The distance from Tirupati and Chennai, is almost 145 km. It takes a little more than three hours, to reach Chennai from Tirupati. There are many trains that run between these two places and cost around Rs. 175. Driving can be a good option as well. The best route to take, is to come out of Tirupati, taking the NH 205 and continue driving till you reach Tiruttani, crossing Puttur and Nagari. Keep driving on NH 205 and reach Thiruvallur after 35 km. Chennai is just 35 km from Thiruvallur, along the same road.
Transport options from Tirupati to Chennai
Tirupati to Chennai By Car: Rent a car or hire a cab from Tirupati to Chennai, which takes around 3 hours. Cost of cab ranges from INR9 to INR25 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Suitable for families with kids, seniors and group travellers.
Tirupati to Chennai By Bus: Take a bus from Tirupati to Chennai, which takes around 4 hours. The bus station at Chennai is situated at a distance of about 8 km from the city centre and can be reached by taking a cab or a taxi. Travelling by bus is ideal for backpackers and individual travellers.
Tirupati to Chennai By Train: Take a direct train from Tirupati to Chennai, which takes around 4 hours. Chennai Railway Station is situated at a distance of about 3 km from the city centre. This mode of transport is suitable for families with kids, seniors and group travellers.
My friends and I reserved and boarded a train and the journey was very good. Over all it took 3 hrs to reach the destination. It has more than 10 stoppages and train went in middle of the hill and we felt like we went for an adventure trip and the journey was very good.
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.
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.
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.
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