Kolkata to Bangladesh Bus or Train?

#1 Oct 29th, 2011, 23:42
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Will be doing this trip in late Feb2012 which would you recommend and why?
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Train : No daily service. Longer journey time. Complicated and lengthy Immigration. Cheaper than bus.
Bus : Daily service available. More option. Brisk and short immigration formalities. Active help from the Bus Operators during immigration clearance at the border. Shorter journey time. AC luxury bus. Expensive.

Now, take your pick!
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Here's how you can travel by train to Khulna rather than Dhaka on any day:
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From Sealdah station, take local train BB505 at 05.55 to Bangaon Junction, arriving just before 08.00. It's important to take this early train, as leaving it any later will mean you'll probably miss the train on the other side of the border.

From Bangaon, take a shared rickshaw (20 Rupees, could be less) to the frontier. Walk across to Bangladesh, then take a cycle rickshaw or cart to Benapole train station (5-10 taka). From here, a service runs daily to Khulna at 11.45, via Jessore. The journey to Khulna costs 30 taka. These are local times - note Bangladesh is 30 minutes ahead of India in summer, and 1 hour 30 minutes ahead in winter.
This info was accurate in Dec. 2009, you may want to check the relevant websites to see if the train schedules have changed, but it should still be possible to do this. The advantage of this way is that it brings you to Khulna rather than Dhaka, useful if you want to visit both but don't want to have to back-track (i.e. go Dhaka-Khulna-Dhaka).

(Edit): A quick check on eRail shows that the Sealdah-Bangaon service is still running at 05:55, the train is now numbered 33815 SDAH BNJ LOCAL, while the Bangladesh Rail website now shows the Benapole-Khulna train departing at 12:45. which may allow time for a later train from Sealdah.
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Bus from Kolkata to Dhaka blows horn every 30 seconds except when going through immigration. Also, after 12 hours, that Volvo is very hard on your back. And never enough rest stops for women passengers.
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i went on an A/C bus recently and recommend it:
They leave kolkata near sudder street where all the hotels are.
There's 3 a day.
Kolkata to Khulna was about 4 hours although the one i chose stopped at the border. I picked one up at the bangla side no problem but it wasnt A/C. They're frequent and well organized, you just need to get a cycle rickshaw for 2km to the bus.
Immigration was easy and you get help if you need it.

I recommend stopping in jessore or khulna as they're closer than dhaka. I have no idea why anyone would want to visit dhaka unless absolutely necessary. Avoid it at all costs!
Khulna is clean and pleasant and not busy. Kuakata beach is quite nice and is fairly easy from Barisal. My tip is to use the boats (called launches) whenever you can. They're far more relaxed as there's no sound of the traffic. They go from khulna to barisal. Barisal to pathuakali (from where you can get a bus to kuakata beach). or from either of these to Dhaka.
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Question Bangladesh to India

Middle of Nov,2012 We are planning to visit from Dhaka to Calcutta,Mumbai, Agra & Azmir .we have place to live in Mumbai.We are retired.This is our first time in India.We want to travel by Bus or Train. (with our limited budget).
Need to know name of Bus staion & Train station we should use & how to get there .Any suggesstions will be appreciated.
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@ Mitali

You can take this route:

Dhaka -> Kolkata (HWH) -> Agra Cantt (AGC) -> Ajmer Jn (ALL) -> Mumbai Central (BCT) -> Kolkata (HWH) -> Dhaka.

The names in the bracket are the Station Codes assigned by the Indian Railways for the respective Station.

In respect of Dhaka to Kolkata travel, you have the option of either traveling by bus or by train. Both bus and train leaves from Dhaka only. But for the remaining part of your journey in India, you have to travel by train only (if you do not wish to travel by Air). All the places that you wish to visit has got Railway Stations of identical names (as given above) except Kolkata. From Kolkata you will have to start your journey from Howrah Station. Well, I reckon you know that Kolkata and Howrah are like twin cities, adjacent to each other. Hope, this helps.
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Getting long distance rail tickets for mid November may be a bit of a problem given that we are in late October now. If you hold non-Indian passports or can prove NRI status you can buy Foreign Tourist Quota tickets. This is a small allocation held back on a few important trains. You would have to go to the International Bureau on Fairlie Place in Kolkata to buy your tickets and be able to prove that you have exchanged US $ for rupees.
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Bangladesh to Kolkata

Thank you Ashis Das & Dave W for your information.

Which will be the nearest station to get down from Bus from Bangladesh so that we can catch the train from Howra or Int'l bureau of Fairlie Place to go to Agra.Do we Need to Book all the Hotels & trains advance?How do we book
them?

We have American Passport.
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If you travel by bus, you will have to get down at the terminating station i.e. International Bus Stand at Salt Lake City, Kolkata. From there you will have to hire a cab to come to the city hotel or to International Railway Booking Office at Fairlie Place. I have no idea about the second part of your question. I think Dave would respond to it. Thanks.
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If you know your itinerary I think that it would be best to book all of your trains in Kolkata. Only a few places can sell FTQ tickets and they are on a first come first served basis. I don't thi nk that hotels are as important to book ahead but you could if you wished.
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Thanks a lot to both of you.
We are planning to stay Kolkata 7days,Agra 1 to 2 days,Ajmir 1 to 2 days,Mumbai for 2weeks .We may stay longer if we enjoy the place.Days are flexible.
Is it Possible to buy all the rail Tickets together ?Please help us making an Itinerary.

Is it ok to buy them when we reach kolkata?
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Originally Posted by Mtali View Post Thanks a lot to both of you.
We are planning to stay Kolkata 7days,Agra 1 to 2 days,Ajmir 1 to 2 days,Mumbai for 2weeks .We may stay longer if we enjoy the place.Days are flexible.
Is it Possible to buy all the rail Tickets together ?Please help us making an Itinerary.

Is it ok to buy them when we reach kolkata?
It is possible , and possibly even advisable, to buy all of your train tickets together in Kolkata. The sooner you buy them , the sooner you have peace of mind about whether they will be available. The downside of this is that you would have to forgo flexibility - the train tickets are for a specific train on a fixed date.
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I fully agree with Dave. I would suggest following course of action:

1. First: Finalize your itinerary with dates. This is most crucial job. As Dave said, once you book your tickets as per your finalized itinerary, you loose all flexibility. You will have to follow the itinerary and booked tickets. You will not be able to make any deviation. Please keep this in mind while finalizing your program ;
2. Second: Select the train for each sector of your journey. You will have many options. Pick up the train which suits your requirement. Take the help of this site: www.erail.com.
3. Thirdly: Write down the trains' names with their respective number;
4. Fourth: Find out a way to book your ticket as early as possible;
5. Fifth: Hunt for suitable Hotel/accommodation at the places where you would like to visit. You are visiting important tourists' destinations, there will be plenty of options.

That's all from me. Best of luck! Bon voyage!
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Just to add to Asishdas' excellent advice you need to make sure that you use the Foreign Tourist Quota option when you look for availability on erail. Only certain important trains have an FTQ allocation.

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