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Transport in Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirapalli Airport

Tiruchirappalli has a well-developed transport infrastructure. Being located almost at the geographic centre of the state Tamil Nadu India, Trichy is well connected by Road, Rail and Air with most cities.


Toll Gate in Trichy on NH 67
Teeming Chatram Bus Stand

Trichy City has 1294.27 km of Roads as of 2017 in which 268.41 km is of unserfaced and rest all are surfaced in some form.[1] Bharathidhasan Road has been designed as a Model road of the city. Other Arterial roads include Bharathiyar Road, Collector Office Road, Thennur High Road, Salai Road, Sastri Road, Madurai Road, Thillainagar Main Road, College Road, Gandhi Road. Various Initiatives has been taken up by the city corporation during 2018 and 2019 with private partnerships, Smart city and various funds to install facilities like Open-Air Gym on road sides, Fountains with beatification of roundabouts,[2] One Smart road has also been created.[3]

National highways

Trichy being in the central point of the state it has major National Highways radiating out as following

  • NH 38(Old NH 45) towards Villupuram, Vellore leading to Chennai
  • NH 81(Old NH 227) towards Jayamkondam, Chidambaram
  • NH 83(Old NH 67) towards Thanjavur, Nagapattinam
  • NH 336(Old NH 210) towards Pudukottai leading to Rameshwaram
  • NH 38(Old NH 45B) towards Madurai, Tuticorin
  • NH 83(Old NH 45) towards Dindigul, Palani, Coimbatore
  • NH 81(Old NH 67) towards Karur, Coimbatore

Major Tamil Nadu State Highways leading out of the city are

  • SH 22 towards Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Poompuhar
  • SH 25 towards Musiri, Namakkal, Salem leading to Bangalore
  • SH 62 towards Thurayur

Bypass and Ring Road

Trichy City has two bypasses built till now. Chennai Bypass built to shift old NH-45 out of the city starting from No.1 Tollgate to Mannarpuram which extended later to Edamalaipatti Pudhur during Fourlanning of the highways. Karur Byepass road was built as an alternate alignment to reach NH 67 from the city near Salai Road without touching Chatram Bus Stand.

A Semi-Ring Road was proposed in 2007 along with four lane widening of Old NH 67 and Old NH 45. The semi ring starts from Jeeyapuram in NH 81 and ends at Thuvakkudi in NH 83 connection NH 83 at Cholan Nagar, NH 38 at Panjappur, NH 336 at Mathur. The project is split into two stages Jeeyapuram to Panchapur and Panchapur to Thuvakudi.[4] The work came to a halt in 2009 due to court case to modify the alignment of stage 1 which was crossing over Lakes. The new alignment was created by NHAI in 2011. And the work has resumed recently in 2019.[5]

Public Transport

Easy way to move across the city is Buses operated by both state run TNSTC and many private transports.[6] More than 350 buses are running in the city. In addition to this there are Auto Rickshwas and various Taxi services to avail including Mobile application based operators to move around the city and its suburbs.

Important Bus Terminals in the City are

Tiruchirappalli is an Division under TNSTC, Kumbakonam.[8] There are regular buses to Vellore, Karaikudi, Karur, Thanjavur, Kanniyakumari, Chennai, Madurai, Salem, Palani, Puducherry, Coimbatore, Kodaikanal[9] and Tirupathi.[9] Buses are also available to destinations in Karnataka and Kerala. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates bus services between Bengaluru, Mysore and Tiruchirapalli on daily basis.


Trichy is one of the divisions in Southern Railway. Trichy Railway Junction has five branches which connects to Kaniyakumari, Erode, Rameshwaram, Karaikal and Chennai. Trichy is one of the busiest Railway Junction in Tamil Nadu. Tiruchirappalli is an important railway junction in central Tamil Nadu and constitutes a separate division of the Southern Railway.[10] There are frequent trains to Chennai, Coimbatore, Thanjavur, Karur Junction, Karaikudi Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Karaikal, Chidambaram, Madurai, Vellore Cantonment, Katpadi Junction, Tirupathi, Tuticorin, Tenkasi, Kollam, Rameswaram, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kochi, Kanyakumari, Mangaluru, Kolkata.[11] About nine express trains operate daily on the Chord line, important among are Pallavan Express and the Rockfort Express.[12] The Mysuru Express plies between Tiruchirappalli and Mysuru on a daily basis, stopping at Salem and Bengaluru on the way.[12] Tiruchirappalli has rail connectivity with most important cities and towns in India.[13]


Air India Express aircraft at Tiruchirapalli International Airport
Waiting hall at Trichy Airport
Check-In Counters in New Integrated Terminal at Trichy Airport

Tiruchirapalli International Airport or Trichy International Airport (IATA: TRZ, ICAO: VOTR) is a major airport mostly serving Tiruchirapalli and adjacent districts in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The airport, located on the NH 210 Tiruchirapalli - Rameswaram highway, is 5 km (3.1 mi)[14] south of the city centre.

The Tiruchirapalli International Airport is the second biggest airport in Tamil Nadu after Chennai International Airport. It was first used to handle air traffic in 1938 when Tata Airlines commercial flights stopped at Tiruchirappalli on the Karachi-Colombo route.[15] In 1948, Air Ceylon commenced daily passenger flights between Tiruchirappalli and Colombo via Jaffna.[16][17] There are regular flights to Chennai,[12] Sri Lanka,[18] and Dubai.[19] Air India Express has an engineering stores complex at Tiruchirapalli International Airport for repairing aircraft.[20]

The Trichy Airport is scheduled for expansion soon as the local government has bought land in and around the existing airport. This expansion is expected to accommodate larger flights and also expand the International operations to more countries given Trichy is an integral industrial hub in Tamil Nadu. Trichy International Airport caters the need of 12 districts in Tamil Nadu state like Trichy, Thanjavur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Dindigul, Karur, Karaikal(UT), Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Namakkal, Pudukottai, Sivagangai. In Nov 2011, The Trichy Airport opened up the International air cargo, which was built at the cost of Rs. 1 crore.[21]

See also


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  6. ^ Abram, Pg 491
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 November 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b Footprint South India, Pg 128
  10. ^ "Southern Railway Home page". Southern Railway. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010.
  11. ^ Ambujam Anantharaman (2006). Temples of South India. East West Books (Madras). p. 144. ISBN 978-81-88661-42-8.
  12. ^ a b c Lonely Planet, Pg 415
  13. ^ Laveesh Bhandari (2009). Indian states at a glance, 2008-09: Tamil Nadu : performance, facts and figures. Pearson Education. p. 19. ISBN 978-81-317-2347-0.
  14. ^ Tiruchirapalli Airport at the Airports Authority of India Archived 2011-05-31 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "History 1932-1940". Air India. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2008.
  16. ^ Far Eastern economic review, Volumes 71-72. Review Pub. Co. Ltd. 1971. p. 48.
  17. ^ Commonwealth survey, Volumes 1-2. Central Office of Information by Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1948. p. 24.
  18. ^ Sura Guide, Pg 78
  19. ^ "Air India Express to begin Dubai-Trichy service". 26 March 2007.
  20. ^ "Air India Express opens Engineering stores complex at the Tiruchi Airport". Education News Hyderabad.[dead link]
  21. ^ "Trichy's int'l air cargo terminal opens at Trichy airport". The Times Of India. 22 November 2011.

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