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Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Chennai (MAA)

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Visiting from Melbourne to Chennai

Chennai travel information

Chennai, formally known as Madras is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, and offers a wide range of artistic, cultural, and culinary traditions in South India. It is India’s' fourth biggest city with plenty of temples, museums and South Indian delicacies to enjoy. Be sure to visit Marina Beach, the second longest urban beach in the world, watch a vibrant film and catch a lively cricket match. Chennai’s greatest assets are its people, enthusiastic about their home town. Recently luxe hotels, sparkling boutiques, cafes, and modern restaurants have emerged. But the best of Chennai remains its old soul.

When to visit

Best time to visit Chennai

Hyderabad has a tropical wet and dry climate with an average temperature of 26°C. The best time to visit is during winter (December to February) with lower temperatures and less rain. Summers (March–June) are hot and humid, with average highs in the mid-to-high 30s. Maximum temperatures often exceed 40 °C between April and June. Heavy rain from the south-west summer monsoon falls between June and October, which makes it tricky to see the sights. 

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Chennai International Airport (MAA).Opens external site in a new window It is an international airport serving the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It was formerly known as Madras Airport. It is located in Tirusulam, 21 km from the city centre. Chennai Airport has two passenger terminals, serving domestic and international flights.

Arriving in Chennai

The helpful and friendly staff at Chennai International Airport will greet you when you land, and from there, getting into the city centre is easy.    

Getting into Chennai from Chennai International Airport

There are a number of taxi, buses, ride share, trains and car rental options available at the airport to get you to Chennai city centre. Booking a pre-paid taxi is a seamless way to get into the city from the arrivals hall, or you can book a ride-share option through Ola and Uber. It takes approximately 50 minutes by car to get into the city. The MTC buses are an easy way to commute from the airport, connecting well with areas in Chennai. The Chennai metro connects the city with the domestic and international airports, giving hassle-free travel for passengers. For convenience, there are free inter terminal shuttle services between the domestic and international terminals. Renting a car in Chennai Airport is a good idea to move around, with cars available from the domestic terminal.

Getting around Chennai

Chennai is well connected and it's easy to get around the city. Railways, metro, buses, taxis and auto rickshaws are convent ways to see the landmarks. The southern railway has four main terminals providing transport around the city. Chennai metro connects to all the main attractions, or book a ride share option through Uber or Ola to get around. You may wish to rent a car, join one of the many tours or organise a private transfer.

Departure information

Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.  

What is the main airport called?

Melbourne Airport. Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic AirportOpens external site in a new window (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.

Baggage allowance

Customers on Qantas flights from Melbourne are a allocated checked baggage allowance. If you require extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.

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Customers travelling from Melbourne, ensure you check-in online or via the Qantas App before you arrive at the airport from 24 hours before departure.

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Can I cancel my flight booking due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

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