Mumbai Airport to Shirdi
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).
Shirdi is a town in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage centers in India and millions of devotees from all over the world visit Shirdi each year to pay their respects to the famous saint Sai Baba. Considering that it is one of the most visited pilgrimages, Shirdi is extensively connected to most of the major cities in India and especially those in Maharashtra.
The Distance between Mumbai Airport and Shirdi
The distance between the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and Shirdi is approximately 300 Kilometers.
Mumbai Airport to Shirdi by Air
Shirdi currently does not have a civil airport to its name. The nearest airports are the Nashik Ozar airport and Pune airport. There are a multitude of commercial air carriers like the Jet Airways, Air India, Kingfisher Airlines, Spice Jet, IndiGo Airlines, which serve the route between the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and the Nashik Ozar or the Pune airport. The sooner you book the flight the better since booking your ticket at the eleventh hour costs surprisingly 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 to 45 minutes for a flight to travel the distance between the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and the Lohegaon Airport in Pune or the Nashik Ozar airport.
From the Nashik Airport there are share autorickshaws and taxis going to Shirdi as well as the regularly scheduled Sate Transport (ST) Buses. It is a bit more expensive to go to Shirdi from Pune by any of the above mentioned modes of travel.
Mumbai Airport to Shirdi by Train
There are a multitude of trains running between Mumbai and Shirdi such as the Janashatabdi Express, Shirdi Fast Pass, Tapovan Express, Sewagram Express etc. It takes approximately 6 hours for the train to travel the distance from the Mumbai CST or the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai and the Sai Nagar railway staion in Shirdi. From the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Santacruz, the traveler has to reach the Mumbai CST or the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at Bandra depending on the respective route of the train he or she is traveling on. After reaching the Santacruz suburban railway station by autorickshaw or taxi, you can get on a local train either to the Bandra station on the Western line or Mumbai CST on the Central line depending upon the starting point of the train.
The cost of the train ticket to Shirdi can be anywhere between Rs. 100 to Rs. 500 depending upon the facilities available in the coach and of course how soon you wake up to the fact that you have not booked your ticket (getting a train ticket to Shirdi under the ‘Tatkal’ scheme can prove to be quite a Herculean task considering the perennial rush of Sai devotees).
Mumbai Airport to Shirdi by Road
There are various options for travelers planning to go to Shirdi by road. The cheapest and probably the safest option is to travel by the State Transport (ST) buses scheduled regularly from the State Transport bus stop at Parel. There are private Volvo buses also which cost a bit more or less depending on the season. Boarding a convenient overnight bus is also a good option. Mumbai to Shirdi taxi service is available on a regular basis. It may cost anywhere between Rs.1500 to Rs.3000 depending upon whether the taxi is AC or non Ac. It takes around 7 hours to travel from Mumbai to Shirdi by road.