There are no direct trains from Chennai to Hospet ( for Hampi). However if you are willing to split your journey there are some feasible connections.
Some of the viable transit stations for the Chennai to Hospet rail journey are Tirupati, Renigunta and Guntakal. Tirupati . Kolhapur bound Rayalaseema express from Tirupati passes via Hospet.
About 3 daily trains (1028 – Mumbai Mail , 1042- Mumbai Express ,and 2164 – Chennai Express ) connects Chennai central to Guntakal.
Two of them are night trains and one is a day train. All of them go towards Mumbai from Chennai via Guntakal.
The return trains from Mumbai via Guntakal are 1027- Chennai Mail , 1041- CSTM Chennai Express and 2163- Chennai Express.
See the Guntakal to Hospet connections for the onward and return journeys.
About 6 daily trains connect Chennai Central with Renigunta Junction. You can catch the Rayalaseema Express (No. 7430 ) for Hospet either from Tirupati (19.15 Hrs )or Renigunta Jn (19.32 Hrs). The same strategy can be adopted for the return journey. Train No. 7416 Haripriya Express connects Hospet and Tirupati via Renigunta Junction
From Hospet railway station, you can reach Hampi by the local bus or Hire a auto-rickshaw directly . Hampi ruins is about 13 kilometers from Hospet town. Hospet railway station and bus stand are about 2 kilometers apart.
There are some private buses directly to Hospet from Chennai. Meenakshi Travels operate Non A/C Sleeper (2+1) overnight service to Hospet. Further you can travel to Hampi by local bus/auto rickshaw.
(Please note that this inform could be changed with time and many to be up to date. You can easily check the correct details from on of the official websites of the Indian Railways at www.irctc.co.in or www.indianrail.gov.in )
See aslo the Hampi Express ( Hubli - Hospet - Bangalore ) and Haripriya/ Rayalaseema Express (Vasco-Da-Gama - Hospet - Hyderabad/Tirupati)
Hyderabad to Hampi by Train
The most convenient train is the Hyderabad-Kolhapur Express (Train No:11303) or the Hyderabad - Vasco/Hubli Express (Train No:17603). On Thursdays you have one more train for Hampi, the Goa bound Hyderabad Vasco Da Gama express (Train No. 17021).
Bangalore to Hampi By Road
This is for the folks from Bangalore, still chewing over the idea if to take car or bike all the way to Hampi !