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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Priyam Goyal
  • Priyam Goyal
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 183 photos
  • 84 Reviews
Priyam Goyal
7/7
Posted 6 days ago Aug 27, 2014
Mode of Transport:Car
We took a road trip from Chennai to Pondicherry. The ride gets very smooth and pleasant after Golden Beach. The entire East Coast Road (ECR) is very scenic and driving along the sea is a lot of fun. The ECR is lined with eateries, resorts and amusement parks. Basera and Sagar Dhaba are some must try places. You can stop for a tour of Madras Crocodile Bank, Muthukado Boating Center, MGM Amusement park. The journey from Chennai to Bangalore takes roughly 2 hours and the roads are good for most parts.
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Car Type:
  • Sedan
Route Taken:Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
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We took an impromptu road trip to Pondicherry in March. But March is not the perfect time to visit Pondicherry. The weather is too hot and humid. The city has some nice places to eat and is a haven for sea food lovers. There are some very fancy French restaurants too. The Promenade is the...more »
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Yeshwanth kumar
  • Yeshwanth kumar
  • Lives in Tiruchirapalli
  • 3 Reviews
Yeshwanth kumar
7/7
Posted 6 days ago Aug 26, 2014
Mode of Transport:Car
Try stopping at various places on East Coast Road (ECR) to have a very beautiful experience. Continuous drive may seem monotonous. Be cautions in taking a turn to reach this resort, as you may miss the way. Google maps may help you out. I have also tried bike drive, which was a different experience too.
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This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
Route Taken:Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
Trip Includes:  Mango Hill
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Moitra
  • Moitra
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
Moitra
2.3/7
Posted 1 week ago Aug 25, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
The bus was 1 hour late and we got the worst seat. The seat cover was also not up-to the mark. The bus smelt and we dint like the experience. The holiday spirit got vanished after we saw the bus. It was decent from outside but the staff were not at all co-operative.
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Bus operator: Rathimeena Travels
This bus has:
  • Comfortable seats
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
Trip Includes:  Laila's County Hotel | Pondicherry
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Ramesh Bab
  • Ramesh Bab
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
Ramesh Bab
5/7
Posted 1 week ago Aug 24, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
I usually travel to Pondy. It was not a new place to me. It's a destination to peace to my concern. So I compromise with travel. I feel food points are not well and hygiene. So was a very sad part as well. And of course the driver was really fast and he could have driven slowly.
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Bus operator: SETC
This bus has:
  • TV/Entertainment
  • Comfortable seats
  • GPS Tracking
Bus Type:
  • A/C
Trip Includes:  Corbelli Hotel | Pondicherry
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Adharsh
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  • 3 Reviews
Adharsh
5.5/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Aug 18, 2014
Mode of Transport:Car
It was a perfect day for the road trip as the climate was fantastic. We started from Chennai to Chidambram and on our way back we decided to stay at Pondy. The experience in East Coast Road (ECR) was awesome as you are continuously riding along the Bay of Bengal and during winters the ride is just awesome but drive safe is my suggestion.
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This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
Route Taken:Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
Trip Includes:  Ajantha Beach Guest House
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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 Bhubaneswar-Puducherry SF Express Chennai Egmore 09:20 13:20 N Y N N N N N
22404 New Delhi-Puducherry SF Express 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
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 1596
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 1596
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 1729
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