Mumbai airport to Pune

The Mumbai Airport, which was earlier bifurcated in the Sahar Airport for international transit and Santa Cruz Airport for domestic transit, is now merged into what is called as the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is India’s and South Asia’s largest and most crucial aviation hub in terms of passenger as well as cargo traffic. It is connected to most of the major cities on the globe with a plethora of passenger, cargo and charter airlines operating on a regular basis from its premises.

Pune, formerly called Poona, is the seventh largest metropolis in India and the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra, after Mumbai.  Pune is especially known for its elaborate educational facilities, academic tradition and a thriving industrial economy. Poona is extensively linked with the other parts of the country and especially with Mumbai, the former being the cultural capital and the latter, the commercial capital of Maharashtra.

Distance between Mumbai Airport and Pune

Mumbai Pune distance is approximately 145 kilometers; the road distance includes 93 kms of express highway from Kalamboli near Mumbai to Pune.

Mumbai Airport to Pune by Air

Pune currently does not have a civil airport to its name. All commercial air carriers operate from the military airport located at Lohegaon near Pune. The number of flights is however limited since the airport is under the control of the Indian Air Force. The Pune airport is served by a multitude of domestic carrier airlines operating between this route. Some of them are the Jet Airways, Air India, Kingfisher Airlines, Visa Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo, etc. The sooner you book the flight the better since booking your ticket at the eleventh hour costs appallingly more than booking in advance. The cost of the ticket varies between Rs. 2500 to Rs. 7000; depending upon how soon you book the ticket. Normally it takes around 40 minutes for a flight to travel the distance between the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and the Lohegaon Airport in Pune. The Lohegaon airport is around 10 kilometers from the city center, and it takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to reach, depending on traffic conditions.

Mumbai Airport to Pune by Train

There are many regular trains scheduled between the various railway stations in Mumbai (Mumbai CST, Dadar and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus) and Pune. Some of the trains serving the route between Mumbai and Pune are Deccan Queen Express, Pragati Express, Indrayani Express and Intercity Express, Dadar – Chennai Central Express, Nagercoil Express, Coimbatore Express, etc. From the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Santacruz, the traveler has to reach Mumbai CST, Dadar Terminus or Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at Bandra to catch any of the trains mentioned above (depending on their respective routes). The fare for the ticket can cost anywhere between Rs. 100 to Rs. 500 depending upon the facilities available in the coach. The time for travel is approximately four hours and I am using the word approximate because we all have immense faith in the ‘punctuality’ of Indian trains.

Mumbai Airport to Pune by Road

It takes about three hours to get from the Mumbai airport to Pune via the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. Both private and state owned companies (MSRTC) operate luxury buses on this route, and run 24 hours service with buses departing every fifteen minutes. MSRTC buses charge Rs 185 (Non AC) and Rs 250 (AC) for the journey respectively. The first MSRTC bus departs at 6 AM and the last bus at 2 AM. The National Highway 4 also connects Mumbai to Pune.

Shared Cabs operate regularly on the popular Dadar (Mumbai) to the Pune City Station route. These taxis seat 4 to 5 people, and charge Rs. 200 per person using a regular car, Rs. 800 for a Fiat Premier and Rs. 1000 for an Ambassador. Cool cabs (taxis with air conditioning) are also available which charge a bit higher. Most of the buses which serve on the Mumbai- Pune route have the Pune City Station as their last stop since it is right next to the Pune railway station. The time of travel depends upon the weather and traffic conditions since travelling during the rainy season could prove quite problematic for the traveler.


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