Transfer to/from - Chennai airport (MAA)


Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in Chennai airport (MAA)



The pick-up point for Ola and Uber services is located outside the terminals. If you don't have the apps on your mobile phone, you can still book a ride with the companies' staff on site.


Line 18A from the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Tel +91 944 503 0516) runs frequently into the city and the journey takes around 45 minutes, passing through Broadway, Central Station, Kilkattalai, Saidapet and Tambaram. It operates from 2:00 am to 11:00 pm. The bus stop is located outside the airport entrance.

Inter-city and inter-state buses are also available at the central terminus (Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus or CMBT).


Tirusulam station is outside the airport and Indian Railways (Tel +91 139) services run to Chetpat, Egmore and Park stations, in Chennai, every 20-40 minutes. Travel time is approximately 30 min. Other stops include Tambaram, Chromepet, Pallavaram, Guindy, Mambalam, Nungambakkam, Chennai Fort and Chennai Beach.


Chennai Metro Rail (Tel +91 442 437 8000) offers a service to Alandur, AGDMS, Central, Washermenpet and Wimco Nagar from 5:01 am to 11:01 pm, with frequencies of 6-15 minutes. You can take a free bus from the terminals to the metro stop, and there are also company counters in the Arrivals Halls to purchase tickets.


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Vehicles from Tenride (Tel +91 949 997 3669), Drop Taxi (Tel +91 799 922 2000) and Chennai Taxi (Tel +91 893 933 4040) are available outside the terminals. There is a counter in the Arrivals area for pre-paid services. The journey to the centre of Chennai takes about 40 minutes.

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Latest updates: November 06, 2023

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

Although there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take them into account when moving to or from the airport, and especially if we go by public transport.
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to leave with a little more anticipation than what is commonly suggested. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always take into account peak traffic times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may delay the journey to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what is happening.
If you contract a shared transfer service, have a contact telephone number handy in case of any delay by the company. In these cases they usually already have a scheduled collection time.
If you use public transport (collective, train) take into account the schedules (weekends and holidays tend to have less frequency), if you have to change and also how to board (if you need a card or paying the driver or motorist at the moment ). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know so as not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could cause complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport, check where to leave the vehicle. At some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 2 -From the airport- Here it is a little less stressful since you don't have the pressure of missing your flight. In the worst case, you will arrive later at the place where you are going to stay or at the meeting point where you are trying to arrive.
Once you leave the plane, look for your suitcase and finish with the arrival procedures that are required. Then, follow the directions for public transportation or ask the airport staff.
It is very useful to find out in advance the schedules of the buses or trains in case you arrive late at night. Not all work 24 hours. The same goes for taxis. In case of using an Uber-type service, have the mobile application handy to contact the driver.
On the other hand, if you booked a private transport service, it is likely that they will have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign. If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for greater peace of mind it is advisable to book it in advance. Rental counters are usually available in the arrivals hall.
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