Getting Around in ChennaiEdit This
The metro city of Chennai is also known as “The gateway of South India,” as over the years, it has transformed into a major cultural, industrial and educational hub, and Chennai transportation services have fully developed to meet the needs of the travelers in the city. There are numerous modes of transport to choose from based on your requirement and budget.
State transport buses operate all day long throughout the city and outskirts, connecting each and every corner of the city to the main land. These buses are mostly used by the locals for commuting and are very crowded during peak hours. As a tourist, the journey can be very uncomfortable in such crowded buses. Therefore, they should be avoided.
The three-wheeler auto-rickshaw is a very popular mode of commutation here, as they are very readily available and comfortable to drive around in. However, it is advisable to negotiate the rates first before boarding the auto-rickshaw to avoid any problems later, as the rates are not fixed. Having a slight idea of the rates can help you bargain accordingly. During summers, the scorching heat waves can make the journey very unpleasant.
Hired taxi service is the most comfortable mode of commutation in the city. There are several car rental agencies that can assist you in your sight seeing in and around the city. Also pre-paid taxi service is available in certain areas of the city.
Suburban Rail Service
The rail network is very sound in the region which connects the suburb areas to the city. The service is very prompt and very economical. It is a better option for touring the outskirts of the city. However, it is advisable to avoid the peak hours, as the coaches are overcrowded by the locals.