Direct flights to Tirupati are available from Hyderabad and Chennai only.
Tirupati is the nearest railway station. There are trains that travel via Renigunta or Gudur, but do not touch Tirupati. In such cases, Renigunta or Gudur, are convenient points to alight. From Renigunta / Gudur one can reach Tirupati by train, bus, or taxi.
APSRTC buses run from all the important places in the state and between Tirupati and Tirumala. TTD also runs buses between Tirupati and Tirumala, free of cost.
For local transportation Taxis, Unmetered Taxis, Rickshaws, City bus services, Transport and buses on hire are available.
One can travel from Tirupati to Tirumala by road, or climb
the hills on foot.
Road: There are two well-laid, all-weather, asphalt ghat roads between Tirupati and Tirumala. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs a regular bus service between Tirupati and Tirumala. One can also save time by buying one's Tirumala-Tirupati return tickets in advance at Tirupati. These tickets are valid for three days and ticket-holders can board any of the APSRTC buses returning to Tirupati. During Brahmotsavam and on important occasions like New Year's Day, buses ply round the clock.
For Pilgrims: For the convenience of pilgrims arriving in groups, APSRTC provides contract carriages. The bus can either be booked then and there, or reserved in advance. At Tirupati there are 4 bus-stations located at different corners of the town.
Sri Venkateswara Bus Station (SVBS): The pilgrims coming by train can use the SVBS, which is located just opposite the Railway Station. Whenever trains arrive, buses are stationed right in front of the main gate of the railway station.
Balaji Link Bus Station (BLBS): For the pilgrims coming from Bangalore, BLBS is situated at Alipiri, at the foot of the hills. Here, there is ample space for parking tourist buses and vans.
Sapthagiri Link Bus Station (SLBS): SLBS serves pilgrims who arrive from Chennai , Hyderabad and Vijayawada sectors and is located in the central Bus Station Complex.
Sri Padmavathi Bus Station (SPBS): SPBS is located at the rear of the railway station, and caters mainly to the needs of pilgrims arriving in tourist buses.
Note: For a safe journey to Tirumala, it is recommended that one should travel by APSRTC buses only. If one is using one's own vehicle, do negotiate the hairpin bends on the ghat roads carefully.
On Foot: For those of you who would like to climb the hills to Tirumala to fulfil a vow, there are two well-laid stone footpaths leading to Tirumala. These paths are called "Sopanamargas" (stairways).The more ancient of the two Sopanamargas starts from Alipiri at the foot of the hills, is about 11-km in length, and is the commonly used route. The other Sopanamarga is from Chandragiri , though only about 6-km in length, it's a difficult route and is mainly used by the local people and traders. TTD also provides several facilities for the pilgrims who walk up the hills to Tirumala.