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Best way to get from Pune to Mumbai?

Hey, there! I'm doing an exchange program and I'm going to be spending three months in the town of Pune starting in March. A friend is going to come visit me in April and we're going to take a long weekend in Mumbai. Should we drive there? Is it safe? How are the roads? We just thought it would be good to drive so we can see more of the country than if we took public transportation.  If driving's too much of a hassle, how else can we get to Mumbai from Pune?

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  • Shrirang Joshi

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    Driving from Pune to Mumbai is certainly recommended. It is a day visit. The roads are good and safe as well.

    • If you are coming from the US, I would like to let you know that don't be under the impression that you can simply rent a car and drive it yourself. In India, you can rent cars along with driver and that is the most common way to do it.
    • You could get a decent car for as much as 4000 Rs. for a day (along with the driver) and I would certainly recommend that. But, this means that you would return to Pune the same day - does not matter how late it is in the night. It is safe.
    • If you wish to stay overnight in Mumbai, you can take a one way drop to Mumbai and leave the car. It works out much cheaper that way. The same can be done to get back from Mumbai to Pune.
    • While travelling within Mumbai, you can hire a car locally. It is safe. I would suggest don't fall for the so called "conducted tours". They may just fleece you.
    • There is a lot to see in Mumbai, but, I would recommend to enjoy Mumbai at your own pace than somebody driving you around.
    • There are shuttle services which can pick you up at Mumbai airport (when you land) and drop to any address in Pune. These services are very safe as well.


    As you get close to the date, more details can be planned. Just post a question like this. I would be happy to answer.

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      Thank you so much for your help Shrirang! This is certainly good to know. I was a bit worried about what it would be like to rent a car, but if I can also get a driver at an affordable price, that would be most ideal. Much appreciated! · (0 likelikes)

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    Forgot to mention one thing. There are thousands of care providers in Pune and Mumbai both. It will be better if you book the car through somebody who is local to either of the places. If you need help, feel free to write to me at shrijoshi.travelATgmail.com.

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  • Krupali Raiyani

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    You can certainly drive to Mumbai from Pune . It's the best way to get there if you have a car. There are ways to rent a cab as well.

    The Mumbai-Pune Expressway will get you to Mumbai (you will enter from Panvel ) in around 3 hours.

    Hope this helps!

    For more on toll amounts and entry and exit points you can read here
    http://www.wikihow.com/Drive-on-the-Mumbai-Pune-Expressway

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      Thank you Krupali! This is very helpful! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jayanth Kumar

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    It isn't any hassle at all to drive to Bombay. The roads are really nice, and you can get to see some scenic views thanks to the road going thru some hilly terrain. However, your only issue will be driving in Bombay, and parking space once you get to Bombay. Most areas, space is a constraint, and you may not be used to driving around in really unruly traffic, or park in a spot on the road. To eliminate that issue, you can always find secure parking areas using http://www.secureparking.co.in/regionmap.aspx?cityid=23

    If it is too much of a hassle for you, you can use Ola Cabs to rent a car that takes you from Pune to Bombay https://www.olacabs.com/car-rentals/mumbai-pune

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    Hello! You could either take a bus, train, flight or your own car. The distance is approx 160 kms so flights aren't recommended. The buses usually have tinted glass and you can't experience much. Train and your own car are the best solutions. The only problem with car is the traffic situation once you are in Mumbai city limits. Outside of it the road is an expressway which takes max 3 hours to reach.

    There is also, the old highway which is not an expressway but more beautiful and scenic to drive.

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      Thanks Nupur!! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Ajay Hariharan

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    Yes you can drive to Mumbai from Pune using the Mumbai Pune Expressway which is very safe and is the fastest route.We have right hand drive over here.I don't know if you might need adjusting to it.You could hire a driver maybe.There are Volvo buses to and fro Mumbai which are very comfortable and cheap.

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  • Prasad Np

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    The question is not whether you can drive from Pune to Mumbai, but whether you should drive. The roads are good but we drive on the other side of road. And since you will be in Pune before you take the trip, I am sure you will be better equipped to take a decision if you want to drive in the traffic of Pune and India. Also remember self drive car rentals are very expensive in India and taking a cab could be less expensive. If your aim is sightseeing take a train or bus from Pune to Mumbai and then you can explore Mumbai either by local trains ( efficient but VERY crowded), or hire cab depending on your budget. In the suburbs beyond Bandra you can also try auto rickshaws to move around locally.

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      Thank you Prasad! This is very very helpful. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jayashree Coutinho

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    Hi Trey!


    The drive between the two cities is quite comfortable via the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. You can book tickets on the state-run Shivneri buses or book a private vehicle to drive down the distance.

    For the bus service, look up: https://public.msrtcors.com/ticket_booking/index.php - you can create an account here and book your tickets. Or check with local transport agencies. It's pretty simple. The drive is approximately 3-4 hours depending on where you start from in Pune.

    Hope this information helps! And remember, it's quite humid in the summer here, so do carry plenty of water with you and wear light cottons to keep cool. Safe travels.

    


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  • Tanvi Deshmukh

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    Ofcourse you can drive. Its not a very long journey. It would take you around 3 hours to reach Mumbai. There is not much to see between Mumbai and Pune , unless you plan to stop at Lonavla , which is considered a small hill station spot for Mumbaikars as its comparitively cold there, considering Mumbai's humid climate. But i'd rather suggest you take a AC volvo type bus from Pune, whose frequency is very good. Morever, you'd also be relieved from the driving incase you get stuck in Mumbai traffic.

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      Thank you Tanvi! Do you think driving is advisable for an American who has never been to India? · (0 likelikes)

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    Taxi a Bus or Taxi, Driving not advisable.

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    drive or buses from Dadar, which leave ever 30 mins, they have private cabs you can share as well

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