For travellers who don’t want to get into the hassles of driving on their own, but still want to enjoy the scenic beauty, buses are a good option. However, there are no direct buses between Chennai and Chikmagalur. Hence, the only option left is to first take a bus from Chennai to Bangalore and then board a second bus from Chennai onwards till Chikmagalur. The first part of the journey will take you around 6-7 hours, while the next section will take another 5-6 hours. Bus Details
Plenty of buses on both of these routes makes it convenient for travellers to travel comfortably and even choose their preferred operator, timing, etc. according to travel plans. Or if you so prefer, you can also reach Bangalore by bus, and then undertake a car ride from there. All buses from Bangalore to Chikmagalur depart late night; thus, the best option, in this case, would be to take an afternoon bus to Bangalore. This way, you can reach Bangalore just in time to board a second bus if you are not too keen on exploring Bangalore.
Buses from Chennai to Bangalore
A total of 185 buses operate between Chennai and Bangalore daily, and popular operators on this route include TNSTC, YBM Travels, Roshan Tours and Travels, etc.
Boarding Points in Chennai
Standard boarding terminals in Chennai from where travellers can board a bus for Bangalore include the following locations:
- Madhya Kailash
- T Nagar
Dropping Points in Bangalore
Travellers can get off at any of the following deboarding terminals in Bangalore:
- Kalasipalayam Bus Stand
- Electronic City Toll Gate
- Silk Board
- Madiwala Police Station
- Lalbagh Maingate
Available Bus Options
Getting from Bangalore to Chikmagalur
You can either book a cab to reach Chikmagalur after de-boarding your bus in Bangalore, or you can board a second bus to reach your final destination. Private operators such as LV Travels, GreenLine Travels and Holidays and Cauvery Travels operate buses on this route regularly. All buses on this route leave in the night, with the first bus going to Chikmagalur at 21:45.Bus Types and Fares
In all, there are seven buses on this route, and fares start from INR 449 onwards for a one-way trip. Buses on this route will take around 5-6 hours to reach their final destination, and travellers also have the option to choose between AC and non-AC sleeper buses as per their comfort.Cab Prices
A cab, on the other hand, will cost you around INR 5000 to INR 6000, and you will be able to complete your trip in around 4 hours.