Chennai to Pondicherry Distance

Chennai To Pondicherry

(Pondicherry To Chennai)

Best way to travel from Chennai to Pondicherry

Total distance 148 km
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Pondicherry is located at a distance of around 159 km from Chennai and is well-connected by roadways and railways. However, the best way to reach Pondicherry from Chennai is by car, a journey of around 3 hours. The places covered between Chennai to Pondicherry include Chennai - 60km -> Mamallapuram - 42km -> Edakalinadu - 48km (Take NH 45A Cuddalore road cross Marakkanam) -> Kottakuppam - 9km (Continue on Cuddalore road)-> Pondicherry. There are several petrol pumps of Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HP, apart from hospitals, ATMs and road-side dhabas on the route.

Transport options from Chennai to Pondicherry

Chennai to Pondicherry By Car: Hire a cab from Chennai to Pondicherry, which takes around 3 hours. Approximate cost of cab per kilometre ranges between INR 9 and INR 24, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families and group travellers.

Chennai to Pondicherry By Bus: Take a direct bus from Chennai to Pondicherry, which takes around 3 hours. The buses operating on this route are private tourist buses as well as A/C Volvo buses. Ideal for backpackers, individual travellers and groups.

Chennai to Pondicherry By Train: No direct train is available from Chennai to Pondicherry. However, you can take a train from Chennai Perambur station to Villlupuram, the nearest railway station to Pondicherry, which takes around 1 hour. Pondicherry city centre is around 50 km away from Villlupuram Junction and can be reached by auto-rickshaw, or bus. Ideal for families, senior citizens and groups.

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Suresh Anand

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Suresh Anand
4/7
Posted 3 days ago Jul 25, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
The ECR road is yet to be completed for the renewed version. Once the road layout is completed the road express will be one of the best, expecting the plans to get completed soon. At present the road conditions are just average and the time taken to travel in the route is a little longer and boring!
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
Route Taken:Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
Trip Includes:  R.M. Guest House | Pondicherry
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Soundararaj Navaneethakrishnan

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Soundararaj Navaneethakrishnan
6/7
Posted 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
Wonderful experience to travel by car in the ECR road. You may find some tender coconut shops. On the way you can have good food at Mahabalipuram or Chennai ECR Restaurants. As it is not motorways you may have to be careful with indiscipline driving.

If it is drizzling weather, it will be wonderful to go by this road. An altrenate is using NH 45 . Though it is comparatively safer road, NH 45 will be boring as a normal Highway.
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  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:Nagapattinam-Chennai Hwy
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Pratik Jena

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Pratik Jena
6.1/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Jul 12, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
The journey from Chennai to Pondicherry was very tiring and boring journey as it took too long around 7 hours. The scenery throughout the roads were good but it was too long a journey to enjoy the scenic beauty. The bus condition was okay and the bus was going at a fast rate but still then it took too long. As we didn't direct train from Cuttack to Pondicherry so we had to come to Chennai and then proceed to Pondicherry. So I recommend to take direct train from your city to Pondicherry.
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Sana Pana

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Sana Pana
5.5/7
Posted 3 weeks ago Jul 9, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
ECR is under construction. No clear road signs. Still we manged to reach destination on time. During return at night, it was too hectic due to heavy rain and bad driving view. My advice to avoid ECR for a year atleast as the construction will take some time.
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Route Taken:East Coast Road
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Anuraj

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Anuraj
5/7
Posted 1 month ago Jun 25, 2015
Mode of Transport:Taxi
Had a good experience in travelling , we could able to see many places during a long travel. We used by pass route from Chennai. The roads are wide enough and superb which made us to reach on time as well as safe . Direction made us to reach the spot correctly.
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Car Type:
  • SUV
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
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Route Taken:Tiruchi Chennai Hwy and Grand Southern Trunk Rd/தேசிய நெடுஞ்சாலை 45
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Chennai to Pondicherry By Train (133 Km)

Chennai ––› Pondicherry
By Train 133 Km
Chennai to Pondicherry by Train (133 Km)
Train No. Train Name Origin Dep. Arr. Days Of Run
Che... Pon... M T W T F S S
16115 Aurovile Express Chennai Egmore 18:10 22:00 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12898 Bbs Pdy Express Chennai Egmore 09:20 13:20 N Y N N N N N
22404 Ndls Pdy Exp Chennai Egmore 14:40 18:45 N N N N N N Y
56037 Chennai - Puducherry Passenger Chennai Egmore 06:35 11:05 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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Chennai to Pondicherry By Car/Taxi (133 Km)

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica A/C 11 1463
Toyota Qualis 11 1463
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 1596
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 1596
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 1729
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