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There are 7 ways to get from Thoothukudi to Karaikal by bus, night train, train, taxi, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus SETC  •  9h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Tuticorin to Nagapattinam 527 / ...

$15 - $21

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Night train, train  •  10h 20m

  1. Take the night train from Tuticorin (TN) to Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) Tn-Ms Pearl City Exp.
  2. Take the train from Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) to Karaikal (KIK) Ers-Kik Exp

$8 - $29

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Bus RedBus  •  26h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Tuticorin to Karaikal

$7 - $11

Taxi  •  5h 26m

  1. Take a taxi from Thoothukudi to Karaikal 226.6 miles

$110 - $140

Drive  •  5h 26m

  1. Drive from Thoothukudi to Karaikal 226.6 miles

$35 - $55

Fly to Tiruchirapalli, train  •  9h 6m

  1. Fly from Tuticorin (TCR) to Tiruchirapalli (TRZ) TCR - TRZ
  2. Take the train from Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) to Karaikal (KIK)

$53 - $232

Fly to Pondicherry, train  •  25h 18m

  1. Fly from Tuticorin (TCR) to Pondicherry (PNY) TCR - PNY
  2. Take the train from Villupuram Junction (VM) to Karaikal (KIK)

$55 - $220

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The cheapest way to get from Thoothukudi to Karaikal is to bus which costs ₹550 - ₹800 and takes 26h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Thoothukudi to Karaikal is to taxi which costs ₹8,000 - ₹10,000 and takes 5h 26m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Tuticorin and arriving at Karaikal. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 26h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Thoothukudi to Karaikal. However, there are services departing from Tuticorin (TN) and arriving at Karaikal (KIK) via Tiruchchirapali (TPJ). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 20m.

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The distance between Thoothukudi and Karaikal is 303 km. The road distance is 362.6 km.

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The best way to get from Thoothukudi to Karaikal without a car is to bus which takes 9h 45m and costs ₹1,000 - ₹1,600.

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It takes approximately 9h 45m to get from Thoothukudi to Karaikal, including transfers.

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

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Thoothukudi to Karaikal train services, operated by Indian Railways, depart from Tuticorin (TN) station.

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There is no direct flight from Tuticorin Airport to Tiruchirapalli Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 50m and has one stopover.

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Map of how to get from Thoothukudi to Karaikal.
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  • Distance: 189.3 miles
  • Duration: 9h 45m

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

SETC operates a bus from Thoothukudi to Karaikal twice daily. Tickets cost $7 - $12 and the journey takes 9h 30m.

Airlines
Spicejet
Website
spicejet.com
Flights from Tuticorin to Pondicherry via Bengaluru
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $190
Flights from Tuticorin to Pondicherry via Bengaluru, Hyderabad
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from Tuticorin to Pondicherry via Madras, Hyderabad
Ave. Duration
19h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Tuticorin to Pondicherry via Madras, Bengaluru
Ave. Duration
20h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $230
IndiGo Airlines
Website
goindigo.in
Flights from Tuticorin to Tiruchirapalli via Madras
Ave. Duration
6h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Train operators
Indian Railways
Website
indianrail.gov.in
Night train from Tuticorin (TN) to Tiruchchirapali (TPJ)
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $16
Book at
irctc.co.in
Train from Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) to Karaikal (KIK)
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $14
Book at
irctc.co.in
Train from Villupuram Junction (VM) to Karaikal (KIK)
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$3 - $15
Book at
irctc.co.in
Bus operators
SETC
Website
tnstc.in
Bus from Tuticorin to Nagapattinam
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Schedules at
scribd.com
Other operators
Taxi from Thoothukudi to Karaikal
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
Estimated price
$110 - $140

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Thoothukudi to Karaikal is 363 km. It takes approximately 5h 26m to drive from Thoothukudi to Karaikal.

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Spicejet and IndiGo Airlines offer flights from Tuticorin Airport to Tiruchirapalli Airport.

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There are 17+ hotels available in Karaikal. Prices start at $13 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Thoothukudi to Tuticorin Airport is to taxi which takes 16m and costs ₹250 - ₹300.

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