Chennai, the gateway to the South of India, has the aerial coordinates of 13.08389°N 80.27°E. Getting to Chennai is not difficult since it is well connected through roads to other cities in India. There are three ways in getting in and out of this vibrant metropolitan city in the southern part of India that is known for its rich cultural identity.
Getting to Chennai by air is through its main airport, the Chennai International Airport, which is the third busiest airport in India after Delhi and Mumbai. International flights arrive at the Anna Terminal while all domestic flights at the Kamraj Terminal. International flights to Madras (former name of Chennai) include those from New York, London, Frankfurt, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Middle East, and so on. Major airline corporations have direct and connecting flights to Chennai every day, offering non-stop air travel service from main cities across the globe.
Indian Airlines and Air India Express, two of India’s carriers, offer connecting flights from different key cities in Southeast Asia, Middle East, Europe, and North America. Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is a hub of flights connecting to Chennai with many economical air fares available. All major Indian carriers offer multiple domestic flights from other cities around the country to Chennai.
There are pre-paid taxis available for travelers once they arrive at the airport. They can be availed right at the exit. Rates may vary depending on what type of car and whether it is found in the domestic or international terminal. Travelers need to take note of the taxi number and receipt at all times, so there would not be any problems regarding overcharging and such.
When getting to Chennai by land, there are four options open to travelers: trains, buses, taxis, and cars. In taking a train, one must know that there are two main long distance train stations in Chennai, the Chennai Egmore and Chennai Central. The Chennai Central has daily routes to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and other major cities in India. The Chennai Egmore station, on the other hand, has trains that have routes that cover the Tamilnadu areas and other key places in the south.
Chennai has one of the largest bus stations in the whole of Asia. There are seven different state-owned bus corporations running routes to and from Chennai. Travelers have the option of choosing air-conditioned or non air-conditioned buses. Most southern destinations have privately-owned buses available. Travelers can be dropped off from any major destination along the bus route that mostly converges in a terminal near the Koyambedu. Planning ahead is advisable when taking a bus since they can be crowded at most times, especially during weekends. It is best to buy tickets beforehand to ensure safe passage.
Traveling by car is only advised for those who are knowledgeable on India’s traffic rules and roads. Otherwise, it is strongly suggested that one hires a driver.
Getting to Chennai by sea through a cruise is considered the most adventurous option to take. Since Chennai is the second largest port in India, passenger ships and liners dock at regular intervals along with ferries connecting Chennai to nearby ports like Andaman, Nicobar, and Blair Islands.
With so many options to choose from, people traveling around India would not find it difficult to get to Chennai since all roads to major cities are practically connected by land, air, and water. All one must do is choose the best and fastest way to get to this culturally amazing city in the south.