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Getting from Pune Airport to City

Pune is a perfect blend of history, natural beauty and modernity. Filled with ancient temples, palaces and caves, the city is ideal for those interested in culture and adventure. From marvelling at the Pataleshwar Cave Temple and exploring Shaniwar Wada Fort to hiking up Parvati Hill and finding the best panoramic city views, Pune is packed with exhilarating attractions and activities for all.

Pune Airport is located approximately 10 km from the city centre. You have three transportation options to get from Pune Airport to the city; taxi, private transfer or bus. The quickest and most reliable way to get to the centre is by taxi or private transfer. The journey takes just 15 minutes in normal traffic conditions and takes you door-to-door. 

Alternatively, the cheapest option is to take the bus for just €1.25 (INR 110). The trip takes 30 minutes or longer and the buses depart every half an hour or so. This is a great budget-friendly choice, however, these services can be unreliable and you may end up waiting for a lot longer than you planned.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €4 15min 24/7
Bus €2.50 30min 05:30–00:00

How to get from Pune Airport to the city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi from Pune Airport to the city is the quickest and most convenient option available to you. Taxis are available 24/7 and provide a comfortable transfer straight to the door of your hotel. The journey takes just 15 minutes and you’ll pay no more than €4 (INR 350) for the trip.

How much is a taxi from Pune Airport to the city?

Local Pune taxis follow a taximeter system that is regulated by the government, which means your fare will depend on the length of the journey, the time of day and the day of the week. There’s also a 25% surcharge for rides between 00:00 and 05:00 and taxis with air conditioning will cost an extra 10%.

You can also use prepaid taxi services at Pune Airport, where passengers can pay the fare ahead of time at the prepaid ticket counter and receive a receipt which they must then give to the driver. However, prices can vary and these services are typically more expensive.

Nevertheless, the cost of a taxi from Pune Airport to the city shouldn’t be more than €4 (INR 350).

For a more personalised experience with a guaranteed fixed fare and no hidden fees, you can book a private transfer in advance.


€4 (INR 350)

Trip Duration

15 Min

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Pune Airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

The taxi rank at Pune Airport is located just outside of the arrivals area. You’ll see taxis queuing up as you exit the terminal.

If you want to take a prepaid taxi, you’ll find the prepaid ticket counters just before you exit the terminal.


Opting to take a taxi for your transport from Pune Airport to the city is the most convenient option as you don’t have to deal with public transport. The ride is quick and door-to-door, taking just 15 minutes and ideal for those travelling in groups or as a family.

Editor’s Note

If you want to get to your destination quickly without any hidden fees, we recommend booking a private transfer in advance.

Useful Tips

When using the metered cab service in Pune, always ensure that the taximeter is turned on and working before you get going.
It is recommended to discuss the taxi fare with the driver before starting your trip, even for a metered taxi.
Tipping in India is not expected but if you truly enjoyed the service, you can round up the fare.
Make sure to have cash in the form of small change if you’re using a metered taxi, as Pune cab drivers don’t typically have change for larger notes.
Taxi services in Pune don’t usually accept credit cards, so be sure to carry some cash in the local currency. Some prepaid counters might take payments with a credit or debit card but this is never guaranteed.

How to get from Pune Airport to the city by bus

The only mode of public transport from Pune Airport to the city is the bus. It’s a convenient, budget-friendly option as it’s direct and tickets cost approximately €1.25 (INR 110).

PMPML operates city buses in Pune, and they offer frequent services that stop just outside the airport at the stop “Airport Corner/Kendriya Vidyalaya” and travel to the city centre. Bus lines 102, 131, 158 and 24 depart every 30 minutes or so and stop at various points throughout the city, depending on the line. The main stops in the centre are Yerwada (15 minutes) and Jahangir Hospital (20 minutes). 

*PMPML will re-launch their “ABHI special airport buses” in 2024, departing straight from inside the airport, lines A-3 to Swargate (via city centre) and A-4 to Kothrud Stand (via city centre) will both get you to the city centre in around 15 minutes.

How much is the bus from Pune Airport to the city?

The cost of travelling from Pune Airport to the city centre by bus is just €1.25 (INR 110) for a one-way ticket.

*Tickets for the bus are cheap and can be purchased from the bus driver or booked online in advance.


€1.25 (INR 110)

Trip Duration

30 Min

There’s an average 30-minute waiting time for the bus.

Value for Money

PMPML Buses run between 05:30-00:00.

Where can I catch the bus from?

The bus stop for PMPML services is located a 5-minute walk from the airport. Just exit the terminal and the airport complex and walk down New Airport Road towards the Airport Chowk roundabout. Take the first exit to your left and you’ll see theAirport Corner/Kendriya Vidyalaya” bus stop ahead.

Once the special airport buses are back in action, you’ll be able to catch these services from inside the airport complex, just outside arrivals.


The bus system in Pune is a cheap way to travel into the city, however, the services can be unreliable, are often late and some drivers have a reputation for not driving safely. For those of you looking for the most cost-effective choice and don’t mind using public transport, this is your best bet. However, if you’re travelling with lots of luggage or numerous people, or would just prefer a little more security, it may be better to hop in a taxi or pre-book a private transfer.

Editor’s Note

Once the “ABHI special airport buses” are reinstated, this option will be a lot more convenient.

Useful Tips

You can also catch one of the regular buses to the city centre from Lohegaon Road bus stop, but this is more than 15 minutes walk away. You can check Google Maps for more information.
There is air conditioning on board the buses, but little space for luggage.
If you don’t book your tickets online, make sure you have some cash handy to pay for your ticket upon arrival.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Pune city from Pune Airport?

Pune Airport is located approximately 10 km from the city centre, taking around 15 minutes by car or taxi.

How do I get from Pune Airport to the city?

There are three ways to transfer from Pune Airport to the city; taxi, private transfer or bus. The quickest and most convenient way to get to the centre is by taxi or private transfer. It takes just 15 minutes in normal traffic conditions and takes you straight to the doorstep of your hotel. The cheapest option is the bus, tickets are just €1.25 (INR 110) and the trip takes around 30 minutes. It’s a great budget-friendly option, however, these services can be unreliable.

Is there a direct Pune Airport to city bus?

As of 2023, the only direct buses from the airport to the city centre are the regular public buses operated by PMPML. A few of these services stop on New Airport Rd just outside of the airport. However, there are plans to bring back the “ABHI special airport buses” in 2024, which will depart directly from outside the terminals to Pune city centre, with fewer stops and more frequent departures than the regular services.

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