State Express Transport Corporation

State Express Transport Corporation is a state-owned transport corporation that runs long-distance mofussil services exceeding 300 km and above throughout the state of Tamil Nadu and major cities in adjoining states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and the union territory of Puducherry.

State Express Transport Corporation (Tamil Nadu) Limited
TypePublic Sector Corporation under the Ministry of Transport of the State Government of Tamil Nadu
IndustryPublic transport bus service
HeadquartersChennai, Tamil Nadu
Area served
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana and Puduchery
ProductsBus transport, cargo transport, services
OwnerGovernment of Tamil Nadu


A separate entity exclusively for operating long-distance express services was conceived by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1975, and the services were transferred to the newly formed express wing of Pallavan Transport Corporation with effect from 15 September 1975. It was registered formally on 14 January 1980 and renamed as Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation (TTC) in honor of the Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. During the 1990s, JJTC was formed, which operated interstate routes of the erstwhile TTC. JJTC was then renamed as RGTC in 1996. Both TTC and RGTC were later merged into the State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) in 1997.

Older SETC buses before 2011
Tirunelveli to Tirupathi Interstate Ultra Deluxe Bus
Malligai AC seater bus from Tirunelveli to Chennai
New SETC Ultra Deluxe bus in 2019


Within Tamil Nadu
S.No District Depot Name Depot Mark
1 Chennai Chennai Anna Nagar CNA
2 Chennai Chennai Central CNB
3 Chennai Chennai Koyambedu CNC
4 Krishnagiri Hosur HSR
5 Salem Salem SLM
6 Coimbatore Coimbatore CBE
7 Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli TRY
8 Thanjavur Thanjavur TNJ
9 Thanjavur Kumbakonam A and B KUM
10 Nagapattinam Nagapattinam NGP
11 Dindigul Dindigul DGL
12 Sivagangai Karaikudi KKDI
13 Madurai Madurai MDU
14 Thoothukudi Thoothukudi TCN
15 Tirunelveli Tirunelveli A TNV A
16 Tirunelveli Tirunelveli B TNV B
17 Tenkasi Shenkottai SHN
18 Kanniyakumari Nagercoil NGL
19 Kanniyakumari Kanniyakumari KKI
21 Kanniyakumari Marthandam MTM
Outside of Tamil Nadu
S.No District Depot Name Depot Mark
1 Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram TVM
2 Puducherry Puducherry PDY

Types of servicesEdit

SETC provides services at fixed rates throughout the year, unlike Omni buses where fares increase multi-fold during long weekends and festival holidays. A multi-fare system is followed on certain types of services.[clarification needed]

SETC offers the following types of services:[1]

  • Deluxe buses
  • Ultra Deluxe (non-AC seater with pushback)
  • Ultra Deluxe with Toilet (classic coaches)
  • Air Conditioned (AC) Seater (with pushback)

From 3 July 2018, these services were launched in a phased manner:[2][3][4][5]

  • Air conditioned (AC) seater cum sleeper
  • Air conditioned (AC) sleeper
  • Non-air conditioned sleeper
  • Non-air conditioned (non-AC) Seater cum sleeper from August 2019


SETC provides advance booking and reservations on all of its routes. The advance reservation period is 60 days before the journey date. There are options to reserve tickets online as well as in SETC counters at major locations. The travelers will be notified by SMS with a conductor mobile number when the passenger list is printed at the originating station.


  1. ^ "Types of services". TNSTC. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ "TN Govt buses to have CCTV cameras, a/c sleeper coaches". The Hindu. PTI. 8 July 2017. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 12 June 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Ashok Leyland and Tata Intercity Buses". India Travel Forum, BCMTouring. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ "SETC New Bus Launch phase 1 of 2000 buses" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Bus Types".

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