Auroville aspires towards a safe and pollution-free transport system. While much remains to be done to reach that goal, efforts are made to keep the central area as free as possible of heavy vehicles. Please avoid bringing cars, vans, etc. as much as possible. Bicycles or motorised 2-wheelers (and some
electiric 2-wheelers) can be rented within and around Auroville. Apart from the information below, the Auroville GuestService can assist with updated info & addresses.
For the shuttle bus from Auroville to Pondicherry, see:
Buses also run from the Pondicherry Bus Stand to the Visitors' Centre at 7:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
And from the Visitors' Centre to Pondy at 8:15am, 2:15pm and 5:15pm.
For taxi sharing offers, esp. to and from Chennai airport, see News & Notes.
Auroville carpool group for sharing taxi or car:
For participating in evaluating electrical bicycles, contact Quiet Transport at SaraCon:
Ph. 2622973; email email@example.com
Bicycle hire & repair
Cycles can be hired from Visitors Centre Kiosk, 7 days a week, 9.00-5.30:
130 cycles available including: singlespeed lightweight Decathlon mountainbikes, 7 or 21 speed geared Decathlon, sturdy Hercules mountainbikes (with mudguards and back carriers), Ladybird ladies cycles – from Rs.50-60/day or Rs.280-330/week according to model - check for availability by phoning 0413-262-3034
A number of guest houses provide/rent cycles to their guests (e.g Centre Guest House, Verite’, and others); cycle rental is also available at Segar Mechanical Works (opposite AV Health Centre); and from many places in Pondicherry.
For repairs, punctures go to
Cycle Kiosk at Solar Kitchen,
to the Puncture Service in the Service Area,
or try Segar Mechanical Works and other village repair facilities.
Aurovelo, Cycle and Coffee Shop, located in Reve, sells and services imported cycle brands available in India. It also operates a buy-back scheme for long term guests. Ph. 0413-2622380
Moped / Scooter hire, maintenance & repair
Hiring is possible from Nagappan at Fraternity Youth Camp Ph.0413-2622954 or 94434-51016. Also, except during peak visitor/guest season, a moped can usually be hired from Kumar at the entrance to New Creation Ph. 9047376402 or 94434-97450. Otherwise try in Pondicherry.
For repairs or overhaul, Abri Workshop is open to Aurovilians Mon-Sat 8am-4.30pm. Otherwise try Segar Mechanical Works (near AV Health Centre), Mani/Ravi’s Workshop on the beach road (100m to left on joining beach road, behind frontal building), or places in the Kuilapalayam area.
Puncture Repairs: Two-wheeler puncture repairs are possible locally at Puncture Repair Service (located in Service Area opposite Telephone Exchange); Mon to Sat 9am to 4.30pm; Ph. 2622741 or 94428-9135. Also at Segar Mechanical Works (near Health Centre); Kumar’s Workshop (outside New Creation); another Kumar’s Workshop (by Fraternity entry road); and a few other places in the nearby villages
The following Auroville-based taxi services provide service on a 24-hour basis:
City Area Shuttle Service
City Transport Pick up and Drop Shuttle Service,
Daily 9:30am – 6:00pm. Phone 0413-262-2611 or 9487650951
- Auroville Transport Service (New Creation) - Ph. 0413-2622183 or 2622400; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booking online, website: http://www.avtransportserv.com/
ATS has available for hire a variety of cars, minibuses, vans, etc.
- Auro Cabs, Travels & Tours (Kuilapalayam) - Indica, Indigo, Innova, Qualis, Tempo Traveller, Swaraj Mazda, etc. Ph. 0413-2623200 or 201, Cell 96264-81620 or 98437-34825, 9443074825
- Maha Travels (AV main road, near Purple Hotel) – Ambassador, Tata Indica, Indigo, Innova, and Tata Marina cars. Ph. 0413-2622915 or 102, cell 9943881067, e-mail email@example.com
- Unity Transport Service (AV main road) – Ambassador, Indica, Indigo, Innova, Qualis, Tempo Traveller, Swaraj Mazda, etc. Ph. 0413-2623586 or 87, Cell 9047015801, Ph.0413- 2623587 ; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org See www.auroville-unity-transport.com
Other Taxi services (non-Auroville):
- Team Transport Service in Kuilapalayam Ph 0413-262-3151/2
- MM Mother's Travels in Kuilapalayam, Ph. 0413-2622489 or 3208,
- Yoga Travels in Kuilapalayam, Ph. 0413-2622691 or 2622692, Cell 98434-50642
- Mani's Taxi Service on the beach road opposite Repos, Ph. 0413-2622506, Cell 9994479186