Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation

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Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited
Type State Government enterprise
Industry Public Transport
Founded 1972
Headquarters Chennai, India
Area served South India (majorly Tamil Nadu)
Products Bus transport and cargo transport services
Owner(s) Government of Tamil Nadu
Employees 130,000
Parent Department of Transport (Tamil Nadu)
Website TNSTC

Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited (TNSTC) is the public transport bus operator of Tamil Nadu, India.[1] It operates buses along intra and inter state bus routes, as well as city routes.


TNSTC is largest government bus transport corporation in India, following the bifurcation of APSRTC. It is fully owned and operated by Government of Tamil Nadu. It caters to all the districts within Tamil Nadu and also operates services to neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and union territory of Puduchery. Until 1996, transport corporation was bifurcated into 21 divisions which was later merged to form 8 divisions. School and college students get a free bus pass to travel on TNSTC buses.[2] TNSTC owns 270 depots and five workshops. TNSTC also offers contract and tourist services. Every bus owned by the corporation displays a portrait of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar along with a two line verse from Thirukkural inside the bus.


The various divisions are listed below:

Name Old name(s) (before 1996) Zonal Office Regions Covered Headquarters Registration
MTC, Chennai Ambedkar (DATC), Pallavan (PTC) MTC North, MTC South Chennai Chennai TN-01, TN-02
SETC Thiruvalluvar Chennai Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puduchery Chennai TN-01,TN-07
Name Old name(s) (before 1996) Zonal Office Regions Covered Headquarters Registration
TNSTC, Coimbatore Bharathiar, Cheran, Jeeva Kovai, Erode, Ooty Coimbatore, Erode, Nilgiris, Tirupur Coimbatore TN-33, TN-38, TN-39, TN-43
TNSTC, Kumbakonam Chozhan, Dheeran Chinnamalai, Marudhu Pandiar, Veeran Azhagu Muthukone Kumbakonam, Tiruchirappalli, Pudukottai, Karur, Nagapattinam, Karaikudi Ariyalur, Karur, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Pudhukottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivagangai, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli Kumbakonam TN-45, TN-49, TN-55, TN-63, TN-68, TN-47
TNSTC, Madurai Pandiyan, Rani Mangammal, Veeran Sundaralingam Madurai, Dindigul, Virudhunagar Dindigul, Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar Madurai TN-57, TN-58, TN-59, TN-67
TNSTC, Salem Anna, Annai Sathya Salem, Dharmapuri Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Namakkal, Salem Salem TN-27, TN-29, TN-30
TNSTC, Tirunelveli Kattabomman, Nesamony Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Tutocorin Kanyakumari, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli Tirunelveli TN-72, TN-74
TNSTC, Villupuram MGR, Pattukottai Azhagiri, Thanthai Periyar Villupuram, Vellore, Kanchipuram,Tiruvannamalai Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Villupuram Villupuram TN-21, TN-23, TN-25, TN-31, TN-32

Types of buses[edit]

TNSTC operates buses of various classes to cater to different sections of public.

  • Town buses and low floor buses, operated on intra city routes
  • Moffusil buses, largest in its stable, ply on inter town routes and cater to a majority of the traffic
  • Video coaches and deluxe buses, operated between major towns
  • Ultra deluxe non AC coaches with recliner seats, operated between important commercial centers to major cities
  • Air conditioned semi sleeper coaches, operated between major cities
  • Air conditioned Volvo buses, operated by MTC

TNSTC and SETC uses custom made buses built on Ashok Leyland and TATA supplied chassis. Air conditioned buses for MTC are supplied by Volvo and TATA Marcopolo. All divisions have individual own coach building units.


Tamil Nadu Transport Development Finance Corporation Ltd., (TDFC) is a joint venture of TNSTC which collects deposits from public in order to fund TNSTC. In 1984, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited established Institute of Road and Transport Technology at Chithode, Erode and IRT Perundurai Medical College at Perundurai near Erode.

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