Chennai International Airport - Bus and Shuttles to city centre

See below the bus city services available in the airport:

Public transport

AC Minibuses

There is a mini bus from the Airport to CMBT with AC which doesn’t have a fixed schedule: The driver just waits for the bus to be full to begin the trip to Chennai.

Trips are from Chennai Airport to CMBT (Koyambedu). Frequency: Every 30 minutes.

The Metropolitan Transport Corporation serves four buses which runs on two routes, Anna Nagar or Egmore.

18A bus line: You can take this bus line to get directly to the city centre of Chennai. The trip takes about 45 minutes. Frequency: each hour. For schedules please ask in the airport.

There are other several lines that stops at airport and goes to the city centre. All of them rarely stops at designated places, you’ll have to make them stop by doing some signals.

Where do I pick them up?

Pick them up at the bus stop outside the Terminal building. It is a long-walk from the Terminals, so it would be better to take a taxi or a rickshaw if you carry large or heavy baggage.

Otherwise, you can walk to GST road, from where you will be able to ride regular buses at GST road bus stand. Frequency: Every 5 minutes.

Many of MTC buses rarely stops at designated places, you’ll have to make them stop by doing some signals.

Fares

AC bus fares: INR 35.00.

Regarding 18A and other bus fares, please ask to the driver.

Where can I buy mi ticket?

You can buy it to the driver on-board.