Mumbai Currency is counted and valued in ‘Rupees’ One Rupee=100 Paisa. Indian coins came in the denominations of 1, 2 & 5 rupees and Indian Notes 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees are accepted. International banks with ATMs are available in many parts of Mumbai after all it is the financial hub of India. If you are handed a grubby note, insist on having it exchanged for a newer one. It is advisable to have a big supply of small currency notes, as change does not exist most of the times.
Mumbai being India's gateway to the world at large has money exchangers in hordes. Hence, money change is not a problem here, but it is always safer to go for government authorized money exchangers to get a right value for your money. Currency value may differ from kiosk to kiosk, and hence bargaining is the key to get better value.
|Post Office||9:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. (Mon to Sat) Sunday10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m|
|Shops||10:00a.m. - 10:00p.m. (Mon to Sat)|
|Banks||10:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. (Mon to Fri) Saturday is half day.|
|Restaurants||10:00a.m. - 11:30p.m.|
|Nightclubs & Discos||11:00a.m. to until late nights|
|Government of India Tourist Office||8:30a.m.- 6:00p.m. (Mon to Fri) Saturday8:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.|
|Public Sectors||9:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. (Mon to Fri)|
How to give Tips in Mumbai…
1. In the small or not-so-popular restaurants tips are optional. You can place Rs. 10-20 as a tip and not a percentage of the bill. In the renowned restaurants generally a 10% of surcharge is added to the bill as a service charge.
2. Tip with smaller denomination notes to the waiter, room service boy, housekeeper, bellboy, porter, doormen & any staff member with whom you came in contact in the 5 Star Hotels they will all expect tips. For the railway porters Rs. 10- 20 per bag would be enough. Yet much depends on the weight.
3. Tipping taxi driver is upto your discretion. However if you want to tip him, then, 10% of the fare or leaving the change would be a handsome one.
4. Carry small change- you'll need it often for the snake charmers, beggars, cart pullers, people whom you photographed and in temples/mosques.