Transport in Puducherry

The union territory of Puducherry popularly called and Pondicherry and fondly called as Pondy is a typical urban centre that features excellent road, rail and air connectivity to other parts of the state, country and to global locations too. Being a location that is visited by thousands of local, national and global tourists irrespective of seasons, The Government of Puducherry has provided tremendous transportation facilities to serve the needs of the visitors and local population.

Also, Puducherry houses a primary bus station namely Puducherry Main Bus Stand and a railway station with three extensive platforms at Subbiah Salai to serve the city. It is important to note that Puducherry also houses an airport, Puducherry Airport (IATA: PNY, ICAO: VOPC). As of now, only charter flights are operated from the Puducherry Airport.

Road Transport in Puducherry

Some of the common road transport options in Puducherry include
  • Pondicherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Inter-state Bus Services
  • Pondicherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Intra-City Town Bus Services
  • Private Bus Services
  • Taxi Cabs
  • Auto Ricksaws
The most preferred road transportation in Puducherry is bus services that majority of the local population, especially the office goers use bus services. The union territory houses a primary bus terminus namely Puducherry Main Bus Stand where buses connecting all the important points of the territory and cities located in the nearby states of Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka can easily be availed.  The Puducherry Road Transport Corporation shortly called as PRTC is the official transport corporation serving to the population of the union territory. The Puducherry Road Transport Corporation is a Government of Puducherry undertaking, operating buses in several Inter-state and Intra-City routes.
Pondy Bus Station

As of now, the Puducherry Road Transport Corporation operate over 100 buses in various routes, connecting Tindivanam, Kanchipuram, Arakonam, Velankanni, Kumily, Vandavasi, Nagapattinam, Chidambaram, Tirupati, Neyveli, Bangalore, Villupuram, Thiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Hosur, Coimbatore, Nagarkoil, Kumuli, Chennai on a daily basis. In addition, PRTC operates almost 40 Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) buses in all four districts, that is to say, Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.

Types of PRTC Bus Services

  • Volvo Buses - 2+2 Air Conditioned Buses (Puducherry –Chennai Route)
  • Ultra Deluxe Buses - 2+2 Seater Push Back
  • Deluxe Buses - 2+2 Seater Non Push Back
  • Express Buses - 3+2 Seater Mofussil Buses
  • City Semi Low Floor - 2+2 Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) Buses
  • City Ordinary - 2+2 City Bus and 3+2 City Bus

Private Bus Services

The union territory of Puducherry houses a lot of private bus service companies who provide scheduled bus services to all important national locations which nclude Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Nanded, Kerala, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Trivendrum and many other locations. Some of the reputed private bus service companies in Puducherry include Parveen Travels, KPN Travels India, Kallada Tours and Travels, Diwakar Travels, Kesineni Tours and Travels, Sri Vinayaka Travels, SRS Travels, Sharma Transports, SRM Transports and many more.

Taxi Cabs

Another preferred road transport in Puducherry, especially by the visitors is taxi cabs. The union territory of Puducherry houses a lot of reputed taxi cab service providers that are usually just a call away to serve the travel needs of visitors. Some of the most trusted taxi taxis of Puducherry include Fast Track Call Taxi, Easy Track Call Taxi, Aurours Cabs Tous and Travels, Udaya Tourist Cabs, Smart Track Call Taxi, Taxi 06, Euro Tours and Travels, Adhava Call Taxi, Wings Call Taxi, Friends Track Call Taxi and many other call taxi services.

Auto Rickshaws

Auto Rickshaws in Puducherry are considered as the second most affordable means of transportation next only to PRTC bus services. With extended auto stands at all the prime points of the city, hiring an auto rickshaw is no big deal.

Auto Rickshaws in Puducherry - Fare Details

Day Service: 05:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Minimum charges for the first 1.8 km: 25 INR
For each additional km: 15 INR
Detention charges: 20 INR for every 30 minutes

Night Service: 10:00 PM to 05:00 AM
An addition of 50 percent to the above mentioned day service rates

Important Contact Information

Puducherry Main Bus Stand
Phone Number: 0413-2333004

The Transport Commissioner
Transport Department, 100 Feet Road, Mudhaliarpet,
Phone Number: 0413-2280170
Email: [email protected]

Train Services in Puducherry

The union territory of Puducherry is served by the Puducherry Railway Station located at the Subbiah Salai (South Blvd), Pondicherry. The Pondicherry railway system is considered as one of the oldest train links in the country, and it was built during the year 1879 by the Pondicherry Railway Company (PRC).
Railway Junction Puducherry

The Puducherry Railway Station is situated in a prime locality; that is, Subbiah Salai, which is very close to a lot of tourist attractions and other important points of the union territory.
  • Puducherry Railway Station to Puducherry Main Bus Stand: 1.3 km
  • Puducherry Railway Station to Puducherry Airport: 6.8 km
  • Puducherry Railway Station to Aurobindo Ashram: 1.8 km
  • Puducherry Railway Station to Chief Secretariat Building: 2 km
  • Puducherry Railway Station to Auroville Beach: 8.9 km
  • Puducherry Railway Station to Manakula Vinayagar Temple: 2.1 km
  • Puducherry Railway Station to Puducherry Museum: 1.9 km
  • Puducherry Railway Station to Puducherry Botanical Garden: 750 m
The Puducherry Railway Station is controlled by the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways and falls under the Tiruchirappalli railway division. The union territory features excellent train connectivity features having trains operated on daily and non daily schedule to New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore and Chennai.

Facilities Available at the Puducherry Railway Station

  • Information Kiosk
  • Reservation Point
  • Passenger Waiting Rooms (A/C and Non A/C)
  • Passenger Locker Rooms
  • ATMs
  • Eating Joints
  • Parking Space
  • Prepaid Auto Rickshaw Counter
  • Book Store

Important Contact Information

Railway Enquiry & Reservation
Nellikuppam, Pondicherry - 607105
Phone Number: 04142-272240

Puducherry Airport

Pondy airport

The union territory of Puducherry houses an airport; that is, Puducherry Airport (IATA: PNY, ICAO: VOPC), located at Lawspet. At present, no commercial flights are operated from the airport while charter flights are operated in full swing.

Facilities Available at the Puducherry Airport

  • Trolleys
  • Assistance to senior citizens, physically challenged and patients
  • First aid room
  • Wheel chair
  • Parking Space

Important Contact Information

Puducherry Airport
Lawspet, Pondicherry, Pondicherry UT 605008, AedianChavady Rd, Narikurava Colony, Puducherry - 605008

Airport In-charge
Airports Authority of India, Pondicherry Airport
Pondicherry (U.T) - 605008
Telephone Tower: 0413-2253178
Airport In-charge: 0413-2255506
Tele-Fax: 0413-2252505

Distance: 7 km from the city centre
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