Chennai International Airport, opened in 1954, is one of the busiest in India. It operates with domestic destinations and international flights to the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Official Website: aai.aero
Number of Terminals - 2 - Kamaraj Terminal (domestic flights) and Anna Terminal (international flights), open 24 hours a day. The terminals are connected through free battery-operated vehicles and coach services.
Annual passenger traffic: More than 20.3 million passengers went through it in 2017.
Tel: +91 442 256 1122. There are information and tourist desks in both terminals.
The airport is situated in Tirusulam, 17 km (10 miles) southwest from Chennai.See Map
There are car rental counters in the Arrivals areas, open 24 hours a day. Aviation Express (Tel +91 442 435 4073), Avis (Tel +91 124 472 4850), Fast Track (Tel +91 442 256 0550 / 473 2020).
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 +91 971 763 0982.
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.
Taxi - Vehicles from Ola Cabs (Tel +91 806 735 0900) 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
There are car parks outside both terminals, with standard and premium options and spaces for 2-wheeler vehicles. Fees
Passengers requiring special assistance or wheelchairs should notify their airline about their particular needs prior to their travel. The enclosure has escalators, lifts, reserved parking spaces, exclusive resting areas and adapted toilets. An ambulift is also available to facilitate boarding and descending from the aircraft.
Latest updates: May 18, 2019