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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
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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.

The PRTC 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 make your PRTC online booking safely and easily on redBus.

Amenities on PRTC

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

  • 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?

Puducherry is healing from the Covid-19 pandemic quickly. This union territory has so far witnessed approximately 1,22,331 Covid-19 positive cases. There are only 892 positive cases left in Puducherry as of September, 2021. 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?

Here is a step-by-step guide to making your PRTC bus reservation on redBus:

  • Enter your source and destination cities on the top of this page.
  • Click on “search buses” to be directed to a list of buses
  • Further segregate the buses by amenities and bus types.
  • Select your preferred seats and click on “proceed to book”
  • Enter the passenger information as well as correct contact information
  • Choose to insure your journey to cover cases of accidents or loss of luggage
  • Click on “proceed to pay”
  • Enter any offer code you may have or continue to select your payment method
  • Enter the relevant payment details and complete the procedure
  • Check your email for your confirmation and an e-ticket, and your mobile phone for an M-ticket if applicable

FAQs

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: 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: 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.
Q: Do I have to pay an additional fee while booking PRTC bus on redBus?
A: redBus does not levy additional booking fees when you make a PRTC bus reservation. The prices are often the same as you would get directly from the bus operator. You will also find exclusive deals and seasonal discounts, which bring the prices down even further, saving you more money and giving you a better bang for your buck.
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: 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: 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: 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: Can I reserve specific seats through redBus on a PRTC bus?
A: Yes, you can. After you use the filters to select your destination and input your travel date and time, you can choose your preferred seats before proceeding with payments. However, this feature is subject to the availability of seats. Coaches tend to fill up, especially during peak season. If you really wish to pick your seats, it is recommended that you book well in advance.
Q: What are the popular routes covered by PRTC buses?
A: PRTC connects numerous cities and towns to Puducherry. Some of the popular routes of PRTC buses are Puducherry to Chennai, Puducherry to Tindivanam, Puducherry to Coimbatore, and Tirupati to Puducherry. To book the PRTC bus for your destination visit the redBus app.
Q: When does the first PRTC bus leave?
A: The timing of the first PRTC bus for different routes are different. The starting time depends on the number of passengers, frequency of buses and the journey time. For routes such as Puducherry to Chennai and Puducherry to Karaikal, the first bus is at 4:00 am. To check the starting time of the PRTC bus for your route, visit the redBus site.
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: Can I cancel or reschedule my ticket from the group tickets I booked together for my family?
A: Unfortunately, you cannot reschedule or cancel a single ticket out of the group tickets booked together. You need to cancel all the tickets and then rebook the tickets for the members going on that date and book your ticket separately for the different journey date. However, you may not receive the full refund on your cancelled tickets. Please read the bus operator cancellation policies on redBus carefully.
Q: Is it mandatory to create an account for PRTC online booking on redBus?
A: It is not mandatory to create a redBus account for making your PRTC online booking. You can easily book your PRTC bus ticket by logging in as a guest user.
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: What is the Total Number of Routes covered by Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) on daily basis?
A: Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) covers 122 routes (approx.) on daily basis.
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).
Q: What is the shortest & the longest route covered by Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC)?
A: Shortest route is Karaikal to Mahe and Longest route is Pondicherry to Mahe

PRTC Bus Types

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

  • EXPRESS
  • ULTRA DELUXE
  • A/C (2+2)
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