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.
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).
The driving experience to Pune is amazing with the expressway. A drive with 100-110 speed on constant was a feeling to experience to drive. We headed to a interior place near Sihagad Fort for our stay. Resort named White Orchid on Panshet road. Resort is good for a group of friends or family outings.
The internal roads are quite averagely built. The sight seeing place the highlight of the trip was Sihagad fort. A drive to the fort is an experience. The curvy ghat roads to drive requires good driving capability or else u'l stuck up in middle. Get a good songs playlist and head on.
It was fine to travel with Neeta but I missed TV during my journey. They have only one stop, so I would request to add more stops and please add TV to the bus. It would be fun and journey was ok. I suggest all to travel with Neeta.
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