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PRTC Bus Routes & Timetable

RouteFirst BusLast Bus
New Bus Stand to Koyambedu04:0015:30BOOK NOW
Pondicherry to Chennai04:0015:30BOOK NOW
Chennai to Pondicherry09:3019:30BOOK NOW
Koyambedu to New Bus Stand09:3019:30BOOK NOW
Pondicherry to Karaikal05:2023:30BOOK NOW
Karaikal to Pondicherry04:1521:40BOOK NOW
Pondicherry to Mahe17:2917:31BOOK NOW
Karaikal to Chennai08:3022:40BOOK NOW
Pondicherry to Nagercoil18:2418:25BOOK NOW
RTC Bus Stand to New Bus Stand06:0022:00BOOK NOW

About PRTC | Puducherry Road Transport Corporation

Total Number of PRTC Buses: 141

Owner: Government of Puducherry 

Founded in: 1988

Head office: Puducherry 

Types of Services offered: City Ordinary, Express, Delux, Volvo, City Semi Low Floor

Areas Served by PRTC Buses: Puducherry and its neighbouring states

PRTC Bus Tickets Booking

PRTC refers to the Puducherry Road Transport Corporation. It was founded in 1988 as the Pondicherry Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC). However, the entity was bifurcated to tackle transport and tourism separately. The PRTC is currently run by the Government of Puducherry. PRTC services the union territory of Puducherry which includes Mahé, Karaikal, Yanam, and Pondicherry.

Puducherry Road Transport Corporation currently owns a fleet of over 140 inter-state and intra-state buses that service a total of 55 routes. Its focus is to connect towns and cities in the union territory and Tamil Nadu state to Puducherry. Some buses also travel to popular cities, such as Bengaluru and Tirupati, in neighboring states. You can book PRTC online bus tickets safely and easily on redBus. PRTC buses travel to many cities of neighboring states like Chennai, Tindivanam, Coimbatore, Tirupati, Koyambedu, etc. Passengers have to adhere to the travel guidelines laid by the Puducherry government.

Amenities on PRTC Buses

PRTC, or Puducherry Road Transport Corporation, offers a range of buses to accommodate its passengers' desired facilities, budgets, and demands. As a result, the sorts of amenities available aboard a PRTC bus will vary based on your reservation class. Here is a broad list of features to keep an eye out for:

  • Push-back seats
  • Overhead luggage racks
  • Luggage storage cabins
  • Air-conditioning
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Televisions
  • Window curtains
  • Water bottles
  • Cellphone charging points
  • Glass-breaking hammer
  • Fire extinguisher

Popular Routes with PRTC

To make your PRTC bus booking, you should know what are the most popular routes covered by PRTC buses and what is the frequency of PRTC buses. With redBus you can check the serviced routes by different Puducherry Road transport corporations buses, with the PRTC bus timing, bus frequency, routes, and much more. Please note that these routes are serviced by different buses and at various times, so you might not see all of them for your date of travel. Here are some routes that are preferred by frequent travelers:

  • Puducherry to Chennai: The Puducherry to Chennai route is approximately 165 kilometers (102.53 miles) long. By bus, it usually takes an average of 3 hours to cover.
  • Tindivanam to Puducherry: This route is one of the shortest ones serviced by the PRTC as the distance between Tindivanam and Puducherry is an average of 40 kilometers (24.85 miles). It can be covered in approximately one hour by bus.
  • Coimbatore to Puducherry: The distance between Coimbatore and Puducherry by road is approximately 400 kilometers (248.5 miles). It takes an average of 7.5 hours to cover this distance by bus.
  • Puducherry to Tirupati: The Puducherry-Tirupati route is an average of 250 kilometers (155.3 miles). It usually takes up to 6 hours by bus to reach the final destination.

Types of PRTC Buses

The PRTC - Puducherry Road Transport Corporation bus fleet consists of a variety of bus types from the most prominent brands like Ashok Leyland, Volvo, and Scania bus. Here are the popular types of PRTC buses you can choose when making a PRTC online reservation on redBus:

  • AC 2 + 2: This bus type is fully air-conditioned, with air vents for each seat. The 2 + 2 seating plan ensures ample leg space.
  • Ultra-Deluxe Push Back: In this bus, you can recline your seats at a comfortable angle to settle in or take a nap. The seats have enough distance between them to prevent cramped legs.
  • Express: The 3 + 2 seating plan allows for more passengers to travel at once without compromising on comfort.

Popular Cities with PRTC

The PRTC - Puducherry Road Transport Corporation primarily services Puducherry Union Territory as well as the state of Tamil Nadu. Here are some popular cities for which you can make a PRTC online booking:

  • Nagercoil: Nagercoil is perched close to the tip of the Indian peninsula, in the Kanyakumari district. The serene town is a natural wonderland and packed with tourist destinations including Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary, Thiruparrapu Waterfalls, and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
  • Chennai: The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is a historically significant part of India, having served as the East India Company outpost during the British Raj. The city is home to several monuments and architectural marvels including Fort St. George and the 17th-century Anglican church, Saint Mary’s.
  • Bengaluru: Also called the Garden City and the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is the capital city of Karnataka. Puducherry sees frequent travelers to and from this city as it is a hotspot for business and entertainment.

Popular Pilgrimage Destinations with PRTC

  • Tirupati: Tirupati is a revered pilgrimage site in Andhra Pradesh. It is best known for the Sri Venkateshwara Temple which is nestled on of the seven Tirumala Hills peaks. The Chandragiri Fort and Sri Venkateshwara National Park are popular tourist attractions.
  • Kapaleeswarar Temple: A Hindu temple built in the name of Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeswarar Temple is situated in Mylapore, Chennai. It is a minimum 6-hour journey from Pondicherry by bus and is a stone’s throw away from the Bay of Bengal coastline.

How to Book a PRTC bus ticket online on redBus?

PRTC online ticket booking | Step-by-step Guide
  • From the top of this page, enter your 'source' and 'destination' cities. After feeding your travel details, mention the date of journey, and click on 'search'.
  • A list of PRTC buses will be shown. You will need to select a bus & seat as per your preference and availability. Now click on the “Proceed to Book” button.
  • You will have to enter personal details in the “Passenger Info” & “Contact Info” section.
  • If you have an offer code, add the same and proceed to the payment section. Once the payment is made, you will receive an e-ticket or m-ticket on your registered mobile number/ email ID.


Q: I cannot travel. Can someone else use my PRTC online ticket?
A: Unfortunately, bus tickets are non-transferable, so no one other than you will be able to use them. If you’re unable to travel, it is recommended that you reschedule your travel date or cancel your ticket– both these measures are subject to terms and conditions of redBus and the bus operators.
Q: Is PRTC government or private?
A: PRTC is a government owned bus service serving the union territory of Puducherry (Pondicherry) and its neighboring states.
Q: What does PRTC stand for?
A: PRTC is the abbreviation of Puducherry Road Transport Corporation. PRTC was founded in 1988 and provided bus services in the areas of Puducherry, namely Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahé and Yanam.
Q: Do I need to use my own credit card to make a PRTC online booking on redBus?
A: No, you can use any credit or debit card to pay for your ticket, and you will not need to have that card on your person for the purpose of your trip. However, the name on the ticket must correspond with that of the passenger. It will also need to be verified using a government-issued photo identity card, such as a PAN card or valid driving license.
Q: Are buses running in Pondicherry amid Covid-19?
A: Yes, intrastate buses are running in Pondicherry. If one wishes to travel, one can book a PRTC bus via redBus. Please make sure that you follow all social distancing guidelines while using public transport.
Q: Can I travel to and from Puducherry by bus?
A: Yes, you can. Puducherry is well-connected by bus, thanks to the Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC). It currently operates an approximate of 122 inter-state and inter-city routes. PRTC buses connect Puducherry to other cities within Tamil Nadu as well as major hubs in neighbouring states. Some popular routes include Puducherry to Chennai, Tindivanam to Puducherry, and Coimbatore to Puducherry.

PRTC Bus Types

The various types of buses run by Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) are:

  • A/C (2+2)
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