Koyambedu CMBT (Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus) is the the main bus stand in Chennai for people to go/come from other towns and cities. Earlier, this bus stand was in Parrys, but due to congestion it was shifted to a much larger premises in Koyambedu. This terminus is in operation from 1992 and is located at the Inner Ring Road/Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, near Koyambedu Junction/flyover.
The construction reflects a modern design and the huge dome over the waiting area is a prominent attraction. Here is the dome from inside –
Buses ply to major towns/cities in Tamil Nadu, and also neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Both SETC (TN) and respective state transport department buses operate from here. There are separate booking counters for each transport department, inside. For SETC/TNSTC buses, you can also book tickets Online from here.
There is ample waiting area with chairs, and there are many shops and eateries inside. There is free bathroom/toilet/wash area and drinking water. There are six bays that can accommodate 180 buses and there is an idle parking area for 60 buses. Built on an area of 36 acres, this is one of the largest bus terminus in South Asia.
Now, CMDA – Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, the Govt. body that maintains this place, has constructed a multi-storey paid parking facility for cars, taxis and two wheelers. One can come inside the premises on their bike or car, drop people and go back – there is no ticket charges for that.
You’ll find many autos waiting inside, but the pre-paid auto system doesn’t seem to operate as far as I noticed. As it is within the city, the auto wallahs may demand an arbitrary amount as they are not keen to follow the meter. But you try insisting on meter rates.
There is even a Metro rail station inside the CMBT premises and the Metro train currently stops at Koyambedu market, Arumbakkam, MMDA Colony, Vadapalani (Forum mall), Ashok Nagar, Guindy/Alandur. The Metro rail will shortly connect Anna Nagar, Mount Road and Central Railway Station with Koyambedu CMBT. Then, it will become very useful.
This bus stand accommodates only the State-run Govt. buses, and there is a separate private bus stand for Omni buses about 1-2 K.M. from here. There is a small road along the exit path for buses which leads to the private bus stand. You can try walking there, but older people might want to take an auto from the front.
Right at the front of the huge dome-shaped building, you’ll find local city buses to go to almost every area of Chennai. This is a major bus terminus for local buses also. Mostly you’ll find only regular buses but there are a few AC buses, especially to places like OMR, ECR, etc. There is an information center, but you can just ask around for the bus number/location. There are limited buses in the nights/early mornings. There are ample buses to go to Chennai Central Railway Station.