Travel from Pune to Mumbai by Car

Traveling from Pune to Mumbai has been a journey every Mumbaikar or Punite must have embarked on at some point in life.

The City of Dreams, Mumbai is a place where you would dream with eyes wide open because it is also the city that never sleeps. Even though it’s eccentric and electrifying energy overwhelms most of its visitors, yet the city makes you feel at home in no time. You can certainly enhance your Mumbai trip by driving from its sister city of Pune.

When you book a cab with Savaari, you can turn your regular city-to-city drive into a fascinating journey. Therefore, with interesting stopovers on your way, you can easily customize your travel itinerary and take a break to enjoy what lies on the road and make your ride memorable. 

Traveling from Pune to Mumbai by car

A trip from Pune to Mumbai by car is certainly one of the most popular ways to travel between these two cities. The route passes through the gorgeous landscape of the Western Ghats and is one of the best stretches in the state.

You will be riding along the hilly roads, through the valleys, small towns, and villages, before you touch the coastal city of Mumbai. Besides the lush hills of the Sahyadri Mountains, this route has many pit stops worth stopping for.

When you book Pune to Mumbai trip packages with us, you can plan the road trip with stopovers at these places and enhance the drive-time experience. Let us help you discover the best routes so you can have an interesting Pune to Mumbai trip by road.

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Thus, experience the joy of being on the road by booking a cab from Savaari.

Best time to take a road trip by car

The best time to explore the Mumbai to Pune road route is during the monsoon when the surroundings turn lush green and make for a great sight. However, you can also travel during the winter and experience colder temperatures. The distance between Mumbai to Pune by car is roughly 150 KM. Depending on the season as well as traffic conditions, it should ideally take 3 to 4 hours to reach Mumbai from Pune.

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Route 1: Mumbai-Pune Expressway

Because this is the only designated highway route used to reach Mumbai from Pune by road, it is frequently used by locals. It is also the shortest and fastest route, hence used by all travellers and local commuters alike.

Via this route, the Pune to Mumbai distance is only 150 KM. However, except for holidays, heavy rains, or sudden roadwork; you will find traffic on this highway to be reasonably light. But for the most accurate assessment, it is always advisable to check for live traffic updates and use real-time maps to know about the road conditions on this highway.

Here’s a basic Mumbai to Pune road map for this route:

Pune — Hinjawadi — Urse — Devghar — Lonavala — Khandala — Rasayani — Panvel — Mumbai

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Vital Statistics – Distance, Time & Highway Quality

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Popular places along the way:

The highway runs parallel to the continuous stretch of the Western Ghats, hence making it nothing short of a scenic route. Along the way, not only will you cross many tourist locales and nature hotspots, but also places where you can enjoy a dose of adventure. 

  • Tapovan Hill, Devghar – This peaceful retreat near Pune is known for its serene landscape as well as ecotourism. Take a little detour from the main town and reach this viewing point on a hill that is known for exceptional vistas of the Sahyadri. 
  • Rajmachi Fort, Rajmachi, Lonavala – One of the oldest forts of the state, this historic structure is a famous trekking destination for all adventure lovers. You can plan ahead to do the complete trek on your way, or just take a drive around to capture the stunning views of the hilly landscape, especially in monsoon. 
  • Pawna Lake, Lonavala – One of the most popular hill stations between Mumbai and Pune, this old town offers incredible viewing points and of course a wonderful weather. Pawna Lake is one of the many treasures of Lonavala. You can go for a boat ride or even stay overnight, go fishing, walk the trails, and enjoy the vistas from the riverside. 
  • Bushi Dam, Lonavala – The biggest and most popular among several river dams of Lonavala, Bushi dam and its reservoir is best viewed during the rains. 
  • Duke’s Nose Peak, Khandala – The key attraction of Khandala, Lonavala’s sister town, this peak is a popular corner among locals and tourists likewise. Enjoy the lusher surroundings and misty clouds, particularly during the rainy season. 
  • Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Karnala – Just before you reach Mumbai city, you can take the exit towards Rasayani and reach this natural enclave housing one of the largestest bird sanctuary of the state. During winter, you can go for a short bird watching tour, while in the monsoon, go for a jungle trek. 

Places to eat along this route:

  • Food Plaza, Dahivati Tarf Boreti (near Dheku) – highway side food court with fast food chains, confections, and restaurants.  
  • Rama Krishna Veg & Non-Veg, Lonavala – local eatery specializing in South Indian dishes. 
  • Himalaya Punjabi Family Restaurant, Panvel – highway side family restaurant serving authentic Punjabi dhaba-style food and popular among travelers. 

Route 2: Via NH 48/Old Mumbai-Pune Highway

Pune — Pimpri-Chinchwad Panvel — Kamshet — Lonavala — Khopoli — Khalapur — Panvel — Mumbai

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Vital Statistics – Distance, Time & Highway Quality

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Popular places along the way:

  • Kamshet – The plateau region is one of the best paragliding grounds in the country. Try this adventure sport if you are traveling in summer.
  • Bushi Dam, Lonavala – The biggest and most popular among several river dams of Lonavala, Bushi dam and its reservoir is best viewed during the rains. 
  • Rajmachi Fort, Rajmachi, Lonavala – A popular trekking destination in Lonavala, the fort offers excellent views of the landscape, especially in the monsoon. You can stop for a few hours and trek up to the viewing point atop the fort. 
  • Duke’s Nose Peak, Khandala – The key attraction of the town, this rocky peak is a popular for sunset during summer and and views of the lusher surroundings and misty clouds, in the monsoon. 
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  • Zenith Waterfall, Khopoli – The most popular nature spot in Khopoli, the waterfall is best viewed during the rains when it becomes a torrential cascade. 
  • Imagica Theme Park, Khopoli – This is certainly one of the biggest themed amusement parks in the country and is only a few kilometers off the highway. Therefore, steal some time from your travel and enjoy the thrilling rides in this unique leisure destination. 

Places to eat along this route:

  • Maharashtra Family Garden Restaurant – highway side family diner serving mostly traditional Maharashtrian meals.
  • Dada Kondke’s Bageshree, Garden Restaurant & Bar, Khalapur – highway side diner with outdoor seating and late night food, popular among travelers.

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Other means of traveling from Pune to Mumbai

By Train

You can also cover Pune to Mumbai distance by train. There are about 85 trains that run between these two cities, of which 24 trains are available daily.

The fastest train is the new MUMBAI CST –PUNE INTERCITY EXP (12127/12128). For Pune to Mumai train booking, you can visit the Indian Railways website or check any online travel portal to get the best deals.

Traveling from Pune to Mumbai via train can ideally take three to four hours, depending on the train you take. For the most updated Pune to Mumbai train timings, always check the latest timetables of IRCTC, before booking.

By Flight

There are several flights available daily from Pune to Mumbai The nearest airport is Mumbai International Airport (MUM). Traveling from Pune to Mumbai via flight can take three and half to six hours, depending on the airline you take and the air route.

For your Mumbai to Pune flight booking, visit any airline website or get the best deals from any online travel portal. The Pune to Mumbai flight cost can range from INR 2500 to 5000, depending on your booking window, available deals, and the travel season. 

Explore Mumbai Like a Local: A Handy Guide

One of the largest and busiest cities in India, the entertainment and financial capital of the country is certainly the only place where you can experience the real definition of ‘eclectic’. Therefore, to experience Mumbai in its true spirit, you need touch upon it all, from nature, culture, art, history, lifestyle, and entertainment. 

Attractions in Mumbai for Sightseeing

Start your tour the way once settlers started, through the Gateway of India and have a look around the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel. You can also take a boat ride to the Elephanta Caves nearby, known for one of the oldest Buddhist and Jain temples and statues.

A city of beaches, Mumbai is best viewed from some of these beach promenades such as the Marine Drive, Bandra Bandstand, Carter Road, Juhu Beach, Versova Beach, Marve Beach, Gorai Beach.

Also, spend a day in the Manori Island, at a ferry ride off the suburb of Malad. Explore the Borivali National Park, the greenest patch of the city and a local nature hotspot for treks, hikes, picnics, and seasonal bird watching.

If you wish to seek divine intervention, make your way to places like the Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount/Mount Mary’s Church, or St. Michael’s Church/Mahim Church.

Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Mumbai

A melting pot of all possible cultures and communities of India, and above all, from many international locations, Mumbai’s food flair has evolved to be a hearty mix of all. Therefore, from the quintessential Maharahstrian delicacies to fine French, Italian, Lebanese, and many popular global cuisines, Mumbai seems to have it all.

So, to sample a flavour from every possible culture around the world, explore these eateries in the city-

  • Wasabi by Morimoto, Taj Hotel, Colaba 
  • Café Leopold, Colaba Causeway
  • Slink & Bardot, Worli Village
  • Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
  • Mahesh Lunch Home, Juhu
  • Silver Beach Café, Juhu
  • Pali Village Café, Bandra
  • Lake View Café, Powai

Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Mumbai

Hotel Name Address
Radisson Mumbai X-22, MIDC Central Rd, Hanuman Nagar, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400093 PH: 022 5005 0123
Sahara Star Opp. Domestic Airport, Navpada, Vile Parle East, Vile Parle, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400099 PH: 022 3989 5000
Four Seasons 1, 136, Dr E Moses Rd, Gandhi Nagar, Upper Worli, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400018 PH: 022 2481 8000
Hotel Sea Princess Juhu Tara Rd, near Juhu Beach, Airport Area, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049 PH: 022 6692 4455
St. Regis 462, Tulsi Pipe Rd, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013 PH: 022 6162 8000