Travelling in Pune

Pune is a major transportation hub for Western Maharashtra. It serves as the gateway for the numerous hill stations in the Sahyadri Hills.

Travelling by plane
Although Pune airport is served by almost all domestic carriers, the number of flights is limited due to the airport functioning primarily as a military facility. Currently, international flights operate only to Dubai and Singapore. If a getting a direct flight proves difficult, then taking a flight to Mumbai and then traveling by taxi or train to Pune is a feasible option. By long-distance private taxi, the journey should take around three hours and costs about Rs 1200.

The airport is located in Lohegaon, which is around 20km from the city center, and takes about 45 minutes - 1 hour to reach.

Flights connecting with Pune:

  * Jet Airways : Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai
  * Indian : Bangalore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad and Singapore
  * Air Sahara : Delhi and Hyderabad
  * Air Deccan : Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad
  * Visa Airways: Mumbai
  * Kingfisher : Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi,Kolkata
  * IndiGo : Bangalore, Delhi and Nagpur
  * Air India : Dubai
  * SpiceJet : Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Delhi
  * Swift Travels : Pune, Mumbai, and Delhi

Travelling by train
Pune is well connected to other Indian cities by rail, and in particular there is a very frequent service to Mumbai.

Below is a list of services connecting with Pune:
* The Azad Hind connects the city to Howrah and takes 36 hours. Pune is also connected to Jammu by the Jhelum Express. The train covers Northern and Central India, connecting the cities of Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Delhi and Jammu. The super-express trains serving Pune are listed below. The names of the trains are in bold.
* Goa Exp: Vasco-da-Gama, Madgaon, Londa, Belgaum, Miraj, Sangli, Satara, Daund, Ahmednagar, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra Cantt, Nizamuddin
* Deccan Queen Exp: Lonavala, Dadar, Mumbai CST
* Intercity Exp: Lonavala, Dadar, Mumbai CST
* Azad Hind Exp: Daund, Ahmednagar, Belapur, Kopergaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Akola, Badnera, Wardha Jn, Nagpur, Gondia, Nasik Rd, Jalgaon, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Raipur, Bilaspur, Raigarh, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradharpur, Tata Nagar, Kharagpur, Howrah.
* Hatutma Exp: Daund, Kurduwadi, Solapur
* Dadar - Chennai Central Exp: Dadar, Kalyan, Lonavala, Solapur, Gulbarga, Shahabad, Wadi, Raichur, Adoni, Guntakal, Cuddapah, Renigunta, Arakkonam, Chennai Central.
* Shatabdi Exp: Lonavala, Dadar, Mumbai CST
* Nagercoil Exp: Mumbai CST, Dadar, Thane, Kalyan, Karjat, Lonavala, Pune, Daund, Solarpur, Gulbarga, Wadi, Raichur, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Guntakal, Gooty, Anantapur, Dharmavaram, Hindupur, Krishnarajapuram, Bangarapet, Kuppam, Tirpattur, Salem, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai,

Tirunelveli, Virudanagar, Nagercoil.

* Coimbatore Exp: Lokmanya TilakTerminus, Thane, Kalyan, Karjat, Lonavala, Pune, Daund, Solapur, Gulbargar, Wadi, Raichur, Adoni,

Mantralayam Road, Guntakal, Gooty, Anantapur, Dharmavaram, Hindupur, Bangalore East, Bangalore Cantt, Banglore City Jn, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore.

Pune City Station is an average Indian station, with an information booth, an internet cafe and computerized ticket booking office. Trolleys are not available, but porters can be hired to help with luggage. Licensed porters wear a red shirt with a metallic arm-band bearing their serial number. The official rates in Maharashtra currently are as follows-

* Rs 25 for upto 10 kgs/3 pieces of luggage (whichever is less)
* Rs 20 per additional 5 kgs/piece of luggage (whichever is less)
* A lightweight briefcase not exceeding 300 cubic cm is not included, but carries a Rs 5 surcharge.

Travelling by road
Pune is served by three national highways (NH) and an expressway.

* It takes about three hours to get from Pune to Mumbai airport on the Pune-Mumbai Highway. Both private and state owned companies operate luxury buses on this route, and run 24 hours service with buses departing every fifteen minutes. MRSTC buses charge around Rs 185 (Non AC) and Rs 250 (AC) for the journey. NH 4 also connects Pune to Mumbai.
* NH 9 runs to Machhlipatnam, Andhra Pradesh and passes through Karnataka State and the cities of Solapur, Homnabad, Hyderabad and Vijaywada.
* NH 50 is an inter-state highway and connects the city with Nashik.
* Share Cabs operate on the popular Pune City Station to Dadar T, Mumbai route. These taxis seat 4 to 5 people, and charge Rs200 per person using a regular car, Rs800 for a Fiat Premier and Rs1000 for an Ambassador.

* In addition to the main bus station, the city also has three suburban stands:
* Shivaji Nagar: This bus stand serves buses for Vidarbha, Konkan, Marathwada and Northern Maharshtra. A few services connect with other cities in the neighboring state of Gujarat. Buses run by Gujarat Roadways run to Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat, Kandla and Rajkot. The bus station is located outside the Shivaji Nagar train station.
* Swargate : This bus stand serves buses covering Western Maharshtra and Alibag.
* Pune City Station : This bus stand mainly serves buses on the Mumbai route. Most services make a stop at Lonavala.

Tourist Offices
  * Maharashtra Tourism, Pune Central Building +91-20-2612-6867/8169
  * Tourist Info Booth, Pune City Stn.

Travelling by PMT City Bus
City Buses in Pune are run by the PMT. Although the vehicles are crowded and smoke-belching, the network is very extensive. Almost all parts of the city are connected by the PMT City Buses. Major city bus stands include Corporation, Shivaji Nagar, Swargate, Kothrud depot, Nigdi, Hadapsar, Katraj and Deccan. Shivaji Nagar is believed to be the busiest bus stand in the state of Maharashtra.

Pune Darshan
The fare is calculated by distance, and ranges from Rs 4 (9 US cents) to Rs 15 (35 US cents). Only two Pune Darshan services are air-conditioned. The Pune Darshan Bus covers a loop of Pune and costs Rs 100 per person. The route of the bus is Pune Stn - Pataleshwar - University of Pune - Chaturshringi - Ambedkar Museum - Tilak Museum - Shaniwar Wada - Lal Mahal - Dagdu Seth Halwai Ganpati - Phule Waada - Saras Garden - Peshwa Zoo - Mahalaxmi Temple - Swami Vivekanand Museum - Snake Park - Mahadji Scindia's Chatri - National War Museum - Tribal Museum - Osho Garden Park - Aga Khan Palace - Deccan Gymkhana - Pune City Stn. The tour starts at 9 AM and ends at 5 PM.

For details on PMT City bus click here http://www.pmtpune.org/

Travelling by auto-rickshaws
There is also a huge army of three wheeled rickshaws. Rickshawalas are typically very soft spoken and helpful in Pune. There are some prepaid rickshaw stands at Shivajinagar, Swargate Bus Depot and Lohegaon Airport. Nevertheless, always demand that they use the meter and that they show you the sheet of paper which converts the rickshaw meter readings to the actual cost in rupees. As of April 2007 the conversion equation is : Cost = 6 * Reading + 2, where "Cost" is the actual fare in rupees and "Reading" is the meter reading. Thus Rs 2 on the meter is actually Rs (6*2 + 2) = Rs 14. The driver may occasionally stop to ask for directions depending on how familiar he is with the area.

Travelling by two-wheelers
This city was once known as the bicycle capital of the world, but now it has turned into the motorcycle capital.

Travelling by suburban rail
The Pune Suburban Railway connects Pune to Lonavala, a small town en-route to Mumbai. There is only one line with seventeen stations; a second monorail line is under consideration by the government. Here is a list of all the stations, east to west. The places of interest are listed in brackets. Italics indicate the various modes of transport available at the destination station.

  * Pune City (MRSTC, City Bus Stand, Autos, Taxis, PMC)
  * Shivaji Nagar (MRSTC, Shivaji Nagar Bus Stand, Autos, PMC)
  * Khadki (Ammunition Factory, BDL, Ring Sights India Pvt Ltd)
  * Dapodi (CME Museum)
  * Kasarwadi (Air Vents & Glass Factory)
  * Pimpri (Pimpri Plant, TATA Plant)
  * Chinchwad (Bride Industries Ltd)
  * Akurdi (Force Motors Plant, Bajaj Tempo)
  * Dehu Rd (Army AOC & ASC 512 Base repair Depots)
  * Begdewadi (Loco Sheds)
  * Gorawadi
  * Talegaon (Muhammad Ali Rd, CRPF)
  * Wadgaon (PWD bungalow)
  * Kanhe
  * Kamshet
  * Malwali
  * Lonavala (Khandala, Karla Cave)

Travelling by car
Driving in Pune is a fairly crazy affair. There are 5 times as many motorbikes as cars, and they swerve past the traffic dangerously. Even if you have driven before in Cairo or Kolkata, driving on Pune's streets isn't child's play. There are quite a few car rental agencies in Pune. Most of them charge around Rs 2500 a day for a mid-size car. There are extra charges for distances above 100 kms.
  * Hertz
  * Pluto
  * Ashoka Travels