Information on Chennai CMBT Bus Terminal

CMBT is one of Asia’s Largest Bus Terminals. It is located at Koyembedu, Chennai. Buses to all major cities of South India starts from here.

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 the Tamil Nadu state of India. It serves many state-owned bus corporations as its terminal at Chennai. It was the largest bus terminus in Asia when opened two decades back, in 2002.

Chennai CMBT Bus Terminus
Chennai CMBT Bus Terminus – Photo by George T. George

Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) provides outstation bus services to different cities within Tamilnadu and to other major cities in the neighboring states of Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Telungana 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 bus routes with Chennai bus route numbers and the main bus stops they cover are available at the official website of Metropolitan Transport Corporation. You can check the bus schedule of A/c Volvo metro bus routes operating in Chennai city and its suburbs on their website. A bus transit facility is available for those coming from outside the city, at this bus terminus at Koyambedu.

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 “Jawaharlal Nehru Road”. Those wishing to book outstation bus tickets with Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation Ltd can do so at the official website of Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation Ltd.

Mofussil buses enter the CMBT bus stand through the Gate opposite 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.

The Blue line connects the Chennai airport to Wimco Nagar Depot,  through a loop line at Alandur metro station. Stations in the blue line are Chennai International Airport, Meenambakkam, Nanganallur Road (OTA),  Alandur, Ekkatuthangal,  Ashok Nagar, Vadapalani, Arumbakkam, CMBT, Koyembedu, Thirumangalam, Anna Nagar Tower, Anna Nagar East, Shenoy Nagar, Pachaiyappa’s College, Kilpauk, Nehru Park, Egmore, Chennai Central, High Court, Mannadi, Washermenpet, Sir Theagaraya College, Tondiarpet, New Washermanpet, Tollgate, Kaladipet, Tiruvottriyur Theradi, Tiruvottriyur, Wimco Nagar, and Wimco Nagar Depot.  All stations from Thirumangalam to Tondiarpet are underground stations. Other stations are Elevated stations.

The airport station is situated between the Domestic airport and International airport, facing the highway.  Metro trains pass through an underground tunnel for a short distance near the airport, but there are no stations in this underground section.

Metro stations on the Greenline are Guindy, St. Thomas Mount, Little Mount, Saidapet, Nandanam, Teynampet, AG-DMS, which 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 a parking facility for 1500 to 2000 two Wheeler 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 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 backside of Koyembedu Police station with entry from the Koyembedu Market road, is the Chennai Private Bus Station which operates private omnibuses (private bus services) to different cities of Tamilnadu and other neighbouring 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 operate their buses from their own premises next to CMBT on Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Kallada travels have their office near to Koyembedu roundabout.

Hotels in Chennai CMBT and Other Parts of the City

Hotels in Koyambedu area Chennai

Opposite to City Buses entry gate on Jawaharlal Nehru Salai is Hotel Jaya Pushpam, a 4-star hotel. Next to this hotel is another hotel, Hotel Aryaas.

Hotel Royal Plaza and Hotel Chennai Deluxe are two hotels near to the Private Omni Bus stand, which falls in the deluxe category hotels.

There are many hotels on the Jawaharlal Nehru road, from MMDA Signal to Vadaplani, which are located within approximately two kilometres 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 for club members and also to outsiders.

There are many medium and low budget hotels also, near C.M.B.T.

Star hotels in Chennai near Koyambedu

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. Ginger Hotel Chennai is a budget hotel at Vadapalani near Koyembedu that is owned by Taj group.

Other Star Hotels in Chennai

Taj hotels, an international group of hotels, have the following hotels in Chennai city apart from Ginger hotel mentioned in the last paragraph. Taj Coromandal (MG. Road or Uttamar Gandi Salai at Nungambakkam), 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 Spencer Plaza are the three hotels from Taj Group of hotels.

ITC has opened ITC Grand Chola at Guindy next to Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University in 2012.

Some of the other top-dated star hotels are listed below.

Restaurants Near to Chennai CMBT Mofussil Bus Terminus

There are plenty of options for those who require food. There is a food court opposite 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 the entry gate of CMBT.

Temples near CMBT

Vadapalni Murugan temple
Vadapalani Murugan Temple – Photo by George T. George

Vadapalani Murugan Temple is a very famous and ancient temple near CMBT, at around two kilometers from CMBT.

Malls with Multiplex (Multiple Cinema Theaters) at Chennai

Chennai Malls with Cinema theaters

I have listed the multiplex complexes with Cinemas theaters at Chennai, below. This list is in reverse chronological order of the mall opening year.

VR Chennai is a new mall opened in August 2018, at Anna Nagar and is located close to the Koyembedu flyover. There is a nine-screen cinema theater at this mall, near Koyembedu.

Vijaya Forum Mall is the nearest mall at Vadapalni, around three kilometers from CMBT. PVR Cinemas operates multiple cinema screens inside the Forum Mall.

Phoenix Marketcity at Velacherry is one of the largest malls in Chennai with a Cinema theater.

Ampa Skywalk is another mall around three and a half kilometers from CMBT, which has multiple screens from PVR Cinemas.

Chandra Metro Mall at Virugambakkam is another mall around three kilometers from CMBT, which has got INOX Movies operating multiple screens.

Express Avenue at Royapettah is Chennai’s second mall with a theater complex. It is at the Royapettah Clock tower junction (Royapettah manigundu in local language, Tamil).

Chennai Citi Centre at Mylapore is the oldest mall with a multiplex cinema theater that was opened way back in 2006. It was operated by Satyam Cinemas management who now operates many a mall theaters.

Weekend Getaways in and Around Chennai

There are many weekend getaways in and around Chennai, which are connected by buses from Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, CMBT. Some of them are listed below.

How Do I Go to Chennai CMBT Mofussil Bus Terminal?

CMBT Mofussil Bus Terminus is near Arumbakkom, Vadapalani, and Annanagar. It is situated close to the Koyembedu flyover, the wholesale market, and the Private bus stand.

Chennai Central railway station and Chennai Egmore railway station are the two nearest major railway stations to C.M.B.T.


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