Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC)

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Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Bus Routes & Timings

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

Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Bus Details

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
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 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 out 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 types of 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: 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: 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: I don’t have access to the redBus website. How else can I book a PRTC ticket?
A: You can make a PRTC bus booking on the redBus app for iOS and Android. All you need is a smartphone and a functional internet connection. The free app is convenient for on-the-go bookings when you don’t have access to the website. All your payment details can be safely stored on the app so, for your next reservation, you can pay with a single touch. You can also track your bus to make it to your boarding point well within time.
Q: What do I do if my bus has been 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.

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.

How to Book a PRTC bus on redBus

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

  • On the redBus homepage, enter the following details:
    • Pick-up point
    • Drop-off point
    • Date of travel
  • Click on “search buses” to be directed to a list of buses
  • Use the ‘filters’ on the right-hand side to filter the bus options down to only PRTC buses
  • Further segregate the buses by amenity, bus type or route
  • 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

Safety Measures Followed on PRTCs during COVID-19

PRTC and redBus are committed to ensuring passengers travel safely and maintain enough distance between co-passengers. The safety measures taken to ensure that the buses are fit for travel include:

  • Sanitising the bus exterior while crossing borders
  • Disinfecting individual seats after each journey
  • Maintaining empty seats to aid social distancing
  • Wearing of masks by employees
  • Drivers and passengers on board buses and at terminals

When you make a PRTC online booking with redBus, you are saying “yes” to comfort, convenience, safety and an enjoyable journey. Safe travels!

redBus is introduced Safety+, a special feature that reinforces the implementation of critical Covid-19 measures across all activities involving bus travel. It also acts as an indicator for bus operators to showcase their adherence to these measures for everyone’s safety and well-being.

These measures primarily involve thorough disinfection of buses after every trip, staff wearing masks and gloves at all times, regular temperature checks of all passengers and staff, and availability of hand sanitizers inside buses.

You can identify if a bus follows these Covid-19 measures by checking the Safety+ shield icon while booking. You may also check for the Safety+ sign while boarding the bus.

To help redBus and its staff enforce these measures and ensure safe travel, users are expected to wear proper face masks, use hand sanitizers or soap and water to wash their hands regularly, and avoid touching their faces. Individuals who are unwell or have associated symptoms are advised to postpone their travel.

PRTC Bus Booking

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Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Bus Types

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

  • A/C (2+2)
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