How To Reach Madurai
Surface - Madurai is situated on National Highways NH-7, NH-45B, NH-49, and a drive from Chennai and Bangalore will take approximately 8 to 10 hours. The city has a decent network of state government operated and private buses to all major cities in Tamil Nadu. The buses also ply from important cities in the neighboring states of Kerala (Ernakulam, Trivandram) and Karnataka (Bangalore, Mysore). Most interstate and overnight buses in Madurai terminate at Mattuthavani Bus stand. Private buses can be found closer to the city center near Periyar bus stand. Ticketing and reservation facilities are available at these bus stands.
Rail- Madurai railway station is centrally located and well-connected by trains to Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. A train ride from Chennai takes about 8 to 10 hours, and is a preferred railhead. You can book your train tickets from Indian Railwaysâ reservation centres or online from IRCTC.
Air - Madurai has a domestic airport served by several domestic airlines including Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Red and Paramount Airways. The flights connect mainly to Chennai. The airport is about 15 kilometers (.3 miles) from the city off National Highway 47. It is ideal to hire a pre-paid taxi from the counter in the arrival lounge of the airport, unless you have someone to meet you at the airport.
Sea - Madurai is situated inland, and is dissected by River Vaigai. However, the nearest ports of entry are Chennai ( kilometers/281 miles) and Tuticorin ( kilometers/100 miles). .