CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
How to Reach
The nearest airport to IIT Madras, Chennai Meenambakkam Airport is a 30 mins drive. Govt. prepaid taxis from the airport to inside the campus cost about Rs. 600. One can also make the way to the institute in a Call Taxi, Ola, or Uber. Also, you take a bus, 52C to Guindy station. Metro trains are also available to Guindy station.
From Chennai Central (18 KM):
If you have heavy luggage or with a group of more than 3 persons, it would be convenient for you to hire an auto or a taxi. The Chennai Central Railway Station has a system of pre-paid autos and taxis. Else, you can travel by call taxi. There is a token booth for call taxis outside the station. Alternatively, you may also choose to hire an auto or taxi yourself. The fare to the campus from Chennai Central will be around Rs. 550- 650/- for a taxi, which will drop you at the ICSR Building, which are about 2.5 kms from the IIT main gate. Taxis can either be pre-paid (the facility is available just outside the Chennai Central railway station), or can be booked with any taxi operator like Ola or Uber.
Use the subway to Central Metro station. Get a ticket to Guindy station (Blue line). Frequency of trains: 5-15 minutes from 4:30 am to 11 pm.
* Use the subway and cross the street in front of the Chennai Central Railway Station, to reach Park Town station.
* Get tickets for train going to Kasturibai Nagar (Adyar). You can get a train every 20 minutes on weekdays during 4:20 am to 10:30 pm and every 30 minutes on weekends during 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
* On reaching Kasturibai Nagar, get down and ask for Sardar Patel Road or IIT Madras. The In-gate of IIT Madras is at a walking distance of 5 minutes from the station.
If you are travelling with light luggage, you can take a city bus to IIT. The bus stop is right opposite the Central Station. You could use the subway to cross the road which is perpetually busy. The direct buses to the campus are 18B and 5C. If you take any of them, get down at Gandhi Mandapam or CLRI, which is at walking distance from the IIT main gate.
From Chennai Egmore (13 KM):
You can take bus 23C to IIT or a 23E, 23A, 23G to Adyar signal from where there are a number of buses to IIT. Current auto and taxi fares from Egmore are around Rs. 300/- and Rs. 500/- respectively. You can also make use of Call Taxi, Ola, or Uber. Alternatively, a local train to Guindy can be taken. Also, Metro trains are available towards Central Railway station, where you can change the lane and proceed towards Guindy.
FROM BUS TERMINUS, CMBT, KOYAMBEDU
Chennai interstate/intercity bus terminus is called Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, commonly known as CMBT. From CMBT, you can come to institute by Call Taxi, Ola, or Uber.
From CMBT, get a ticket to Alandur matro station (green line) and change to blue lane to reach Guindy station.
FROM GUINDY STATION TO IITM
Use city buses to CLRI, which is at a walking distance from IIT Main gate. Taxi / Auto fare from Guindy to IITM comes around Rs. 150/200.
AFTER REACHING IIT MADRAS
Once you reach the In-gate, there are buses to Gajendra Circle (near the administrative block and Central Library), the academic zone and the hostels (they are around 3.0 km from the main gate) almost every 15 minutes during 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.