My flight arrives into chennai international around 8.30pm. I figure it will take me couple of hours to clear customs and immigration, which puts me around 10.30pm. Since it is so close to 11pm, when extra charges are charged by taxi services, i think i maybe forced to pay that ?
I need to go to Rain Tree Hotel, anna salai (T. Nagar, Tynampet area) upon arrival. From reading the closed thread here, i get the idea that Government Prepaid taxi & Fast-Track call taxi counter in airport are the only two options. (See .... https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g304556-i6778-k6950369-Taxi_Fare-Chennai_Madras_Chennai_District_Tamil_Nadu.html#53743898). My criteria are safety at night time for a single traveler, and comfort. Hotel transport has been ruled out as it seems to be 3 times the cost of services available at airport. Uber, Ola taxi are all ruled out, since i will not have a working cell phone upon arrival into international airport.
My question is which is better between these two choices and how much should i pay, considering i maybe starting between 10 and 12 pm (depending on how much time it takes to clear chennai arrivals section, baggage claim etc). What percentage should i pay as the night time extra charges ? I assume this will be automatically included since both options are prepaid services at airport. Thanks for all suggestions.