Tirunelveli doesn't have an airport of its own. The closest airport to this city is the Tuticorin Airport, which is on the Tirunelveli-Tuticorin highway and is meant to serve the districts of Tirunelveli and Tuticorin. However, there are only a couple of flights that operate here. These are mainly the daily flights from Chennai and Bangalore run by Spicejet. This airport is about 15 km from Tirunelveli. The closest large airports are the Madurai International Airport to the northeast and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to the west, both located about 150 km away by road. These airports are serviced by many airlines such as Indigo, Air India, Go Air among others, and is easily accessible by national highways.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport by distance is the Tuticorin airport which is situated about 15 km away towards the city of Thoothukudi or Tuticorin.
Safety Suggestion: Weather conditions are usually safe to travel to Tuticorin or Madurai airport although monsoons may result in a bit of turbulence. Travelling via Thiruvananthapuram usually means facing rainy weather all year round, resulting in turbulence. However, all airports close to Tirunelveli have zero records of fatal crashes or accidents.
Tirunelveli is very well connected by bus to many of the larger as well as smaller cities within the region. The main bus depot of the city is located in Veinthankulam, on the outskirts of Tirunelveli. TNSTC or the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation runs its services from here to smaller villages and towns to nearby areas and districts. For longer intercity travel, the SETC or the State Express Transport Corporation runs multiple bus services to and from Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, Coimbatore, Puducherry and other cities of this region. AC bus operators such as SRM Transports, Leeya Travels run AC bus services from Chennai to Tirunelveli and comes at a cost of around 1200 to 1500 rupees. There are other Non-AC options that are much cheaper starting from 600.
Journey Suggestion: Road connectivity to Tirunelveli is excellent as many highways run close to it or criss-cross through it. The National Highway 7 passes right through this city with multiple other state highways also connecting to it and passing through. Toll roads and all highways are well maintained and whether travelling by bus or car, the journey is very smooth.
Tirunelveli is very well connected by train with major cities. Daily trains to local hubs such as Chennai or Bangalore service this town and hence tourists can avail these to come here. There are other important trains which pass through Tirunelveli such as the Tirunelveli Jammu-Tawi Express and Tirunelveli Dadar Express among others.
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