Chennai International Airport Guide (MAA)
Chennai International Airport is located in Tirisulam, 19km (12 miles) southwest of central Chennai.
Chennai International Airport serves the city of Chennai (formerly Madras) in southern India and is one of the busiest in the country. Our Chennai International Airport guide provides detailed information relating to airport facilities, transport routes and accommodation options nearby.
Information desks are available in both terminals. Tourist information is also available.
Access between the two terminal buildings, which are quite far apart, is currently either by free battery operated vehicles, coach services or a long walkway. The construction of moving walkways between the terminals is yet to be completed.
It is relatively easy to drive from central Chennai to Chennai International Airport, or the other way. Take the GST Road (Mt Road/Anna Salai) leading southwest from the city or northeast from the airport and then just follow the signs.
Rail:There is a Southern Railway (www.indianrail.gov.in) suburban railway station just outside Chennai International Airport, called Tirisulam. Trains run from here to Egmore Station in Chennai every 20 to 40 minutes from early morning until late evening. The journey time is around 30 minutes and fares vary depending on the train and class chosen.
Bus:There is a bus stop outside the airport gate, which is a relatively long walk from the terminals. Bus 18A departs frequently for central Chennai. The journey takes around 45 minutes.
Taxi:Taxis are available outside the terminals. Pre-paid taxis are the most commonly used means of transport by international travellers heading for Chennai city (journey time: 40 minutes [depending on traffic]). Tickets can be booked from a counter in the arrivals area of the terminal buildings. ‘Auto rickshaws’ are also available; bartering is almost certainly required to obtain the best price.
Foreign exchange counters are available in the departure and arrival areas of both terminals. ATMs are available in the domestic terminal.
Internet access and video phones for conference calls are available at Chennai International Airport's communication centre. Paid-for Wi-Fi access is also available in the terminals. A post office is located on site.
There is a good selection of restaurants and cafés in both terminals. There are also snack bars and vending machines for nibbles, drinks and newspapers.
The choice of shops at Chennai International Airport is relatively good and includes duty-free outlets, gift shops offering locally-made and luxury goods, bookstores and newsagents. A pharmacy is located in the domestic terminal.
Luggage trolleys are available free of charge. Queries about lost luggage can be directed either to the airport information desks or to the relevant airline.
An executive lounge is available, and the airport's communication centre provides internet access and video phones for conference calls.
Meeting and conference facilities are provided by some local hotels, notably the Trident Hotel (tel: +91 44 2234 4747; www.tridenthotels.com) and the Radisson Blu (tel: +91 44 2231 0101; www.radissonblu.com).
Chennai International Airport offers special assistance, reserved parking spaces, adapted rest areas and toilets for physically disabled travellers. In addition, there is an ambulift facility to aid boarding and disembarkation. Passengers requiring assistance should notify their airline and the airport before travelling.
Car hire counters for several local companies can be found in the arrival areas of the airport. It is normal in India to hire a vehicle with a driver.