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$ 203
Indian Railways EC - Extended AC Chair Class 06:00 - 12:15$ 31.87
Indian Railways 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper 09:00 - 16:25$ 17.04
IndiGo Economy #6E721610:05 - 11:35$ 55.59
Indian Railways IR CC - AC Chair Class 13:40 - 21:20$ 14.57
Finch Travels AC Sleeper 14:00 - 21:35$ 19.16
Indian Railways IR 3A - AC 3-Tier Sleeper 16:00 - 03:33$ 17.14
Indian Railways IR 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper 19:50 - 04:10$ 20.17
Abiniv Travels Non-AC Sleeper 20:20 - 04:00$ 20.77
Sri Kumaran Travels AC Seater 22:45 - 06:40$ 11.15

Transportation from Chennai to Madurai

Chennai to Madurai Destination Reviews

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 #22205 1A - AC First Class Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 5, 2019
Train #12635 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 2, 2019
4 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 Bus 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 USD 259.00. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 3.00.

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 334 miles (537 km). The flying distance is 258 miles (414 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 2 to 20 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 USD 3.00 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 USD 259.00.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 3.00 to USD 32.00;
  • Bus tickets - USD 5.00 to USD 37.00;
  • Plane tickets - USD 73.00 to USD 79.00;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 203.00 to USD 259.00.

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 14:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:55. There are 105 available bus trips every 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 USD 73.00.

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


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 USD 203.00.

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:

  • 50% users took a plane.
  • 33% decided to go for a bus.
  • 17% users enjoyed a train ride.