CMBT is one of Asia’s Largest Bus Terminals, where you get buses to all parts of South India. Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) or Koyambedu bus stand as is popularly known, is an ISO 9001:2000 certified bus terminus at Koyembedu, Chennai in Tamil Nadu state of India. It serves many state owned bus corporations as their terminal at Chennai. It was the largest bus terminus in Asia. when opened a one and half decades back, in 2002.
Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus; CMBT. Photo Source : Creative commons Licensed under CC BY 2.0. Photo by Maciej Janiec.
Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) provides outstation bus services to different cities within Tamilnadu and to other major cities in the neighboring states of Pondycherry, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. City bus services also operate from the front portion of the Chennai Mofussil Bus terminus CMBT. Bus transit facilities to Chennai International airport, Chennai Central railway station and Chennai Egmore railway station are also available from here.
Those wishing to check the Chennai City MTC bus services with Chennai bus route numbers and the main bus stops they cover are available at the official web site of Metropolitan Transport Corporation. You can check bus schedule of A/c Volvo metro bus routes operating in Chennai city and its suburbs here.
Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus CMBT is spread over 37 acres of land next to the SAF games village on the main 100 feet road, called “Jewaharlal Nehru Road”. Those wishing to book outstation bus tickets with Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation Ltd, can do so at the official web site of Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation Ltd.
Mofussil buses enter the CMBT bus stand through the Gate opposite to the Koyembedu Police station near Koyembedu Market (one of Asia’s largest perishable goods market complex spread over 295 acres) on the Kali Amman Koil Street. City buses enter the CMBT bus stand through the gate on the 100 feet road, alias Jawaharlal Nehru Road.
What are the Facilities Available Inside Chennai CMBT Bus Terminal?
There is an elevated Chennai Metro Railway Station inside the CBMT bus terminus.
This line connects the CMBT to Chennai airport directly, through a loop line at Alandur metro station. Stations in this direction are Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, Ashok Nagar, Ekkatuthangal, Alandur, Nanganallur Road (OTA), Meenambakkam and Airport (terminus station). Airport station is situated in between the Domestic and International airports, facing the highway. All stations in this direction are elevated stations. Metro trains passes through an underground tunnel for a short distance near the airport; but there are no stations in this underground section.
In the opposite direction, metro trains now goes up to Nehru Park station. The stations in this route are Koyembedu,Thirumangalam, Anna Nagar Tower, Anna Nagar East, Shenoy Nagar, Pachaiyappa’s College and Kilpauk. All stations except Koyembedu are underground stations.
Other metro stations like Guindy, St. Thomas Mount, Little Mount, etc, can be reached by changing the train at Alandur and boarding the metro trains at the lower level.
There are 180 bus bays spread across the 6 platforms. CMBT can handle 2000 buses and 2.5 lacks passengers per day.
There is parking facility for 1500 to 2000 two Wheelers and 60 cars inside the CMBT bus terminus. There is a two tier underground parking area measuring 3,000 sq.meters on an adjacent plot inside the same compound, which can accommodate another 1500 vehicles. One more two tier basement parking facility work is under construction, which when completed can accommodate 2500 vehicles. There is a clock room for keeping the luggage’s in safe custody.
Indian railways online booking division operates a computerized Ticket booking counter with online booking systems inside the CMBT bus terminus. Life Insurance Corporation of India, LIC India, has an office inside the complex. There are air conditioned and standard retiring rooms available in the complex at affordable rates.
There is a police station inside the complex. Pre-paid auto services are available from the front side of the complex.
Private Long Distance Bus Service Facilities Near Chennai CMBT Bus Terminal
Opposite to the Entry Gate of Mofussil Buses, at the back side of Koyembedu Police station with entry from the Koyembedu Market road, is the Chennai Private Bus Station which operates private omni buses (private bus services) to different cities of Tamilnadu and other neighboring states.You can book tickets for these buses through Redbus, India’s number one private bus booking service company. Redbus website is redbus.in. Few of the Bus operators have their offices on Jawaharlal Nehru Salai. SRM travels operates their buses from their own premises next to CMBT on Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Kallada travels have their office near to Koyembedu roundabout.
Hotels near to Chennai CMBT and Other Luxury Hotels in Chennai
There are many hotels on the Jawaharlal Nehru road, from MMDA Signal to Vadaplani, which are located within 1 to 2 kilometers distance from the CMBT Bus Terminus. Hotel Vijay Park, Radha Regent, Hotel Amritha Inn and Hotel Bhimaas are to name a few among those nearby hotels. The League Club is a club at MMDA signal, which has food and accommodation facilities to club members and also to outsiders.
If you need star rated hotels, they are scattered across the city. Hotel Green Park Chennai is the nearest 5 star hotel at around 3 kilometers distance from CMBT. Taj hotels, an international hotels group, have 3 hotels in Chennai city. Taj Coromandal (MG. Road or Uttamar Gandi Salai at Nungumbakkam), Vivanta by Taj – Connemara, Chennai a heritage hotel next to Spencer Plaza on Ehiraj Salai off Mount Road, Taj Club House Chennai off Mount road opposite to Spencer Plaza are the three hotels from Taj Group of hotels.
My Fortune, Chennai which was previously known as Chola Sheraton (Near Music academy on Cathedral road), Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park on Chamiers Road-TTK Road Junction at Alwarpet, The Park (Near Gemini flyover), Le Royal Meridien at Guindy Kathiparai flyover Junction, Hyatt Regency at Teynampet on Mount Road near to old SUN TV office, Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels on Sir Thagaraya Road at T. Nagar, Hilton Chennai next to Olympia Technology Park near Guindy Kathipara flyover near to Chennai airport, Radisson Blue Hotel Chennai at St. Thomas Mount, etc are to name a few. ITC has opened one of the best star rated hotels, ITC Grand Chola, at Mount Road, Gunidy, which is situated opposite to the SPIC corporate office and next to Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University. Lemon Tree, another deluxe hotel, is also near to this.These hotels also have online booking systems.
There are many medium and low budget hotels also, near to C.M.B.T.
There are many weekend getaways in and around Chennai, which are connected by buses from Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, CMBT. Kishkinta Theme park, VGP Universal Kingdom, Queens Land, Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram , Chennai Marina Beach, Eliots Beach at Beasant Nagar, MGM Dizzee world Theme park, Muttukadu lake with Boat house, Kovalam beach near Muthukad lake, Dashin Chitra art and heritage gallery, etc, are to name a few.
Chennai Central railway station and Chennai Egmore railway station are the two nearest major railway stations to C.M.B.T.
Restaurants Near to Chennai CMBT, Mofussil Bus Terminus
There are plenty of options for those who require food. There is a food court opposite to CMBT on Jawaharlal Nehru road (also known as Inner Ring Road) next to Arihant Majestic Towers, a 17-storied residential complex. KFC operates a retail outlet at this next building. Sangeetha, a chain of vegetarian restaurant, also operate here in this complex. A Tamil Karaoke bar and restaurant is there, opposite to the entry gate of CMBT.
Malls with Cinema Theatres Close to Chennai CMBT, Mofussil Bus Terminus
Vijaya Forum Mall is the nearest mall at Vadapalni, at around 3 kilometers from CMBT. PVR Cinemas operates multiple cinema screens inside the Forum Mall. Ampa Skywalk is another mall at around 3.5 kilometers from CMBT, which has multiple screens from PVR Cinemas. Chandra Metro Mall at Virugambakkam is another mall at around 3 kilometers from CMBT, which has got INOX Movies operating multiple screens.
How Do I Go to Chennai CMBT Mofussil Bus Terminal?
CMBT Mofussil Bus Terminus is near to Arumbakkom, Vadapalani and Annanagar. Its situated close to Koyembedu flyover, wholesale market and Private bus stand.