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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Murugan rajmanikam R

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Murugan rajmanikam R
5/7
Posted 3 months ago Oct 29, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
I am a regular user of KPN and using the services of KPN for the last 8 months and through KPN I have been to Pondicherry, Chennai, Trichy, Madurai and specially I want to highlight my travel with KPN to Puducherry, which was best among all the travels.

I never seen such a helpful front office guy and they are ready and will come with you even at any given point of time.

Room service was awesome and they deliver the food items very promptly. Bus was very much comfortable.

All the promises delivered by KPN.
Bus operator: KPN Travels
Bus Type:
  • A/C
This bus has:
  • TV/Entertainment
  • Comfortable seats
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Hema Srinivasan

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Hema Srinivasan
6.5/7
Posted Aug 31, 2015 Aug 31, 2015
Mode of Transport:Taxi
I went to Pondicherry from Chennai on a three day holiday. Since I did not want to return same day I was looking for a one way drop taxi service. Got this service called Droptaxi who charge only one way fare. Found them to be convenient and economical. Normal taxis would have charged me up and down kilometers even for a drop trip. Recommend this to my fellow travellers.
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Car Type:
  • Sedan
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:National Highway 45
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Lokesh Kankaria

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Lokesh Kankaria
5/7
Posted Aug 29, 2015 Aug 29, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
Its better to travel by car either own or rental as it gives you the convenience of going around the place as per your wish. A small tip : One can fill full tank petrol/diesel at Pondicherry as the rate is little less than Chennai. Car travel can also five you the opportunity to visit sightseeing places on the way like boating at Muthukadu, Crocadile Bank. Etc.
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Car Type:
  • Sedan
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
Trip Includes:  Le Pondy
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Dinesh babu
5.3/7
Posted Jul 31, 2015 Jul 31, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
Nice to travel in this bus and its really comfortable this time. Can improve bus driving time. Only problem is the time duration of the travel. Seats are good and easy to travel. It's happy to travel and if they provide water bottle then it will be better.
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Bus operator: KSRTC
Bus Type:
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Trip Includes:  Aruna Hotel | Pondicherry Beach
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Suresh Anand
4/7
Posted Jul 25, 2015 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!
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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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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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