Aurangabad is located at a distance of around 335 km from Mumbai. Named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is the gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora. The city is well connected by rail, road and air. However, the best way to reach Aurangabad from Mumbai is by bus which will take around 5 hours 30 minutes. Aurangabad central bus station is located at a few km from the city center. Some of the important places covered on the way are Thane - 23km -> Kalyan - 42km -> Kopargaon - 241 km -> Aurangabad. On the route, several petrol pumps of Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil and HP, apart from hospitals and pharmacies, ATMs and road-side dhabas are located.
Transport options from Mumbai to Aurangabad
Mumbai to Aurangabad By Bus: Take a direct bus from Mumbai to Aurangabad, which takes over 5 hours. Several government super deluxe buses operate on this route. Buses arrive at Aurangabad central bus station, situated few km away from the city center and can be reached by taxi or auto-rickshaw. Ideal for individual travellers and backpackers.
Mumbai to Aurangabad By Car: Hire a cab from Mumbai to Aurangabad, which takes less than 5 hours. Approximate cost of cab per kilometre ranges between INR 15 and INR 25, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families and group travellers.
Mumbai to Aurangabad By Train: Take a direct train from Mumbai Central to Aurangabad station that takes around 7 hours. From the station, you can take auto-rickshaw or bus to reach the city centre. Ideal for families with kids and senior citizens.
Mumbai to Aurangabad By Flight: Take a direct flight from Mumbai to Aurangabad. The airport is located about 12 km from the heart of the city and can be reached by auto-rickshaw which takes about 20 minutes. Expensive but ideal for families and senior citizens.
The only convenient flight is in the early evening, but this is by ATR Aircraft with all its limitations of space. Pleasant flight with excellent in-flight service. Familiar problem of complete lack of lounge facilities at Mumbai Airport since boarding is from ground floor.
Mumbai-Aurangabad is almost 340 km distance, reasonable to drive by car. We drove via NH-3 and then on to Nagpur-Aurangabad Road. We drove during the monsoon and it was little difficult, especially in few patches where the roads are in pretty bad condition. We took many stopovers to rest and recuperate, eat, drink and relax. We arrived in Aurangabad within 7-8 hours! Many tolls on the way.
I boarded the train on 10th March, 2015 at 1400 at Dadar Terminal. The train was 5 minutes late in starting but reached Aurangabad 30 minutes earlier at 2000 hours. The journey was very interesting in the Air Conditioned Chair Car. The seats were improvised with sufficient space. The train halted at Thane, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nashik Rd and Manmad only en-route. The 365 Km journey was completed in 6 hours. The catering in the train was excellent with frequent availability of snacks and coffee at the affordable rates. There is no lunch and dinner facility in the train due to the timings. The AC Chair Car was almost full. The views on the way covering the Western Ghats at Igat Puri, Nashik Road were very attractive.
We chose Jet because flight timings were convenient for us. Flight was on time and terminal 1 was good to spend time with my colleagues. Flight was of short duration so we did not take food on flight which was chargeable. We had lunch at Sahara Star Hotel before reaching the airport. Check-in and boarding was no problem at all.
We been to Aurangabad by car from Mumbai. Highway was good. The route was Mumbai-Kalyan-Nasik road-Sinnar-Shirdi Highway and then Mumbai Nagpur Highway via Aurangabad. Ajanta Caves is about 104 km from Aurangabad. One can go directly to Ajanta Caves if going by car bypassing Aurangabad which we did on our Day1. Ajanata caves required about 2 and a half hours to explore, little tiresome. Reach before 2.30 pm as it gets closed by 5.30 pm.
One more thing Ajanata Caves is closed on Monday and Ellora on Tuesday,so plan your holidays accordingly. One can also visit Shirdi, Shani Singnapur along Aurangabad. Minimum 4 full days will be required and three full days in Aurangabad and one day to cover Shirdi and Shani Shingnapur.
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