Though Shirdi has its own railway station, very few trains go right up there. A majority of trains halt at Kopargaon. It is 10 km from Shirdi by road. Taxis, Rickshaws and Jeeps available to Shirdi from KPG station.
Autos charged around Rs 80 for two. Did I pay more?
No its OK, considering the distance.
Autos are available over night also?
Should be available, I have no idea. Might charge more for night. Actually we go to Shirdi by car here from Pune directly, so question of alighting at KPG does not arise.
Distance is around 18 KM from KPG to Shree Sai Baba Temple or Bus Stand. But because of a very good union between auto/taxi operators, they wont go below INR 40 for 1. Even they ask for 60 - 70 for 1 person. All depends on bargaining.
Alight here for Shirdi. 18 KM to Mandir or Bus Stand.
Autos/Taxis are available round the clock mainly at train time but might charge more in Night. Sharing auto will ask for 60-70 rupees for 1 passenger but you can bargain till 40 per passenger. It seems it is their union's last price because below this they never agree. If room is already reserved and want to go hotel or Niwas sthan (maintained by Temple Trust) then you can put your point during Bargaining.
Can book accomodation at Shirdi with the
are there any sort of town/city bus service from KPG to babaji mandir?
No, bus service is available at SNSI and NSL.