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.
Journey to Tirupati was so amazing we people preferable to say students from our college boarded a bus from CMBT bus stand in a travels named RRN Travels by 3.30 am in the morning. The bus journey was good and the travels maintained a good quality service overall except a 45 mins delay to reach Tirupati. We already know the best way to have darshan without spending money for ticket and standing in a never ending queue which was so tedious is by take a walk from Kizh Tirupati to Tirumala by footsteps. On approaching a half way near we can get a free ticket to see the holy god.
Taking steps require high level of fitness because nearly we have to climb around 7 km with around 3200 steps. We took footsteps and reached Tirumala by afternoon 1 pm. Then we had our bath and lunch at Tirumala and went to the queue for pathway peoples. We waited in waiting room for nearly 2 hours while 300 rupees ticket people waited nearly for 11 hours in the waiting room. We finally got our chance to worship Perumal by 5 pm in the evening. And we collected laddus (Prasadham) at Laddu counters and started our journey back to Chennai by evening. It was a wonderful trip filled with excitements. And best time to take steps for a tourist is by June/July.
It is best to catch the national highway road and start the journey in the morning. It is the best journey I have seen so far. The drivers can take break for some time and resume their journeys. As it is a holiday season it is too rush, the Fortune Kences Hotel is a great place to stay in Tirupati.
We went from Chennai to Tirupati and back with APTDC bus package which can be booked on line. APTDC organise the tour very well where started in the evening 7:00 pm and returned back next day 7:30 pm. We got darshan of Padmavati Devi and Lord Tirupati. Package covered darshan ticket and one night stay. Good arrangement for darshan.
I have travelled this route from Chennai to Tirupati many times. It was very attractive and I liked it very much. The natural beauty on the sides of the road to Tirupati is covered by mountains and mango trees. On the way, we stopped 3-4 times and enjoyed the beauty of the nature and also has tea and some snacks.
The maintenance of the bus was good, I would want to thank and congratulate Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation(APSRTC) for this. I don't think there is something that they can improve. Online ticket booking option, response at the RTC counter were good.
Throughout the journey, driver was so cautious, everyone should start using the RTC buses instead of relying on private travels. Also RTC should start more number of bus services in busy routes to help public.
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