Transport of Pune

Pune is well-connected by road, rail, and air to most major cities in India such as Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Indore, Lucknow and Chennai. Pune Airport is an international hub with flights connecting to Singapore and Dubai.

The Government of Maharashtra has entrusted responsibility for creating a new Pune International Airport project to MIDC. The area between Chakan and Rajgurunagar, around the villages of Chandus and Shiroli, is currently under consideration as a site for the airport, situated 40 km from Pune GPO along the Pune - Nashik National highway (NH-50).

The city has two railway stations, Pune and Shivajinagar. Local trains connect Pune to the industrial towns of Khadki, Pimpri and Chinchwad, and Lonavala. A new broad gauge line between Karjat and Panvel has shortened the distance between Pune and Mumbai by 29 Kilometers. Road travel between Pune and Mumbai has improved significantly with the construction of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway Inter-city luxury buses, both state owned and private ones, also connect Pune with major cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

The Maharashtra state transport buses facilitate travel to rural areas surrounding Pune.

Public Transport
Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Transport (PCMT) have bus routes throughout the city and its suburbs. A pilot project with dedicated lanes is under way.

Pune has a Light Rail/ SkyBus /Light Metro Rail proposal for implementation on both Pune Municipal Corporation, PCMC and MSRDC plans.

Within the city, auto rickshaw is the common mode of taxi transport. Air-conditioned blue-and-white "cool cabs" operate on pre-paid fare basis between Pune and Mumbai. (These are likely to be found only at Pune Airport and Pune Railway Station.)

Private Transport
The public transport infrastructure is currently highly strained. Thus the number of personal cars and 2-wheelers in the city is staggering. According to one study in 2005, there were then 200,000 cars and 1 million two-wheelers in the 146 sq. km area of Pune city. More than 100,000 vehicles are added to the traffic in Pune every year. Suburbs like Kalyaninagar, Vishrantwadi, Magarpatta Cybercity and Kondhwa are spreading and developing very fast, but the narrow roads in Pune are not able to support a rapid growth in the number of vehicles. Like many other fast-growing cities in India, local travel by car, motorbike or bicycle is very frustrating because of traffic congestion and a general disregard for traffic rules. Finding parking spaces for cars is a huge problem.