How to Travel from Mumbai to Aurangabad by Bus: Routes, Tickets & MoreAurangabad, declared as ‘Tourism Capital of Maharashtra’, is one of the classic getaways for people from the ‘Capital City of Maharashtra’. Originally called ‘Khadki’, Aurangabad is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ajanta and Ellora Caves, ‘Taj Mahal of Maharashtra’ which is called Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, and many beautiful temples such as Bhadra Maruti, Jyothirlinga Grishneshwar Temple, and Aurangabad caves.
The transition from the coastal and humid aura of Mumbai and the area around the city to the views of speechless scenic beauty can only be observed while traversing from Mumbai to Aurangabad via roadways. So, the most convenient mode of transport, in this case, to express the essence of travelling is by bus.
Types of Buses, Prices and Travel TimeApproximately 75 buses offer travelling services from Mumbai to Aurangabad. The average distance between Mumbai and Aurangabad is 365 kilometers (226.8 miles), which could have a travel time of around 8 hours.
1. Public BusesA definite number of 5 buses are public transport buses, from Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC). The MSRTC buses are of two types - Shivshahi buses and Parivartan Night Express. The first bus is at 07:45 AM and the last bus is at 10:30 PM. The common boarding points are Borivali Sukurwadi, Mumbai Central, Parel, Dadar East, Conner, Sion, Kurla Nehru Nagar, Chembur Naka, Khadi Pool, Maitri Park, Vashi, and Kokan Bhavan.
The common dropping points in Aurangabad are - Aurangabad Stand and Cidco Aurangabad. The fare of the tickets may range from ₹ 550 - ₹ 720, depending on the seats chosen whether sitting, semi-sleeper or sleeper. The time taken for the journey from Mumbai to Aurangabad would be from 8 hours to 9 hours and 45 minutes.
2. Private BusesThere are about 70 buses running from Mumbai to Aurangabad by private tour operators. The most common ones are Shreyas Travels Blueline, Humsafar Travels, Sairaj Travels Mumbai, Dolphin Travel House, Neeta Tours and Travels, Chanakya Travels, and Syndicate Travels.
The price of the ticket may range from ₹ 350 to ₹ 2,000, depending on the choice from normal non-A/C sitting to luxury A/C and non-A/C sleepers or semi sleepers.
They provide a number of boarding points from each corner of Mumbai that is from Borivali, Kandivali, Malad, Goregaon, Jogeshwari, Gundavali, Andheri, Seepz, Powai, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, Mulund, Thane, and Kalyan. The time taken by the buses will be around 8 hours to 11 hours and 50 minutes depending on the type of route, the number of boarding points and halts, and the time period of each halt.
Tickets BookingThe ticket bookings for the buses can be done via using the internet with mobile applications or by doing the counter or window booking. Some private tour operators have their own websites for ticket booking.
Different Routes from Mumbai to AurangabadThere are a number of routes from Mumbai to Aurangabad, with a number of intermediate cities which can act as a halt or when travelling by bus gives marvelous sight-seeing.
Some are mentioned here:
• Mumbai to Aurangabad via Pune Expressway and Ahmednagar
The total distance is around 376 kilometers (233.6 miles) and the time taken to cover the journey is around 8 hours 30 minutes to 9 hours and 30 minutes. With the kilometer perspective, it might appear as too much, however, this is the shortest route, as the intermediate road is Pune Highway, which will cover the journey fast. Some tourist attractions on this route are Pune City, Ahmednagar Fort and Shani Shingnapur Temple.
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• Mumbai to Aurangabad via Kalyan to Malshej and Ahmednagar Route
With a distance of 372 kilometers (231.2 miles), this route takes around 7 hours and 30 minutes to 9 hours to reach Aurangabad from Mumbai.
This route traverses from the Sahyadri Western Ghats via Malshej Ghats. This road gives the eyes enticing scenic views, as the pass is through the Ghats. One can witness enthralling waterfalls in Malshej Ghats during monsoon. During winter, some migratory birds can be seen.
The major tourist attractions are Shivneri Fort, one of the twelve jyotirlingas - Bhimashankar, Ahmednagar Fort, Malshej Ghats, and Pimpalgaon Joge Dam.
• Mumbai to Aurangabad via Ghoti to Shirdi and Vaijapur Route
The total distance is 341 kilometers (211.9 miles) which can be covered in 7 hours and 30 minutes to 8 hours and 30 minutes. The major attractions on this route are the shrine of Sai Baba - Shri Sai Baba Temple, Igatpuri Hill Station, Dhamma Giri Vipassana at Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar Temple, and Gondeshwar Temple at Sinnar.
The road structure is not so good from Shirdi to Aurangabad, so the distance in kilometers is the smallest, yet the time taken to complete the journey will be longer.
• Mumbai to Aurangabad via Nashik to Shirdi and then VaijapurThe total distance on this route will be 354 kilometers (220 miles) and it will take the travel time of 7 hours and this route crosses the holy temples in Nashik such as Trimbakeshwar and Shirdi.
The major attractions on this route are the shrine of Sai Baba - Shri Sai Baba Temple, Igatpuri Hill Station, Dhamma Giri Vipassana at Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar Temple, and Gondeshwar Temple at Sinnar.
Overall, the journey from Mumbai to Aurangabad has a number of attractive places in the intermediate distances. Also, detours might lead to enchanting scenic places which will give an entirely different experience. Therefore, for the scenic beauty and sight-seeing to go hand-in-hand with the travelling journey, a bus from Mumbai to Aurangabad is the ideal option.
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