For puneiites, a weekend trip to Shirdi, the holy adobe of Sri Sai Baba, is extremely popular and no better way than hopping aboard one of the many buses that operate on this route. The well-traversed 200-odd kilometres of Pune to Shirdi distance by bus takes approximately 5 hours. While the stretch is highly drivable, but if you wish to conserve some energy and arrive feeling fresh early morning, all set for the darshan, it makes better sense to opt for the bus service.
There are two roads that take you to Shirdi from Pune. One follows the Nashik Highway (NH-50) for about 145 kilometre until you land at Sangamner. Avoid the bypass leading you towards Nashik, instead take the one further inside Sangamner. It will bring you to Shirdi after another 40 kilometres. The second route is through Ahmednagar and takes the same kind of time (appox. 5 hours). On this one you need to get on the Pune-Ahmednagar Highway, and once you reach Ahmednagar, you need to take the Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway. For those living in the northern or western part of Pune, the Sangamner route is better suited, else you are better off taking the Ahmednagar highway. Buses typically prefer the Ahmednagar route owing to the wider roads.
Bus Services from Pune to Shirdi
An extremely popular bus route, the Pune to Shirdi stretch is served by both the state-owned MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) and private operators. Taking between 5 to 5.5 hours to get you from Pune to Shirdi by road, the buses have fairly flexible boarding timings. One can opt for a night bus, there are several leaving from Pune around 09:00 pm and arriving into Shirdi around 02:00 am. You can choose an early evening bus too, one departing at around 04:30 pm from Pune and bringing you into Shirdi by dinner time. The earliest bus is around 05:00 am, arriving in Shirdi before midday. Though there are multiple pick up points, the most prominent one is the Shivaji Bus Station with a drop at the Shirdi Bus Depot. With a fleet made up of AC Seater, AC Sleeper, AC Semi Sleeper, AC Seater/Sleeper, non-AC Seater, Volvo Multi-Axle AC Sleeper, Mercedes Benz AC Sleeper, Bharat Benz AC Sleeper among others, each with a varying range of amenities, you will clearly be spoilt for choice. MSRTC bus, one of the most reliable service providers on this route, has a fleet of around 45 buses in semi-luxury, Parivartan night express and regular non-AC day categories that take off from Vallabha Nagar and drop off at Shirdi Bus Depot in approximately 5.5 hours. A one-way journey can cost anywhere between INR 110 to INR 1400 depending on the category of bus.
Pune to Shirdi Bus Booking
You can book your bus ride easily with Yatra. Head to Yatra.com’s Bus section and enter your starting and arrival destinations including your journey date. In the subsequent page you will be shown a list of available buses along with the operator name, the bus timings, the duration of the trip, the total number of seats in addition to the category of the coach whether AC, no-AC, Sleeper or Multi-Axle. Look up the filters on your left-hand to narrow down your search further. Once you have made your choice, select seat. The seat plan will be shown to you. Pick the seats of your choice, enter your boarding point and it will give you your reporting time. Land on the payment gateway, pay up and your e-ticket is sent to your registered id.
Pune to Shirdi Bus Boarding Points
MSRTC buses do not offer you the flexibility of getting picked up from almost any corner of the city, instead it more or less limits you to prominent stations like Shivaji Nagar, Nashik Phata. But private buses have a wider array of boarding points giving you the leeway to choose one that is most convenient from your current location. A private-operated bus with a boarding time of 11:55 pm from Chandan Nagar will have its first pick up at Nashik Phata at around 09:30 pm. In between it would pass through multiple other pick up points in the city before arriving at the Shirdi Bus Depot around 04:30 early next morning. Some common boarding point in Pune include:
Pune to Shirdi Bus Drop Points
- - Nashik Phata
- - Chinchwad
- - Pimpri
- - Jagtap Diary
- - Sangvi Phata
- - Sangamwadi
- - Yerwada
- - Chandan Nagar
- - Wagholi
- - Shivaji Bus Station
The two drop off points for either buses whether government or private is Shridi Bus Depot or near the Shri Sai Baba Temple. Shirdi being a smaller town compared to Pune has limited drop points and centre around its iconic temple.
Volvo Bus from Pune to Shirdi
Wondering how to reach Shirdi? There are ample comfortable Pune to Shirdi Volvo and Bharat Benz coaches that cover the Pune to Shirdi distance of 200 kilometre. Among the ones providing Volvo buses are private operators like VRL Travels, Hans Travels and Orange Tours and Travels Platinum to name a few with their fleets of Volvo Multi-Axle I-Shift AC Sleeper and Volvo Multi-Axle AC Sleeper that come with on-board amenities like movie screen, headsets, blankets, reading light, pillow, charging point, personal television and track my bus service. A Volvo from Pune to Shirdi is the best possible way to journey the 5 hours between the two cities and arrive rested to your destination. Among other higher category fleets are the Bharat Benz AC Sleeper and Mercedes Benz AC Sleeper operated by Hans Travels, Orange Tours and Travels, Konduskar Travels Pvt. Ltd, all of which come with similar amenities as on a Volvo coach. The MSRTC buses on the other hand have basic semi-luxury to day and night express coaches that may or may not be air-conditioned but ones that can cover the same distance at a cost lesser than that of a Volvo or Bharat Benz.
Pune to Shirdi Volvo Package
A Pune to Shirdi Volvo tour package is just what the doctor recommended to comfortably get to the Sai Baba shrine, pay your respects, unwind at your hotel before heading back. The entire excursion revolves around Shirdi Sai Baba Temple that brings in pilgrims from across the country. With fellow passengers who are all headed to Shirdi to visit the shrine, travel in a comfortable Volvo AC Sleeper coach that will drop you at your hotel of stay and later pick you up to take you on a temple darshan. By booking a Volvo package you do not need to fret about finding lodging in Shirdi and then using the local transport to get you to the famous temple, because you entire travel and stay is taken care of end-to-end by your service provider. Usually for a Volvo package holiday, the bus departs by afternoon or early evening so that you can arrive at your hotel by night. From the bus drop off point, you will be dropped to your hotel by a car. The same car will pick you up early next morning for a temple visit. After spending the day sightseeing in Shirdi, return by Volvo to Pune.
Pune to Shirdi Bus Fare
A state-owned MSRTC bus starts as low as INR 110 and can go up to INR 400 for regular sleeper coaches. However, if you are booking yourself aboard a Volvo AC Sleeper, Volvo Multi-Axle AC Sleeper, Bharat Benz AC Sleeper or Mercedes Benz AC Sleeper, the Pune to Shirdi bus ticket price can vary from INR 360 to INR 1000 or even INR 1500. But in order to have more options at your disposal, it is advisable to book your ride at least a week ahead. You will be able to select from the different bus categories whether AC, non-AC, seater or sleeper or multi-axle AC sleeper and also choose a seating of your liking. You could even get a better fare, and if not, have more elbow room to compare the prices and facilities on-board before confirming your bus booking.
Pune to Shirdi Bus Time Table
There is great flexibility is choosing a bus at a time convenient to you. If you were to go with an MSRTC fleet, the earliest bus you can get to cover the 5-hour journey is at 05:00 am (MSRTC 496101) with a pick up from Shivaji Nagar Pune and drop off in Shirdi at 10:10 am. MSRTC buses ply through the day offering a variety of timings, with the last bus (MSRTC 595898) departing from Pune at 11:00 pm and arriving in Shirdi at 03:05 am. But the boarding time can vary depending on your location. If you are boarding from Pimpri Chinchvad, yours will be the first pick up at 07:30 am, while the last pick up will be at 08:45 am from Wagholi. The private-operators too have buses running through the day with convenient Pune to Shirdi bus timings, and more importantly, a wider choice of pick up points scattered across the city making them more conducive for those living far off from main Pune city wishing to take a bus to Shirdi.
Pune to Shirdi Bus Route
The NH60 is regarded as the fastest Pune to Shirdi route. Depending on the traffic it can cover the 200-kilometre in approximately 4.5 hours. After beginning at Shivaji Nagar in Pune, the drive follows the Sangamwadi Road, the Chakan-Alandi Road before joining the NH60 at Kurali. Continue on the NH60 for 2 hours all the way to Rayatewadi. By now you would have done approximately 110 kilometre. Further, the bus gets on the Sangamner-Kopargaon Road and continues on it for about 44 kilometre till you arrive into the Shirdi Bus Depot. An alternate route is the Pune-Ahmednagar Highway and NH160 which takes you all the way to Shirdi. Hotel Panchsheel Park is a popular restaurant on the Ahmednagar-Pune Highway where folks en-route Pune to Shirdi stop for tea or coffee and snacks. From quick Chinese, North Indian to tandoori dishes, you can order anything you prefer. The food here is hearty with clean, well-maintained restrooms.
Pune to Shirdi Bus Travel Time
The journey can take anywhere between 4 hours and 5 minutes to 5.5 hours. Much of it depends on the route your bus is taking and the time of your travel. If you are taking an early morning or late night bus, it is likely that you can get to Shirdi within 4.5 hours because the highways are relatively empty as opposed to peak time buses or early evening and late afternoon buses that take a minimum of 5 hours to arrive into Shirdi. Not to mention, the travel time marginally varies with your bus boarding point.
Hotels in Shirdi
Some of Shirdi’s popular hotels at proximity to the Sai Baba Temple include Sun-n-Sand Shirdi , Shraddha Inn, Daiwik Hotels, St Laurn - The Spiritual Resort among others.
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
The greatest attraction of Shirdi is the samadhi of Sri Sai Baba, the holy ascetic, frequented by throngs of visitors from across the country. A pilgrimage town, a visit to Shirdi is predominantly about paying respects at this legendary temple. The Sri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust is dubbed one of the country’s richest temple trusts. Lying on the Ahmednagar-Manmad Road, the temple sees the largest footfalls between January and March when the weather is also favourable to visit Shirdi. The Shirdi Dusshera, Sai Baba’s death anniversary (in October) and Guru Poornima are well-known and see devotees and visitors alike turn up in the temple premise.
FAQ - Bus Ticket Booking from Pune to Shirdi
Q. How long does the Pune to Shirdi bus ride take?
A: The bus can take anywhere between 4 to 5 hours depending on the time of the day and the route taken. The NH60 is so far the fastest route passing through Sangamwadi, Rayatewadi before entering Shirdi. It takes between 4 to 4.5 hours. The NH160 route is slightly longer following the Pune-Ahmednagar Highway bringing you to Shirdi in a little over 5 hours.
Q. Are there state-buses from Pune to Shirdi?
A: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has a decent bus network between Pune and Shirdi. The bus operations begin as early as 05:00 am and continue through the day till 11:00 pm. Their fleet of semi-luxury, non-AC sleeper buses cover the 200-odd kilometre to Shirdi in about 5 hours. The tariff varies from INR 110 to INR 415 per way. MSRTC buses typically depart from Shivaji Park in Pune and drop off near the Sai Baba Temple or the Shirdi Bus Depot.
Q. Is it better to take a private or a government bus to Shirdi?
A: The state-owned MSRTC buses are relatively cheaper and non-luxurious. Though they are punctual, they come with limited boarding points unlike the private fleet. The private buses come in a range of categories from Volvo AC Sleeper, Volvo Multi-Axle AC Sleeper, Bharat Benz AC Sleeper, to Mercedes Benz AC Sleeper. The price points therefore are considerably steeper with the most expensive ride coming at around INR 1400, however, you can choose from an assortment of boarding points scattered across Pune city. The journey time in both private and state-owned buses is approximately the same.
Q. What is included in a Pune to Shirdi Volvo package?
A: It includes your Volvo ride to Shirdi Bus Depot from Pune, transfer by car to your hotel, your hotel stay which comprises room rent and breakfast - in some cases a meal as well, a visit to the Sai Baba Temple and return journey to Pune in a Volvo coach.
Q. Is it better to take a morning or afternoon bus to Shirdi from Pune?
A: Early mornings and night buses are preferable over the day ones because you can take advantage of the scant traffic on the highways and make good time and arrive in Shirdi in under 5 hours.
Q. How do I get to Shirdi by bus from Pune?
A: There are nearly 145 direct bus plying between Pune to Shirdi. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Shirdi from Pune is 03h : 30m.
Q. When does the first bus depart from Pune to Shirdi?
A: The first bus leaves from Pune to Shirdi at 00:30 hours. It is a AC, sleeper (2+1) bus run by Vaibhav Travels.
Q. When does the last bus depart from Pune to Shirdi?
A: The last bus leaves from Pune to Shirdi at 23:55 hours. It is a AC, sleeper (2+1) bus run by Vaibhav Travels Kolhapur.
Q. What are popular bus operators on Pune to Shirdi bus route?
A: Top bus operator on Pune to Shirdi routes are MSRTC, Neeta Tour and Travels, Paulo Travels, Honesy Tour and Travels, Tirupati Travels Shirdi, VRL Travels, and SRS Travels etc.
Q. How much time it takes to travel by bus from Pune to Shirdi?
A: Approximately it will take 04:30 hours to reach Pune to Shirdi by bus.
Q. What is Pune to Shirdi bus ticket fare in Neeta Tours and Travels Bus?
A: The bus ticket price from Pune to Shirdi for an air-conditioned, Bharat Benz (2+2) bus by Neeta Tours and Travels is INR 420.