Chennai International

Chennai, India

About The Airport

Chennai International Airport is the fourth busiest airport in India and has 2 terminals - one for domestic, the other for international services. Despite recent renovation work, the airport is reported to be facing problems with its structure and with maintenance. The airport code MAA dates back to Chennai's former name - Madras. There's a redevelopment and second airport site project underway, which will take a number of years to complete. It will include the demolition of the old terminals and buildings.


Free Wi-Fi is available for 45 minutes, though some users complain of problems accessing it.

Getting to and from the airport

The airport is 15km from downtown Chennai.

Taxi - prepaid taxis are available in the ground transportation area. You must pay for your ride at the Prepaid Taxi booth in the Arrivals hall. Auto rickshaws can also be hired - you may want to bargain for a good price.

Bus - buses run from outside the airport gate to downtown Chennai.

Train - a suburban railway service runs from Tirisulam station, just outside the airport grounds, to Egmore station in Chennai.

Metro - the Chennai Metro runs from the airport to Little Mount. During 2018, the line will be extended into downtown Chennai.

Hotel shuttle - airport shuttles are provided by several nearby hotels, including the Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai and the Quality Inn Airport. Some charge a fee for this service.

Car rental - there are some car rental agencies available at the airport, though it's more usual in India to hire a car with a driver. Some companies here will be able to arrange this for you.

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The parking lot is a short walk from the terminal building - it has space for 1,500 vehicles.

Transit and in-airport hotels

Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by a link building; it's a 20-minute walk from one to the other. Travelers are currently taken between the 2 terminals in golf carts and small coaches, though a moving walkaway is planned.


Healthy Travel Tip

Airplane environments are dry, so it's important to stay hydrated when you fly. According to the Aerospace Medical Association, you should drink about eight fluid ounces of water each hour you're in the air.

We do our best to keep these guides as up-to-date as possible, but cannot guarantee that they fully reflect the current state of every airport, where changes can happen frequently and without notice. Please contact us with any feedback.

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