Aurangabad is the closest city to Ajanta and Ellora Caves. It is about 100 km away from Ajanta and 30 km away from Ellora. Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airport which is well connected via several flights from major cities across India. Jalgaon and Aurangabad Railway station are the two railway junctions which are well connected with all the cities in India. There are many private and government buses which run from the main cities in and around Maharashtra.
Aurangabad, which is about 99 km from Ajanta and 30 km from Ellora, can be reached directly from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur airports. All types of cabs and buses are available from there.
Nearest Airport: Aurangabad Airport (IXU)
Tentative return flight prices to Aurangabad Airport (IXU) from major cities in India.
|Starting city||Return price (approx)|
|Mumbai||₹ 13,313 Non-stop||View Details|
|New Delhi||₹ 7,994 Non-stop||View Details|
|Bengaluru||₹ 16,564||View Details|
|Chennai||₹ 9,650||View Details|
|Hyderabad||₹ 7,840 Non-stop||View Details|
|Kolkata||₹ 14,264||View Details|
Ajanta Caves are connected to a network of excellent roadways with Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Shirdi, Nasik, Dhule, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore, Bijapur, and Aurangabad. Numerous bus services are running to Ellora from Aurangabad Central Bus Station, but the Maharashtra State Tourism Corporation (MTDC) Bus Service is most reliable. There is a luxury bus tour departing daily (except Tuesdays) at 9:30 AM from the MTDC office. In addition to Ellora, the tour also includes several famous sites in Aurangabad.
Jalgaon and Aurangabad are the two railway junctions. These junctions are very well-connected via major trains from all across India. The train ride is very convenient, comfortable and pocket friendy. You will have to book the tickets well in advance via IRCTC or Travel Agent. Taxis can be easily hired from these destinations.
In Aurangabad, an easy way to travel is by auto-rickshaw, but cars on hire and local taxis are also available to travel within the city and to its surrounding areas. To Ajanta and Ellora, there are several MTDC as well as local buses. Tours regularly run between Aurangabad and the Ajanta/Ellora Caves. The tour to Ellora includes the Grishneshwar Temple, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangzeb's Tomb at Khuldabad, and the Panchakki and Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad. Commuting within the city is not a problem as cabs and buses are easily available.