Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
No, there are many modes of transportation available in Pune. In recent years, along with the city's growth, the traffic has increased during the working day.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
To drive in India, one must either have an international or a locally approved license, which can be obtained from the local Road Transport Office (RTO). Third-party insurance is mandatory.
What side of the road do people drive on?
In Pune, people drive on the left side of the road. If you are not familiar with this, please drive with extreme caution.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Bus: Public buses within the city and its suburbs are operated by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). The PMPML operates the Pune Bus Rapid Transit system, the first of its kind in India, in which dedicated bus lanes are supposed to allow buses to travel quickly through the city.
Auto rickshaw: It is a three wheeler cabin cycle or a motorized version of manually pulled rickshaw and has the capacity to carry only three people. It has very less space for keeping luggage. Once a popular mode of transport for ferrying people to long and short distances, it is economical as compared to cabs.
Cabs : They are a better option when compared to auto rickshaws. They are better-looking cars equipped with GPS, AC, and English-speaking drivers; naturally these are expensive than an auto rickshaw ride. You need to book these cabs by smartphone apps or through internet. Uber and Ola are the most common online cab aggregators.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
It is possible to take public transit out of the city. It is 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) east of Mumbai, a three-hour drive on the spectacular Mumbai Pune Expressway. Mumbai is also accessible via train and air transport.
The city of Pune has two main railway stations, Pune Junction and Shivajinagar Station.
The Lohegaon Airport of Pune is well-connected by road, rail and air to most major cities in India such as Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Chennai. Pune Airport has become an international airport with flights three times a week to Singapore as well as Dubai.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Driving in the city can be chaotic during peak hours. It is advisable to plan your journey while allocating sufficient time to compensate for a potential delay due to traffic jams.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
Tickets can be purchased at the train station.
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