How To Reach Pune
Surface - The most preferred, swiftest and pleasant journeys from Mumbai to Pune is via the six-lane, five tunnel tolled Mumbai Pune Expressway, which covers the 93 km distance between the two cities in approximately two hours, at a steady driving speed of 80kmph. One can either hire a private taxi, or travel in one of the luxury Volvo buses run by MSRTC, which depart after every quarter of an hour. Theer are privately owned Volvo buses available as well; however, not only are the latter more expensive (tickets ranging in the range of Rs 500, which is more than double that of the state-owned buses), but they also take longer to cover the distance. Pune is connected to the adjoining southern states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and cities like Hyderabad and Vijaywada, via NH9; and with
Nashik via NH50.
Train - Via rail, Pune is connected to all the Indian metros, including Kolkata (Azad Hind Express - Mon, Wed, Sat & Sun), Delhi (Jhelum Express - daily), Chennai (Chennai Express - daily) and Bengaluru (Lokmanya TT Express - daily). Reaching or arriving from Mumbai is the easiest, with a number of options available everyday, such as Deccan Express, Sinhagadh Express, Indrayani Express, Intervity Express, Mahalaxmi Express, Konark Express, Sahyadri Express, Koyna Express, etc. Local trains link up Pune to Pimpri-Chinchwad and Lonavla. The latter is a hill station and a tourist spot, 64 km from the city. There are two railway stations â Pune Junction and Shivaji Nagar.
Air - The Pune International Airport is located at Lohegaon, at a distance of 10 km from the city. It is the only one of its kind in the world, when it comes to sharing its runways with the militaryâin this particular case, the adjoining Indian Air Force base. This is also the reason that the airport mainly caters to domestic airlines; that, too, of a limited number, namely Indigo, Spicejet, Kingfisher, Air India, Jet Airways and Go Air. Presently, flights to only three international destinations take off from Pune, namely, Dubai (Air India), Singapore (Indian) and Frankfurt (Lufthansa).