The distance between Chennai and Tirupati is 145 km. It takes almost three hours, to reach Tirupati from Chennai by road or rail. Though one can reach Tirupati through road, rail and flight, the best mode is rail. Every day, there are many trains that run between these two stations. The best train to take, is the Chennai Tirupati Express, which leaves Chennai at 13:50 hours and reaches Tirupati at 17:00 hours. The fare for a single adult in a Chair Car is Rs. 175.
Transport options from Chennai to Tirupati
Chennai to Tirupati By Train: Take a direct train from Chennai Central to Tirupati, which takes about 3 hours. The Tirupati Main Railway Station is located at the city centre. This option is recommended for seniors and families as it is economical and convenient.
Chennai to Tirupati By Car: Hire a cab or rent a car from Chennai to drive down to Tirupati, which takes around 3 hours. Approximate cost of cab ranges from INR12 to INR25 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal option for those travelling in groups.
Chennai to Tirupati By Bus: Take Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus from Chennai to Tirupati. The bus runs daily at intervals of half an hour to one and a half hours. The journey time from Chennai to Tirupati by bus is around 5 hours. The Central Bus Stand of Tirupati is located in the city centre. Buses are suitable for individual travellers and backpackers.
Mostly private dealers like Red Bus, Parveen Travels are good as per my opinion. They give really neat service for AC, non-AC and sleeper coaches and I mostly travel in sleeper coaches. The roads from Chennai to Tirupathi is really clear and smooth. Also the bus has television and the seats are fully cushion and semi sleeper seats, which is enough nice to sit and sleep and watch over windows. If you are travelling by bus, keep in mind that, buy some water bottles, chips or snacks items and have a happy journey.
Road was good for most of the part and it is under construction in couple of places. There were couple good food joint to eat. You can dine at Aksaya Bhavan in Tiruvallur or can have coffee in Kumbakonam degree coffee. One can also visit the Tiruttani Temple.
I travelled from Chennai to Tirupathi last month through the Garuda Transport. I booked the bus ticket via online. As it was an AC bus, so I felt very comfortable during my journey. They gave blanket too coz of night journey. There was TV also. I reached the destiny before half an hour. Then I started walking to the temple through the steps. It took more than 3 hours to reach the temple. It was raining and it was awesome. At last I saw God Venkatachala then I returned home.
The city has changed a lot since last year. More and more colorful it looks now a days. There are lot of Hotels which has come near to railway station and bus stand and at the outer fortune has built a new hotel which looks exquisite.
On the way to uphill the drive was excellent and the climate was awesome. The temp was around 19-25 celsius and it was drizzling like any other hill station. We took a room in Uttaradi Mutt which is at the backside of the temple and very near to the temple and the stay was pleasant.
The best time to visit Tirupati and Tirumala will be this time i.e, Oct - Nov times reason being the cowed will be less and climate will be pleasant.
Tirupati is a very holistic place. There are good transport facilities throughout the city. But we took Andhra Pradesh Tourism bus from Chennai to Tirupati. The bus was very luxurious and comfortable. Also, there was a guide for our trip. It was a very nice experience.
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