Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation or TNSTC is a public transport bus operator in Tamil Nadu and its neighbouring states. You can make your TNSTC ticket booking with Yatra very easily. The bus operator is known for its wide network of buses across the southern states surrounding Tamil Nadu, so whether it is a Chennai to Mysore or a Karaikudi to Chennai bus you want to avail, you can hop on Yatra’s bus section and enter your starting and onward destinations followed by your travel date. Then search for buses. Further you can apply Yatra’s sharp filters and select TNSTC as your bus operator and you will get all buses run by the operator on your said dates. You will be able to view the TNSTC bus timings aside from the duration of the journey, the category of fleet whether AC sleeper or non-AC sleeper, the boarding and drop off points, and finally the tariff. It is a good idea to compare the bus tariff and amenities and accordingly select seat. In the subsequent page, you can pick your seat preference and enter your chosen boarding and drop off points from the drop-down and confirm seats. Further, you will be asked to enter passenger details and make the payment to get your TNSTC ticket. Yatra’s array of routes aboard the TNSTC fleet is commendable, and on the go you can even avail discounts and chances to redeem eCash. Yatra offers attractive deals and discounts to its users that come with a coupon code, allowing you to get flat rate discounts on using e-wallets and certain bank cards.
About TNSTC Services
Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation or TNSTC is Tamil Nadu’s public transport system that operates intercity buses to cities and towns within Tamil Nadu and also to its neighbouring states. TNSTC Kumbakonam is not only Tamil Nadu’s but entire South India’s largest transport corporation division. TNSTC is fully owned and operated by the government of Tamil Nadu and offers online bus booking facility. The services of TNSTC extends to cities in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and Kerala. In the present day, TNSTC owns 321 depots and five workshops to form a fleet of combined strength of 21,678. All buses owned by the corporation have a portrait of legendary Tamil poet, Thiruvalluvar along with a two line verse from Thirukkural on the inside of the bus. TNSTC is India’s largest government bus transport corporation, and also among the biggest in the world.
TNSTC Popular Bus Routes
Among the popular routes operated by TNSTC in and around Tamil Nadu comprise Tiruchirapalli to Chennai, Velankanni to Chennai, Chennai to Kumbakonam, Chennai to Tirunelveli, Madurai to Chennai, Chennai to Salem, Chennai to Tiruchirapalli, Chennai to Velankanni, Mattuthavani to Koyambedu, Koyambedu to Salem New Bus Stand, Chennai to Coimbatore, Chennai to Ooty, Chennai to Rameswaram, Koyambedu to Shanthinagar, Bangalore to Chennai, Chennai to Madurai, Nagercoil to Chennai to name a few. Popular cities covered by the TNSTC fleet include Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, Bangalore, Madurai, Velankanni, Kozhikode, Salem, Aruppukottai, Usilampatti, and Tiruvannamalai.
TNSTC Bus Types
● On the intercity routes, you will find low-floor buses as well as town buses.
● The largest fleet of buses in the TNSTC stable are the Moffussil buses that run on inter-town routes and in a way makes up for the majority of its traffic.
● The Deluxe buses usually operate between one major city to the other.
● The Ultra Deluxe buses come with recliner seats, and ply between major centre of commerce to important cities.
● The air-conditioned buses running on intra-city routes are operated by Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) of Chennai.
● The air-conditioned buses with 3X2 seat configuration are called Economy AC seater service and were introduced only recently to connect the district headquarters with all major towns.
● State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) runs air-conditioned buses from all district headquarters to the state capital, Chennai.
● The AC seater-sleeper and AC sleeper buses ply between major cities and towns in and around Tamil Nadu to Chennai and Bangalore as well as other major cities, and even interstate.
● TNSTC also operates non-AC seater-sleeper as well as non-AC sleeper buses.
TNSTC Wi-Fi Facilities
The Nagercoil division of TNSRTC offers complimentary Wi-Fi with 4G speed to all its passengers. So passengers on the Nagercoil to Chennai route, travelling on the Nanjil Raja route no 555 in an Ultra Deluxe (UD) can avail this high-speed internet facility. You can avail free Wi-Fi both on the Chennai to Nagercoil and Nagercoil to Chennai route. The buses services that have Wi-Fi are called Nanjil Thenral that leaves at 05:00 pm from Nagercoil for Chennai, and Nanjil Raja which departs from Nagercoil at 06:00 pm everyday for Chennai. The facility can be used at a time by 32 passengers in the bus at top speed, but if all 44 passengers begin using them at once, the speed maybe slightly reduced. Additionally, the corporation has introduced five plug points to charge your mobile inside the bus. The Wi-Fi username and password are mentioned inside the bus.
You can book any of the TNSTC buses on Yatra after comparing their prices and checking their amenities. The amenities on a TNSTC bus changes with the category of fleet you book; for instance, an air-conditioned sleeper would have more facilities compared to the rest. Some typical amenities you can expect include: drinking water bottle, mobile charging facility, central television, air-conditioner/fan, reading lamp, with some overnight buses featuring amenities like blankets etc. The types of services by TNSTC comprise AC sleeper buses, AC sleeper-seater buses, Deluxe buses, Ultra Deluxe with toilet buses, Ultra Deluxe buses, air-conditioned buses and non-AC sleeper buses. TNSTC uses custom-made buses that are built on Tata and Ashok Leyland chassis.
TNSTC Ticket Structuring for Children
For children of 3 years and above and below 12 years need to pay half the ticket price. For children above the height of 130 cms a full fare is charged, unless you produce an original proof of age certificate at the time of the journey indicating otherwise.
Documents Needed for Senior Citizens and Differently-abled Persons
Differently-abled passengers at the time of boarding need to produce a photocopy of disability certificate to the conductor of the bus. The original certificate also need to be kept handy. If someone is escorting the differently-abled person on the journey, they need to produce their ID proof as well to the conductor. For senior citizens boarding a TNSTC bus, at the time of boarding need to produce an ID proof showing his age. A document like PAN card, voter’s ID, driving licence, passport or ration card will do, and the same needs to be submitted to the conductor at the time of boarding.
Longest and Shortest Route Covered by TNSTC
Madurai to Tiruchirapalli is the shortest journey made by a long-distance TNSTC bus at 132 kilometre, while Bangalore to Tiruchirapalli is the longest journey made by a TSNTC fleet at 344 kilometres.
TNSTC Buses on Tamil Nadu-Puducherry Routes
There is regular bus service between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The most important bus routes on this stretch comprise Puducherry to Tindivanam, Puducherry to Cuddalore, and Puducherry to Villupuram.
TNSTC Special Festive Season Buses
TNSTC has special buses running in the festive season to cater to the surge of pilgrims on several of its routes. Some of the popular routes include Chennai to Velankanni between 27th August to 9th September every year, Chennai to Sabarimala, Chennai to Palani, Chennai to Guruvayur, Chennai to Rameswaram between December and January every year.
TNSTC Popular Pilgrimage and Holiday Destinations
Apart from serving major cities such as Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Madurai, Kozhikode, TNSTC also serves an array of coveted pilgrimage destinations, these include: Vellore, Madurai, Rameswaram, Kanchipuram, Mahabaleshwar, Tirupati, Tirunelveli among others. Among the top sites you can explore aboard a TNSTC fleet include Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry, Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Adam’s Bridge or Ram Sethu in Rameswaram, Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, Marina Beach in Chennai, and Silver Beach in Cuddalore
TNSTC Bus Booking Cancellation Charges
For any cancellation made 48 hours ahead of the bus’ scheduled departure time from the time of origin makes you liable for a 10% deduction on the basic fare. For cancellation made between 24 to 48 hours ahead of the scheduled departure time of the bus qualifies you for a deduction of 20% on the basic fare. For any cancellation made between 1 hour to 24 hours prior to the bus’ journey time, makes you liable to pay a cancellation fee which is 25% of the basic fare. Reservation fee and other applicable charges are not refunded under any circumstances. All e-ticket refunds are made to the relevant credit card or bank account within 14 bank working days.
TNSTC Customer Care Number
To know more about TNSTC bus time table or get updates about the bus routes and other regulations, you can call at 1800 - 419 - 4287, which is TNSTC customer care number or Helpline Number.
TNSTC Corona Guidelines
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, TSNTC has come up with a set of guidelines for the passengers availing a TNSTC fleet. These need to be followed by both the passenger as well as the staff of the bus.
● It is mandatory to wear face mask through the journey for both passengers as well as the crew of the bus.
● As per the norm, the temperature of all air-conditioned buses are regulated and stay between 24 to 25 degree Celsius.
● Blankets are no longer made available on overnight buses in order to ensure safety and hygiene standards.
● Social distancing needs to be maintained at the bus station, while boarding the bus as well as while alighting.
● You have to go through a thermal check while boarding the bus; those registering high temperatures are not allowed to board the bus.
● You need to voluntarily cancel your travel plans in case you have any flu-like symptoms, breathing difficulties, cold or cough.
● Keep your hand sanitiser with you at all times, and use it as often as possible on the journey.
● The fleets are disinfected and sanitised after every journey.
● Since water bottles are no more provided on the fleet, you are requested to carry your own during the journey.
TNSTC Bus FAQ's
Q. How many total number of Routes covered by TNSTC on daily basis?
A: TNSTC covers approximately 5190 bus routes on daily basis.
Q. How many total number of Night Service Buses run by TNSTC?
A: TNSTC is running 2570 Night Service Buses on daily basis.
Q. What is the shortest bus route covered by TNSTC?
A: Shortest bus route by TNSTC is Madurai to Tiruchirapalli.
Q. What is the longest route covered by TNSTC?
A: Longest bus route by TNSTC is Bangalore to Tiruchirapalli.
Q. Can I get a TNSTC bus from Chennai to Salem?
TNSTC operates a bus from Chennai to Salem
which leaves Chennai at 10 pm. The fare for an overnight AC Sleeper bus from Chennai to Salem is Rs 680.
Q. Is there any TNSTC bus from Chennai to Sabarimala?
Q. What are the popular routes operated by TNSTC?
Q. What is SETC?
A: Formed in 1975 SETC stands for State Express Transport Corporation and is a part of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC). The objective of SETC is to operate buses on the long distance routes exceeding 300 km to far flung towns and mofussil destinations to the neighbouring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and even Pondicherry. Customers can make an advance booking for SETC buses two months ahead of the date of journey either online or at the counters of SETC.
Q. Is it easy to get the refund from TNSTC?
A: In case of cancellation of a service by TNSTC due to any reason, the passengers need to send the refund letter along with a copy of the ticket to the Commercial Manager at Thiruvalluvar House, No.2 Pallavan Salai, Chennai 600002. The letter should include the user ID, PNR of the ticket, reference number of the transaction. Your request will be verified by the officer and refund will be credited to the concerned bank account or the credit card.
Q. How many bus stands are there in Chennai?
A: There are 183 bus stands scattered across the city of Chennai. A few of the bus stands in Chennai are Anna Nagar West, Central RS, Ennore, Meppur, Periyar Colony, T Nagar, and Kallur.
Q. Which is the largest bus stand in Tamil Nadu?
A: Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus or CMBT in Tamil Nadu situated in Koyambedu is the biggest bus stand in Tamil Nadu with over 160 platforms and 2000 buses.
Q. Is there a way to know about reservation for TNSTC bus in Pondicherry?
A: You can reach the reservation centre for TNSTC in Puducherry at 0413 4209655.
Q. Are there any fare concession for senior citizens while booking tickets with TNSTC?
A: Senior citizens have to provide a copy of ID proof to the bus conductor determining the age of the passenger while boarding the bus.
Q. Is there any customer care for TNSTC?
A: The customer assistance for TNSTC can be reached at toll free number 1800 419 4287.