Flights to Chennai

When you land in Chennai, you’ll quickly discover that this coastal city boasts some of the best stretches of sand on India’s east coast. The capital of Tamil Nadu, the country’s southernmost state, is packed with cultural credentials too. Chennai is home to centuries-old buildings, Tamil cinema – known locally as Kollywood – and an annual two-month long music festival that showcases some of India’s best musical talent.

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Visit India's coast of culture

Fly to Chennai with British Airways and you’re on the doorstep of one of world’s longest beach promenades.

Marina Beach stretches out for miles, and there's plenty here to keep you busy when you’re not relaxing on the sand. Keep an eye out for statues, street food stalls and activities for children.

Away from the shoreline, Chennai has a list of temples worth a visit, including the artistic wonder of Marundheeswara, built in the 11th century, and the Ekambareswarar Temple, located just outside of the city.

Cricket is also very popular in Chennai – if you’re a fan, make time to see a match at MA Chidambaram Stadium, the second largest cricket stadium in the country. Book your flight to Chennai today.

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Flight time

10 hrs 15 mins

Time zone

GMT + 4.5



Chennai FAQs

A flight from London to Chennai takes approximately ten hours and 15 minutes.

Chennai welcomes lots of tourists between January to March when the weather is at its best – the temperatures are lower and monsoon season is over. This can mean prices are more expensive, so check dates outside of this period to see if you can save. Use our low fare finder to start your search.

Head to Chennai in the first months of the year for the best weather. Lots of cultural festivals also take place at this time, so there’s plenty to keep you busy outside of exploring. Temperatures rise from March to June, but this can still be a good time to visit if you don’t mind the humidity. Avoid June to November if you don’t want to get caught in the region’s monsoon season.

A trip to Chennai can fit whatever budget you’re working with. You can find everything from food to accommodation at a range of prices in India, so you can decide what you’d prefer to splash out on. You'll pay more for the likes of hotels with air conditioning and meals in restaurants rather than basic accomodation and snacks from food stalls. There’s also lots to see for free or for a small entry fee, including musuems, temples and galleries.

The easiest way to get to Chennai’s city centre from the airport is by metro, which takes about 50 minutes. The cost will depend on the distance you’re travelling. You can also take a bus or taxi – just make sure to check the price of your cab journey before you set off. It takes about 45 minutes.

There are so many exciting places to visit in India, and Chennai deserves a place on that list. The city shows off some of India’s cultural highlights, including classical Carnatic music and spiritual buildings catering for followers of a variety of religions. Chennai’s beachfront location gives it a laid-back vibe and excellent sunset views, while the city centre is packed with sari shops, markets, restaurants and bars.

You can book a hand baggage-only ticket or make the most of our generous baggage allowance. If you choose economy standard or one of our British Airways Holidays’ packages, each passenger can check in a bag weighing up to 23kg – in addition to a handbag, laptop case or other small bag. Families travelling in any cabin with younger children can also check in one car seat and one fully collapsible pushchair. Read more about baggage allowances for children.

If you’re flying in our business cabin, you can check in two bags weighing up to 32kg each. Read our baggage guide for full details.

Citizens of the UK and Ireland and EU passport holders require a visa to visit. You can find out more about visa requirements for all the countries we fly to at the IATA Travel Centre.

Discover outstanding service from the moment you book. Fly with just hand baggage and you can carry two bags free of charge. Choose our checked baggage option and you can travel with hand baggage and a 23kg bag checked into the hold, plus enjoy free seat selection 24 hours before you fly. On board you’ll find HEPA-filtered air, quality on-board catering, and a warm, uniquely British welcome. 

Simply relax and let us take care of you, every step of the way.

Our cabins

All our cabins offer an excellent – and uniquely British – experience. Choose your perfect way to fly, from economy to First.


Our World Traveller cabin offers all the touches you need to enjoy your flight at an affordable price.

World Traveller

Premium economy

Discover our World Traveller Plus cabin and treat yourself to a wider seat and more legroom in a separate, quieter cabin.

World Traveller Plus


Work or relax in our Club World cabin and enjoy lounge access, a dedicated check-in area and fully flat beds for a restful sleep.

Club World


Choose First to enjoy a range of comforts, from fine dining to your own private suite and access to our elegant departure lounges.


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