Mumbai to Pune by Road – Distance, Time and Useful Travel Information

For most people living in Mumbai, a trip to Pune is the quickest way to get away from the busy madness of city life. The Pune District has a lot to offer to travelers. The city of Pune, the second-largest city in Maharashtra, has some amazing historical places where you can revel at the architectural gems left behind by time, lip-smacking food, buzzing nightlife, and easy access to some amazing places like Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, etc. 

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Why travel from Mumbai to Pune?

Savaari offers chauffeur-driven cab services from Mumbai to Pune as per your requirements. While the Expressway has made the journey more of a drive, with Savaari’s experienced chauffeurs, you can create an itinerary that helps you stop at some interesting places along the way.

Mumbai to Pune by road

Traveling from Mumbai to Pune by car

If you plan to take the Expressway, then a car is your only option since two-wheelers are not permitted on it. While there is an option of riding a bike via the old Mumbai-Pune road, a car journey with a chauffeur can be truly memorable. Without having to worry about the traffic and road conditions, you can allow your mind to drift away from the chaos that city-life tends to fill in our minds. Maharashtra has some interesting villages and cultures. A small detour can sometimes take you to a place that will etch itself in your mind forever. When you book a Mumbai to Pune trip package with us, you are assured of experiencing a trip as per your liking. 

Let us help you discover some of the best routes so your trip from Mumbai to Pune by road is memorable!

Important Highway information – Mumbai Pune expressway 

Highway Name Mumbai Pune expressway 
Alternate Name Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway
Highway Number NH-48
Distance 94.5 Km
Starting Point Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai 
End Point Kiwale, Pune
Highway Quality Excellent 

Best time to take a road trip from Mumbai to Pune by car

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Pune has a moderate climate round the year. While the peak summer weeks can be a little too hot and monsoon can cause bad roads, weather is primarily good for traveling to Pune. The average temperature around the year tends to range between 20 and 28 degrees with a typical tropical wet and dry climate. The best time visit Mumbai to Pune by car will be during the cooler months of October to February.

Route 1: Mumbai to Pune via the Mumbai-Pune Highway

Mumbai to Pune distance Via Mumbai-Pune Expressway

If you are traveling by car, then this is the best way to cover the Mumbai to Pune distance of around 148 km. Before you plan your trip, remember that both Mumbai and Pune are prone to heavy traffic during specific hours of the day/week.

Mumbai to Pune Road condition Via Mumbai-Pune Expressway

It is important to check for live traffic updates and schedule your trip accordingly. With regular traffic, this trip should not take more than three hours. Here’s a basic Mumbai to Pune road map for this route:

Mumbai — Panvel — Rasayani — Khandala — Lonavala — Devghar — Urse — Hinjawadi – Pune
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Popular places along the way:

  • Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Karnala – Once you leave the concrete city of Mumbai, nature starts taking over. After you leave Panvel, you can take a small detour to visit the biggest bird sanctuary in Maharashtra. Depending on the time of the year, you can be lucky to witness some rare species of birds migrating away from colder regions. Trekking enthusiasts can also have fun as it offers some amazing routes for trekking.
  • Duke’s Nose, Khandala – Although Amir Khan never mentioned the Duke’s Nose in the famous song ‘Aati Kya Khandala’; it is one of the most popular attractions in the region. Locally known as Nagphani, a trek up to this peak is memorable, to say the least. The views from there are stunning. It also has an old Mahadeva Temple at the summit.
  • Bushi Dam, Lonavala – If you are traveling during or right after the monsoon, then Bushi Dam needs no introduction. In fact, you won’t need directions either since almost everyone will be headed there. Its reservoir is very popular among tourists for a quick dip and refreshing vistas.
  • Pawna Lake, Maval – This is a reservoir formed by the Pavana Dam turned into an artificial lake. At a distance of around 25 km from Lonavala, the presence of historical structures, like the Lohagad Fort, Tikona Fort, Tung Fort, and Visapur Fort make the setting mesmerizing. A picture-perfect landscape, this is a must-visit while traveling from Mumbai to Pune. 
Bushi Dam
Bushi Dam

Places to eat on this route:

While Food Malls are always an option while traveling on the Mumbai Pune Expressway, we have curated a list of places that you might want to try by taking a small detour:

  • Rama Krishna, Lonavala –  amazing place for south Indian food
  • Rudra’s Kailash Parbat Restaurant, Lonavala – for snacks and fast food
  • Golden Wada Pav Food Stall, Lonavala – one can never truly travel through Maharashtra without eating an authentic Wada Pav
  • Homely Food Joshi’s Sanatorium, Lonavala – a must-visit for seafood lovers craving authentic Maharashtrian cuisine
  • Sheetal Da Dhaba, Lonavala – famous for its chicken biryani and gajar ka halwa
  • Sunny Da Dhaba, Lonavala – for North Indian, Mughlai, and Chinese food
  • Kinara Village Dhaba, Lonavala – a colorful setting with pagodas and swings to enjoy traditional Indian food
  • La Boulangere Bakery, Lonavala – It is a bakery and a café. Do we need to say more!?

Route 2: Mumbai to Pune via NH48 (Old Mumbai Pune Highway)

Mumbai to Pune distance Via NH 48

Before the Expressway was developed, the only way to travel from Mumbai to Pune was along the NH48. Via this route, the distance is around 152 km and the travel time can exceed four hours.

Mumbai to Pune road condition Via NH 48

Now known as the Old Mumbai Pune Highway, it is still the only option for bikers to reach Pune. Here’s a basic Mumbai to Pune road map for this route:

Mumbai — Panvel — Khalapur — Khopoli — Lonavala — Kamshet — Pimpri-Chinchwad – Pune
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Popular places along the way:

  • Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Karnala – Once you leave the concrete city of Mumbai, nature starts taking over. After you leave Panvel, you can take a small detour to visit the biggest bird sanctuary in Maharashtra. Depending on the time of the year, you can be lucky to witness some rare species of birds migrating away from colder regions. Trekking enthusiasts can also have fun as it offers some amazing routes for trekking.
  • Aadishakti Mata Ekvira Devi Temple, Karla – The temple of the Mother of the immortal sage Parashurama, the Ekvira Devi Temple is a beautiful spiritual retreat.
  • Duke’s Nose, Khandala – Although Amir Khan never mentioned the Duke’s Nose in the famous song ‘Aati Kya Khandala’; it is one of the most popular attractions in the region. Locally known as Nagphani, a trek up to this peak is memorable, to say the least. The views from there are stunning. It also has an old Mahadeva Temple at the summit.
  • Pawna Lake, Maval – This is a reservoir formed by the Pavana Dam turned into an artificial lake. At a distance of around 25 km from Lonavala, the presence of historical structures, like the Lohagad Fort, Tikona Fort, Tung Fort, and Visapur Fort make the setting mesmerizing. A picture-perfect landscape, this is a must-visit while traveling from Mumbai to Pune.
Pawna Lake
Pawna Lake

Places to eat on this route:

While traveling from Mumbai to Pune via the old highway, you will find numerous dhabas and restaurants offering lip-smacking food. Some options are:

  • Rama Krishna, Lonavala –  South Indian food
  • Rudra’s Kailash Parbat Restaurant, Lonavala – Snacks and fast food
  • Golden Wada Pav Food Stall, Lonavala
  • Homely Food Joshi’s Sanatorium, Lonavala – Seafood
  • Sheetal Da Dhaba, Lonavala – Indian food
  • Sunny Da Dhaba, Lonavala – North Indian, Mughlai, and Chinese food
  • Kinara Village Dhaba, Lonavala – Beautiful setting and traditional food
  • La Boulangere Bakery, Lonavala – It is a bakery and a café. Do we need to say more!?
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Mumbai To Pune Best Route

While you can take any of the two routes, we recommend Route 1 Via Pune expressway. The road conditions are excellent and the time taken is less. However, it is advisable to check live traffic updates before leaving for your trip.

Other means of traveling from Mumbai to Pune

You can also travel from Mumbai to Pune by trains or flights. 

How to Reach Pune By Train 

You can also cover the Mumbai to Pune distance by train, which is available daily. There are around 125 trains that ply between Mumbai and Pune, of which around 40 trains ply daily. So you can visit the Indian Railways website for your Mumbai to Pune train bookings, or choose your options from the multiple online portals.

The fastest train is the Ahmedabad – MGR Chennai Central Express (PT). The total time taken from Mumbai to Pune can vary between two and five hours, depending upon the train you choose. Therefore, for the updated Mumbai to Pune train timings, check with IRCTC for their latest timetables. You can also directly hire a car in Mumbai to reach Pune.

Train NameDepartureArrivalDuration
18520 – LTT VSKP Exp6:55 AM10:15 AM3 hr 20 min
12123 – Deccan Queen5:10 PM8:25 PM3 hr 15 min
11007 – Deccan Express7:00 AM11:05 AM4 hr 05 min
22105 – Indrayani Exp5:40 AM9:05 PM3 hr 25 min
17031 – Hyderabad Exp2:10 PM6:10 PM4 hr

How to Reach Pune By Flight

There are many flights between Mumbai and Pune. Both cities have fully functional international airports.

Mumbai to Pune flight tickets can be booked online from the website of the airline or any third-party portals. A Mumbai to Pune flight ticket can cost you INR 3500 to 7000, which will also depend on the booking window, available deals, and the travel season. It is important to note that there are no direct flights between Mumbai and Pune and around 62 connecting flights. You can book a Mumbai airport to Pune taxi to have a hassle-free road trip.

Explore Pune Like a Local: A Handy Guide

The Queen of the Deccan, Pune is the cultural capital of the Marathas and is rich in heritage. It is a shining example of New India which has restored its heritage and embraced modernization to make life better. The weather in Pune is typically tropical with average temperatures ranging between 20 and 28 degrees around the year.

Pune will never cease to amaze you. Every turn reveals a historic structure steeped in history. And, the locals love the history of this interesting town. It is also known as the Education Capital of Maharashtra due to the numerous educational institutes in the city. This gives the place a young and energetic vibe too. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most of your trip to Pune

Attractions in Pune for Sightseeing

Here are some places in Pune that you must consider visiting:

  • Sinhagad Fort for a quick trek
  • The largest mall in Pune – the Phoenix Market City
  • The National Defense Academy Campus
  • ISKCON NVCC Temple
  • Sri Balaji Mandir
  • Okayama Friendship garden built on the Japanese Garden theme
  • Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple
  • Laxmi Road for endless shopping

Punekars love their food. This is evident by the range of options available across the city. Here are some food items and the best places to eat them in Pune:

  • JJ Garden, Camp – Wada Pav
  • Bedekar, Narayan Peth – Misal Pav
  • Goodluck Café, Deccan Gymkhana – Kheema Pav
  • Baked & Wired, Kalyani Nagar – Cheesy Deep Dish Pizza
  • Diamond Bakery, Fatima Nagar – Lemon Tarts
  • Kapila, Dhole Patil Road – Kathi Rolls
  • Marzorin, Camp – Chutney Sandwich
  • Maasa, Mundhwa – Chicken special thali
  • Chitale Bandhu, Deccan Gymkhana – Bhakarvadi
  • Budhani, Camp – Wafers
  • Manna Magic Dosa, Pimpri-Chinchwad – 85 varieties of Dosas
  • Café Laileena, Kondhwa – Yemeni cuisine
  • Amruteshwar, Erandwane – Midnight snacks
  • The Place, Camp – Sizzlers
  • Sharma Ice Cream Parlor, Pimpri-Chinchwad – Guava Ice Cream with Chilli Powder
  • Paratha House, J.M. Road – Bahubali Thali

Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Pune

Hotel Name Address
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Course Square, Airport Road, Yerwada, 411006 Pune, India
Conrad Pune by Hilton 7, Mangaldas Road, Koregaon Park, 411001 Pune, India
Vivanta Pune Xion Complex, Wakad Road, 411057 Pune, India
Fort Jadhavgadh Pune Hadapsar – Saswad – Jejuri Rd, Jadhavwadi, Maharashtra 412301
Hotel Sunderban Pune 19, Koregaon Park Next to Osho International Commune, Maharashtra 411001

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