Thanjavur is well connected with other parts of the state by Road. 4 National Highways connect Thanjavur to various parts of the country like Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore, Mysore, Madurai etc. The Thanjavur-Trichy segment of NH67 is currently being converted to a four-lane highway which would be followed by the Thanjavur-Nagapattinam segment.

National highways

NH 67 Nagapattinam-Tiruvarur-Thanjavur-Tiruchirappalli-Karur-Coimbatore-Ooty-Gudalur NH 45C Thanjavur-Kumbakonam-Sethiathope-Neyveli-Panruti-Vikravandi NH45 Junction NH 226 Thanjavur-Pudukottai-Sivaganga-Manamadurai NH Thanjavur-Thiruvaiyaru-Ariyalur-Perambalur State highways SH 29 Thanjavur-Pattukottai-Aranthangi-Karaikudi-Paramakudi-Mudhukulathur-Sayalkudi SH 63 Thanjavur-Mannargudi-Thiruthuraipoondi-Vedaranyam-Kodiakkarai

Thanjavur City has excellent town bus service. There are two bus termini, one for Town buses (Old Bus Stand) and the other for mofussil buses (New Bus Stand), from where there are frequent buses to Chennai, Trichy, Madurai, Kumbakonam and various other parts of the state. The Thanjavur-Trichy mofussil bus route is the most travelled in the state and there are frequent buses from both cities 24 hours of the day. The State Express Transport Corporation operates buses to Chennai, Bangalore, Ernakulam, Marthandam, Nagercoil, Tirupathi,Thiruvananthapuram, Ooty and to various other parts of the southern states.


Thanjavur is one of the principal Railway Junctions in Southern Railway. It is connected to Chennai (popularly called as the Main line) via Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Cuddalore and Villupuram. It is also connected to Nagore in the East and Tiruchirappalli in the West. There were six trains to Chennai daily before Unigauge gauge conversion. But now there is only one train from Chennai to Thanjavur, the Rockfort Express (6177/6178), which runs from Chennai to Kumbakonam. At present Thanjavur has direct trains to Chennai, Nagore, Trichy, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Mysore, Tirunelveli and Ernakulam.After the gauge conversion the cholan express to chennai will be restored via kumbakonam,mayiladuthurai,cuddalore,villupuram.

Flights In early 1990s, Thanjavur was connected with Chennai via the Vayudoot Flight Service, which was stopped due to poor patronage. Now a full fledged Air Force Station is coming up at Thanjavur to station Fighter (aircraft) and Sukhoi jets and is expected to include civil service for passengers. The Thanjavur Air Force Station will start its operation soon.

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