Chennai CMBT-Largest Asian Bus Terminus

CMBT is one of Asia’s Largest Bus Terminus, where you get buses to all parts of South India. Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus CMBT or Koyambedu bus stand as is known popularly, is an ISO 9001:2000 certified bus terminus at Koyembedu, Chennai in Tamil Nadu state of India, serving many state owned bus corporations as their terminus at Chennai. It was the largest bus terminus in Asia. when opened a decade back.

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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.

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 metropolitan A/c Volvo Buses Departure Time Schedule 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 terminus?

There is an elevated Chennai Metro Railway Station inside the CBMT bus terminus.

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 in  inside the CMBT bus terminus. There is a two tier underground parking 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 was started last month, which when completed can accommodate 2500 vehicles.

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 to Chennai CMBT Bus terminus

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 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

Opposite to City Buses entry gate on Jawaharlal Nehru Salai is Hotel Jaya Pushpam, a Deluxe luxury hotel. Next to this hotel is another hotel, Hotel Aryaas.

There are a 2 hotels; Royal Plaza and Chennai Deluxe; near to the Private Omni Bus stand which also fall in the deluxe category.

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. 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. Taj hotels, an international hotels group, have 3 hotels in Chennai city. Taj Coromandal (MG. Road or Uttamar Gandi Salai at Nungumbakkam), Taj Connemara a heritage hotel next to Spencer Plaza on Ehiraj Salai off Mount Road, Taj Mount Road on Club House Road off Mount road opposite to Spencer Plaza are the Three hotels from Taj Group of hotels.

Chola Sheraton (Near Music academy on Cathedral road), ITC Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers 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, GRT Grand on Thagaraya Road at T. Nagar, Hilton Chennai Hotel next to Olympia Technology Park near Guindy Kathipara flyover near to 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 – Chennai, at Mount Road, Gunidy, which is situated opposite to the SPIC corporate office and next to 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 cheap hotels and cheap motels scattered in and around Chennai, offering cheap hotel rooms to budget traveler. There are many weekend getaways and romantic getaways in Chennai and its suburbs which are connected by buses to Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus CMBT. Kishkinta Theme park, Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram , Chennai Marina Beach, Eliots Beach at Beasant Nagar, MGM Dizzee world Theme park, Muttukadu lake, Kovalam beach near Muthukad lake, Dashin Chitra which is a south Indian art and heritage gallery, etc, are to name a few among those cheap weekend getaways near Chennai city.

For those coming to Chennai by train, There are many decent hotels near to Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore railway stations.

Restaurants Near to Chennai CMBT, Mofussil Bus Terminus

There are plenty of options for those wanting to take food. There is a food court opposite to CMBT on Jawaharlal Nehru road (also called Inner Ring Road) next to Arihant Towers, a 16 storey apartment complex. KFC operates a retail outlet at the next building. Tamil Karaoke bar and restaurant is there exactly opposite to the entry gate of CMBT.

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