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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the various means to reach Kolkata (Calcutta)?

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Planning a trip to Kolkata but unsure about the means you have to reach the place? We come to your rescue! Skim through the following and decide how you want to reach the place and have a joyous time in the City of Joy!

  • Road

    Being administrative capital to the state of West Bengal, Kolkata is well connected to all parts of the country, thanks to smooth and sprawling highways. Given the fact that it winds through some of the most fertile lands of the country, a trip to Kolkata by road is a visual treat!

    Both private and government run buses connect the city, to the state  and the rest of the country. Kolkata is also well connected to Bangladesh by means of bus and sees numerous vehicles doing the rounds between Dhaka and itself everyday. You have no reason to worry if you plan to take a bus to Kolkata as the place welcomes both luxury and economical buses into its embrace.

  • Rail

    Serving as the Gateway to the North East, Kolkata is well connected to the rest of the country by means of rail. The city has two important railway stations currently, named Howrah and Sealdah, but there’s also a newer station called Kolkata which accommodates only a handful of trains. If your train stops at the Howrah Station, you are advised to take a ferry to Babu Ghat or Faire Place (whichever is closer to your hotel) for INR 4, to avoid the cumbersome traffic on the first step of your holiday. If you land up at the Sealdah Station, take the prepaid taxi into the city, which should not cost anymore than about INR 200.

    Kolkata is also connected to the capital of
    Bangladesh, Dhaka by means of the Maitree Express. This train runs twice a day and it takes one about 9 hours to reach from one place to the other.

    Some of the railways that make their way into Kolkata are
    Kalka Mail, Howrah Express, Sampark Kranti Express, Samarsata Express and Gitanjali Express. If you plan to visit during the time of the Durga Pooja, it is advisable to book your ticket well in advance as the trains see major people-traffic during these times.

  • Air

    The Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport connects Kolkata with the whole world, thanks to the international and national flights that operate from here. The airport is equipped with good facilities and figures in one of the best airports of India. Some of the carriers which operate to the city are Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Indigo, Spicejet, China Easter Airlines, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates to name a few. A journey by air to Kolkata from New Delhi costs about INR 9000 and from Mumbai costs about INR 7000.

    Since the airport is located at a distance of about 20 km from the city, it is advisable to take a prepaid taxi to reach your lodging. The taxi is going to charge between INR 150-250 and the chatty drivers will be happy to talk to you and provide insights on the city. You could also choose to travel to the city by the new volvo bus service which has been started by
    Royal Cruiser, which is more economical and comfy too and costs upto INR 80 per person, depending on your destination.


A Kolkata trip treats you to an abundance of charms that ‘The City of Joy’ is known for. The city is a foodie’s paradise and also packs in lots of wonderful sightseeing attractions. With the superb connectivity it enjoys, you don't need more excuses to visit the place.

 

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