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

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Recommended option

Train  •  7 h

  1. Vaigai Exp / ...
  2. Ers Karaikalexp

$5 - $30

3 alternative options

Bus  •  24 h 10 min

$8 - $12

Taxi  •  3 h 52 min

  1. 164.3 miles

$85 - $110

Drive  •  3 h 52 min

  1. 164.3 miles

$26 - $40

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

You can take a train from Madurai to Karaikal via Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) in around 7 h. Alternatively, RedBus operates a bus from Madurai to Karaikal once daily. Tickets cost $8 - $12 and the journey takes 24 h 10 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
Other operators
Taxi from Madurai to Karaikal
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Estimated price
$85 - $110
Ola Cabs
+91 22 33 55 33 55
Friends Track Call Taxi
+91 452 266 77 77
Fast Track Call Taxi
+91 452 288 8999

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Madurai and Karaikal is 218 km. The road distance is 263 km.

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

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

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 7 h.

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.

It takes approximately 7 h to get from Madurai to Karaikal, including transfers.