How to Reach Chennai, India

The Easiest Way to Reach Chennai


  • By Air: Chennai has an international (Anna airport) and domestic airport (named Kama raj) at Tirisulam near Meenambakkam. You can travel from New Delhi or Mumbai to Chennai through plane as there will always be domestic flights running between these metropolitan cities. International travelers can reach directly to Chennai airport provided if you have direct flights from your country.
  • By Train: Train facilities are also available from almost all the places in the country. Major cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmadabad and many more are connected to Chennai via rail routes.
  • By Bus: Chennai has an air bus and Volvo bus running between the neighboring states like Andhra, Karnataka, and Kerala. These buses are also available for all the places within Tamil Nadu. Buses run every hour from Tirupati, Pondicherry, Coimbatore,Tirunelveli to Chennai.
  • By Car: You could also get to Chennai by a private or hired car from Kolkata, Bengaluru, Tiruchy/Madurai, Pondicherry, and Tiruvallur.


  • By Train: Chennai has 4 major rail routes:
  • Western Line: Chennai Central, North Line: Chennai Central, South Line: Chennai Beach and MRTS Line: Chennai Beach which can be used to get around the city.
  • By Bus: You could cover almost all of Chennai via bus. Weekly and monthly bus passes are available for tourists as well.
  • By Rickshaw: You could explore the city by private or shared auto as well.
  • By Taxi: You could easily hire a taxi to get around the city.
  • By car: you could us your private vehicle or rent a car to get around the city.

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Modes of Transportation in Chennai

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Chennai. The most preferred mode of transport in Chennai is Car.

Average distance: 14.73 km Average time: 46.13 min

  • Car 30.39%
    Driving 38.81 min Walking 0.32 min Overall average time for 16.08 kms 39.13 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 16.67%
    Bus 53.82 min Waiting 7.53 min Train 5.59 min Walking 5.47 min Other 1.47 min Overall average time for 20.53 kms 73.88 min
  • Walking 11.76%
    Walking 36.83 min Driving 7.5 min Bike 1.67 min Motorbike 1.33 min Overall average time for 6.25 kms 47.33 min
  • Bike 16.67%
    Bike 36.35 min Walking 0.06 min Overall average time for 11.76 kms 36.41 min
  • Motorbike 11.76%
    Motorbike 33.25 min Waiting 0.42 min Walking 0.42 min Overall average time for 12.33 kms 34.08 min
  • Train/Metro 5.88%
    Train 35.83 min Waiting 7 min Walking 4 min Bus 2.5 min Overall average time for 25.67 kms 49.33 min

How to Reach Chennai from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Sholinganallur to Chennai 6.23 km 6 mins
Anna Nagar to Chennai 7.25 km 7 mins
Ponneri to Chennai 10.31 km 10 mins
Avadi to Chennai 19.44 km 19 mins
Ambattur to Chennai 26.85 km 16 mins
Siruseri to Chennai 44.37 km 1 hour 10 mins
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