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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

How much does it cost to travel to Chennai?

You should plan to spend around $30 (₨2,460) per day on your vacation in Chennai. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $6.45 (₨535) on meals
  • $2.63 (₨218) on local transportation
  • $31 (₨2,581) on hotels

A one week trip to Chennai for two people costs, on average, $415 (₨34,440). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Chennai cost?

A one week trip to Chennai usually costs around $207 (₨17,220) for one person and $415 (₨34,440) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Chennai on average costs around $415 (₨34,440) for one person and $830 (₨68,880) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Chennai will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Chennai on average costs around $889 (₨73,800) for one person and $1,778 (₨147,600) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Chennai has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Chennai expensive to visit?

Chennai is a very affordable place to visit. Located in India, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Chennai in depth.

Within Asia, Chennai is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Asia for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Chennai.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Chennai Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Chennai?

The average Chennai trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Chennai travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 2,581 ($31)
Local Transportation 1 218 ($3)
Food 2 535 ($6)
Entertainment 1 231 ($3)
Tips and Handouts 1 6 - 19 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 129 - 386 ($2 - 5)
Accommodation Budget in Chennai
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Chennai is $16 (₨1,291). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Chennai is $31 (₨2,581). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Chennai

Looking for a hotel in Chennai? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Chennai based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $35. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Chennai
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Chennai is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $2.63 (₨218) per person, per day, on local transportation in Chennai.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Chennai
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Rental Cars in Chennai
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Food Budget in Chennai
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Chennai can vary, the average cost of food in Chennai is $6.45 (₨535) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Chennai should cost around $2.58 (₨214) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Chennai is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Chennai
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Chennai typically cost an average of $2.79 (₨231) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Chennai
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Chennai is $0.15 (₨13) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Chennai is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Chennai
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $3.10 (₨257) on alcoholic beverages in Chennai per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Chennai
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  • On average, people spend $0.38 (₨31) on bottled water in Chennai per day. The public water in Chennai is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Chennai On a Budget
Chennai Chennai
Formerly known as Madras from its colonial history, Chennai today is one of India's largest cities and capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the Bay of Bengal in southeastern India with an extensive stretch of sandy beaches, plenty of dining and shopping, a number of historic temples, monuments, and churches, plus amusement parks and more.
With roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, Chennai is home to Fort St. George, built in 1644. Now a museum, the fort houses military memorabilia and other artifacts evident of the city's colonial past. Also situated in the fort is St. Mary's Church, one of the oldest surviving churches built by the British in India. Other impressive churches include the Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas, St. Thomas Mount, and St. Matthias Church.

Temples of the Hindu religion are also prevalent throughout Chennai. One of Chennai's oldest and best-known temples, Kapaleeswarar, is said to date to the 8th century. Thousands of worshippers visit the temple regularly, which is famous for its 37-meter gopuram, or entrance gate, carved with intricate detail. Other popular temples include Karaneeswarar Temple dedicated to Shiva and Parthasarathy Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, amongst many others.

Though the city is host to many miles of beaches, they are not swimming beaches due to strong under currents along the shoreline. Marina Beach is the longest at 12 kilometers, and features hundreds of vendors selling food, refreshments and souvenirs, a light house with panoramic views of Chennai, as well as an aquarium and a swimming pool.

Other impressive sights include the Big Mosque constructed by Wallajah family in 1795 and the Valluvar Kottam memorial dedicated to one of the renowned poets and saints of the region, Tiruvalluvar. The Government Museum and National Art Gallery are also worth visiting for unique insight into the city's rich history.
One of Chennai's more popular neighborhoods is Georgetown, which grew around the St. George fort. The area features mazelike streets where one can find shops specializing in specific kinds of merchandise such as fireworks in Badrian Street and paperworks in Anderson Street. In addition to being a prime area for shopping, Georgetown is also a great place to explore to get a feel for Indian culture and life. There are plenty of markets to wander with items including palm leaf goods, bronze and brass castings, jewelry, stone carvings from the nearby town of Mamallapuram, textiles, and silks from Kanchipuram. As far as commercial shopping goes, the best malls in the city are Chennai Citi Centre and Spencer Plaza.

In addition to visiting the sights mentioned earlier, it is also common for visitors to book unique tours to experience different aspects of the city. Some of these might include food tours for sampling the flavors of south Indian cuisine, as well as eco tours for getting lost in the natural environments around Chennai.

Also popular are zoos and eco-parks, one of which (Guindy Snake Park) features a number of snake species, lizards, crocodiles, and turtles. It is next to Guindy National Park, which is nearly 280 hectares, inhabited by more than 20 species of trees, about 14 varieties of shrubs, and more than 14 species of woodland mammals, as well as species of rare birds and amphibians.

Other activities include music and dance performances at the Sabhas or "concert houses" during Madras Music season, and visiting the cinemas which include the Abirami Complex, Albert and AVM Rajeswari.
Food and Dining
South Indian cuisine, also referred to as Dravidian, usually consists of (mainly vegetarian) dishes eaten with steamed rice. The traditional way of eating a meal involves being seated on the floor with the food served on a banana leaf, using the fingers of the right hand to eat, no utensils. Cooking of the Tamil Nadu area is famous for using a variety of spices to add flavor to main ingredients like rice, lentils, and legumes. One common dish, Biryani, is a type of fried rice with masala cooked with vegetables or meat. Special varieties include Ambur biryani, served with dhalcha (a sour brinjal curry), and Dindigul biryani which uses a little curd and lemon juice to get a tangy taste. Coffee and tea are the staple beverages. Being a major city, Chennai has dining options for all tastes and budgets, from street food to quality restaurants.

As far as flying goes, Chennai International Airport is the fourth busiest in India after Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. It provides both domestic and international services, with well-established connections to London, Frankfurt, Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East, New York, Hong Kong, and others. The cheapest way to get from the airport to the city is to take the suburban train to the Chennai Park and Egmore stations. The station near the airport is called Tirusulam and is about a 500-meter walk. The Chennai metro and taxis can also provide services from the airport to the city.

By train, Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore provide long distance transportation. Central has daily trains to and Bangalore, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and most other major Indian cities. Egmore has trains which cover places in the state of Tamil Nadu and also a few important stops outside it.

Chennai also has one of Asia's largest bus stations, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.