Chennai airport: Chennai International Airport (MAA)

Chennai International Airport

Chennai Airport (before: Madras) is the third-busiest airport of India, after the international airports of Mumbai and Delhi. There are two terminals, one for domestic and one for international flights, which are connected. Chennai Airport is a fairly chaotic airport, with often long lines at check-in and hordes of taxi drivers and beggars outside the terminal.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: MAA
ICAO airport code: VOMM


Local transport


There's no train station inside the terminal. To travel by train to Chennai you need to walk to the freeway and take the tunnel to Tirisulum train station. Buy a first-class ticket, because the rest of the train is often crowded. A subway station is expected to be opened in 2014, allowing travelers to travel directly by subway from the terminal to Chennai.

Car and bus

Chennai International Airport is situated 19 kilometers southwest of the city center. The airport is easily accessible by rental car, at least outside rush hour, via the National Highway 45. The exit to the airport is clearly signposted.

Bus 18A connects the terminal with Chennai's center. Allow approximately 45 minutes traveling time. There's also another bus with almost the same number, B18, which is slightly more expensive, as it's air-conditioned.

Car rental Chennai Airport

You can rent cars in the Arrivals Hall. There are three car rental companies present at Chennai Airport: Avis, Budget and Hertz. They rent out cars with and without a chauffeur. The minimum age to drive a rental car yourself is 25.


When leaving the terminal, you will be stormed by taxi drivers wanting you as a client. To avoid this chaos you better book a taxi at one of the many ticket kiosks. You will then be guided to the taxi of the respective company and won't be bothered by obtrusive people. A taxi ride from the airport to Chennai's center will cost about 450 rupees.

Airport Parking

There are parking lots in front of both terminals offering space to 600 (domestic terminal) and 1000 (international terminal) cars. The rate varies between 60 and 100 rupees.




There are no hotels at Chennai Airport. The Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai (Tel. +91(0)44 2231 0101) lies nearby the airport, just like the Trident Hotel (Tel. +91(0)44 2234 4747). Another, and cheaper option not far away from the airport is Hotel Mars (Tel. +91(0)44 2264 1523). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to They offer a large range of hotels at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

There are restaurants and shops in both the international and domestic terminals, but the largest concentration of eating and drinking facilities and shops can be found in the corridor between these two terminals.


There are baggage lockers at Chennai Airport, but you can also deposit your baggage at a desk. Inquiries about lost objects can be made via one of the information desks.


There are information desks in both terminals for inquiries about Chennai Airport, flight schedules and airport services.


There's a limited Business Center at Chennai Airport for faxing, copying or videoconferencing. For extensive business facilities, including rental of meeting space and conference rooms, you need to turn to the business hotels nearby Chennai Airport (see Hotels).

Disabled facilities

Chennai Airport has good accessibility for the disabled, although you may have trouble getting through the crowds. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets. Parking places have been reserved for disabled travelers right in front of the terminal entrance.

Other services

There are banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There's also wireless internet (Wi-Fi) available or you can get internet access via one of the internet cafés. Scattered around the terminal there are water coolers containing free (and safe) drinking water. There's a pharmacy in the domestic terminal. There are also silence rooms and sleeping rooms for travelers who have a long layover.




Chennai Meenambakkam International Airport
Tamil Nadu

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +91(0)44 2256 0551
Fax: 91(0)44 2256 0008
Email: via contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: MAA
ICAO airport code: VOMM