Chennai to Madurai

Chennai to Madurai

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Chennai to Madurai Schedule

Chennai to Madurai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
TravelODesk India Comfort Any time₹ 15,791
Indian Railways CC - AC Chair Class 06:00 - 12:15₹ 995
Indian Railways 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper 09:00 - 16:15₹ 1,165
Indian Railways CC - AC Chair Class 13:40 - 21:15₹ 760
Indian Railways IR 1A - AC First Class Sleeper 21:40 - 05:55₹ 2,385
National Travels CHN AC Sleeper 21:35 - 04:35₹ 1,221
Sri Venkateshwara Travels AC Sleeper 20:50 - 05:00₹ 935
Parveen Travels AC Sleeper 20:15 - 02:45₹ 759
Selva Murugan Travels AC Sleeper 21:30 - 05:10₹ 982

Transportation from Chennai to Madurai

Chennai to Madurai Destination Reviews

Train #22205 1A - AC First Class Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 5, 2019
The service was as expected, We were provided with clean sheets and a towel each, and were lucky to have a 4berth cabin to ourselves. The train left promptly and arrived on time. The railway customer service staff at Chennai Central station were very helpful as were the staff at left luggage. We paid to use the air on waiting room which meant we had access to a reasonable washroom before getting on the train
Train #12635 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 2, 2019
Train #16127 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Jul 7, 2018
Leave plenty of time to orientate yourself. The stations are confusing. Train was clean and staff cleaned during journey. Sadly we were with family with young kids, apart from constant noise they were extremely uncouth. It made it a very long journey.
3 customer reviews

How to get from Chennai to Madurai

When you want to get from Chennai to Madurai, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about INR 20,235. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as INR 228.

How far is Chennai from Madurai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Chennai to Madurai. Your trip will be a total of 337 miles (542 km). The flying distance is 260 miles (417 km).

How long does it take to get from Chennai to Madurai?

The travel time from Chennai to Madurai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 14 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Chennai to Madurai?

The cost of the trip from Chennai to Madurai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Indian Railways: travelling by train expect to pay as low as INR 228 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as INR 20,235.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Chennai to Madurai:

  • Train tickets - INR 227 to INR 2,547;
  • Bus tickets - INR 513 to INR 2,291;
  • Plane tickets - INR 2,313 to INR 3,916;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from INR 15,683 to INR 20,234.

How many trips per day are there between Chennai and Madurai?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Flights from Chennai to Madurai depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 06:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:45. There are 1 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Chennai to Madurai any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Chennai to Madurai. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is INR 2,313.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Chennai to Madurai
Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet


Taking a bus from Chennai to Madurai is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Chennai to Madurai. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as INR 15,683.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.


Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

The most popular transport from Chennai to Madurai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Chennai to Madurai? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 100% users enjoyed a train ride.