Stuck on a Chennai layover at the Chennai International Airport (MAA) in India? The Chennai airport was previously called Madras International Airport and is the main hub of Air India. It is located roughly 4.5 miles from Chennai (Madras), India which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Chennai layover, click here for useful tips and to get a quick fact sheet on Chennai including weather and languages, click here.
The airport has a number of activities and facilities if you’re stuck in the Chennai airport during your layover. In addition to restaurants and duty free and regular shopping, the airport has lounges including Maharaja Lounge and Indian Airlines Lounge. In addition the Chennai airport also has a Child Care room, Left luggage facilities, baggage wrapping, post office, pharmacy, ATMs and money exchange, and massage chairs. For a full list of paid and unpaid facilities, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your Chennai layover and exploring the city, the easiest way is to take a pre-paid taxi from the Arrivals Area. If you are interested in traveling by suburban railway or bus, click here for more information.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On A Chennai Layover:
If you have a limited time to check out the sights, might want to take a tour of the city that will pack them all in a short time frame. There are many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, private tours, and much more!
Considered to be Chennai’s top tourist attraction, Marina Beach has a lit bit of everything – restaurants, shopping, night life – although swimming is not advised for novices due to a strong current.
Crocodile Park is a great place to see a large collection of reptiles, including baby crocodiles (which you can hold) and pythons. You can stay to witness the feeding frenzy.
If you’re looking for a place to shop, Skywalk mall is a good place to pick up some items. Most big brands are here as well as a food court to grab a bite to eat.
If you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation on your long layover, check out 02 Spa where you can get a long package with massages, reflexology, skin treatments and more.
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