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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Devi Narayanasamy
  • Devi Narayanasamy
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
4/7 Posted 4 days ago
Mode of Transport:Car
We decided to travel by our own car, which was driven by my husband. The travel time was expected to be around three hours. The travel was tiresome either ways as we travelled in the hot noon from and to the destination! We took the Dindivanam route to Pondy and it was quite tiresome. My son had travel sickness before we reached the resort and threw out! We took the East Coast Road at the time of returning to Chennai. The return journey wasn\'t as bad though it was hot once again!

I would suggest that you do not travel in summer or at least not during the mid-day (which you are forced to as check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 10 am). Try to reach Pondy by the morning and spend time there before reaching the resort at two. Similarly, you could spend time in Pondy once again till some late afternoon and then travel to Chennai after 4 pm or so.
This route has:
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
Route Taken:Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
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If you are looking for a resort in the true sense, here is one. The Big beach resort provides a calm atmosphere away from the hassles of the city. Decent amount of activities to involve through out the day, a lovely pool and private beach to relax during anytime of the day and last but not the...more »
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Sahil gupte
  • Sahil gupte
  • 2 Reviews
5.5/7 Posted 3 weeks ago
Mode of Transport:Car
Travelling by car with friends is often very exciting and fun and the trip to Pondicherry was no different. Travelling by car on ECR has its advantages. The roads are superb and there are a lot of places to stop and have food and click photos. The journey was great and all of us loved the experience. More »
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
Route Taken:Rajiv Gandhi IT Expy and E Coast Rd
Trip Includes:  Corbelli Hotel
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Rajesh
  • Rajesh
  • 3 Reviews
5.5/7 Posted 4 weeks ago
Mode of Transport:Bus
If you can get a AC bus it would be nice to travel comparing to other buses. It takes maximum 3 hrs in AC bus which travels without any stop. The fare is 200 per person. You have both ECR and bypass riders. Overall it is good to have AC bus. Thank You. That\'s all. Have a good trip. More »
This bus has:
  • Comfortable seats
  • On-time
Bus Type:
  • A/C
Trip Includes:  Corbelli Hotel | Pondicherry
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Christopher
  • Christopher
  • 3 Reviews
6/7 Posted 4 weeks ago
Mode of Transport:Train
Unfortunately, a very short stay in such a pleasant and comfortable travel. We boarded our glass domed car at Calgary the crew were utterly jolly and attentive throughout the whole of our journey. The other travellers were a mix of nationalities. Overall, we all had a good journey. More »
Train name (Train no): Puducherry-Tirupati Passenger(56042)
Tickets booked:
  • 7 days prior
This train has:
  • Non-veg food
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 5.50/7
Last Station: Ponmalai Golden Rock
 6.50/7
This station has
  • Accomodation
Trip Includes:  White Residency Hotel
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Ramachandran
  • Ramachandran
  • 3 Reviews
7/7 Posted 1 month ago
Mode of Transport:Car
ECR is a good route to reach Pondicherry; I had a very good experience. While on the way you can see beaches while. The sight of a lovely beach while driving and the feeling of fresh air kissing your face is an incredible experience indeed. There are a lot of attraction to see on the way, Mahabalipuram, Crocodile Park, Tiger Cave, MGM Disneyland, etc. are just to name a few. It was very good experience for my family. More »
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
Trip Includes:  White Residency Hotel | 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 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
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 1596
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 1596
Mahindra Xylo A/C 13 1729
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