Chennai Metro – Route Map, Timings, Fare, Nearby Landmarks

Chennai Metro is maintained and managed by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited. The project was planned and conceptualised in 2007 with a primary budget of Rs 50 crores. The plan and layout were designed in close collaboration with DMRC. The construction of Phase 1 commenced in the year 2009 joining Ashok Nagar to Koyambedu.

The Chennai Metro was inaugurated in June 2015 with a 4.5 KM stretch between Alandur and Koyambedu stations. With the advent of technology, now all the trains can be operated driverless. A second phase is also planned and the construction shall be completed by 2026.

Chennai Metro Highlights

OwnerChennai Metro
Operated by Chennai Metro Rail Limited
Station LayoutUndergroundElevated
Located atChennai
StationsWimco Nagar DepotWimco NagarTiruvottriyurTiruvottriyur TheradiKaladipet
Operation Date14th November 2013
TimingFirst Train: 05.30 amLast Train: 11.30 pm
Disability AccessYes
Track GaugeBroad Gauge
Maximum Train Speed100 km/hr
Minimum FareRs 30
Maximum FareRs 40

Chennai Metro Operational Routes

Presently, Chennai Metro has two operational routes namely Blue Line and Green Line. Both of the lines have underground and elevated stations connecting different parts of the city. Know more about both the lines of Chennai Metro in the section below.

Chennai Metro Corridors in Phase 1

1. Blue Line

Blue Line is the first line that is spread from Wimco Nagar to the International Airport of Chennai. There are a total of 26 metro stations out of which 13 are underground and 13 are elevated. 

Blue Line 1 of Chennai Metro
Metro StationConnected withElevation
Wimco Nagar DepotChennai Suburban RailwaysElevated
Wimco NagarChennai Suburban RailwaysElevated
TiruvottriyurChennai Suburban RailwaysElevated
Tiruvottriyur TheradiNoneElevated
TollgateChennai Suburban RailwaysElevated
New Washermanpet stationNoneElevated
Tondiarpet StationNoneUnderground
Sir Theagaraya College StationNoneUnderground
WashermanpetChennai Suburban RailwaysUnderground
Mannadi StationNoneUnderground
High CourtBus TerminusUnderground
Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran CentralGreen Line ConnectionUnderground
Government EstateNoneUnderground
Thousand LightsLine 3 (Chennai Metro)Underground
AG – DMSNoneUnderground
NandanamLine 4 (Chennai Metro)Underground
Little MountNoneElevated
GuindyChennai Suburban RailwaysElevated
Arignar Anna AlandurGreen Line 5Elevated
Nanganallur RoadNoneElevated
MeenambakkamChennai Suburban RailwaysElevated
Chennai International AirportChennai Suburban RailwaysElevated

2. Green Line

The Green Line is another operational line of Chennai Metro and it connects St. Thomas Mount station to Chennai Central Metro station. This line connects a total of 17 stations all elevated and underground. 

Metro StationConnected withElevation
Egmore StationChennai Egmore Train station Chennai Suburban RailwaysUnderground
Nehru Park StationNoneUnderground
Kilpauk Medical College StationChennai Suburban Railways Line 3Underground
Pachaiyappa’s CollegeNoneUnderground
Shenoy NagarNoneUnderground
Anna Nagar EastNoneUnderground
Anna Nagar TowerNoneUnderground
CMBTLine 5 (Chennai Metro) and Chennai Mofussil Bus TerminusElevated
VadapalaniLine 4Elevated
Ashok NagarNoneElevated
Ekkattuthangal StationNoneElevated
Alandur StationBlue Line Line 5 of Chennai MetroElevated
St. Thomas Mount StationChennai suburban railways or MRTSElevated

Chennai Metro Corridors in Phase 2

The Chennai Metro corridor in Phase 2 has been planned for a total of three corridors. Here are the names of all the three routes planned. 

Corridor 3Corridor 4Corridor 5
Madhavaram Milk ColonyThapalpettiMurari HospitalMoolakadaiSembiyamPerambur MarketPerambur MetroAyanavaramOtteriPattalamPerambur Barracks RoadDoveton JunctionPurasawalkam High RoadKellysKMCChetpet MetroSterling Road JnNungambakkamGeminiThousand LightsRoyapettah Government HospitalRadhakrishnan Salai JnThirumayilai MetroMandaveliGreenways Road MetroAdyar JnAdayar DepotIndira NagarThiruvanmiyur MetroTharamani Link RoadNehru NagarKandanchavadiPerungudiThoraipakkamMettukuppamPTC ColonyOkkiyampetKarapakkamOkkiyam ThoraipakkamSholinganallurSathyabamaSt Joseph CollegeLightHouseKutchery RoadThirumayilai MetroAlwarpetBharathidasan RoadAdyar Gate JunctionNandanamNatesan ParkPanagal ParkKodambakkam Sub UrbanMeenakshi CollegePower HouseVadapalaniSaligramamAvichi SchoolAlwarthirunagarValasaravakkamKarambakkamAlapakkamPorur JunctionChennai Bypass CrossingRamachandra HospitalIyyappanthangal Bus DepotKattupakkamKumananchavadiKarayanchavadiMullai ThottamPoonamallee bus terminusPoonamallee BypassPoonamallee Bus DepotMadhavaram Milk ColonyVenugopal NagarAssisi NagarManjambakkamVelmurugan NagarMMBTShastri NagarRetteriKolathurSrinivasa NagarVillivakkam MetroVillivakkam Bus TerminusNadhamuniAnna Nagar DepotTirumangalamKendriya VidyalayaKaliamman Koil StreetCMBT

Chennai Metro Route Map

Chennai Metro Route Map

Chennai Metro Station Fare

Recently, the Chennai Metro has introduced new fares for the passengers using the metro to commute. As per that, the distance covered between 2 KM to 5 km will be charged at Rs 0. Whereas, if the distance is covered between 5 KM to 12 KM then one has to pay Rs 30. Similarly, the distances between 12 km and 21 km cost Rs 40. 

The first train starts at 05.30 am and the last metro operates at 11 pm. The total fare a passenger has to pay is based on the distance travelled by the person. The frequency of one metro train is every four to five minutes.

Chennai Metro Lines Phase

Chennai Metro Phase 1

The Phase 1 of Chennai Metro has two corridors and it runs along three roads namely, Chennai- Anna Salai, EVR Periyar Salai, and Jawaharlal Nehru Salai.  Recently, the corporation planned an extension from Wimco Nagar to Washermenpet. 

A total of nine stations were planned for this extension with seven being elevated and two underground. Refer to the table below to get a quick overview of major stations and stations that comes under extension. 

Chennai Metro Phase 1 Overview
Blue LineGreen LinePhase 1 Extension
Washermenpet MetroCentral MetroSir Thiyagaraya College
MannadiEgmore MetroTondiarpet
High CourtNehru ParkNew Washermenpet
Central MetroKilpaukTollgate Metro
Government EstatePachaiyappa’s collegeKaladipet Metro
LICShenoy NagarThiruvottiyur Theradi
Thousand LightsAnna Nagar EastThiruvottiyur
AG-DMSAnna Nagar TowerWimco Nagar
Saidapet MetroCMBT 
Little MountArumbakkam 
Guindy MetroVadapalani 
AlandurAshok Nagar 
Nanganallur RoadEkkattuthangal 
Meenambakkam MetroAlandur 
Chennai AirportSt Thomas Mount 

Chennai Metro Phase 2

The corporation has also planned the phase 2 expansion of Chennai Metro. As per the plan, the extension shall be having three corridors. The three corridors are referred to as follows: Corridor 3, spanning from Madhavaram to SIPCOT, covering a distance of 46 kilometers; Corridor 4, extending from Lighthouse to Poonamalle Bypass, spanning 26 kilometers; and Corridor 5, running between Madhavaram and Sholinganallur, covering a distance of 47 kilometers.

Chennai Metro FAQs

  1. What is the timing of the Chennai Metro Station?

Ans. Chennai Metro Station is operational from 05.30 am to 11.30 pm.

  1. How many stations are there in Chennai Metro Station?

Ans. Presently, 40 substations are there in Chennai Metro Station. 

  1. What is the minimum fare of Chennai Metro Station?

Ans. The minimum fare for Chennai Metro Station is Rs 10 and the maximum fare is Rs 40.

  1. Who owns the Chennai Metro Station?

Ans. Chennai Metro Rail Limited owns the Chennai Metro Station. 

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