Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Chennai travel information

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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.

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When to visit

Chennai 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. 

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

Getting into Chennai from Chennai 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 terminals, 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.

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* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

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