The capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is a bustling hub of economic activity, delighting its visitors with a unique blend of history, culture, arts & architecture, besides the conveniences of a modern city.
Chennai is well-connected by air with all the major cities of the world and most international airlines operate flights from Chennai's Anna International Airport. Domestic flights are available daily to all major cities of the country from the Kamaraj domestic terminal near the international terminal. Both these terminals are located at Meenambakkom, which is about 20 km from the main city.
Chennai is the headquarters of Southern Railway, a division of Indian Railway. Chennai is connected to many cities and towns by super-fast and express trains. The city has two main railway stations.Chennai Central, which links north and west India and Egmore, which links south India. Chennai has a recently introduced local electric train network, MRTS (Massive Rapid Transport System) to connect different points of the city.
Chennai is well connected to all the major cities of India by a network of highways and roads. Most government bus services for Tamil Nadu and other states now operate from the newly opened Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, Koyembedu.It is claimed to be the largest bus station in Asia. Inter state buses operate at regular intervals from Chennai. Many private operators are also available for domestic and interstate transportation. Pre-paid taxis and airport coaches are available at airports and railway station.
There are four national highways that connect Chennai - NH 5 (to Kolkata), NH 4 (to Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai), NH 45 (to Tiruchirapally) and NH 205 (to Tiruvallur).
There are many starting points in and around the city, from which various state-managed and privately run transport facilities, operate
Travel by Ship
Cruise liners and other passenger ships regularly dock at Chennai port. A passenger liner to Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands connects Chennai to these islands in the Bay of Bengal.