Located just 7km south of Chennai, Chennai International Airport is one of the primary airports in India. This airport is easily accessible from both the state bus terminal and the railway station. Even though trains are the cheaper mode of transport in India, cheap flights are making the option of travelling around India more affordable and popular. There are many airlines offering cheap and budget one-way and return tickets from Chennai International Airport.
There are two main terminals -- the international and domestic terminals at the airport. Head to Terminal 1 for domestic flights that connect Chennai to 20 major cities across India. Do stay updated with the discounts and lightning offers offered by airlines such as Air India and Spicejet to exotic and unique cities in the country! If you’re heading to an international destination, head to Terminal 2.
Passengers can travel between the terminals by free battery-operated vehicles or coach services. The construction of moving walkways between the terminals is still under construction. There are information desks and tourist information counters available in both the terminals for passengers.
Services and Facilities
Lounge. Most of the lounges are located in the International Terminal and are open throughout the day. There are 2 lounges in the domestic terminals. The Maharaja Lounge in the Anna International Terminal is preferred due to its easy accessibility to food and entertainment. There is also a business centre and a magazine centre where passengers can go before their flights.
WiFi/Internet Services. There is free WIFI available at the lounges in Chennai International Airport. The terminals do not offer free WIFI services. Paid-for WIFI access is available in the terminals.
Business & Conference. There is an executive lounge available for business travellers. The airport communication centre is well equipped with Internet access and video phones for conference calls.
Shopping. Proceed to Flemingo’s attractive duty free shop where you can purchase duty-free alcohol like Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff Vodka, Chivas Regal and Jim Beams. Fancy smoking? Choose from a whole range of cigars, tobacco and cigarettes at the duty-free stores. Handloom Handicraft stalls offer good last-minute options to buy a gift home for your loved ones.
General Services. Passengers wanting to change their foreign currencies can head to the foreign exchange counters that are available in the departure and arrival areas of both terminals. There are also ATMs conveniently located in the domestic terminal. A post office is also located on site for passengers to send their parcels, letters and postcards abroad. There is a 24-hour medical facility available to deal with emergencies. The terminals are well-equipped with water coolers dispensing mineral water.
Dining Facilities. The airport is equipped with a range of restaurants and cafes in both terminals for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Executive lounges also provide delectable food options. This obviously comes at a price. Craving a bottle of ThumbsUp and a packet of Magic Masala? There are vending machines scattered throughout the airport for those feeling hungry while waiting for their flights.
Transit Hotels. There are no on-site hotels available at the airport but several can be found within a short distance from the airport. For those who want luxury, the Trident Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai are two options that provide 5-star services and facilities such as spas and fitness centres. For the budget-conscious, there is dormitory accommodation.