Chennai Metro Route

The Chennai Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India. Currently Chennai Metro network has 41 active stations. Find important and useful information like Chennai Metro route, metro lines, service operation timings, first train, last train, route map, fare chart, top attractions near metro station, metro station nearby, news and more.

OperatorChennai Metro Rail (CMRL)
Operation start29 June 2015
Number of lines2 Metro Lines
Train length4 Coaches
No. of stations41 Active Stations
Metro timings⏱ Starting | Ending
06:50 AM | 10:55 PM

▣ Chennai Metro Lines (Terminal Stations)
Metro linesTerminal stationTerminal station
Blue LineWimco Nagar DepotChennai International Airport
Green LineMGR Central (Chennai Central)St Thomas Mount

Chennai Metro Fare Chart

No. of StationMetro Fare (₹)Smart Card Fare (₹)
1 Station109
2 Stations2018
3 Stations3027
4 to 8 Stations4036
9 to 13 Stations5045
More than 136054

Please note:

  • Above fare chart is not offical, but based on the observations of fare on below link:
  • There is 10% discount using Store Value Card.
  • And 50% discount on Sunday and Public Holidays
  • 20% discounted fare (in Rupees) for single trip Normal class using Trip card.
  • 1 Day - Rs.100/- (Fare) + Rs.50/- (Refundable Deposit) on surrender of card.
  • 30 days Rs. 2500/-(Fare) + Rs. 50/- (Refundable Deposit) on surrender of card

Interesting Facts about Chennai Metro

  • The Chennai Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • The first operation began on 29 June 2015 for the public, which spanned the seven stations Koyambedu to Alandur over a distance of 10 kilometres.
  • The services operate daily between 4:30 and 23:00 with a varying frequency of 5 to 14 minutes.
  • Chennai Metro runs in standard gauge measuring 1,435 millimetres (56.5 in) and the lines are double-tracked.
  • The average speed of operation is 35 kilometres per hour (22 mph) and maximum speed is 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph).
  • Chennai Metro is also planning to use solar power for five of its stations on the elevated corridor, with a production capacity of 200 KW.
  • The first car in each train is a first class compartment with tickets costing twice as much as the second class tickets.
  • The minimum fare is Rs. 10 and the maximum fare is Rs. 60. The first car in each train is a first class compartment with tickets costing twice as much as the second class tickets.
  • There are four types of tickets issued by CMRL for travel in Chennai metro.
  • 1. Single journey tokens which needs to be purchased each time for every journey at the ticket counter.
  • 2. Stored value cards (SVC) are pre paid, rechargeable, travel cards that can be purchased at any ticket counter against a refundable deposit of rupees 50. They can be recharged up to a maximum of rupees 2000.
  • 3. Trip Cards are for persons travelling between the same two stations regularly.
  • 4. Tourist Cards provide the card holders unlimited ride on the Chennai Metro for 1 day.
  • There is a discount of 50% for all journeys taken on Sundays and public holidays, applicable with single journey tokens (rupees 5 to rupees 30) and Stored Value Cards (rupees 4 to rupees 27).
  • There are vaious slabs of penalties for offences starts from Rs. 50 to Rs. 5000 and imprisonment up to 10 Years. Charges depends on the type of penalty.

About Chennai Metro

  • The Chennai Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Chennai's oldest Suburban Railway network was established around 1931 and operated on a metre-gauge line.
  • The first phase of Chennai Mass Rapid Transit System was established in 1995 and this is India's first elevated line.
  • Chennai government hired Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for preparation of Detailed Project Report on Chennai metro.
  • The project was approved by the state cabinet on 7 November 2007 and Planning commission gave in-principle approval on 16 April 2008.
  • Officialy Seven lines were planned by the DMRC for the Chennai Metro network.
  • Chennai Metro construction work started on 10 June 2009 with the piling work.
  • In July 2012, the Chennai Metro's first tunnel boring machine was launched.
  • After that October 2012, eleven machines were commissioned to bore tunnels along the underground stretch by three.
  • On 14 February 2014, the maiden trial run for the metro was conducted between the Koyambedu and Ashok Nagar stations.
  • In January 2015, a report was submitted to the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety for approval.
  • The First time in Channai on 29 June 2015, commercial operations started between Alandur and Koyambedu stations.
  • Almost one year later, on 21 September 2016, commercial operations commenced between Chennai International Airport metro station and Little Mount.
  • The First underground line start between Thirumangalam metro station to Nehru Park metro station on 14 May 2017.
  • On 10 February 2019 underground blue line was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chennai Metro News & Updates

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has already completed the feasibility survey for the upcoming metro rail projects, including the rapid transit system in Salem. A detailed report of the survey was reportedly submitted to the Tamil Nadu government on August 31. CMRL proposes to develop a two-corridor network in Salem covering a distance of 35.19 kilometres.
Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) achieved a significant milestone by registering its highest ever passenger flow in August. More than 8.5 million passengers boarded metro trains last month in August 2023, the highest monthly passenger count of the year. The month-wise growth of passengers in the year 2023 is as follows, 6,607,458 passengers traveled in January, followed by 6,369,282 in February, 6,999,341 in March, 6,685,432 in April, 7,268,007 in May, 7,406,876 in June, 8,253,692 in July and 8,589 in August, 977 passengers Travelled.
Chennai Metro: Chennai Metro Rail train services were disrupted during rush hour due to a technical glitch yesterday, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and delayed to their destinations. Train services between Little Mount and Chennai Airport were suspended for a while, causing a lot of inconvenience.
Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has decided to allow advertisements on the pillars of its elevated sections in an effort to find new sources of revenue. Bids have been called and the contractor is likely to be selected in a few months. These advertisements will have themes depicting the culture of the city and tourism of the state.
According to a report by Chennai Metro, the daily ridership increased from 2.13 lakh in January to 2.66 lakh in July. Following which the Chennai Central Metro, a transport hub, maintained its position as the busiest station, and in July, it was used by an average of 23,473 passengers per day. In the last seven months, Metro Rail has registered an increase of almost 25% in the number of passengers

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Chennai Metro FAQs

𝒜. Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) operates Chennai Metro system.

𝒜. First service of Chennai Metro service begins on 29 June 2015.

𝒜. Chennai Metro system has 2 Metro Lines (active/fucntional).

𝒜. Chennai Metro trains have 4 coaches.

𝒜. Chennai Metro timings are: 06:50 AM | 10:55 PM.

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