How to Reach Pondicherry

Located in South India, Pondicherry is very well connected to the rest of the country and most major cities in the world via a good air, rail and road network. The nearest airport is in Chennai- at a distance of 125 kms and the nearest railway station is at Villupuram Railway Junction which is 37 kms from Pondicherry respectively.

Most frequently searched routes to Pondicherry

Route Name Distance Time
Chennai to Pondicherry 170 km 3 hours 13 mins
Bangalore to Pondicherry 311 km 6 hours 19 mins
Mumbai to Pondicherry 1,298 km 19 hours 51 mins
Hyderabad to Pondicherry 785 km 12 hours 49 mins
Delhi to Pondicherry 2,359 km 1 day 12 hours
Kolkata to Pondicherry 1,828 km 1 day 5 hours
Pune to Pondicherry 1,154 km 17 hours 51 mins
Ernakulam to Pondicherry 556 km 9 hours 30 mins
Goa to Pondicherry 878 km 14 hours 25 mins
Ahmedabad to Pondicherry 1,811 km 1 day 4 hours
Alleppey to Pondicherry 610 km 10 hours 39 mins
Varanasi to Pondicherry 2,012 km 1 day 10 hours
Munnar to Pondicherry 456 km 8 hours 22 mins
Chandigarh to Pondicherry 2,587 km 1 day 15 hours
Jaipur to Pondicherry 2,339 km 1 day 12 hours
Wayanad to Pondicherry 519 km 9 hours 34 mins

How to reach Pondicherry by flight

The nearest airport to Pondicherry is the Puducherry Airport (also known as Pondicherry Airport), which is located in Lawspet, about 5 kilometers from the city center. However, this airport has limited connectivity and mainly operates flights to and from Bengaluru. Alternatively, travelers can opt for the Chennai International Airport, located around 135 kilometers away from Pondicherry. From Chennai, you can either hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Pondicherry, which takes approximately 3-4 hours by road.

Nearest Airport: Chennai Airport - 125 kms from Pondicherry

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How to reach Pondicherry by road

Pondicherry is well-connected by roadways, and several state and private buses operate between Pondicherry and nearby cities like Chennai, Bangalore, and Coimbatore. The city is easily accessible via major highways like the East Coast Road (ECR) and the NH32. Additionally, travelers can opt for self-drive or rental cars to reach Pondicherry, enjoying a scenic drive along the picturesque East Coast Road.

How to reach Pondicherry by train

Puducherry railway station is well-connected to major cities like Chennai, Bangalore, and Kolkata. Several trains ply to and from Pondicherry on a regular basis. Travelers can easily book train tickets to Pondicherry from various parts of the country, making it a convenient option for reaching the city.

Local transport in Pondicherry

Once in Pondicherry, local transportation options include auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, rental bikes, and taxis. The city is relatively compact and can be explored on foot or by bicycle, especially in the charming French Quarter. Auto-rickshaws are convenient for traveling longer distances within the city, while rental bikes or scooters provide flexibility for exploring nearby attractions.

Read more on Bicycle on Rent in Pondicherry.

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Pondicherry Photos

Aerial view of the city on the coast side
Paradise Beach - Also Known as Plage Paradiso Situated Close to Pondicherry
Matrimandir - Situated in Auroville was Opened on February 2008

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