1. Pune to Mahabaleshwar by Car
A road trip from Mahabaleshwar to Pune is indeed a one in a million experience, and this is precisely why so many people prefer this option when it comes to traveling on this route. The roads are really well built, and make the journey remarkably smooth and comfortable.
In ideal traffic conditions, the journey of 120 kilometers between Mahabaleshwar and Pune can be covered in just 2 hours and 15 minutes, which is the fastest among all means of transport. This is also an economical option and can help you save loads of money, especially if you have decided to carpool.
You can either choose to drive all by yourself, or you can book a cab through a reliable taxi rental service provider. A lot of websites such as Savaari and Goibibo also give you the facility to book a cab online.
The Routes That Can Be Taken
NH 48 (via the Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Road, Wai-Panchgani Road and Wai-Surur Road to Surur)Route 2:
Via Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Rd and NH 48Route 3:
Via NH 48 and Hadapsar - Saswad - Jejuri Rd/Saswad Rd
The roads that lead from Mahabaleshwar to Pune are really well built, and you should not really have any difficulties on this route. The driving experience is really nice, thanks to the myriad of food outlets and farms that are scattered all along the highway.
Eating outlets on the way:
There are numerous local dhabas and eating outlets where you can halt for a quick snack. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of stopping at the Mapro Garden to savor some delicious pizzas and sandwiches. There are also a lot of food outlets that are located close to the Venna Lake.
2. Pune to Mahabaleshwar by Bus
Traveling from Mahabaleshwar to Pune by a bus is both economical as well as comfortable. The total distance of around 120 kilometers between the two places can easily be covered in a bus in a matter of 2-3 hours, and passengers also get to view the picturesque scenes at leisure. Buses between the two places ply on a regular basis at all times throughout the day, and travelers are free to choose between privately operated buses or those that are operated by the government (MSRTC). Common private bus operators on this route include Neeta Tours and Travels, Shankara Travels, etc.
You can easily find around 50 buses that run regularly on this route, so feel free to book a bus that suits your timings and itinerary. The first bus to leave starts at 06:30 in the morning and the last bus to leave Mahabaleshwar departs at around 10 in the night.
Available Bus Options
1. MSRTC buses
Timings: The earliest bus to leave departs at 06:30, while the last bus departs at 18:30.
Duration: These buses can take anything between 2 hours to 3 hours and 20 minutes to complete the journey. This depends on the kind of bus that you choose, and also on the traffic conditions during that particular hour of the day.
Fares: Fares for these buses start from INR 220 onwards.2. Paulo Travels (Non AC Seater/Sleeper and AC Seater/Sleeper buses)
Timings: Different timings throughout the day
Duration: 3 hours and 15 minutes
Fares: Fares for these buses start from INR 700, and can go up to INR 1600 per person.3. Shiv Holidays (AC Seater buses)
Timings: 09:00 to 13:15
Duration: 4 hours and 15 minutes
Fare: INR 400