Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram

Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram

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Transportation from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram

How to get from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram

Travelling between Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram is possible by Bus and train. Bus guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Train is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you INR 3,444 if you go by Train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere INR 308.

How long does it take to get from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram?

It can take you anywhere between 13 and 21 hours to travel between Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram depending on the means of transport you choose.

Bus is the fastest way to travel between Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. Bus will bring you to your destination in 12h 35m. Train does a much slower job and take about 20h 30m to reach Thiruvananthapuram.

How much does it cost to get from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram?

Travelling between Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram can be as cheap as INR 308 if you opt for a Indian Railways IR train and as expensive as INR 3,444 if you buy a Indian Railways Train ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram ?

  • 1 from Chennai to Trivandrum starting from 05:25 Thiruvananthapuram Airport until 14:00 Thiruvananthapuram Airport
  • 1 from Chennai to Trivandrum starting from 16:30 Thiruvananthapuram until 17:30 Thiruvananthapuram
  • 1 from Chennai to Trivandrum starting from 04:05 Thiruvananthapuram Central until 20:10 Thiruvananthapuram Central

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Chennai to Trivandrum, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as INR 3,961.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Chennai and Trivandrum



Travelling from Chennai to Trivandrum overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Chennai and Trivandrum

Parveen Travels


Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 100% took a train