Best way to travel from Chennai to Pondicherry
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.
Travelling tips from Chennai to Pondicherry
The sands, stones and sun of Pondy
You can reach Pondicherry by taking an ECR Volvo(recommended) or any other AC bus from CMBT Bus Terminus at Chennai. Never take up an auto rickshaw wala on his offer unless its for a fixed destination as they will change the cost if you move even a 100 meters away from the initial destination. They are untrustworthy and its better to take buses for travelling in Chennai before reaching Pondicherry. I would advise making an online booking for a hotel reservation before reaching, thereby having a reservation before hand which saves you the trouble of searching for a hotel(this is especially advised during peak seasons and during festival period)Read full review ›
Under the sunny skies
Pondicherry is easiest reached from Chennai as that is the closest intercity rail junction and airport. From there, taxi or bus it down the incredibly gorgeous east coast road through Mahabalipuram. There is also news of direct flights soon. There are enough shacks and resorts along the way that will provide essentials and decent snacks. Look out for Ideal Beach Resort, 1 km short of Mahabalipuram. Ensure that you are always armed with shady hats, sunglasses, sun-screen and water bottles. Its easy to get dehydrated. Its also important to mention that the streets are not too safe late at nights.Read full review ›
Chennai to Pondicherry By Train (133 Km)
By Train 133 Km
|Train No.||Train Name||Origin||Dep.||Arr.||Days Of Run|
|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|
|Hyundai Santro A/C||12||1596|
|Mahindra Scopio A/C||12||1596|
|Mahindra Xylo A/C||13||1729|
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