Nasik is located at a distance of 211 km from Pune. Situated on the banks of the River Godavari, which is considered sacred by Hindus, Nasik is well connected to Pune by road and rail.
However, the best way to reach Nasik from Pune is by road, which takes around 5 hours by bus. Various hospitals and ATMs are available on the way at regular intervals. Several rest stops and restaurants such as Roshal Garden, Janjeera and Suryoday, among others, are also present on the route.
Transport options from Pune to Nasik
Pune to Nasik By Bus: Take a direct bus from Pune to Nasik, which takes around 5 hours. Several AC and Non-AC buses are available for Nasik from Pune. The fare of these buses ranges between INR 400 and 1100. The Nasik Bus Stand is situated at a distance of less than a kilometre from the city centre. This mode is ideal for backpackers and individual travellers.
The road is very narrow. There is hardly any overtaking possible without taking risk. Early morning is the right time to start. We should not get into traffic areas of Nashik or Nashik road. Road widening (4 lanes) work is going on. Need to be careful while changing track.
While going as well as while coming back I took road via Panvel and both times it took me only 4.5 hrs to reach. The normal Pune-Nasik road takes minimum 6 hrs due to single road and traffic. Road via Panvel is fantastic provided you don't get stuck up on Panvel - Kalyan route. Here also I took bypass road and avoided entering Kalyan city which helped me a lot.
I travelled in a car from Pune to Nasik. It was a very comfortable journey as the roads are new and getting constructed from last one year. Work is in progress. The roads are very broad and new and good to travel. However once you are approaching Nasik, you will take more time to enter city, as the road is very narrow and lots of vehicles pass on either way.
I love driving, though its not fun if the road is not good. On my way to Nasik, I took the Pune-Nasik highway. Please avoid this (extremely crowded and poor condition) and instead take the Pune Mumbai Expressway followed by Mumbai Nasik Freeway. While the later is about 50 Km longer it is certainly worth it. Once out of Mumbai, you will get a hoard of Pure vegetarian restaurants which are definitely worth a halt.