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How To Reach Tirupati
Tirupati the town that is renowned over the world, for the shrine of Venkateshwara Swami in the Tirumala or Seshachalam Hills, is in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Tirupati lies at the foothills of the Tirumala Hills. The town is easily accessible from the closest metro cities of Hyderabad (560 km), Chennai (130 km) and Bengaluru (250 km).
Thousands of devotees visit the Tirumala temple every day, with the numbers going up during festive occasions and provisions have been made for a comfortable and easy access to the town from any part of the country by road, rail or air.
The most ideal way to reach Tirupati would be by train.
The nearest airport called the Tirupati International Airport is at Renigunta, about 16 km from Tirupati. There are direct flights to Renigunta from Hyderabad, Kolhapur, New Delhi, Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru.
From the Tirupati International airport you could book a cab to Tirupati. Or you could also take a direct bus to Tirupati, since Renigunta is just about less than an hour’s drive away.
Tirupati Central Railway Station that belongs to the South central zone of Indian railway is one of the most significantly modernized railway stations of India. Latest additions include a premium lounge called ATHITHI, where pilgrims travelling to Tirumala can relax, with more facilities in the offing.
Trains from cities like Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Chennai, Puducherry, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, West Bengal, Rameshwaram etc halt at Tirupati Central Railway Station. There are Passenger and local trains from Chennai to Tirupati as well. There is a cab and tuk tuk stand outside the Tirupati station and you could hire either of them to reach your destination.
There are private as well as direct APSRTC buses to Tirupati from cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Vellore, Bengaluru, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as well as government buses that run from the bordering states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The other preferred means of transport by road is driving to Tirupati from places like Chennai, Bengaluru or Hyderabad. The other option would be to hire a cab to Tirupati since the temple town is easily accessible from all neighbouring cities and towns.
There are local state run buses from the Tirupati Bus Station to various places within the township. There are smaller bus stands called Sri Hari, Srinivasa and Yedukondalu Stations that trip across the town, including to the Tirumala Hill temple. APSRTC runs free rides to Alipiri, at the foothills of the Tirumala Hills and Srivari Mettu, for pilgrims who intend trekking up the hill temple. Tirupati has a large fleet of buses, catering to thousands of passengers each day, making the town's Bus Station one of the most active transport systems of the state.
Apart from buses, there are mobile app cabs, auto rickshaws and share autos for getting around town.