AC Buses Chennai(Koyambedu) to Pondicherry

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TNSTC (State Government undertaking) is operating AC buses on this route (East Coast Road) with very reasonable charges.

No need to book in advance . This comes as a breath of fresh air!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_N...rt_Corporation

The photos of the AC bus interiors matches with what I went in.
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Koyambedu coach timings

Hi Gametotravel,

Thanks for that information on the a/c coaches on the ECR.

I've been searching for the timings of those buses that you mentioned online, but turned up no leads: TNSTC doesn't seem to list them. Would you happen to have an idea of where to find that or have the info yourself?
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TNSTC ac bus-Pondicherry

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Originally Posted by amatt View Post Hi Gametotravel,

Thanks for that information on the a/c coaches on the ECR.

I've been searching for the timings of those buses that you mentioned online, but turned up no leads: TNSTC doesn't seem to list them. Would you happen to have an idea of where to find that or have the info yourself?
It still is in fledgling stage! After 12pm there is one bus after which the ac buses headed further south are diverted to Pondicherry if there are takers( for Pondicherry).

So one has to make enquiries at their information/advance ticket office at Koyambedu.

Though ac buses for Mahabalipuram(1/3 the way to Pondicherry) are very much in operation now.
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Anyone has info on the frequency of these A/C buses to Pondicherry?
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The first bus leaves at 6.30am after which the frequency is every one hour till 1.30pm. After this time I am not sure about A/C buses dpartures, but non ac buses leave every half an hour.
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Just returned from a quick weekend trip to Pondy. There were plenty of MTC Volvo A/C buses going towards Pondy on ECR. We saw them every 20mins or so, I'm guessing MTC is diverting the Volvo buses to this route during weekends?
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Originally Posted by pravman View Post Just returned from a quick weekend trip to Pondy. There were plenty of MTC Volvo A/C buses going towards Pondy on ECR. We saw them every 20mins or so, I'm guessing MTC is diverting the Volvo buses to this route during weekends?
Yup A/C Volvo buses run at regular intervals on ECR. I believe its Rs.150 from Tiruvanmiyur to Pondy.
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VOLVO AC bus #555 CMBT Chennai to Pondicherry

VOLVO AC bus #555 CMBT Chennai to Pondicherry
Takes roughly 3.5 hours for the whole journey
Costs INR 190 per head.
Available from CMBT every 1 Hour starting from 6am to 10pm. Same deal from Pondicherry: every 1 Hour starting from 6am to 10pm.

Bus from CMBT takes Guindy, Thiruvanmayur route to ECR to reach Pondicherry.
Goto TNSTC website for more info.
http://www.tnstc.in/
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Hi, Thanks for the information provided.
I am planning Pondicherry trip on this weekend 15-Sep-2012. I have seen checked that online booking is also available for chennai (CMBT) to pondicherry. Is it advisable to book online or better to go at bus stand and take ticket at the time of travel ? I am planning to travel from chennai (CMBT) on 15-Sep-2012 (Saturday) around 8 am to 10 am. Please advise.
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No booking at Chennai end; just go and take your seat! At the Pondi end you have a counter for booking seat and they charge Rs5 for the ticket(journey ticket to be bought in bus). Do book there as per your return plan to avoid 2 hours wait at the terminus!
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Cuurently I can see online you can book But I am quite confused about thevolvo bus from chenaai to pondicherry "" via route TINDIVANAM or KALPAKKAM that which bus takes the ECR route as all suggested .
Any member travel on that route recently /or have idea .... Please suggest .

Trip Code Class of Service Via Route Route No Dept. Time Service Start Point Origin Destination Corporation Seat Availability*
0900CHEPUUVV03V AC VOLVO KALPAKKAM 555D 09:00 CHENNAI CHENNAI CMBT PUDUCHERRY VILLUPURAM Details
0930CHEPUUVV03V AC VOLVO TINDIVANAM 587B 09:30 CHENNAI CHENNAI CMBT PUDUCHERRY VILLUPURAM Details
1200CHEPUUVV03V AC VOLVO KALPAKKAM 555 12:00 CHENNAI CHENNAI CMBT PUDUCHERRY VILLUPURAM Details


Also on my return journey I wanted this bus route to book which reach at chennai at 1:30 AM at monday night .

Trip Code Class of Service Via Route Route No Dept. Time Service Start Point Origin Destination Corporation Seat Availability*
2200PUUCHEVV03V AC VOLVO KALPAKKAM 555 22:00 PUDUCHERRY PUDUCHERRY CHENNAI CMBT VILLUPURAM Details

Please tell me about the service of this bus at that time . Will it be safe at chennai at that time ?Also I need to take the flight at tuesday morning ?

which mode will be the best for travel from KMBT bus stand to chennai airport ? How much distance from KMBT bus stand to chennai airport ?


2200PUUCHEVV03V AC VOLVO KALPAKKAM 555 22:00 PUDUCHERRY PUDUCHERRY CHENNAI CMBT VILLUPURAM Details
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Hi Subrata

I am not sure that I can comment on how safe it is. However, the Tindivanam route via the 'bypass' that is inland is the one that passes through Tambaram and then past the Chennai airport, as I recall -- however I don't recall a stop close to the airport, though you may be able to find a stop a few kilometres away. The highway is wider than the ECR and also a slightly shorter route, and when as you approach Pondi, you can travel faster as you're not going to be on the crowded sections of the ECR near Pondi city. So it can be a bit quicker than taking the ECR route via Kalpakkam.

Hope that this helps
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@Subrata100- Which place are you referring to as KMBT?

Just for information; the last time I went on this route I did not have to take a booking slip in Pondicherry; they may have done away with that! I had traveled on June end 2013.

Also like Amatt mentions; the GST Airport Tindivanam route takes less time for the commute.
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Thanks @amatt & @gametotravel for your quick reply .

I am also not sure where the KMBT bus stand exist on chennai . As I have created online user for tamil nadu bus booking and found couple of ac buses for pondicherry and like to visit that place ..

I will reach at chennai at 8 Am at chennai central railway station and the my flight will be on next day at 07:04 AM . Hence I have a total one day and try to utilize that day ...

Please see the below list of images from tnstc site . *** From pondicherry to chennai ***

So I guess that ECR route was via kalapakkam ...Plz confirm ? As I have heard a lot of coastel beauties during the journey from chennai to pondicherry and want to enjoy every bit of it .

2nd : both the route passes near chenai airport or not ? Do they have any stoppages ? Then i will be dropped near airport from way back from pondicherry to chennai .

3rd : which mode will be the best for travel from KMBT bus stand to chennai airport ? How much distance from KMBT bus stand to chennai airport ?

4th : How much punctual of the departure of volvo bus ( As somewhat I feel that if i book the 9:00 am bus for pondicherry from kalapakkam and not at 9:30 volvo for pondicherry via TINDIVANAM (due to non coastel route ECR) and i reach at central railway station at 8 AM hence i may be late at 10 -15 mins )

5th : If i am taking cab (indica /etc ) fom chennai what will be cost ? do you know any ontact person ?

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Previous one are ac volvo bus list from pondicherry to chennai


Now I have pasted the volvo bus list of chennai from pondicherry where I am not able to identify which bus takes at the ECR route , choosing for the bus scheduke at 9:00 Am and 09:30 AM
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