Transport in Coimbatore

The city has an airport (Coimbatore Airport) at Peelamedu (11 km from the city) and an air-force base at Sulur (15 km). The Coimbatore airport caters to domestic flights to all the major Indian cities and international flights to Sharjah and Singapore. It now runs to 9,760 feet (2,970 m) and is capable of handling wide-bodied and fat-bellied aircraft.

The Coimbatore Junction is well connected to major Indian cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, New Delhi and Mumbai, besides the neighbouring State of Kerala.Trains first began serving Coimbatore in 1872, upon construction of the Podanur (Coimbatore South)- Chennai line connecting Kerala and the west coast with the rest of India.It is second highest revenue yielding station in the Southern Railway division of Indian Railways.Broad gauge trains connect Coimbatore to all parts of India and Tamil Nadu. The Coimbatore Junction comes under the Jurisdiction of the salem Division and contributes 43.5% of its divisional income. Coimbatore North Junction is another important railway junction in the city.

The city has six major arterial roads and three National Highways - NH-47 (Cochin-Salem), NH-67 (Mysore-Nagappattinam) and NH 209 (Bangalore-Dindigul). A new bypass highway built in 1998 has helped reduce the Lorry, Vans andtruck traffic in the city. The city has a very high vehicle-to-population ratio. Coimbatore has several major bus stands. The town buses (intra-city) operate from the Town Bus Stand in Gandhipuram. Inter-city buses that connect Coimbatore operate from five different bus stands: Gandhipuram Bus Stand (for buses going to East and North East to Erode, Tirupur, Salem and surrounding areas), Singanallur Bus Stand (for buses to Madurai, Trichy and the towns around them), Thiruvalluvar or SETC Bus Stand at Gandhipuram (for buses to Karnataka, Kerala and Chennai), Ukkadam Bus Stand (for buses to Palakkad, Palani, Dindigul and Kodaikanal and other nearby places) and Mettupalayam Road Bus stand for buses going toward Mettupalayam and Ooty. Apart from these the Omni Bus Stand in Sathy Road, Gandhipuram Town Bus Stand caters to both Government and private buses.

Town buses started operations in 1921.Town bus services serve most parts of the city, as well as other towns and villages in the district. Buses also connect the district with major towns in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, South and West Karnataka, Pondicherry and Tirupathi (Andhra Pradesh). The city is also served by many auto rickshaws and Call Taxis for General public.

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