Chennai volvo routes and timings

Had the opportunity to meet with a senior MTC official recently and was able to extract some more details about the newly introduced ac volvo buses.

So far the MTC has acquired 10 buses deployed on 6 routes:
A1 (1) Central – Thiruvanmiyur (via Mylapore)
E18 (2) High Court – Guduvanchery (GST Road)
19G (1) Broadway – Kovalam (ECR)
21G (2) Broadway – Tambaram (GST Road)
A51 (2) Broadway – Tambaram (via Velachery)
D70 (2) Ambattur – Velachery (IRR)

Now all the 10 buses are based at the central depot near central station. So, for the D70 route, a special 7M cut service from Central station to Ambattur (via Anna Nagar) is operated in the morning and two in the reverse direction back to central in the night.

On weekends, 19v is operated as 588 from Adyar to Mahabalipuram which is quite an intelligent decision, qiven the weekend rush to the eateries and resorts along ECR.

But i find it strange that no information about these buses is available online or was made public in newspapers. The MTC really dont seem all that interested to increase the ridership. When i asked about the collections, i was told that it touches 15,000 on weekends which isnt all that bad. With a little more PR, they can easily rake in a lot more money.

Regarding the timings, almost all the buses start operations from 05:30 and gets back to the depot by 22:30. So the last trip would leave around 20:00 from broadway. Dont expect a bus after 9pm unless you are heading towards central.

The MTC dont have a habit of sticking to schedules so dont rely on the timings given at the terminus’s. The frequency of a bus in a particular direction is around:
1hr 21G D70
1.5hrs E18 A51
2hrs A1
3hrs 19G
this should give you an idea of the maximum waiting time at your bus stop. If you are not picky about your route however, one of the volvos is sure to zoom by atleast every half an hour.

And if you are coming into Chennai by train, these are the timings for A1 from Chennai central to Thiruvanmiyur (via Mylapore)
0540 0740 0940 1140
1440 1640 1840 2040

Regarding future plans, only 10 buses have been sanctioned for this year. The govt is still undecided on future acquisitions as the buses are being run only for the prestige factor and is not expected to make a profit. Each bus comes with a price tag of over 70 lakhs while the new deluxe buses cost only 16 lakhs.

But if the MTC were really smart enough, theres a lot of money to be made, given that the Chennai weather is generally uncomfortable. Im sure there are enough people to fill entire buses. Only problem is that the public dont have the slightest clue as to where these buses are going. If time permits, i’ll put up a chennai bus map soon indicating all the volvo routes.

And ive also updated wikipedia with a lot of route information from documents i’ve managed to get from the MTC

UPDATE 29 Jan 09

Volvo routes and timings on the MTC website. finally!


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66 responses to “Chennai volvo routes and timings”

  1. Vyaas says :

    Good work lad…

    nice word…

  2. planemad says :

    thanks vyaas.
    its probably the only useful data i managed to gather from 2 days of interaction with the mtc babus. what a load of buggers they are. more on that experience later.

  3. LVS says :

    great job.

    thanks a lot!! 🙂

  4. LVS says :

    and just noticed,
    you said “…19v is operated as 588…” i think you meant 19G

    thanks again 🙂

  5. planemad says :

    thanks. well actually its 19v but the route is same as 19g. lets thank the mtc for their wierd numbering scheme

  6. Ram says :


    super information. I am happy someone has taken effort to put these data up. I am also maintaining a website for chennai info called check it out. May be u can add these info there for others.

  7. planemad says :

    Thanks Ram. Thats a great directory and Id love to add the info there, although not sure how to do it.

  8. E.A.Kumar says :

    I am glad that there are a few more airconditioned MTC bus servicesbeing operated in Chennai.Could somebody be kind enough to provide the departure timings of these airconditioned bus servicices from their respective starting points?

  9. planemad says :

    Even if there was a bus schedule, i wouldnt rely on it. With the increasing traffic on the roads, the timetables are going haywire

  10. akthab says :

    yah nice

  11. planemad says :

    Thanks akthab 🙂

  12. ANETHA says :


  13. anjan says :

    well the A1 frequency is 1 bus/hour.
    A1 has the most no. of volvos (3).
    the bus leaves thiruvanmiyur at 5.00 in the morn.
    but expect delays of 40 min as the day progresses.
    so that the bus comes at 11.40,12.40…….

  14. ravi says :

    Nice info. TY
    D70 timings are 07:40, 09:00, 10:20,
    This is operational every 1hr and 20 mins.

  15. balu says :

    thats great da..

  16. Navneeth says :

    I noticed, yesterday and today, a Volvo bus on the 29C route.

  17. planemad says :

    yep 7 more volvo route. I now have volvos straight to my college 😀

  18. ragav says :

    can anyone plz tel me the MTC timings for chengalpattu to mandeveli, or the website that contains those information. it ll be useful to me!

  19. Asgar says :


    can you please tell me the route and timings for D70 (2) Ambattur – Velachery (IRR).

    Thanks in advance,

  20. jagan says :

    mtc shd intro bus between well know route avadi tambaram that alot people can make use of it

  21. Nat says :

    can someone tell me the timings of the 19v bus. this is the bus that goes on ecr right ? i can get off at uthandi if i board this bus??

  22. kumar says :

    we dnt know y mtc is not introduceding volvo between avadi and tambaram ….one of highest collection route chennai…mtc shd intro as soon as possible

  23. planemad says :

    All AC bus routes and time schedules are up on the MTC site now

  24. Monisha says :

    Thanks for the info! The mystery of the volvo buses is solved!

  25. himanshu says :

    we need more no of MTC ac bus

  26. vinu says :

    hi this is a passs which i vey good i timings

  27. Vikram says :

    I did check the schedule and tried to take 599 today at T. Nagar terminus. After a bit of struggle and found out that 599 a/c service has been discontinued (still not sure though as this site lists its timings) from a very impolite timekeeper.

  28. anoop says :

    Apporx Timings that i had observed on OMR. give +/- 5-10 minutes

    From TNAGAR
    to Kelambakam
    arrives at Tidel park
    From Kelambakkam
    to Tnagar arrives at

    From CMBT
    to Mamallapuram
    arrives at Tidel Park

    From Mamallapuram
    to CMBT arrvies at

    From Broadway
    to Kelambakkam
    arrives at SRP Tools
    From Kelambakkam
    to Brodway arrives at

    From CMBT
    to Kelambakkam
    arrives at SRP Tools

    From Kelambakkam
    to CMBT arrives at

    • gaurav says :

      Hi anoop,

      I am new to chennai and need to travel on the 568C route. I notice your post is a year old but was wondering if you had any information on the timings of the 568C bus leaving mamllapuram. I need to travel from mammlapuram to shollingulur. Can you advise what time the bus leaves from mammlapuram in the morning and from shollingulur in the evening. I tried waiting for bus at mammalpuram but each time it comes at a diff time, it did not come only one day.

      Thus, it would helpful if you could let me know the updated times and frequency please.


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  30. Fazeel says :

    hi want to know what the volvo a/c bus route from somewhere on mount road, say the LIC building or opposite the old anand theatre heading towards the airport and also the bus number and timing


  31. shankar says :

    Can anyone tell me whether mtc ac volvo bus service between chennai and vellore started? Also the boarding point in chennai. I means is it from cmbt or tnagar terminus like chennai-kanchipuram buses?

  32. Abi says :

    Shankar, Yes..the mtc ac volvo bus service between Chennai and Vellore started and the bus charge is Rs 145. In Chennai the starting point is CMBT. The timings are as follows
    Chennai to Vellore: 6am, 7am, 8am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.

    Vellore to Chennai:6am, 7am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 9:30pm

  33. Gokul says :

    Can anyone tell me mtc ac volvo bus service timings and fare between chennai and pondicherry

    • parsu says :

      The fare for chennai- pondicherry is 170 but i donno the timings and i think one bus starts at 6 AM i beleive.

  34. gokul says :

    can any one tell the timing of ac bus from chengalpattu to t.nagar and t.nagar to Chennai please.

  35. SRINU says :


    There is one service long route.219A running from ambattur to kelambakam via ANNA NAGAR – ANJIKARAI-NESENMANIKAM RAOD -T NAGAR-SAIDAPET- MADYA KAILASH -NAVLUR.
    I am looking for the timings of this route.

  36. Anjana says :

    hi anyone plz inform me the bus route from T. Nagar to Thoraipakkam and if possible the timings in morning from 8:00 to 9:00 and approx the time it takes to reach thoraipakkam.

  37. raj says :

    anyone can tell velachery to thuraipakkam bus nums and time

  38. arvind says :

    hi anybody say me timing of AC bus at eveing from thambarm to cmbt plz

  39. sohail says :

    i want help from anyone please,i live in hyderabad and i am coming to chennai on 17marc,i want some one who could help me in meeting my frnd who stays in velachery and works in TCS velachery…pls if any one want to help me once call my 9866830149 as i dont know any routes and i dont know exactly where my frnd stays…pls help me…

  40. Raja says :

    Anyone can inform M70 Volvo A/C bus timing from Thiruvanmiyur to CMBT.please immtly

  41. Dr.Murthi says :

    Will help a lot to Senior Citizens

  42. balajir says :

    Hi srinu,

    219a runbetween ab\mbattur and kelambakkam via anna nagrar ,mehta nagar,tngagar and 19b route.Timings are starting from in the morning 6.30,7.30,8.00 and last bus at 8.30.In the evening are as follows 5.0 clock,6.0 clock,7 o clock and last at 8pm

  43. Sundar says :

    Hi I’m New to Chennai can u plz help with the bus timing of A21 & V21 Please..

    • Prasanna says :

      From where Tambaram or Thiruvanmiyur

      These are the morning timings from Tambaram

      A21 – 7.00 a.m, 8.40 a.m and 11.25 a.m
      V21 – 8.50 a.m, 10.15 a.m and 11.40 a.m
      A21V – 8.15 a.m

  44. igloo child says :

    i wanna know at what time exactly do the buses start in the morning. And where do thety start. from tambaram to srm university

  45. premanand says :

    hi i plan to sripuram vellore in AC volvo mtc bus.pls tell me whether i need to book the ticket in advance for AC coach?is ter any website or i need to go cmbt directly to book the tickets?

  46. Kausik says :

    Dear friend,
    I’ll visit Chennai along with my ailing wife and other aged family member on way to CMC Vellore in the next 7 days. From where can I get an a.c buse in that route?

  47. kishore says :

    bus route from ambattur estate to navallur timing

  48. Santosh says :

    Guess the A21 and V21 route frequencies also have changed too, if any one knows can you please tell me the updated details?

    • Prasanna says :

      From Tambaram (morning timings)
      A21 – 8.00, 8.10, 8.30, 11.00, 11.15, 11.25

      From Guduvanchery
      V21 – 7.00, 7.30, 8.30, 10.00, 10.30, 11.30, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00

  49. Karthick balasubramaniam says :

    can anyone plz tell me bus timings from Chengalpattu to Mahabalipuram and its frequency.

  50. na2406 says :

    Can someone tell me the Bus Timings from Tiruvanmiyur to Tambaram – A21 ?

  51. Arthi says :

    hi…can anyone say the A21 AC volvo bus timings from Vandalur(morning) and thiruvanmiyur(enening) please??

  52. harsha vardhan says :

    in volvo busses ac is using only up to some distance…

  53. Anu says :

    hi can anybody tell me the exact morning timing for A21 buses

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  55. onpagemail says :

    Nice information. Thanks for sharing the article in the blog.

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