Chef Family: $32
  • Traditional Cooking Classes & Dinner with Chef Family: $33
  • Coral Island, Promthep Cape & Sunset Dinner with Power Catamaran: $54
  • Organic Thai cooking class: $68
  • Traditional Mangalorean or Maharashtrian cooking class in Pune: $75

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 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
  • South Indian Market and Cooking Workshop: $40

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pune $17
    Mumbai $2.68

Tours and Activities in Pune

For Pune, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 4-Hour Tour: Pune University Complex Cycling Private Tour: $139
  • 4-Hour Tour: Small-Group Culinary Walking Tour in Pune: $99
  • Agra Taj Tour from Pune: $220
  • All-in Phi Phi, Maiton, MayaBay, Khai, Bamboo islands Tour : $54
  • Best of Pune Sightseeing with Food Tasting Tour by Private Car: $89
  • Big Bollywood Studio only Tour with Meal : From Pune: $103
  • Cultural Walking Tour of Pune with Local Snacks: $23
  • Day Trip to Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani (Guided Fullday Sightseeing Tour from Pune): $150
  • Day Trip to Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani (Guided Fullday Tour): $144
  • Day Trip to Pune Curated Private Tour Experience from Mumbai: $161
  • Experience Spiritual Culture in Pune with a local - 2 Hours: $17
  • Experience Spiritual Culture in Pune with a local - A Unique 2 Hrs Walking Tour: $13

Tours and Activities in Mumbai

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

  • Dharavi Authentic Slum Tour: $110
  • Mumbai City Tour : $100
  • Private Full-Day Mumbai Sightseeing Tour with Dharavi Slums: $82
  • "Best of Mumbai (Guided Full Day Sightseeing City Tour)": $128
  • "Highlights of Mumbai Guided Half Day Sightseeing City Tour: $74
  • "Religions of Mumbai (Guided Half Day Sightseeing City Tour): $81
  • 2-Days Private Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour from Mumbai by Round Trip Flights: $232
  • 2-Hour Guided Tour of Dharavi: $25
  • 3 Days Complete Mumbai Tour Inclusive of Bollywood Studio Experience: $277
  • 3 Hours Early Morning in South Mumbai Heritage Bicycle Tour : $49
  • 3 Hours of Pottery Making Experience in a Studio in Mumbai: $70
  • 3-Hour Private Guided Tour in Bollywood from Mumbai: $199

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pune $15
    Mumbai $3.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Pune

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Pune:

  • Pune Pub Crawl: $25
  • Pub Crawl (3 Hours Guided Bar Hopping Tour): $38
  • Pub Crawl (3 Hours Guided Bar Hopping Tour): $40

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 Pune and Mumbai, we can see that Mumbai is more expensive. And not only is Pune much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Pune would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Pune 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 Pune.

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


Which is Bigger, Pune or Mumbai?

Mumbai has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Pune. When comparing the sizes of Pune 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.