Chennai Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Chennai Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
Security would only let me into the Visitor's gallery because my departure wasn't within 3 hours. The gallery was cold and the chairs designed specifically with metal separators so you couldn't lie across. - sophcotton
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Chennai Airport.
What to Expect
- There are two passenger terminals, one domestic and one international, with both having been renovated in the last few years.
- As of July 2016, there had been 66 incidents of the glass ceiling falling in the new Domestic terminal. Be careful!
- You will not be permitted the airport until 3 hours prior to your flight.
- Free WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
Where to Sleep
- The end of the hall near past Gate 18 is quiet (Scott P, August 2015).
- Visit the gazebo-like structure in the food court for padded benches.
- For uninterrupted sleep, there are "Retiring Rooms" and a couple hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
Good to Know
- Showers are available in the “Retiring Rooms”.
- Economy class travellers can buy a pass to four airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Chennai Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.
In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Chennai airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Travel Club - Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 3rd floor, opposite Gate 5. Hours: 4:00AM - 9:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Book Online (£13.50) • Priority Pass.
- Port Lounge - Location: International Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor. • Priority Pass.
- Travel Club - Location: International Terminal, Airside, opposite Gates 11 to 14. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Book Online (£18.50). • Priority Pass.
- Travel Club - Location: New International Terminal, Airside, 3rd floor VIP lounge level, opposite Gate 7. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Book Online (£18.50). • Priority Pass.
Free WiFi is available at Chennai Airport in the lounges.
If sleeping in Chennai Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Retiring Rooms - Look for signs with “Retiring Rooms” on them. There is an affordable air-conditioned dormitory. There’s a bathroom with showers and quiet, dimmed sleeping. Security may only let you in if you have proper flight documentation. It is not possible to book in advance. In the Domestic Terminal, you must first go to the "Booking Office", located on the departure floor near Spice Jet. Show your ticket, passport and pay the fee. Take the elevator to the lower level. The rooms are located on the right hand side. Rate: RS700/night.
- Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai - (Located less than 1.5 mile from the airport) Airport limo available for a fee
- Trident Chennai- (Located less than 2 miles from the airport) Airport transportation available for a fee
- Just Guest House - (10 min from the airport) Airport transportation available
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Chennai Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes
- Child Care Room - Yes
- Currency Exchange - Yes
- Drinking Water - Yes, environmentally friendly cups are available.
- Duty Free & Shopping - Duty-free shopping is available.
- Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we could not confirm the availability of 24-hour dining.
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - Yes
- Luggage Trolleys - Yes
- Luggage Wrapping - Yes
- Massages and Spa - Yes
- Medical Services - A First Aid room is available
- Mobile Charging - Yes
- Pharmacy - Yes
- Post Office - Yes
- Showers - Yes, showers are available in the Retiring Rooms [ see Airport Hotels above ]
The airport is open 24 hours.
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Last Updated: 19 September 2016
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