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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

Covid 19 Travel Advisory for Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Buses

Key points to keep in mind while planning a trip with Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC)

Covid 19 Travel Advisory for Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) BusesCheck out travel restrictions that apply to your source and destination.
Covid 19 Travel Advisory for Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) BusesBook bus tickets online in advance to avoid any physical contact.
Covid 19 Travel Advisory for Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) BusesCarry your personal hygiene items like hand sanitizer, tissues, and soap.
Covid 19 Travel Advisory for Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) BusesWear a mask all the time while you are on the Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus.
Covid 19 Travel Advisory for Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) BusesPuducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) may not be providing you a linen or blanket, so make sure to pack yours during a long trip.
Covid 19 Travel Advisory for Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) BusesDue to temperature checks and precautionary measures, buses may get delayed. Save some additional time for your trip

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 neighbouring states. You can book PRTC online bus tickets safely and easily on redBus.

Amenities on PRTC

PRTC or Puducherry Road Transport Corporation operates a variety of buses to cater to preferred amenities, budgets, and needs of its passengers. As a result, the types of conveniences you may find onboard a PRTC bus will differ depending on your reservation type. Here is a general list of amenities you may choose to look 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, it would help to learn what the most popular routes are. 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 redBus users frequent:

  • Puducherry to Chennai: The Puducherry to Chennai route is approximately 165 kilometres (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 kilometres (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 kilometres (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 kilometres (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. Although a majority of them are from Ashok Leyland, you will find the occasional Volvo and Scania bus as well. Here are the popular types you can choose from when making a PRTC online reservation:

  • 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 travellers 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 that 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.

Is it safe to travel in Puducherry right now?

The Puducherry government has allowed travel in the state due to the reduction in the number of positive cases per day. You can travel in Puducherry via PRTC (Puducherry Road Transport Corporation) buses which take strict safety measures against the ongoing pandemic. PRTC buses travel to many cities of neighbouring states like Chennai, Tindivanam, Coimbatore, Tirupati, Koyambedu, etc. Passengers have to adhere to the travel guidelines laid by the Puducherry government. You have to wear a mask and go through the thermal scanning process for boarding a PRTC bus. You can now know about the live COVID cases update of Puducherry via the state-wise COVID-19 updates of redBus.

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: What do I do if my PRTC bus is cancelled?
A: If the PRTC bus operator has cancelled your upcoming trip, then you might be eligible for a refund. If the bus you were booked on has the ”‘On-Time Guarantee” tag next to it, you can get a 150% refund on your ticket price if no alternative arrangements have been made by the operator. If your bus breaks down along the way and an alternate arrangement isn’t made within 6 hours, you can claim a 300% refund.
Q: What types of PRTC buses can I choose from?
A: The PRTC deploys a variety of buses along their serviced routes, including AC, Express, and Ultra-Deluxe with push-back seats. The type of bus you will be able to make a reservation on depends on the route you are taking as well as the preferred date and time of travel. The prices vary depending on the bus type you choose, as some are equipped with more luxurious features than others.
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: What type of amenities are offered on PRTC buses?
A: PRTC has a variety of buses to cater to every type of budget and passengers. So the types of amenities for different types of buses vary. Some of the general amenities on PRTC buses are air-conditioning/fan, push-back seats, overhead luggage racks, pillows and blankets, window curtains, televisions, water bottles, charging points, and fire extinguisher.
Q: Do I need to print my PRTC bus ticket?
A: You don’t need to, as long as you carry a mTicket or e-ticket with you on your phone. You will need to show this ticket to the bus conductor before boarding, along with a valid identity proof issued by the Indian government. Your mTicket will be sent to your registered mobile number and email ID after you’ve successfully paid for your tickets.
Q: What is the total number of Night Service Buses run by Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC)?
A: There are 20 Night Service Buses run by Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC).

PRTC Bus Types

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

  • A/C (2+2)
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