India’s foremost beach destination, Goa is a breezy drive from the neighbouring Pune. At about 445 kilometre from the Pune Railway Station, a road trip to the Goa capital, Panjim, takes approximately 11 hours. While a whole tribe of city slickers love to tear down the stretch in their SUVs, but those seeking a more relaxed pace of journey prefer the bus route. Bus journeys on the Pune to Goa route typically take off late in the evening so that you can arrive at your destination rested the following morning. On the flip side, a night journey keeps you away from the stunning Konkan scenery that unfolds of the undulating Western Ghats, the blazing greenery, occasional waterfalls, distant water bodies, and to top it all, a winding hilly drive. But if you believe in conserving your energies till you hit the beaches, covering the Pune to Goa distance by bus is what the doctor recommended.
The initial 350 kilometre of the Pune to Goa drive encompasses Belgaum with the NH4 taking you around the Golden Quadrilateral with a fine 6-lane-highway that thins down to 4 in some parts, but otherwise runs through smooth road conditions. From Belgaum, there is a diversion that leads you to NH4A which eventually brings you into Goa. Though not as wide as the NH4, this one opens up fabulous vistas of the Western Ghats and its crowning glory, the Dudhsagar Waterfalls as you cruise along the Karnataka-Goa border. This last stretch lasts another 100 kilometre all the way till Panjim.
Pune to Goa Bus Service
Ample buses from state-owned to the private-operated ones service this route. You have fleets by Goa state-government owned Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) aside from private operators of the likes of Neeta Tours and Travels, Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions, Ashray Travels, Konkan Travels National, Atmaram Travels, Konduskar Travels among other covering the 445-odd kilometres in a matter of 10.5 to 11.5 hours. Typically the private fleet is made up of Bharat Benz AC sleeper, Volvo Multi-Axle AC I-Shift semi-sleeper, Volvo Multi-Axle AC sleeper, non-AC seater push-back, and Scania AC Multi-Axle sleeper. KTCL with their pick up from Pune Railway Station and drop off at Madgaon operates with a fleet of non-AC seater, AC sleeper, and Volvo AC seater. A KTCL non-AC bus can come for INR 600 while a Bharat Benz AC sleeper or a Volvo Multi-Axle semi-sleeper is steeper between INR 950 to INR 1200. Most of the buses including the state-owned ones are overnight buses, with some beginning as early as 06:30 pm, bringing you to Madgaon 06:30 am next morning.
Pune to Goa Bus Booking
Once you have figured out how to reach Goa, get on Yatra.com and place your bus booking. Enter your starting and onward destinations along with the date of your trip and navigate through a list of options giving you the service provider’s name, the type of fleet, the timings and duration of the journey along with the tariff. Check the boarding points, pick a seat of your preference, and confirm your booking. It is as easy as that.
Pune to Goa Bus Boarding Points
While the Pune Railway Station remains the singular most important boarding point for buses to Goa, there are a bunch of other points across the city from where you can get a bus to Goa. Not to mention, the private operators offer a greater range of boarding points compared to the state-owned service who have pick up from either the Pune railway station or Swargate. Also your bus boarding time depends on your pickup point. For instance, a pune to Goa bus starting from Nashik Phata at 05:30 pm will pick up passengers from Swargate at 08:00 pm and reach Satara by 11:00 pm and arrive at Karad at 11:30 pm before continuing towards Goa. The duration of your trip depends on your location in the city and the route taken by your bus. Some common boarding points for buses from Pune to Goa include:
● Nashik Phata
● Opposite Vallabh Nagar fire station
Pune to Goa Bus Drop Points
A KTCL fleet have limited drop points. Usually these are restricted to Mapusa, Pernem Bus Stand, Panjim, Ponda and Margao. But the private operators have multiple drop points across South and Central Goa.
● Sawantwadi Bypass
● Mapusa taxi stand
● Panjim ST Bus Stand
● Madgaon-Kadamba Bus Station
A bus touted to arrive at Madgaon-Kadamba Bus Station at 07:30 am would have crossed the Sawantwadi Bypass by 05:00 am, Mapusa taxi stand by 06:30 am and Panjim ST bus stand by 07:00 am.
Volvo Bus from Pune to Goa
A Pune to Goa Volvo service is rather easy to find. Both KTCL and the private operators have a fleet of Volvo coaches apart from other luxury liners. Though KTCL (6006) has limited Volvo AC seater and AC sleeper coaches (89821), the private operators have a range of high-end buses such as the Volvo AC seater, Volvo Multi-Axle I-Shift AC sleeper, Bharat Benz AC sleeper, Volvo Multi-Axle AC sleeper, Scania Multi-Axle AC sleeper among others. Some prominent private operators with fleets of Bharat Benz and Volvo coaches are Atmaram Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels, Konduskar Travels, Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions, and Ashray Travels. The cost of a Volvo from Pune to Goa is to the tune of INR 950 to INR 1200 and comes with a range of on-board amenities such as pillow, charging point, water bottle, reading lights, and blanket. The Bharat Benz and the various Volvo fleets are known to offer a comfortable journey in clean, and hygienic surroundings outside of being punctual. The Volvo coaches are typically overnight buses dropping you off in Mapusa as early as 06:00 am.
Pune to Goa Volvo Package
Another way to make the most of your Goa holiday from Pune is by booking a Volvo package. Charging you an all-inclusive sum, you are picked up from your designate boarding point in Pune on a Volvo bus at a time late in the evening and are driven overnight to Goa. At Goa from the bus dropping point, a car is arranged to pick you up and drop you at your hotel. All your logistics, hotel stay, breakfast, sometimes a single meal, is a part of your Volvo package. A sightseeing trip is also organised for you, where you are picked up in a car from your hotel and taken around the main landmarks of Goa, from Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, to the landmark beaches such as Vagator, Candolim, Calangute and Anjuna. After showing you around both North and South Goa, you are again dropped back to your hotel where you are at leisure to relax or browse the neighbourhood on your own. The next day you ride the Volvo back to Pune. The length of your stay depends on your service provider and also the time you have at your hands. For a lot of those who wish to have a hassle-free holiday right from the moment they step out of their doors, a Volvo package is a good idea.
Pune to Goa Bus Fare
The bus fare depends on the bus type and the service provider. The state-owned KTCL runs a mix of AC, Volvo AC and non-AC buses with the tariff of the non-AC seater buses (6237) coming at INR 600 and Volvo AC seater at around INR 800. The private parties run a wider range of buses comprising Volvo AC seater, Volvo AC Multi-Axle semi-sleeper, Scania AC Multi-Axle sleeper, Bharat Benz AC sleeper and the tariff of these buses are much steeper than the non-AC ones. Depending on how far ahead you have made the booking and the category of the AC sleeper coach, expect the Pune to Goa bus ticket price to be anything in the range of INR 760 to INR 1200. The non-AC buses that come with no on-board amenities are priced at around INR 410 for the push-back seaters and INR 650 for non-AC seater/sleeper. Most of these buses take approximately 11 hours to arrive into Panjim from the Swargate area in Pune.
Pune to Goa Bus Time Table
Given the length of the journey which can easily take 12 hours in chaotic road conditions, most buses take off between late evening to night and take advantage of the thinly crowded roads to get to Mapusa by early next morning without much hassle. The Pune to Goa bus timings are quite flexible, the earliest KTCL bus you can get is at 06:30pm from the Pune Railway Station dropping you off in Margao at 06:30 am the following morning. There are buses at around 07:00 pm and 07:30 pm as well taking approximately 11.5 hours to get you to Goa by 07:00 am next day. But majority of the buses operate post 08:00 pm with a whole section of fleet departing from Pune at around 11:30 pm and reaching Goa by 09:30 am the following day. Several buses make a rest stop for about half an hour around midnight in case you need to use the washroom or have a quick cup of tea. Some common rest stops are Amruta Garden, Hotel Neelkamal Family Restaurant, and Hotel Natraj. You are best advised to take a late night bus, at around 11:30pm from Pune and arrive rested the next morning in Goa completely oblivious of how the 445-odd kilometres separating the two cities passed.
Pune to Goa Bus Route
The fastest possible route taken by buses are the Pune to Belgaum one proceeded by Belgaum to Goa. The approximate 445 kilometres from Pune to Goa by road can be covered in 10.5 to 11.5 hours depending on the traffic. For good measure and in order to make good time you are recommended to begin late at night and zip through NH4, the Pune-Belgaum highway, which is part of the Golden Quadrilateral, a high-speed 6-lane-drive for a good 350 kilometres. Further at Belgaum take the diversion for Goa on NH4A. At this point in the journey, the lush Konkan belt emerges alongside the road and opens up vistas of low-hanging clouds, dense jungles of the Western Ghats, mountain streams and rivers and the wondrous Dudhsagar Waterfalls that gushes down the hillside in all its glory in the post-monsoon months. The vibrant greenery of the last 100-odd kilometre of the Karnataka-Goa border is a sight for sore eyes, but one you are apt to miss on a late night bus ride. But there is peace in arriving rested early next morning through the Mapusa and Panjim route to Madgaon, all set to start your beach vacation in Goa.
Pune to Goa Bus Travel Time
The preferred route for covering the Pune to Goa distance is through NH4 and then on to NH4A which encompasses Pune to Belgaum and Belgaum to Goa careering down the sprawling Konkan coast all the way until Mapusa. Depending on your time of journey, you can reach Panjim anytime between 10.5 to 11.5 hours factoring in the brief rest-stops along the way. These could be anywhere between 20-30 minutes and not more than 2 rest stops on a typical journey. Many late night Volvo or Benz fleets get you to Goa from the Pune Railway Station in a matter of 10 hours because the highways are relatively free in these hours with less chances of getting caught in a traffic snarl. Most folk taking the road prefer the night buses for their ability to pick up good speed and get you to your destination before your breakfast time. The journey time also depends on your boarding location. So before you make a booking you need to figure out your bus route, its boarding points and time taken from your particular boarding point to reach the destination. From Pune Railway Station or Swargate, the average time taken by a bus is 11.5 hours.
Hotels in Goa
The beauty about India’s prime beach destination is the availability of hotels, luxury villas, service apartments, guesthouses, homestays and hostels catering to every kind of traveller. You could be a backpacker, a family with children, a big group of friends or simply a luxury seeker, there is an accommodation to suit your taste and style of living. Among Goa’s luxury hotels, on the forefront are W Goa in Vagator, Vivanta Goa in Panjim, Alila Diwa in Majorda, The Leela in Cavelossim, Taj Exotica in Benaulim, Le Meridien in Calangute and Grand Hyatt in Bambolim.
Places to Visit in Goa
There is no better place for a fun seeker than the fast-paced party scene of North Goa. Even in the daytime the beaches of Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna and Vagator and partly Sinquerim are a hub of activity. The beach shacks do ripping business through the day serving an ever-growing clientele fresh beer and deep fried snacks, whether it is calamari fry or a golden jumbo prawn. The South is for the more solitary type. The scenery is magnanimous and so are the beaches. From Benaulim, Palolem, Colva, Varca to Agonda, the beaches are an ocean of peace and serenity. Though they too have their share of seasonal shacks and visitors, they are so spaced out that you can have enough time to yourself.
FAQ - Bus Ticket Booking from Pune to Goa
Q. Where can I get a drop in Goa from Pune?
A: The buses commencing from Pune Railway Station or Swargate will drop you off at the Sawantwadi Bypass followed by Mapusa, Panjim and Madgaon at 15 minutes to half an hour of one another.
Q. Are there any state buses on the Pune to Goa route?
A: There are buses by the Goa state government’s Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) that has a fleet of non-AC seater, AC sleeper and Volvo AC seater buses plying from the Pune Railway Station and Swargate to Goa. They take about 10.5 to 12 hours to get you to Madgaon. While the Volvo coaches might have more on-board amenities such as blankets and reading lights and might come at around INR 800 one way, the regular buses are relatively cheaper at INR 600.
Q. Is it better to take a public or a private bus from Pune to Goa?
A: The private operators invariably have a better range of fleet starting with non-AC seater and AC sleeper to Volvo AC sleeper, Volvo Multi-Axle AC semi-sleeper, Scania Multi-Axle AC sleeper, to Bharat Benz AC sleeper. These buses come with an array of amenities on-board such as pillows, movie screen, blankets, reading lights to name a few, but more importantly, they have more flexible boarding points that span across the city, making it convenient for you to board a bus from your location in Pune however central or remote.
Q. Do the buses make a halt between Pune and Goa?
A: The buses make about one to two halts along the way. That can last anywhere between 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Hotel Neelkamal Family Restaurant, Amruta Garden, and Hotel Natraj are some common pit-stops. Depending on the time the bus halts you can freshen up, fill up your bottles or quickly grab a snack and some tea.
Q. Which is the best time to take a bus from Pune to Goa?
A: Always go with the late evening or night buses because they make good time down the NH4 and later NH4A because the highways are considerably free in those hours and you can arrive rested and on time the next morning. This way you are better disposed to explore Goa through the day and plan your itinerary accordingly.
Q. How do I get to Goa by bus from Pune?
A: There are nearly 95 direct bus plying between Pune to Goa. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Goa from Pune is 07h : 00m.
Q. When does the first bus depart from Pune to Goa?
A: The first bus leaves from Pune to Goa at 00:03 hours. It is a Non AC, sleeper (2+1), bus run by Konkan Travels Mujawar.
Q. When does the last bus depart from Pune to Goa?
A: The last bus leaves from Pune to Goa at 23:59 hours. It is a AC, Volvo multi axle sleeper (2+1) bus run by Naik Travels.
Q. What are popular bus operators on Pune to Goa Bus route?
A: Top bus operator on Pune to Goa routes are MSRTC, KTCL, VRL Travels, Prasanna Purple Travels, Poulo Travels, RK Travels, and Saish Travels etc.
Q. How much time it takes to travel by bus from Pune to Goa?
A: Approximately it will take 09:00 hours to reach Pune to Goa by bus.
Q. What is Pune to Goa bus ticket fare in VRL Travels?
A: The bus ticket price from Pune to Goa for an air-conditioned, volvo multi axle, sleeper bus by VRL Travel is INR 1200.