Chennai is the closest and most convenient travel base to reach Pondicherry. Chennai is well connected to all major cities of India. There are several train services available to reach Villipuram which is 35km away from Pondicherry. However, the best way to reach Pondicherry is by road via bus or taxi. Here is how to reach Pondicherry:
Chennai International Airport, the nearest airport, is located 135 km away. Chennai is well connected to many cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Hyderabad, etc. Taxis can be hired from the airport to reach Puducherry.
Villupuram, the nearest railway station, is 35 km away. Villupuram is connected to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), Madurai and Chennai by regular train services. Taxi services are available from Villupuram to Puducherry.
Pondicherry is best accessible by road, either by bus or by taxi. Private tourist buses ply from Chennai, Madurai and Bengaluru to Pondicherry. Busses also connect Pondicherry to Thanjavur, Trichy, Chidamabaram and Coimbatore. There are frequent buses, almost every 15 minutes from Koyembedu in Chennai. Express buses take three-and-half-hours to reach Pondicherry.