Transportation in Chennai

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  • Bus

    Launched in 2001, the Chennai Bus Terminal (CMBT) is home to many intercity buses. The city has bus-stands spread across different areas. There are both regular and deluxe buses that run within 50 kilometres of the city. Now, a fleet of new buses have been introduced with low-floors and automatic door system. Buses are a cheaper mode of transport with regular bus fare ranging from Rs. 7 to Rs. 15 and deluxe bus fare ranging from Rs. 15 to Rs. 30, depending upon the distance covered.

  • Taxi

    There are many pre-paid route taxis as well as private metered taxis available in the city. Taxis are easily available at major points like airport, railway station, bus terminal and other important tourist attractions in Chennai. You can call and hire an air-conditioned cab for a city tour of Chennai and the fare would depend on the cab vendor as well as the distance covered.

  • Auto-Rickshaw

    Both shared and private auto-rickshaws are easily available in different parts of the city. More than 65000 private autos and 2000 shared autos run every day in the city. The fare for autos depends on the distance covered and they are usually less expensive than private taxis.

  • Local Train

    At present, Chennai has six rail lines. The North Line connecting Chennai Central to Sullurpeta, South West Line and South Line connecting Chennai Beach to Chengalpattu, West Line connecting Chennai Central to Arakkonam, West North Line connecting Chennai Central to Tiruttani, West South Line connecting Chennai Beach to Arakkonam. Known as MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit System), the rail system is well-connected within Chennai and its suburban areas. The trains run every 15 minutes and the fare ranges between Rs. 5 to Rs. 10.