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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Pondicherry Information - Welcome to Pondicherry - In this Web site, you will find information on all aspects of Pondicherry. The main languages spoken are Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English and French.
Government of Pondicherry - Pondicherry Government portal covering diverse topics including health, tourism, culture, climate, Tenders and e-Governance.
Pondicherry Tourism - Pondicherry Tourism Government portal - Official website of Dept. of Tourism, covers Places of Interest in Pondicherry, List of Beaches in Pondicherry etc.,
Other Useful Links
Weather - Weather forecast for Pondicherry with a fast, easy to use interface. Includes weather maps, graphics and radar images.
Intach, Pondicherry - Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage is dedicated to heritage conservation and awareness. Intach has been working with the Government of Pondicherry and the public to conserve the architectural heritage and townscape of Pondicherry.
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