Lonavala is situated at a distance of 88 km from Mumbai. Famous for a traditional Indian sweet made from ground nuts and jaggery called 'chikki' and popular as a hill station, Lonavala is well connected to Mumbai by road and train.
However, the best way to reach Lonavala from Mumbai is by road, a journey of about 1 hour 20 minutes by car. The places covered between Mumbai and Lonavala are Mumbai - 12 km -> Mankhurd - 76 km -> Lonavala.
Several ATMs, hospitals, rest stops and dhabas fall on the way. Restaurants such as Appetite, McDonald's and Sunrise are present on the route. Petrol pumps of Hindustan Petroleum (HP) and Indian Oil, among others, are also available at regular intervals.
Transport options from Mumbai to Lonavala
Mumbai to Lonavala By Car: Hire a cab or rent a car to drive down to Lonavala, which takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. Ideal for group travel, this mode is also suitable for families with senior citizens and kids. Approximate cost of cab per kilometre ranges from INR 10 to 35 depending upon the type of car hired.
If you plan to go to Lonavala, you should not think of taking any other route. Expressway is fast and beautiful. Beware of landslide during the monsoon. Alternative route is the Mumbai Pune old highway.
You can stop at the food court enroute Lonavala. It's nice and hygienic.
The journey form Mumbai - Lonavala by bus is always good experience as you see the Ghats and Valleys of the beautiful Khandala. Enjoyed every bit of it, it was peaceful journey. Yon can enjoy some very good fast-food in between the destination in Bus Stop.
Mumbai Pune Express Way is always a nice place to drive. And being in group it was a great fun. We started around 7 Am and reached by 9:30. On way we halted at petrol pump to refuel and for refreshment. As it was December so the weather was very pleasant and cool. My colleagues who were from out of Mumbai were pleasantly surpised and happy with this drive.
We took the Sion Panvel Highway and then the Mumbai Pune Expressway up-to Lonavla. This road has tolls. We travelled by our own car and the journey was comfortable. It is better to start early morning. We faced some traffic in Lonavla city otherwise it was largely a traffic free journey. En-route there are petrol pumps and food plazas.
In the early morning nearby 5. 30 Am. We left our house and move towards our LONAVALA journey to feel the heaven on earth scenario in rainy season. I was driving my Maruti Swift VLX white with my family and it was wonderful experience to drive with your beloved family for such an wonderful journey. Everyone feels happy and excited for the trip and the road condition is tremendous. I feel so excited in an smooth and straight road while in the morning and that too without any disturbance like facing traffic, or driving roads which was worst in condition everything was like welcomes us to feel the beauty of journey.
All over dhabas, restaurants, and refreshment arrangement on highway that was incredible, every where all facilities we get and feel no trouble for anything. Just while travelling some important things to carry are 1. Driving license with all necessary document 2. Less cash cum debit card keep ready in pocket. 3. Have some useful aid box or some useful tablets which if anyone regularly have it 4. Follow the traffic rules and all useful tips while driving 5. Never overtake while driving on Express-highway raod 6. Keep speed limit 80 7. Give proper indication while turning your car left-right for others 8. Safe drive means safe n happy journey. MAKE YOUR JOURNEY MOST MEMORABLE by keeping such important things in your mind.