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.
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.
What could I say about a 6 hour journey. We are group of ten. We had lot of fun and masti through out the journey. We already had dinner so no idea about the food quality of the train. Toilets are ok. I have boarded this train 2 years back, nothing has changed. The train usually runs at correct time.
We travelled in an AC bus but the ac was off bcoz we were travelling at night. Journey was awesome. We have taken halts at many places to take rest in the journey and the seats were also in good conditions. Bring a jacket along with you.
Its on time 10 to 20 minutes difference its like playing games and you reach the destination. Its a very nice experience because you reach very soon and train are in good condition. Toilets are clean, greenery to watch out. Looked at the nature's beauty, played teen patti and antakshari to spend the time. It takes approximately six to eight hours.
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