Getting to & from Chennai
Chennai is well connected to other Indian cities via rail, air and bus services.
By Air – Chennai’s international and domestic air terminals are next to each other, about 15 km from the city; allow 50 minutes, although it may take as little as half an hour. Airport buses run the circuit of the main hotels, and include Egmore station; otherwise it’s best to get a pre-paid taxi – either yellow-topped government taxis or the more comfortable and expensive private cabs (note the number written on your charge slip).
By Train – Trains from the north and west come into the Central Station behind the port, while lines from the south terminate at Egmore; both stations have abundant hotels nearby.
By Bus – State-owned buses terminate at the Koyembedu Moffusil terminus, 10 km west of the city centre, and private buses at the nearby Omni terminus; it’s worth asking whether the driver can drop you closer to your destination.
Getting around Chennai
Chennai is very spread out and walking is usually uncomfortably hot so it’s best to find an auto-rickshaw. Most refuse to run their meter, so ask your hotel for an approximate rate to your destination. Taxis are comparatively rare and a bit more expensive, but there’s an efficient system of radio taxis which can be yours for as little as Rs 200 per hour. The bus network is extensive with frequent services, but it’s often very crowded. The train system is an efficient and affordable way to get around Chennai however a short walk to your destination will be required in most instances.