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There are 4 ways to get from Madurai to Karaikal by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Madurai Junction (MDU) to Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) Mdu-Ms Vaigai Exp / ...
  2. Take the train from Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) to Karaikal (KIK) Ers-Kik Exp

$5 - $28

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Bus  •  24 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Madurai to Karaikal

$7 - $11

Taxi  •  3 h 52 min

  1. Take a taxi from Madurai to Karaikal 164.3 miles

$80 - $100

Drive  •  3 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Madurai to Karaikal 164.3 miles

$26 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Madurai to Karaikal is to bus which costs ₹550 - ₹800 and takes 24 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madurai to Karaikal is to taxi which costs ₹5,500 - ₹7,500 and takes 3 h 52 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madurai and arriving at Karaikal. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 24 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madurai to Karaikal. However, there are services departing from Madurai Junction (MDU) and arriving at Karaikal (KIK) via Tiruchchirapali (TPJ). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 50 min.

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The distance between Madurai and Karaikal is 218 km. The road distance is 262.9 km.

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The best way to get from Madurai to Karaikal without a car is to train which takes 6 h 50 min and costs ₹340 - ₹2,100.

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It takes approximately 6 h 50 min to get from Madurai to Karaikal, including transfers.

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Madurai to Karaikal bus services, operated by RedBus, depart from Madurai station.

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Madurai to Karaikal train services, operated by Indian Railways, depart from Madurai Junction (MDU) station.

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The best way to get from Madurai to Karaikal is to train which takes 6 h 50 min and costs ₹340 - ₹2,100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ₹550 - ₹800 and takes 24 h 10 min.

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  • Distance: 136.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 50 min

What companies run services between Madurai, India and Karaikal, India?

You can take a train from Madurai to Karaikal via Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) in around 6 h 50 min. Alternatively, RedBus operates a bus from Madurai to Karaikal once daily. Tickets cost $7 - $11 and the journey takes 24 h 10 min.

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Other operators
Taxi from Madurai to Karaikal
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Friends Track Call Taxi
Phone
+91 452 266 77 77
Website
Fast Track Call Taxi
Phone
+91 452 288 8999
Website
madurai.fasttrackcalltaxi.in
Ola Cabs
Phone
+91 22 33 55 33 55
Website
olacabs.com

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Madurai to Karaikal bus services, operated by RedBus, arrive at Karaikal station.

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Madurai to Karaikal train services, operated by Indian Railways, arrive at Karaikal (KIK) station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madurai to Karaikal is 263 km. It takes approximately 3 h 52 min to drive from Madurai to Karaikal.

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There are 13+ hotels available in Karaikal. Prices start at $10 USD per night.

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