Shirdi is located at about 968 km from Chennai. It is famous for Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Maharashtra and is well-connected by rail, road and air. However, the best way to reach Shirdi from Chennai is by air. The nearest airports are at Nasik (75 km), Mumbai (250 km) and Pune (231 km). From any of the three airports, hire a cab to reach Shirdi. Chennai Airport's new domestic and international terminals aren't linked, and are situated a substantial distance apart from each other.Free battery operated golf carts are being used to transport passengers between the terminals in the interim.
Transport options from Chennai to Shirdi
Chennai to Shirdi By Flight: Take a direct flight from Chennai to Nasik, Mumbai or Pune airport. From airport, Shirdi can be reached by cab or bus. Buses and taxis take around 2 - 6 hours to cover the distance between Nasik and Shirdi, Mumbai and Shirdi and Pune and Shirdi. Ideal for families and senior citizens.
Travelled by flight to Pune. Took a cab from Pune to Shirdi. This was my second trip to Shirdi from Chennai. Previously in 2014 too I had travelled to Shirdi in likewise manner. From Chennai to Pune by flight and from there to Shirdi by cab. It was my first visit to Shirdi.
Train travel is always a good one especially if you are with friends. But the canteen provided in the train is very bad, so it is better to get food from some stations like Guntakal and Wadi. Toilets you cannot complain. It is bad as always. Expected, so no worries.
The train was already late by thirty minutes when we arrived at Katpadi and when it reached it was nearly 4 hours late. So there was no time to take rest in the hotel and we have to rush to mandhir after arriving to the room as it was already 6 pm. Except the late arrival the train travel was smooth and there is no harassment by any railway staff. It is better that pantry car be attached to the train. The seats were good and toilets were clean. Since it is passing through three holy places (Sainagar Shirdi, Mantralayam Road and Saiprasanthi Nilayam ) the frequency may be increased from weekly once to twice or thrice.
It was very boring and horrific journey to say the least. Firstly we did not get any food. There was no pantry in the train. For a long journey train, a pantry car is a must. Isnít it? I have personally reported this to the IRCTC as there were many people who suffered because of this. Moreover the toilets were very badly kept. Untidy, smelly and dirty; and there was no water supply as well. Overall it was horrible!