|Mumbai to Nainital Road Distance||1,688 km|
|Mumbai to Nainital Aerial Distance||1,325 km|
|Mumbai to Nainital Travel Time||1 day 4 hours|
The Preferred Way of Travelling from Mumbai to Nainital
The most preferred way of reach Nainital from Mumbai would be a mixture of Flight and bus routes as it would be tedious to undertake solely road trips for this journey.
|1. Mumbai to Nainital - Via Flight|
|2. Mumbai to Nainital - Via Train|
|3. Mumbai to Nainital - Via Car|
|4. Mumbai to Nainital - Via Bus|
|5. Popular Routes to Nainital|
|6. Popular Routes from Mumbai|
|7. Places to Visit in Nainital|
|8. Hotels in Nainital|
Nainital is located over 1700 kilometres away from Mumbai. Taking a flight, therefore, is the fastest way to reach the hill station. But there is no airport in Nainital. The nearest ones are Pantnagar Airport which is located about 65 kilometres away and the Dehradun Airport, located 215 kilometres away. Also, there are hardly any direct flights compared to the indirect ones. Booking the tickets well in advance can make the trip convenient.
Direct or Indirect Flight Options AvailableFrom Mumbai, there are frequent flights scheduled for Dehradun and Pantnagar. Almost all of them are connecting/ indirect flights with at least one stop. The regular flying airlines between Mumbai and Dehradun are IndiGo, Jet Airways and Air India and the one connecting Mumbai and Pantnagar is only Air India. The fastest flight with a stop in between would have a flight time of approximately 5 hours. The ones with some stops and a layover would take between 10 to 30 hours. The usual stopovers/ layovers are at Ahmedabad, Surat, Delhi, Jaipur and Guwahati.
Preferably Local Transport from the AirportFrom Pantnagar Airport, which is located about 65 kilometres away, the best mode of transport is a rental cab or a taxi. Travellers can hire a ride from outside the airport and reach Nainital in about an hour and a half.
The railhead near Nainital is the Lal Kuan Railway Station. It is considered as the closest one and is located about 70 kilometres away from the Hill Station. The only drawback is that there are no direct trains available between Mumbai and Lal Kuan. So, a stopover and an interchange are required at New Delhi. Trains are readily accessible to reach New Delhi from Mumbai. The journey takes about 30 hours one-way. From the New Delhi Railway Station, travellers can find some trains heading to Lal Kuan. If they miss these trains, they can still arrange for an outstation cab ride or a bus ride to travel a distance of 280 kilometres approximately and reach Nainital.
Train Options AvailableThere are at least 7 to 9 trains operating between Mumbai and New Delhi daily (once a day, all days of the week). Some more trains run infrequently. It is good to keep a close tab on the schedules in case someone misses the daily trains. The main trains operating between Mumbai and New Delhi are Dehradun Express, FZR Janata Express, ERS NZM Duronto, Paschim Express, Dee Garibnath, Mangala Ldweep, Mumbai Rajdhani, Aug Kr Raj Express, Punjab Mail, CSMT ASR Express and Golden Temple MI.
Train TimingsThe trains between Mumbai and New Delhi are scheduled every few hours. At times, there are some scheduled to depart every 40 to 45 minutes. The first train departs around 12:00 AM IST while the last one leaves around 11:30 PM IST.
FaresThe fare is dependent on the class chosen by the travellers. From Mumbai to New Delhi, an AC First class (1A) ticket would cost around INR 4500/-, an AC 2-tier (2A), approximately INR 2500/-, an AC 3-tier (3A) would cost around INR 1800/- and a Sleeper Class ticket would be priced approximately INR 650/-. From New Delhi to Lal Kuan, a Coach Chair would cost INR 600/-, an Executive Chair Car (EC) would be generally priced at INR 1200/-, a Second-Class ticket would cost INR 150/- approximately while a Sleeper Class would go for INR 200/-. Higher category of seats like AC First class (1A), AC 2-tier (2A) and AC 3-tier (3A) would cost around INR 1200/-, INR 700/-, and INR 500/- respectively per person.
Preferable Local Transport from Drop LocationTravellers can use local modes of transportation to reach Nainital. Taxis and rickshaws are readily available from outside the railway station. One can also book a cab for the entire day.
TipsBookings must be made in advance for those who want to reach Lal Kuan by train.
Travelling a distance of over 1700 kilometres from Mumbai to reach Nainital can be a good option for those who are fascinated by the idea of a long road trip. There is undoubtedly a lot of freedom travellers can get when they drive themselves. It takes about three days to reach the hill station, but driving there non-stop can be an exhausting affair. So, an overnight stay in between for rest is much recommended. Also, unlike bus travel, it can actually be useful for those who would like to explore other tourist destinations. The entire journey goes through Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and there are three routes to choose from depending on the destinations one wants to explore. An early start would make the trip safer, and small pitstops for refreshments would make it a little faster too.
If self-driving seems like a problematic deal, one can opt for rental cars which are readily available at any Travel and Tours Companies in Mumbai. Nowadays, online bookings are also preferred by travellers because they provide instant and hassle-free confirmations. Depending on the number of passengers, one can go for a hatchback or a sedan, a sports utility vehicle or a minivan. A premium car can also be a good option for a long journey. Some cab service providers also offer package tours where customers get to choose the destinations according to their preference and opt for a return journey too. The entire trip then lasts for over three days (one-way), but then they would have explored more than just one place by the end of the journey. Clear Car Rental and Hire Me Car are some of the online cab service provider choices.
Route OptionsRoute 1: The AH 47 Route
Road ConditionsMost of the stretch is decent, but there are specific patches where the roads are weathered. These are mainly the parts that go through villages in Rajasthan. They are narrow tar roads with no markings and can barely accommodate a two lane traffic. The locals living nearby are often seen commuting on their bullock carts, so it is recommended to cautiously drive. These internal roads can help avoid traffic (if any) on the main highways but driving only during daylight is advised. Also, the national highways have several toll booths. The stretch that goes through Gujarat, in particular, has a lot of them (about 18/ 20) at small intervals.
Approximate CostThe cost of a one-way journey from Mumbai to Nainital depends on the type of car one rents. A Hatchback or a sedan that accommodates four passengers and a driver would cost somewhere around INR 35,000/- while a sports utility vehicle would cost between INR 46,000/- and INR 62,000/-. Premium rides are priced on the higher side, INR 90,000/- to INR 3,50,000/- approximately depending on the vehicle. These rates are only for the ride. Additional expenses like driver’s charges or other charges for his overnight stays are not included.
Eating Options on the WayAs travellers drive through different states, they get a chance to taste some delicious Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Marwadi, Rajasthani, North Indian and Uttarakhandi cuisine. Although most restaurants serve other cuisines, travellers must taste the local food. Some of the most recommended places to eat are Glass House, Snack Charmers, Modi Restaurant, Hasmukh Nashta, Indian Restaurant, Garden Retreat, Heritage Bal Samand Lake Palace, Zaika, Balaji, The Chatter House, The Flying Saucer Café, Berco’s Chinese and Thai Restaurant, Old Famous Jalebi Wala, Pinch of Spice, several bhojnalays, several outlets of Domino’s Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Café coffee day, Pinch of Spice, Bikaner Wala, Tea Boutique, Tease me Rooftop, Yo China, Food Factory etc.
A bus ride to the Nainital from Mumbai can be the most exhausting journey one can have because it takes anything between 35 to 42 hours to travel the distance of 1700 kilometres. Nonetheless, for travellers who would want to take a bus ride, there is no direct way to reach Nainital from Mumbai. The best way is to reach Bhilwara from Mumbai then board another bus heading to Haridwar because there are no direct buses from Bhilwara either. From Haridwar, travellers would have to hire a cab to cover a distance of 186 kilometres to reach Nainital. It is better to stay overnight at every location or even to stay for a few days exploring the destination. Tickets for every destination are available at the ticket counters and online too. Travellers can choose the operators that provide the most comfort because the journey is a long one.
Type of Buses AvailableAll the buses that ply between the destinations till Haridwar are private operators. Travellers can choose between non A/C and A/C Seater or Sleeper buses. Some of them provide amenities like Wi-Fi, blankets, night light, water bottles, charging points and live tracking. Travellers can choose from J J Travels, Shrinath Travel Agency Pvt Ltd. Raj Laxmi Travels, New Kothari Travels, Gujarat Travels that depart from Mumbai and between Raj Laxmi Travels, Ashok Tour and Travels, and Ashok Travels Regd leave from Bhilwara and head to Haridwar.
Route TakenThe routes that lead to Bhilwara from Mumbai go via NH 48 - NH 56, NH 48 – NH 59 or AH 47 – NH 156. Then to reach Haridwar from Bhilwara, the buses take the NH 334 – NH 48 route.
Bus Timings1) Falcon Bus (Non A/C Sleeper)
FareA non A/C Seater and a non A/C Sleeper ticket usually costs between INR 500/- and INR 2400/- while an A/C Seater and an A/C Sleeper ticket would charge between INR 800/- to INR 1800/-. The fare depends a lot on the bus operator and the amenities they provide to their passengers.
Typical Stop Points
|Important Routes||Time Taken||Distance|
|Delhi to Nainital||7 hours||377 km|
|Mumbai to Nainital||1 day 4 hours||1,688 km|
|Kolkata to Nainital||1 day 0 hours||1,398 km|
|Ahmedabad to Nainital||19 hours 53 mins||1,219 km|
|Pune to Nainital||1 day 6 hours||1,738 km|
|Hyderabad to Nainital||1 day 4 hours||1,684 km|
|Important Routes||Time Taken||Distance|
|Mumbai to Goa||9 hours 49 mins||583 km|
|Mumbai to Lonavala||1 hour 35 mins||83.5 km|
|Mumbai to Shirdi||4 hours 17 mins||241 km|
|Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar||4 hours 48 mins||261 km|
|Mumbai to Panchgani||4 hours 13 mins||242 km|
|Mumbai to Pondicherry||19 hours 51 mins||1,298 km|