Some of Maharashtra’s major airports are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, Pune International Airport, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur, Aurangabad Airport and Shirdi International Airport. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is one of India’s major airports that is linked to countries and cities all over the world such as New Delhi, Jaipur, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Ahmedabad, Dubai, Muscat and so on. Flights within Maharashtra also travel from Mumbai to Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Kolhapur.
Some of the airlines flying to and from Mumbai are Air France, Air India, Alliance Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, GoAir, IndiGo, Iraqi Airways, SpiceJet, Kenya Airways, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, SpiceJet, United Airlines and Vistara. Kolkata, Jaipur, Goa, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mangalore are some of the busiest places from where Mumbai receives its domestic flights. Mumbai’s airport comes with all facilities and amenities such as medical centres, banks, ATMs, car parking, forex, lounge and a food court to spend some time and fill your stomach as you wait for your flight.
The Pune International Airport also has good connectivity with all the major cities in the country such as Goa, Ahmedabad, Kochi, New Delhi and so on. It has basic amenities such as luggage facilities, free Wi-Fi, power sockets, portals to book cabs as well as taxi and autorickshaw stands.
The recently opened Shirdi International Airport offers good connectivity with Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Pune. SpiceJet and Air Alliance are the two major airlines to be operating from this airport.
It would be advisable to book your tickets well in advance, especially if you are travelling in the peak season.
Maharashtra has a vast array of rail networks that connect it to all the major cities of the country. Some of the frequently used and major railway stations in Maharashtra are in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Jalgaon and Nagpur that are well linked to other parts of the country. If you are planning to travel from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, you could take the Double Decker super-fast express train that also runs from Pune to Mumbai and Mumbai to Goa. While the Duronto Express known to be a long- distance train also halts in Mumbai. Nagpur, Pune, Nashik and Jalgaon have one station each but are also halting points for major trains. Shatabdi and Rajdhani also have Mumbai as their stoppage point. If you are looking to sit back and enjoy a luxurious train journey through Maharashtra, do hop onto the Deccan Odyssey. This is a seven-day-journey that takes you to places such as Nashik, Aurangabad, Ajanta Caves, Kolhapur, Goa and Sindhudurg from Mumbai.
Being a major state, Maharashtra is rather easy to access by road. National Highways and State Highways provide good connectivity with the rest of the country. You can also avail comfortable Volvos that ply from Kolhapur to Bangalore, Mumbai-Bangalore, Mumbai-Goa and Pune -Bangalore through National Highway 48. Note that Maharashtra is connected with its neighbouring states via 18 National Highways. Some of the major expressways and highways are the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai Highway, Mumbai Nashik Expressway and Mumbai-Vadodara Expressway.
These highways also connected to other major cities in Maharashtra such as Amravati, Akola, Ahmednagar, Washim and Jalgaon.
Note that National Highways 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 16 and 17 connect Mumbai to the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and the rest of the country.
Maharashtra has a wide range of transportation means as well as a plethora of well-connected transportation routes to enable locals and tourists as they get around the state and its various cities and villages. From local bus services to private buses, city-suburban rail services to taxis and cabs, one has many options on reaching this state.
Since Maharashtra is a huge state with many cities and towns, one can easily travel internally by air to major cities. Some of the prominent airports located in Maharashtra are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, Pune International Airport, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur, Aurangabad Airport and Shirdi International Airport. These flights make travelling within the state faster and comfortable. All the mentioned airports have basic amenities such as luggage facilities, snacks and refreshments, free Wi-Fi along with taxi/cab and rickshaw stands for passengers to avail.
Maharashtra comprises a vast network of rail services that connects you with other parts of the country. Some of the prominent railway stations in Maharashtra are; Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Jalgaon and Nagpur that provide good connectivity within and outside the state. Mumbai is rightfully known as the maximum city since it has around 50 railway substations across the city divided into the central, western and harbour line. If you plan to travel from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, you could take the Double Decker super-fast express train that also runs from Pune to Mumbai and Mumbai to Goa. While the Duronto Express known to be a long-distance train also halts in Mumbai. Nagpur, Pune, Nashik and Jalgaon have one station each but are also halting points for major trains.
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation runs a wide network of bus services connecting major cities, towns and remote villages within Maharashtra. Several private and state-run buses take you to places and remote villages within each city. Note that the major air-conditioned buses that run are Shivneri and Shivshahi all over Maharashtra. The major bus stations in Maharashtra are in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nagpur. Other towns and villages that these buses will connect you to are Ratnagiri, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Satara, Told, Solapur, Latur and many more.
If you would like to travel at your own pace, you could also hire a car and make your way to places with close proximity such as from Mumbai to Pune or even Goa for that matter. However, public transport is a lot cheaper and is highly preferred. Some car rental agencies do offer one-way intercity trips. You can also hire an Ola or Uber to traverse your way within cities or outstation too. You could book a week prior or even an hour, at the latest.
When you’re contemplating how to travel in Maharashtra, all the above options should be considered before you take your pick!
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