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The city is well connected by buses to all major cities in Tamil Nadu via state government operated and private buses. Buses also ply from important cities in the neighboring states of Kerala (Ernakulam, Trivandram) and Karnataka(Bangalore, Mysore). There are lots of ordinary buses and many luxury ones too. Madurai is situated on National Highways NH-7, NH-45B, NH-49. Almost all of them are presently being upgraded to multi-lane ways as part of National highway development program. Travel from Chennai and Bangalore will take approximately 8-10 hours.

Local buses are run by the government and are safe to use. Travelling them is extremely cheap, and quite an experience in itself. However, they will be crowded during peak hours. There are also specific services available at night, though the charges are double. Please carry coins to buy tickets. Remember that in India everyone lives by asking each other for directions. The friendly people are often more than happy to help a foreigner find his/her way by giving directions. Just don’t get too friendly or pay money. Most people speak the working national Language "English" , at bus stops don’t form a queue, ask whether the bus you are boarding goes to where you need to and get on, the conductor will drop you off if you are not on the right bus, no worries! Now the buses are color coded. Orange buses with yellow seats are expensive, so are not crowded. Choose to wait and travel comfortably. If you really want to rough it out try the cheaper version of the city buses and be ready to shower and use deodorant after! I would also keep a watch on my wallet. But Tamilnadu is better policed than most other states. Travel at night is also safe. So relax, forget your travel guide and discover a whole new culture of friendliness.

Madurai has 4 main bus-stands.

Mattuthavani Bus Terminus

Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand is an ISO 9001:2000 certified integrated mofussil bus stand in the city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India and it is the one of the largest bus terminus in Tamil Nadu. It is the second busiest mofussil bus terminus in Tamil Nadu after CMBT. The bus station was built at the cost of R100 million.[1] After the successful launch of this new bus stand, more mofussil buses are being operated to the southern districts of Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Virudhunagar, Nagercoil, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Northern districts like Chennai, Vellore, Trichy, Viluppuram, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai from the station.

Aarapalayam bus Terminus

This is another important bus stand in Madurai. Some of the city buses operating here are Coimbatore region and Salem region. The cities like Dindigul, Theni, Coimbatore, Thirupur, Erode, Ooty, Palani, Salem, Namakkal, Karur, Dharmapuri, Hosur, Kodaikanal and Pollachi. In Arapalayam Bus Terminus there are 10 tracks are used to handle the mofussil buses. All types of busses government busses is operated from arappalayam such as TNSTC, SETC, KSRTC.

Periyar Bus Stand

Exclusive local bus terminal, about 5 minutes walk from railway station. Commonly referred as "Periyar". Buses to Mattuthavani Bus Terminus leave from here.

Complex Bus Stand

Right opposite to Periyar bus stand, where we can find buses to the Airport (all Airlines offices are situated there), and to Thirupparankundram (Rock Temple).


The facilities available in Mattuthavani integrated bus stand includes below.

  • Information center and online ticket booking counters for TNSTC, SETC, KSRTC.

  • Police outpost.

  • Rest room for the crews

  • Dispensary health unit

  • Flower vending stalls

  • Seating

  • Parking

  • Prepaid taxi, Rental cars, Auto Rickshaws

  • Hotels and Eateries

  • ATM

Madurai Bus Stand Enquiry Numbers 1800 419 4287

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