How do I get to Pune from Mumbai Airport (International)?

#16 Jul 11th, 2009, 17:41
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So a train is a bad idea? I haven't seen it mentioned here. I thought any long trip was best on a train in India.
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From the intl. airport in Mumbai to Pune? I never heard of anyone using the train. Most people that I know of who're traveling directly from Mumbai's international airport drive from the airport directly to Pune, either by someone's car or hiring a door-to-ddor pickup and drop service like Sandi's or KK travels. If you've a lot of luugage, though, then a shared vehicle like Sandi's or KK might be cramped. Also, since they wait for all the pre-booked passengers to arrive, you might be kept waiting in case the other passengers are on another flight.

I'm not sure if the air-conditioned "Cool cabs" ply directly from the airport to Pune.
But I think they are available from Dadar Asiad stand??

BTW: Mumbai-Pune isn't really a long trip anymore. For starters, it takes probably more time getting to your destination inside the heart of Mumbai from the outskirts (especially during rush hour)than it takes to travel from Pune to the outskirts of Mumbai.
Also, at the rate at which both Mumbai and Pune's geographical boundaries are increasing (including Navi Mumbai,Panvel,Lonavala) soon the Expressway will be re-christened Inner Ring Road or something
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Private Car/Driver for 2 day trip Mumbai to Pune from airport

Dear Kit-Cat's Husband:

We are arriving in Mumbai domestic terminal and need a car to take us to Pune and then back to Mumbai. Not sure if your friend is located in Mumbai or Pune. Any help would be appreciated. We are a family of 3 adults. Coming around 9:30 pm on Dec. 6. Thanks so much.
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EASIEST WAY:

Walk From the terminal to the main road (about 300 mtrs) once you reach the main road or Highway, keep walkign to the left...
Theres a Huge line of Shared Cabs that charge roughly about 200 bucks / head..... They drop you off to Pune Station...

Its very convinient, cheap and Safe.... available 24 hours!
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How much does it cost to get to dadar from the international airport departure terminal to dadar by taxi? The cab from mumbai to pune is very risky affair in terms of security.
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Originally Posted by niteshp27 View Post How much does it cost to get to dadar from the international airport departure terminal by taxi? The cab from mumbai to pune is very risky affair in terms of security and the way the drivers drive on the express way.
What kind of risks are you suggesting- some clarification will help others before choosing the mode of transport.
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K K travels website - http://kktravels.com/index.asp
I STRONGLY vote AGAINST KK travels (how more should I stress this?), unless you have a rather hefty insurance, twice your net worth. Here is why -
- Out of 4 trips I took with them, 3 drivers were rather rowdy and aggressive. I felt like they should be more in F1 racing.
- No respect for traffic light.
- Do not abide by any rules.
- Pedestrian intimidation (yeah, they were jaywalking too, still I don't want someone to get killed under the vehicle I am traveling in.)
- Speeding at about 70km/hr IN THE CITY, morning hours (now you guess, the highway speed).
- VERY arrogant.
- The owner is not up for the comments and complaints. When you send him email about anything, you get a reply to confirm (to prevent spam in his mailbox). It took me at least visiting couple of different websites to prove my identity. Who the f*/% he thinks he is?
- When I raised objections on their driving style, 2 of them were confrontational.

All these times, I literally had no other options hence I put my life on the line but not again. Now, I ask my brother to take a day off and drive me to the airport. I am looking for more options.
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Originally Posted by savyasachi View Post I STRONGLY vote AGAINST KK travels (how more should I stress this?), unless you have a rather hefty insurance, twice your net worth. Here is why -
- Out of 4 trips I took with them, 3 drivers were rather rowdy and aggressive. I felt like they should be more in F1 racing.
- No respect for traffic light.
- Do not abide by any rules.
- Pedestrian intimidation (yeah, they were jaywalking too, still I don't want someone to get killed under the vehicle I am traveling in.)
- Speeding at about 70km/hr IN THE CITY, morning hours (now you guess, the highway speed).
- VERY arrogant.
- The owner is not up for the comments and complaints. When you send him email about anything, you get a reply to confirm (to prevent spam in his mailbox). It took me at least visiting couple of different websites to prove my identity. Who the f*/% he thinks he is?
- When I raised objections on their driving style, 2 of them were confrontational.

All these times, I literally had no other options hence I put my life on the line but not again. Now, I ask my brother to take a day off and drive me to the airport. I am looking for more options.
That is some serious negative feedback I have seen, I hope the concerned people at KK read this. I have not travelled with them so do not know about the drivers attitude.

Maybe Sandy's is a better option in that case.
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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post That is some serious negative feedback I have seen, I hope the concerned people at KK read this. I have not travelled with them so do not know about the drivers attitude.

Maybe Sandy's is a better option in that case.
Frankly, He doesn't care and won't care because of the business model he employs, plus the lack of services by regular operators. Most likely, India is one of the very few countries that do not connect bus or train service to the airport.

The way KK Travels works is, a guys buys a vehicle and leases out to KK Travels. Majority of the times, the guy who owns it, drives it and gives a commission to KK Travels (was told to me by the ONLY nice guy who drove me to the airport). Even if you complain, what are they going to do about it because they know that you NEED their service. Its more like you needing them than they needing you, so the arrogancy is pretty detectable. And this attitude is observed in many businesses in India (and that is the sole reason, I really want Wally and Ikea to show up and kick their butts, I admit, long term implications are bad but they need to be told how they should work in this globalized world--end of rant).

One funny+annoying experience with them. I landed Mumbai with Delta+KLM. Loads of flights usually arrive around that time so things were busy inside the terminal. As any Indian system should work, 2 of the belts were not working so all luggage from gulf and European flights was put on 2 belts. The gulfies pushing around to get the bags, I stepped back for a few minutes and then got my bags. I stepped out and no sign of KK (first timer). One nice guy waiting for his sister gave me his cell phone and I called their office. The guy tells me that my vehicle has already left because I was scheduled at certain time (flight arrival time). I am like, it takes few minutes to go through all bureaucracy so how can he expect me to be there at the same time of flight arrival. He goes, I don't know. I am like, WTF? I raised my voice to as much high as I could and warned him, I am not going anywhere and I want their guy in front of me in 10 minutes, not a second more, else I am seeing you at your Katraj office (with loads of expletives in Marathi). The guy shows up in 5 minutes and I put my life on the line.

Plus, couple of very annoying things about the drivers,
- eating gutkhas and spitting non-stop while driving (yuck, yuck, yuck)
- Picking or dropping passengers to International airports but do not understand English..
- Cursing while driving (as if they are driving like angels)..
Seriously, I can add tons more but I guess everyone gets an idea.

Can I get Sandy's number please, better to keep handy. I am not using services of those f%$^ers again for sure.

Someone mentioned Shivneri by State Transport, they are not great either. Those buses and drivers are leased from Neeta Travels (Raj Thackrey's company) that considers roads more like their own F1 racing tracks. Try complaining about them to a police officer and see the response.
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Plus, couple of very annoying things about the drivers,
- eating gutkhas and spitting non-stop while driving (yuck, yuck, yuck)
- Picking or dropping passengers to International airports but do not understand English..
I would overlook them if the drive is safe and courteous.


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- Cursing while driving (as if they are driving like angels)..
A typical driver anywhere in the world. One needs to learn swearing while he learns driving


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Can I get Sandy's number please, better to keep handy. I am not using services of those f%$^ers again for sure.
Try google- but again I tried it years ago and the character called driver might not be very different. Just hope his driving is better.

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Someone mentioned Shivneri by State Transport, they are not great either.

Shivneri/Neeta etc are a good option to travel from mumbai to pune (how dangerous the expressway itself is is a different topic all together)

BUT these buses do not serve the purpose of airport to home drop in pune or vice versa. Specially after a tiring journey and huge luggage.
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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post I would overlook them if the drive is safe and courteous.
I would too but during my last 'interaction' with them, there was a Phillipino student. Agreed their accent is not as clean as an American but so is of many Indians'. The driver made so much 'fun' of him that I started feeling really guilty and started pretending that I am falling asleep.
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Partly true, here is one, I booked once through Nivalink in Surat. Honestly, hard to believe but absolutely pleasant experience. We hired that long Toyota vehicle (Sienna derivative), the driver was brilliant. He was supposed to drop us off at 6pm but our train back was at 8.30pm. He offered us to drive around Surat for free. The route that he drive us on is loaded with rowdy drivers, even Gujarat ST drives 'carefully' but he didn't utter a single expletive. I was so impressed that I reported to Nivalink, I want this guy next time I book with them in Surat. Of course, he got 500 tip.

Is this the guy you are tlaking about? http://www.sandis.com/
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On the topic of travelling between Mumbai and Pune, does anyone know if the Shivneri bus has a toilet on board?
Also, for a 1pm international flight from Mumbai, when would be the best time to leave Pune?
Thanks :-)
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Originally Posted by Caterina View Post On the topic of travelling between Mumbai and Pune, does anyone know if the Shivneri bus has a toilet on board?
Also, for a 1pm international flight from Mumbai, when would be the best time to leave Pune?
Thanks :-)
Shivneri does not have a toilet in it. It does take a loo break in between where there are toilet facilities.

My thought is if you have to reach the airport at 11:30 am so it gives you 1:5 hours to check in , security and some buffer time. (not sure if 1.5 hours is enough else just do the math)

You need to take a cab from dadar by 11:00 am
and to do that you should take a bus from pune which atleast starts from pune station at 7:30.

Would be okay to start at 7 am , better wait a few hours at the airport instead of missing the flight.
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Originally Posted by Caterina View Post Also, for a 1pm international flight from Mumbai, when would be the best time to leave Pune?
I don't know if you are flying on BA flight. I took BA flight that departs at 1.30pm and I left my Pune at 7.00am You can not count on traffic so I preferred to reach Mumbay at 10.00am and sit there. Better to be early than late.

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