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
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
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
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.
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
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
Information center and online
ticket booking counters for TNSTC, SETC, KSRTC.
Rest room for the crews
Dispensary health unit
Flower vending stalls
Prepaid taxi, Rental cars, Auto
Hotels and Eateries
Madurai Bus Stand
Enquiry Numbers 1800 419 4287
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