Pune is located at a distance of 168 km from Mumbai. Famous as the 'Cultural Capital of Maharashtra', Pune is well connected to Mumbai by road, rail and air.
However, the best way to reach Pune from Mumbai is by road, which takes around 3 hours by car. The places covered during the journey from Mumbai to Pune are Mumbai - 23 km -> Mankhurd - 80 km -> Khandala - 52 km -> Sutarwadi - 13 km -> Pune.
Various eating joints, with options ranging from places like Dukes Retreat to Yumie Tummy, fall on the way. Several fuelling stations, including that of Indian Oil and Hindustan Petroleum, are also available at regular intervals.
Transport options from Mumbai to Pune
Mumbai to Pune By Car: Hire a cab or rent a car to drive down to Pune, which takes around 3 hours. Cost of cab per kilometre ranges between INR 9 and 13, approximately, depending upon the type of car hired. This means of transportation is ideal for families with kids and senior citizens as well as for a group.
National Travels bus is quite good and affordable. And maintain in proper manner, you won't feel any problem while traveling and staff were also very helpful. Only thing they don't provide is water bottles like other travel services provide, so keep yourself with you but overall the experience was best.
For any traveller it is highly recommended to travel Pune by Express Highway from Mumbai. It's very exciting travel filled with good landscape & cool breeze with the famous Khandala/Lonavala/Matheram sightseeing falls on the way. Also on the route you have all facilities of food plaza/Petrol Pumps/First Aid/Police Chowky support to make your drive comfortable.
We always look forward to go to Lonavala or Pune via Expressway only, because after crossing city limits the drive is awesome, specially during monsoons. The food malls on the way gives you a refreshing break, now they have KFC's and Mac D, so you have a wide range to choose from other then Khapoli Vada Pav and Chikki.
The expressway is the best thing that can happen to Mumbai. Your travel time really reduces with this route. This route has tolls but its also the fastest way to reach Pune. It is really a well-maintained route. Drawback is that really old cars also drive at fast speed here which is dangerous.
You can call the local office in Mumbai or Pune. They will tell you the next available bus. There are buses all day long and they stop at many pick-up points in both cities. I boarded from Bandra at 6:30 in the morning and was in Pune before 10 (under 3.30 hrs). The ticket cost Rs. 450 and the bus was not very crowded (though this may be because it was a super early trip -6:30 am).
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