Jai Sai Ramji, Sai brother Rohitji has forwarded this great piece of information for Sai devotees. It is not only useful to devotees planning trip to Shirdi but also for those residing in India itself. Afer making few necessary changes, I am forwarding this to all of you...Sai Ki Deewani -- Hetal Patil
Author: Shirdi Hotels Online
Shirdi is situated in Maharashtra state, India. The nearest airport is Aurangabad ( 126 kms ) but most devotees who travel from abroad reaches Mumbai airport. I write this article to help both the locals and also devotees from abroad to reach Sshirdi safely from Mumbai.
To help Saibaba devotees to reach shirdi by bus, car or taxi :
For Sai devotees from America, Europe, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and other middle east countries, I have tried to give basic information about their journey from Mumbai to Shirdi.
Guidance to help Sai devotees coming from Foreign countries to Shirdi :
The distance between Mumbai to Shirdi is approx 260 kms. Mumbai airport is also the closest international airport to reach Shirdi. So Sai devotees who wish to come to India especially for shirdi darshan can come to Mumbai and then take a bus or taxi to Shirdi.
Flight which reaches India in day time is fine :
Try to book a flight which reaches India during day time so that its easy for you to get buses to Shirdi as most of buses from Mumbai to Shirdi starts in evening.
From Airport to Dadar or any place where you can get Shirdi bus :
If you are sure you can check out of the airport before 9 pm Indian Standard Time, then its ok to travel to Dadar by taxi from where you can get Bus to Shirdi. Tell the cabs driver that you wish to reach the place where you can get buses to Shirdi.
I don’t have any association with travel agents or taxi or bus. There are few who provide Shirdi Cabs services direct airport pickup, you can choose the car you wish to travel. Search google.com with term "Shirdi cabs".
Make sure you are aware of approximate cost, prices are listed below. There are bus to Shirdi which starts even at 11 in night but if you come alone and for women Sai devotees, its not safe. Of course everyone says Saibaba is there to protect. You also have to plan your trip safely.
Taxi from Mumbai to Dadar to get Shirdi Bus : 200 to 500 Rs ( 10 to 15 $ max )
Bus from Mumbai to Shirdi - Non Ac Bus - 200 Rs ( 5 $ )
Air Conditioned Bus - 250 Rs
Volvo Bus - 300 to 450 Rs. ( 10 $ )
Shirdi Cabs - Hiring a car can take you shirdi with in 5 to 6 hours
Cabs from Mumbai to Shirdi - 3500 INR to 6000 INR for one way. ( approx 90 $ to 150 $ Must be within 12,000 Rs. for two way if you return within a day.
If your flight arrives late night to Mumbai airport or too early in the morning, better stay in a friends house or hotels in Mumbai. There are few near airport. I really don’t have idea about budget Hotels in Mumbai. If your flight arrives early morning 2 am to 4 am, wait at airport for 2 hours and then take taxi to Dadar to take Bus to Shirdi.
Theres a cabin inside airport campus itself to book taxi or you can check www.merucabs. com .. For airport to dadar or andheri east pick up. I recommond them as i have experienced their service though a bit expensive.
Bus route from Mumbai to Shirdi :
Some buses goes to Nasik and then to shirdi others take a short cut avoiding Nasik.
Bus route - Mumbai - Nashik - Niphad - Yeola - Shirdi
Pune and Aurangabad airport can be a option to reach Shirdi:
Distance between Pune to Shirdi - 190 Kms
Bus route - Pune - Kalamba - Sangmner - Talegaon - Shirdi
Distance between Aurangabad to Shirdi 126 kms
Bus route - Aurangabad - Vaijapur - Yeola - Kopargaon - Shirdi
Theres also a Airport in Pune and Aurangabad. You have to check for convinient flight to reach Aurangabad.
For Private Bus (Volvos) Related queries i.e. - Bookings, Fares, Route, Pick- up/Drop Point - http://www.redbus.in
For State Transport Buses - http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/main_%20English/shirdi/how_to_reach.asp
For Cab Bookings - www.merucabs.com
Mumbai To Shirdi Route Map - http://www.shirdihtelsonline.com/mumbai-shirdi-india-map
Mumbai to Shirdi by Train
Shirdi Trains - Its for you to check the Indian railways website if the information below is right. I have only tried to help Sai Baba devotees and cant be responsible if you plan your trip without confirming.
Sai Nagar Shirdi Railway station :
A new Railway station has been build in Shirdi called Sai Nagar. Its just 3-4 kms from the Main saibaba temple in Shirdi. I dont have exact idea about and cant give you details about train timings and about how to travel by train to Shirdi if you are new to mumbai and if you came from other countries or states. The best option is to book a travel bus and reach shirdi by bus comfortably.
I have provided the train numbers. All you have to do is register in www.irctc.com and check to confirm for seat availability and also timings. Please make it a point not to totally rely on the information provided here and make searches and enquiries from your part to plan the trip. I have just tried to help you with some basic information. Further I have not travelled to Shirdi by train till date.
The other nearest railway stations are - Kopargaon - KPG ( 10 miles from shirdi ) & Manmad - 49 kms from Shirdi.
You can register in www.irctc.com and from Mumbai CST or Mumbai LTT ( Lokamanya Tilak Kurla ) search for trains to Sai Nagar Shirdi, Manmad and, Kopargaon.
For people who travel from other states in India and who come from other countries, please please go by bus from Mumbai to Shirdi. Thats the best option as you might not be used to Mumbai local trains for transit.
You can use www.irctc.com, www.yatra.com, www.cleartrip.com. Also www.indianrail.gov.in/index.html and www.trainenquiry.com to check for train seat bookings or availability. Following are the station codes required to be filled in the form of India railway site for seat availability and booking.
CSTM - Mumbai CST
LTT - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Mumbai situated in Kurla
BCT - Mumbai Central
SNSI - Sai Nagar shirdi station
Train which goes to Shirdi Sai Nagar, Kopergoan( 15 kms ) and Manmad ( 49 kms )
1. Mumbai Shirdi special.
Train number - 0177 Departure at 10.20 P.M
Arrival Shirdi at 5 am at Sainagar station
2. Tapovan Express :
Train number : 7617
Departs at 06:10 am
Arrives at 12:11 am
(37 km from Sainagar Shirdi)
Train number - 7057
Departs at 09:05 pm from Mumbai CST
4.Shirdi Fast Passenger
Train number - 1333
Departs at 10:55 pm Mumbai CST
Reaches after a 10 hour journey next day morning at 10.30 am to Sai Nagar Shirdi station.
5. Pushpak Express
Train number - 2534
Departs at 08:20 am from Mumbai CST
Arrives at 12:48 pm to Manmad ( you can get down in Kopergaon station )
Return journey by train from Shirdi Sai Nagar station to Mumbai
1. Shirdi Mumbai Special
Train number - 0118
Departs at 07:30 am in Shirdi
Arrives at Mumbai CST at 02:25 pm
Train number - 7618
Departs at 03:50 pm from Ratagoan situated 37 kms away from Shirdi
3.Mumbai CST Fast Passenger
Train number - 1334
Departs at 04:40 pm Sainagar Shirdi/SNSI
Arrives at 04:25 am next day early morning.
Trains From Kopergoan railway station ( 15 kms from shirdi )
4. Manmad LTT Express
Train number - 2118
Departs at 08:35 am Manmad Junction/MMR (41 km from Kopargaon)
Arrives at 01:00 pm to LTT ( kurla lokamanya tilak railway station, Mumbai )
5. Panchvati Express
Train number - 2110
Departs at 06:10 am Manmad Junction/MMR (41 km from Kopargaon)
Arrives at 10:23 am to Dadar Mumbai.
Thanks and hope it helps...
I always prefer Bus journey from Mumbai to Shirdi and back from Shirdi to Mumbai which takes only 7 to max 9 hours.
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