MSRTC or Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation is the state transport system of Maharashtra. It boasts of an extensive network that connects several tier 2 cities and smaller towns with metros like Pune and Mumbai. You can make a MSRTC ticket booking easily with Yatra by heading to the Bus search page. Enter your starting and onward destination and the date of your journey and do a search. Further you can select a bus operator such as MSRTC and carry out your search. The subsequent page will give you a list of buses with MSRTC bus timings, duration of the journey, boarding and drop points, the tariff and the option to select seats. At this point you can compare the prices and the bus schedule and zero in on a bus appropriate to you. Another good reason to book a MSRTC ticket with Yatra is its vast bus repository and some very attractive discounts. By using the promo code BUSONYATRA, you can enjoy a flat 5% off on your bus booking with the additional chance of redeeming 10% eCash. To avail these discounts and finally book your bus, you need to login to your Yatra account.
MSRTC Popular Bus Routes
Among MSRTC’s popular routes comprise Mumbai to Pune, Pune to Ahmednagar, Pune to Nashik, Pune to Aurangabad, Nashik to Pune, Ahmednagar to Pune, Pune to Mumbai, Aurangabad to Pune, Thane to Pune, Aurangabad to Ahmednagar, Mumbai to Satara, Pune to Shirdi, Satara to Thane, Amravati to Nagpur and Pune to Kohlapur among others. The MSRTC operates 18,449 buses that pans across all major and minor cities and town across Maharashtra.
About MSRTC Services
The MSRTC is the state-run bus service of Maharashtra and serves its tier 1, tier 2 cities as well as smaller towns across Maharashtra and its adjoining states. The first ever bus of the corporation was flagged off in 1948 between Pune and Ahmednagar. To begin with MSRTC had 10 makes of buses such as Ford, Chevrolet, Seddon, Bedford, Albion, Leyland, Fiat to name a few. The first luxury coaches were introduced in the 1950s with Morris Commercial chassis. Plying on the Pune-Mahabaleshwar route, the Neelkamal and Giriyarohini came with two-by-two seats, interior decoration, curtains, green-tinged windows and a clock. Partial night service was first launched in 1968, and a decade later the overnight bus service came to pass, with the semi-luxury class being introduced in 1982 during Asian Games. The State Transport or MSRTC buses are also used for postal mail transportation, distribution of newspapers, medicines and tiffins too sent by folks from rural areas to their relatives in tier 1 and tier 2 cities. The corporation ferries 6.7 million passengers daily aboard its Ordinary, Asiad, Parivartan and City Buses. It was in 2018 that MSRTC included around 1000 special non-AC Vithai buses in order to ferry passengers to the pilgrimage town of Pandharpur in Solapur district. These buses have a seating for 45 passengers, and in 2019, the MSRTC added new non-AC buses with recliner chairs and beds specially crafted for overnight, long-distance routes. These buses come with reading lamps, charging point, night lamp, fan and two big storage compartments.
MSRTC Wi-Fi Facilities
The luxury buses such as the air-conditioned Shivneri buses come with Wi-Fi facility. This is so that you can use the internet through the journey and stay in touch with your work. You can even use the social media and use your travel time productively.
The MSRTC operates the air-conditioned Shivneri bus service on the Dadar-Pune-Dadar route. In 2002, 5 air-conditioned Ashwamedh buses were added to the fold on the Dadar-Pune railway station route. With the growing popularity of the Volvo buses, more air-conditioned buses were added to this route including the Thane-Swargate, Nashik-Pune, Dadar-Swargate, Borivali-Sion-Swargate, Aurangabad-Pune, Kohlapur-Pune Railway Station, Sangli-Pune Railway Station among others. Other than that on the Dadar-Pune route, the corporation have started two Volvo AC Multi-Axle buses. Additionally, semi-comfort, air-conditioned Shital buses are also plying on the Dadar-Pune railway station and Nashik-Pune route. The Shivneri buses are made of Volvo 9400R air-conditioned buses and Scania Metrolink buses. The Shivshahi buses which are air-conditioned luxury buses are operated by MSRTC together with a few private contractors. Asiad comprises the semi-luxury services that run every half an hour from Dadar to Pune between 05:00 am and 11:00 pm. The type of service pan between Simple and Yashwanti-Midi, fast, night service, comfort, Shivshahi (air-conditioned), Shivshahi sleeper (air-conditioned), Shivneri (air-conditioned), and Shivneri sleeper (air-conditioned).
MSRTC Bus Depots
Some of MSRTC’s major depots comprise:
In Mumbai, MSRTC has bus depots across Parel, Panvel, Kurla Nehru Nagar, Uran and Mumbai Central depot. Other than that in the MMR it has depots in Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg.
Swargate (Pune), and neighbouring Kolhapur, Satara, Solapur, Sangli.
Manmad, Nandgaon, Satana, Malegaon depot, Sinnar and Jalgaon, Ahmednagar and Dhule.
Kannad, Sillod, Gangapur, Paithan, and neighbouring Beed, Nanded, Jalna, Latur, Parbhani, and Osmanabad.
Chandur Bazar, Morshi, Warud, Daryapur, Chandur Railway, and Akola, Yavatmal and Buldhana.
Ramtek, Katol, Umered, Savner, and the neighbouring Bhandara, Wardha, and Chandrapur.
MSRTC City Bus Service
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation operates its City Bus Service in seven different cities of Maharashtra. You can use their services across Nashik, Miraj, Chandrapur, Aurangabad, Nanded, Ratnagiri, Vasai, and Nalasopara. They operate at a minimum distance of 2 kilometre and a maximum of 50 kilometre, and the fares of each of these ride depend on the distance covered with separate fares for adult and children.
MSRTC Religious Travel Services
The MSRTC organises trips to various pilgrimage and other sightseeing destinations to various parts of Maharashtra. Most of these are places of pilgrimage. These pilgrim spots are spread across Dhule, Buldhana, Jalgaon, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Sangli, and Satara. There are special buses organised during Shivratri to various temple sites. Outside of that journeys on Maghi Poornima and Holi Poornima, Ramnavami, Navratri celebrations, among a host of other spiritual and religious tours.
MSRTC Parcel Services
As a user of MSRTC, you can transport your packages, parcels or goods from one destination to another within which the bus travels. All major bus stands of MSRTC come with parcel service offices that provide trustworthy as well as competitive parcel service. It is also a booming source of revenue for the MSRTC. The parcel service has been a part of the passenger service right from the beginning of MSRTC’s services in Maharashtra.
Facilities at MSRTC Bus Stands
The MSRTC bus stands are well equipped and make your travel comfortable and convenient. They have restaurants, tea shops, bookstores and other commercial establishments. They all have easy sanitation facility set up by Sulabh Shauchalay. Other than that there is cold water facility along with information on bus departure times. You can even attain monthly/quarterly pass, student concessions at the pass counter, find out about new bus service launch. In the age of post-pandemic travel, the bus stands have been kept well-sanitised and those using it are urged to maintain social distancing at all times such as when using the toilets and other facilities.
MSRTC Bus Booking Cancellation Charges
If you have booked an MSRTC bus online and wish to cancel your e-ticket then you can cancel 4 hours ahead of the scheduled departure time of the bus or before the preparation of the reservation chart. You are not entitled to any refund in case you make the cancellation after the permissible period. To cancel an e-ticket, you need to login to your Yatra account and go to the My Bookings page.
MSRTC Corona Guidelines
MSRTC has resumed its operation with 100% passenger capacity instead of the earlier 50%. This was done to bring respite to passengers from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) who were facing public transport shortage in absence of the suburban train services. The areas that are a part of MMR include Palghar, Raigad and Thane districts. The MSRTC is currently operating around 550 buses. MSRTC in the neighbouring Karnataka and Gujarat too are operating at 100% capacity. Some of the protocols that have come in place since the COVID-19 outbreak comprise:
● The MSRTC buses have reverted to allowing two passengers on one seat in its buses as was the way before the pandemic. But the limit of five standees in one bus remains unchanged.
● The temperature of all air-conditioned buses are regulated at 24 to 25 degree Celsius as per norm.
● The overnight buses have done away with blankets to maintain safety and hygiene standards.
● Wearing a face mask is mandatory for both the staff as well as the passengers at all times inside the bus.
● You need to maintain social distancing while boarding the bus and even through the journey.
● A temperature check is done on passengers boarding the bus and anyone registering high temperatures are denied boarding.
● You need to put off your travel if you have any flu-like symptoms, cold, cough or a respiratory problem.
● Always keep your hand sanitiser in your purse.
● Buses shall not make any stops along the way for tea or snacks and will travel from point to point. You need to carry your own water bottles and food in case it is a long distance journey.