Lonavala does not have an airport, however, the Lohegaon Airport of Pune is the nearest. This airport not only has domestic but also international carriers.
Mumbai’s international and domestic airports are also a good option. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is the second busiest airport in the country in terms of traffic after Delhi. Every major domestic and international flight arrives and takes off at this airport. After arrival, there are several options to reach Lonavala in no time.
A seaplane facility is available connecting Lonavala directly to Juhu beach in Mumbai. It lands at the Pawna Dam located about 100 to 110 km from Mumbai. If you are feeling indulgent and want to visit Lonavala for a day’s picnic this is a good option.
Lonavala has its own railway station in Lonavala town. It is the origin of Lonavala-Pune Suburban Trains. Seventeen trains operate on the Pune-Lonavala route. Most of the express trains that cross Mumbai-Pune railway line stop here. There are a plethora of options depending on one's schedule such as Intercity Express, Koyna Express, Deccan Express, Indrayani Express and others. On a daily basis, there are two trains that run between Mumbai and Lonavala. But on a weekly basis, there are close to 63 trains. Out of all the trains that operate between Mumbai and Lonavala, 34 originate from Mumbai while the rest pass through Mumbai.
The Karjat–Pune passenger trains also have a halt at Lonavala. Trains travelling on the Kalyan-Pune route also halt at Lonavala. Alighting at this station leads to access to Lonavala town and nearby areas like Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves, Lohagad, Visapur Fort, Bushi Dam, Bor Ghat (Khandala Ghat). Khandala hill station is a short distance away.
Bus - There are 199 buses plying between Mumbai and Lonavala daily. Out of these, some are sleeper buses, some are AC buses and some are non-AC buses. The duration and frequency are exceptionally good. There are 17 operators that operate buses between the two cities. Usually, the bus ride to Lonavala is less than 3 hours at a comfortable pace. Some of the popular operators are Neeta Tours and Travels, Purple Tours and Travels, Gujarat Travels and Datta Krupa Travels.
The state-run buses called the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) are regularly used by passengers and are very efficient and comfortable. MSTRC has 18515 buses, which ferry 6.7 million passengers daily. These buses have routes to towns and cities within Maharashtra as well as to its adjoining states. You can also book tickets online for all the buses. These buses have different ranges and the prices alter accordingly.
Car - The drive to Lonavala is very scenic. From Mumbai, you will have to take the Mumbai- Pune Express Highway and exit at Khandala to get into Lonavala. This is India’s first six-lane concrete, high speed, access controlled tolled expressway. The road is very well maintained and allows passengers to glide through seamlessly. There is a nominal toll but it completely worth the money. During the monsoon, due to heavy rains, there have been landslides at the Khandala and Adoshi tunnels on the Expressway.
Two-and three-wheelers are not allowed on the expressway. For two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and for those who wish to avoid the toll, the other option is to use the old Mumbai-Pune Road NH4.
From Pune too, you can also take the NH4 or NH4 and Mumbai Express Highway combination.
Taxi - Private and shared Taxis are available to reach Lonavala from Mumbai and Pune. Prices vary depending on whether you choose, an SUV, sedan or hatchback.
Many cab operators like Ola and Uber can also be booked to get to Lonavala. Ola and Uber can now bring in passengers from different cities to Lonavala, however, they cannot pick the outstation passengers from the city itself. If Ola and Uber were to operate in the market it would mean that local taxi operators would have to compete with those who come from Pune and Mumbai.
From Mumbai or Pune prices range from Rs. 2000 /- for the entire taxi to Rs.500/- per person for a shared taxi. In Mumbai, these taxis can be boarded at Dadar whereas, in Pune, you can find the taxi stand close to the Pune bus depot.
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Lonavala is a very small town, you can walk to some places but you will require a vehicle to get to the tourist spots.
While you are in Lonavala there is no structured local transport. You can hire self-driven cars like the Zoom car or Myles. Rickshaws are available but they do not run on meter and can turn out to be very expensive. You can hire a taxi but check and bargain for rates that you should be paying for particular distances. Lonavala Cabs is a new cab service, which provides transportations to all the tourist spots and travel packages at competitive prices in and around Lonavala.
Most people drive down from the cities to Lonavala so they always have their cars at their disposal. This also enables them to drive to most of the tourist attractions comfortably. It also makes them work on their own schedule as they are not governed by arrival and departure times of buses, trains and taxis.
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