Transfer to/from - Chennai airport (MAA)

 

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

Transportation

Ride-sharing - The pick-up point for the Ola and Uber services is located outside the terminals.

Bus - Line 18A from Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Tel +91 2461 5989) departs frequently to the city and the trip takes around 45 minutes, going through Broadway, Central Station, Saidapet, Pallavaram and Tambaram. It operates from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The bus stop is located outside the airport gate. There are also inter-state services at the central terminal.

Train - The Tirusulam Station is found outside the airport and services run to Egmore and Park stations, in Chennai, every 20-40 minutes. Journey time is approximately 30 min. Other stops include Tambaram, Pallavaram, Guindy, Mambalam and Chennai Beach. More information: Tel +91 442 535 5793.

Metro - Chennai Metro Rail (Tel +91 442 379 2000) offers a service to Nehru Park and Little Mount, where you can board a line to the city centre.

 

Car rental search

 
Taxi - Vehicles from Fast Track (Tel +91 442 888 9999), Aviation Express Taxis (Tel +91 442 256 2193), City Taxi (Tel +91 829 728 2979) and Meru Cabs (Tel +91 444 422 4422) available outside the terminals. In the Arrivals area there is a counter to arrange pre-paid services. Travel time to downtown Chennai is about 40 minutes.

Further information on the public transport
 

Latest updates: June 19, 2019

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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