Old: TFS Travel Club Lounge at Chennai Airport Review (Domestic)

By | July 6, 2022
Travel club lounge chennai airport
Travel Club Lounge (Domestic) at Chennai Airport

Even-though i heard bad stories about the Chennai airport in the past, the lounge was beyond my expectations and the first impressions were all great. This review is about the old TFS lounge (Near Gate 5).


TypeRegular Airport Lounge
Card acceptedVisa, MasterCard, Diners Club & many more
LocationTake left after security (Near Gate 5, 3rd floor)
Plug pointsYes, in plenty
AmbianceDecent interiors & spacious
Food optionsGood, usually South Indian

Its a decent airport lounge at Chennai Airport (domestic terminal), however, I usually visit this lounge if & only if the other TFS lounge is crowded.


  • Location: Pass security and take left – Near Gate 5, 3rd floor

I was with 2 of my friends and went straight into the lounge after security check. Lounge is on 3rd Floor and you need to take a lift to access it. Most cards are accepted here.



Interiors are pretty good but the only drawback of this Lounge is that it was very much crowded and hard to get a seat with dining table. So we had breakfast from the couch.



Food spread is decent and they share almost same food menu with the other TFS lounge located on the opposite side.

They have Coke(tin) and other soft drinks like Tropicana in multiple flavors. You can possibly have unlimited soft drinks, simply you go pick up and have, no one asks.


  • Cardexpert Rating: 4/5

Overall, this old Travel Club Lounge is a decent place to have some food at Chennai Airport before you board your airplane. But if the other newly opened lounge with better interiors is accessible, you shouldn’t ideally be visiting this lounge.

Have you visited this lounge? Share your experiences in comments below.

36 thoughts on “Old: TFS Travel Club Lounge at Chennai Airport Review (Domestic)

  1. Prashant Agrawal

    The TFS lounge at Chennai was my first lounge ever. And it set just the right expectations for the upcoming visits to the other ones. I usually go to airport early to enjoy some peace, food and recharge myself.

    P. S. I’ve always found those standees at entrance look so cool.

  2. piyush

    my brother have hdfc allmiles card but I always use that card ,will be able to use the lounge

  3. Gokul


    I have HDFC regalia card, i have an domestic trip this week.

    When I visit the lounge, Do i have to mention explicitly that i have Visa Signature Card and i’m visiting as part of Visa Signature Complimentary Lounge Access?


    1. Siddharth Post author

      Just show your Regalia and they’ll take care of the rest 🙂

      1. Gokul

        Thanks Siddharth, It worked. (SBI Corporate Visa Platinum card is also having lounge access)

        Have you heard about IDFC bank?…
        In my office, IDFC bank is promoting Salary accounts. Benefits as follows,
        1) Visa Signature card with no joining or issuance fee
        2) Unlimited Free ATM transactions – Any bank, Any location etc
        3) No Charges for any fund transactions
        4) Unlimited free DD
        5) Interest Bearing savings reimbursement account @ 4% interest, paid out quarterly

        Visa signature Card benefits
        1) Cash back offer on activation(10% cashback – max of 250)
        2) 250 off every month on Book My Show
        3) Personal accident insurance – free cover of 25L
        4) Lost card liability – 2.5L
        5) Purchase Protection- Burglary/theft/damage upto 90 days from date of purchase upto 1L
        6) Fuel surcharge waiver(any petrol pump)
        7) Airport lounge access(twice every quarter)

        Though the above offers looks good, this bank has only 3-4 branches in chennai. This is the main reason, I’m hesitate to move my salary account.

        1. Siddharth Post author

          Glad it worked.
          Yes, i’m a shareholder of IDFC and i’m aware of its products 🙂
          Its truly a very good Debit card.

      2. Sapan Gheewala

        Hello…I Have a domestic Flight next month to Andaman nicobar Via Chennai MAA domestic airport. I Dont have any type of credit card. I want to get access in the louge Because my waiting period for connecting flight is too long, So which card should i apply to get access…?

  4. Mouli

    Shall I access this Lounge on arrival also ?
    How to find whether a Lounge is accessible only for Departure or both Departure and on Arrival also ?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      No, its Departure lounge. Almost all lounges in india are Departure type only, except in Delhi T3 terminal.

      1. Rex

        But arrival lounge does not provide complimentary access through visa master card.

  5. Dipti patel

    I have forgot my scarf and pkt at the lounge I have ch in at 1.19pm
    And check out ard 3.40pm
    On 20august
    Services excellent

  6. oshail

    I have HDFC Priority Pass. Wondering how many people i can take along with me using my PP Card

  7. Rahul Rajani

    Hi Siddharth !
    Im travelling from Chennai airport 1st time. Could you provide me the contact number of the lounge ?

  8. saravanan K

    HDFC bank visa platinum card is accepted at lounge or not. Please clarify

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Everything is usually complimentary – as long as you’ve a card with access.

  9. Prashanth

    Hello Siddharth !!
    I have a Visa signature card. I guess am allowed 2 free accesses per quarter. Will I be able to swipe twice, for a guest and myself ,during the same visit ?

  10. Sonal

    Can I use my SBI platinum visa debit card…and is the membership compulsory. .

  11. rex

    Hi Sid
    I visited this lounge(S) in December 2017. In fact there are two separate lounge with same name in Domestic Departure area.
    First is opposite to gate no-7 ( this is mentioned everywhere, be it ola select, visa, amex or master card lounge list). It is also accessed by Jet Airways and Air India business class passengers. This lounge is almost always crowed and is less spacious.
    Second Lounge is opposite to gate no-3. It can be accessed by all the cards which allows access to first one but business class passengers of Jet Airways and Air India are not allowed. This lounge is new and more spacious.

    Overall experience was good. Variety of soft drinks and juices were available in miniature packs. Veg and Non Veg Snack was of good taste. Strangely no dinner was served. According to staff only breakfast and launch is served as per schedule and all other times snacks is available.
    I spent more than 4 Hours in lounge without any issue.

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Sounds great. Will check out soon 🙂

      Thanks much for sharing!

  12. Suri

    Yes I visit this lounge every time I pass thru Chennai. Ask for Filter coffee at counter, and you will cherish it

  13. K Viburajah

    What about HDFC Visa Signature in International Departure area in Chennai?
    I used it before and they stopped my international debit card access from Jan 2017.
    K V Rajah

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Should be accessible. There are 2 lounges now.

  14. SK

    Hi Sid,

    TFS lounge was my first lounge visit, accessed thro amex plat reserve card. Food was really good. crowd was manageable as it was a morning flight. unlimited cool drinks . true. we had it.
    this was possible due to Card Expert.. more power to you.. cheers

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks for the kind words.
      I checked the new TFS lounge last week and it was a classy one indeed.

      1. Mouli

        I usually visit the domestic lounge in 3rd floor near gate 5.
        Where is the new TFS lounge ?
        Domestic or International ?

        1. Siddharth Post author

          New Lounge: Pass security and take right – Near Gate 1, 3rd floor
          Old Lounge: Pass security and take left – Near Gate 5, 3rd floor

          There are 3 lounges. Mentioned more abut it here

          1. Mouli

            Thanks for the detailed info, is the new Domestic Lounge better than Old Lounge ?

          2. Chirag lathiya

            Can i access free lounge with my sbi classic master debit card in Bangalore Airport?? Also available sbi global Mastercard ..

    1. Mouli

      For domestic you can use as they won’t check and compare names
      For International , you can’t use

  15. Milind Ravindra Dambe

    I had Rbl signature world card complentay lounge…
    How many persons can enter i.e how many members can get benefit on a card…
    Are any charges for entry…or food

  16. Suryawanshi M.

    Hi Siddharth,

    First thanks for helping all of us. My query here is, I have Citibank Indian oil platinum credit card, SBI visa global debit card, Yes bank platinum, CBI Rupay debit card and I have a domestic trip this week.

    So, can I access the domestic lounge through these cards? We are 4 people so can I

  17. RAGIB

    This lounge is open again now. Checked it out on 01st May 2022.

    But IMO swiping in, ambience & sitting area is better in the new lounge in front of gate no. 1


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