1 Get around
1.1 By auto-rickshaws
1.2 By bus
1.3 By car
1.4 By taxi
1.5 By two-wheelers
1.6 By suburban rail
18°31′13″N 73°51′24″EMap of Pune
Streets in the centre of Pune
There is a massive army of three wheeled rickshaws. Some prepaid rickshaw stands can be found at Shivajinagar, Swargate Bus Depot, and Lohegaon Airport. All rickshaws plying in the Municipal Corporation limits are supposed to charge according to the meter.
Drivers will give you endless excuses why they cannot use the meter. Remember that they are required by law to have a working meter and use it, and this will almost always be cheapest for you too. If they still refuse, walk away: there are plenty of other rickshaws on the roads. In fact, drivers of rickshaws that you flag down from the streets (if practical and possible) will often be more agreeable than the those waiting in stands, who demand more fare.
The driver may occasionally stop to ask for directions depending on how familiar he is with the area. Nowadays, many auto rickshaw drivers try to charge extra for long distances or very short distances, or they refuse the fare. Stick to the demand of charging by meter and refuse strongly to pay any extra amount, unless it is past midnight. It is very common for rickshaw drivers plying between 11PM and 6AM to demand 1½ times the normal rates for the journey. You are advised to get this cleared with the driver before boarding the rickshaw.
If they realise you are not from the city, they may try to take longer routes to the destination to charge extra money from you. Thus, outsiders and foreigners, use your own judgement before boarding any auto rickshaw. Autorickshaw drivers may also refuse to travel to quite a few parts of the city as per their convenience; however, this is against the law if their meter reads "on hire" in the upright position. If the sign is turned sideways, the rickshaw driver is not working and can refuse you.
If you have complaints against auto drivers for not accepting short distance rides (or any rides), asking more meter fare, not using a meter, taking other passengers along the way, carrying more passengers than allowed capacity, stopping at bus stands or other similar complaints of serious nature, you can email or call the Road Transport Authorities at 020-22051414 or 020-27492828 (PCMC) or email email@example.com. Traffic cops usually come right away to the spot to book a complaint against the driver. Commuters can also send their MMS pictures at +91 9420218338. The complaints should clearly mention all details including the auto’s registration number, the time of taking the rickshaw, details of auto fare, the distance commuted, locations, date, time, nature of complaint. After so many calls complaints, the RTO/police can fine them as heavily as ₹50 for refusal of service.
City buses in Pune are run by the PMPML. Although the vehicles are crowded and smoke-belching, the network is very extensive. Almost all parts of the city are connected by the PMPML city buses. Major city bus stands include Corporation, Shivaji Nagar, Swargate, Kothrud depot, Nigdi, Hadapsar, Katraj and Deccan. Shivaji Nagar is believed to be the busiest bus stand in the state of Maharashtra. The fare is calculated by distance, and ranges from ₹5 to ₹22. To travel other cities from pune, there are many private bus operators available. You can find from the bus booking sites like Redbus, Abhibus, and Myticketbuddy.
Though there is a lot of traffic in Pune you can't compare it to Cairo or Kolkata. A majority of the vehicles are two wheelers and apart from the peak hours the roads in Pune are sparsely filled. There are quite a few car rental agencies in Pune. Most of them charge around ₹2500 a day for a mid-size car. There are extra charges for distances above 100 km. It is recommended to get a driver if you are not familiar with Indian cities and this also helps remove the problem of finding parking. Even for India the interpretation of traffic conventions is very flexible and not for the inexperienced or faint hearted. There are also taxis available like Uber, OLA who charge fairly as compared to auto rickshaws.
If you are driving a car always be careful, since motorbike riders may overtake you from left or right and cut lanes without warning.
Several radio taxi companies operate in Pune. Uber and Ola are easily available throughout the city.
18.47453373.9240121 Ali Cool Cab, S.No. 59/1A, Shop No. 06, Sulai Complex,, Opp. Desai Hospital, Mohammad Wadi, ☎ +919767433709, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Professional cab operator for Pune to outstation trips. ₹2100. (updated Apr 2016)
18.50088473.9015222 Taxi Guru Solution, Sr. No. 11/21, Hole Wasti, Behind Premanand Park, Wanowrie, ☎ +91-9763356909, e-mail: email@example.com. (updated Apr 2016)
SuperCabz, ☎ +91-9310-456789. (updated Jul 2017)
Just Car, Near Premanand Park, Parmar Nagar, ☎ +91-9527779813. Pin: 411040. Taxis and car rental. 1799. (updated May 2016)
CabX (Cab Xtensions), Kondhwa Budruk, ☎ +91-7778889994. (updated Feb 2017)
7mcar, Manish Park NIBM Road (NIBM Road), ☎ +91 8087138713, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. (updated Mar 2016)
Wingscabs, ☎ +91 20 40100100. (updated Mar 2016)
This city was once known as the city of bicycles, but now it has turned into the city of motorcycles. Most traffic rules are completely ignored in Pune and there are ten times as many two-wheelers as there are cars. The general attitude towards riding motorbikes in the city is that of total ignorance of any set forth traffic regulations along with complete disregard of one's safety (including not wearing a helmet). Here people ride motorbikes as if they are riding a war horse and will generally try to overtake every vehicle in front. Minor accidents on motorbikes are common; You are advised to be careful even when your signal is green as the traffic flow from other direction generally does not stop immediately. Wearing a helmet is compulsory in Pune. The fine for driving without helmets has been increased from ₹100 to ₹500, which includes both the rider as well as the pillion.
Pune's roads might turn to horrid potholes from smooth tarmac in matter of seconds when it rains. Always be on a lookout. The addition of new bicycle tracks all over has made an improvement on two-wheeler traffic.
If you do want to hire a two wheeler, there are two outfits who rent these vehicles in Pune. A 100cc Bajaj Platina will cost ₹200 a day and an automatic Honda scooter will cost ₹300. If you are planning on day trips from Pune you would be best with the larger wheels and light weight of a motorcycle rather than a scooter. Both outfits will most likely deliver to your accommodation if you ask nicely.
Mehta Autos, Mr Mukesh Mehta, 451 Somwar Peth Nr Khadiche Maidan Chowk, Behind Apollo Talkies cinema, Somwar Peth, ☎ +91 20 26127864, +91 9371026288. (updated Mar 2016)
Blossoms, Mr Shakeel Shaikh, 15, Bund Garden Rd, ☎ +91 9890829786. (updated Mar 2016)
By suburban rail
The Pune Suburban Railway connects Pune to Lonavala, a small town en route to Mumbai. There is only one line with seventeen stations; a second monorail line is under consideration by the government. Here is a list of all the stations, east to west. The places of interest are listed in brackets. Italics indicate the various modes of transport available at the destination station.
Pune City (MRSTC, City Bus Stand, Autos, Taxis, PMC)
Shivaji Nagar (MRSTC, Shivaji Nagar Bus Stand, Autos, PMC)
Khadki/Kirkee (Ammunition Factory, BDL, Ring Sights India Pvt Ltd)
Dapodi (CME Museum)
Kasarwadi (Air Vents & Glass Factory)
Pimpri (Pimpri Plant, TATA Plant)
Chinchwad (Bride Industries Ltd)
Akurdi (Force Motors Plant, Bajaj Tempo)
Dehu Rd (Army AOC & ASC 512 Base repair Depots)
Begdewadi (Loco Sheds)
Talegaon (Muhammad Ali Rd, CRPF)
Wadgaon (PWD bungalow)