Kilambakkam Bus Terminus, officially known as Kalaignar Centenary Bus Terminus (Source), is an ambitious construction project located in Kilambakkam, Urapakkam, on the outskirts of Chennai, India. This state-of-the-art bus terminus is being developed to alleviate congestion at the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus in Koyambedu while catering to the increasing demand for bus services to the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. Once completed, Kilambakkam Bus Terminus will not only be the largest bus station in Asia but also serve as a modern transportation hub connecting commuters to various cities, towns, and suburbs.

Facilities and Features

The Kilambakkam Bus Terminus boasts an impressive array of facilities to cater to the needs of both passengers and drivers. With a total built-up area of 640,000 square feet, the terminus is designed to accommodate 215 bus bays. Out of these, 130 bays are dedicated to government buses, while 85 bays cater to omni buses. Additionally, the terminus includes parking spaces for 300 spare buses, 275 cars, and 3,582 two-wheelers.

The public lobby, spanning 2,014 square meters, offers various amenities, such as a “Mother’s room,” medical center, clinic, store rooms, cloakroom, and an ATM. Separate dormitories are available for men, women, and drivers, providing accommodations for up to 100 males, 40 females, and 340’s drivers respectively. The terminus also features multiple toilet blocks, a security/CCTV room, electrical rooms, control rooms, ticket counters, transport offices, time offices, restaurants, retail stores, a fire service station, electrical substation, and a sewage treatment plant.


Bus Bays and Connectivity

The Kilambakkam Bus Terminus is equipped with 14 platforms divided among 8 bus fingers. Spanning across 14 acres, the mofussil bus bays cater to 130 government buses and 85 omni buses, facilitating seamless connectivity to cities and towns in the southern parts of Tamil Nadu. Adjacent to the GST Road, a 7.4-acre space has been allocated for an MTC bus terminus, featuring a long platform measuring 1,100 meters and four meters wide, covered with an eight-meter-wide roofing. Additionally, a two-acre area has been designated for a bus depot and workshop.

Future Expansion

Once the Chennai Metro extension is completed, it will provide commuters with convenient and efficient connectivity to the bus terminus, further enhancing the overall transportation network in the region.

Expected Impact

The completion of Kilambakkam Bus Terminus is poised to bring about significant positive changes in the transportation landscape of Southern Tamil Nadu. With a projected passenger capacity of approximately 350,000 individuals, the terminus will efficiently handle the increasing demand for bus services to various destinations, including Kanniyakumari, Madurai, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruvannamalai, Sengottai, Thanjavur, and Villupuram.

By decongesting the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus in Koyambedu, Kilambakkam Bus Terminus will alleviate traffic congestion in the city center, ensuring smoother travel experiences for both commuters and motorists. Additionally, the availability of state-of-the-art facilities and amenities within the terminus premises will enhance passenger comfort and convenience.

Moreover, the integration of MTC buses will facilitate seamless connectivity between the Kilambakkam Bus Terminus and other parts of the Chennai Metropolitan Area and its suburbs, further improving accessibility and ease of travel.


Kilambakkam Bus Terminus is an ambitious infrastructure project that aims to address the transportation needs of Southern Tamil Nadu. With its vast expanse, modern amenities, and strategic location, the terminus will serve as a major hub for bus services, connecting numerous cities, towns, and suburbs in the region.

The completion of this project is expected to significantly decongest the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus while providing enhanced facilities for passengers and drivers alike. The integration of MTC buses and the proposed Chennai Metro extension (Source) will further improve connectivity and convenience for commuters.

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Notable Places Around Kilambakkam Bus Terminus:
Kilambakkam, Urapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu to Lancor Lumina Apartments, Moolakazhani, Guduvancheri, Tamil Nadu 603202 Distance: 19 min (7.4)
Kilambakkam, Urapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603210 To Zoho Corporation, Estancia IT Park,Vallancherry Plot No. 140 & 151, Grand Southern Trunk Road, Vallancherry, Taluk, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu 603202. 15 min (6.6 km) via NH 179B/NH32
Kilambakkam, Urapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603210 to SRM University, Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu 603203, 17 min (10.0 km) via NH 179B/NH32
Kilambakkam, Urapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603210 to SRM Hospital, R2CQ+842, Potheri, Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu 603203 16 min (8.3 km) via NH 179B/NH32

Kilambakkam, Urapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603210 to SRM Public School, Nellikuppam Road, Pankaja Ammal Nagar, Nandhivaram, Tamil Nadu 19 min (7.0 km) via NH 179B/NH32