From Howrah to Sealdah Station

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#1 Jan 24th, 2009, 23:08
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My train from Raxaul reaches Howrah Station at 04.00. I want to move to Sealdah to catch a train/south section suburban to Port Canning to pay a short visit (48 hours) to the Sunderbans.

I would like to know if there is a train from Howrah Station to Sealdah Station and vice versa ????????.

Just for in case there is no train available: Is easy to find a bus from Howhrah to Sealdah or I should change at Barabazar and Mahatma Gandhi?????????

Thanks a lot

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Jorge, I took a local train between sealdah and Howrah.
It's probably just as easy to take a bus. I got lost and it took me ages.
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I did not know there were local trains between the two stations, because there is no direct railroad line (crossing a railway bridge across the Hoogly requires a very long detour). The direct route (across Howrah Bridge and then east to Sealdah) is served by buses, minibuses, taxis, etc. You can even walk it, it's only about 3.5 km. Or you can walk across the bridge and then take a tram. You do not have to change unless you get on the wrong one.

Note, however, that few (if any) buses/minibuses run at 4am, so you may have to wait or take a taxi. Beware of tax ripoffs at that hour! Things will become more active after 5 and certainly by 6.
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As far as I know there is no direct train from Howrah to Shealdah.You have to change from Bandel .Bandel to Naihati .Naihati to Sealdah.

There are private buses that ply from Sealdah to Howrah regularly
You make take a taxi also
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When you get an intercity train, you can stop at sealdah, or howrah. Different lines?. sorry.
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There are no trains between Howrah and Sealdah. Trying to do it the bandel naihati route is like going through half of West Bengal to cover only maybe 10 kms at the most. Take a taxi if you must travel at 4 am but be warned that at that hour they will charge a ridiculous amount of money. If your luggage is light and you can wait till 5 am, take the many buses or mini buses available. Sorry I can't help with the bus route numbers right away. If all goes well your train will reach a little late and everything will fall into place.
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If I only had a backpack, then I would rather
walk from Howrah to Sealdah station, it will
be good entertaining walk accross Mahatma Gandhi
Road, first Barabzar, then all Band shops, then college
street and then to Sealdah.

Cheers
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Hope you have a very light luggage Jorge Reverter. Because Calcutta buses will not permit you to board with heavy luggage.
There are plenty of buses and 'Mini-buses' plying between Howrah Station and Sealdah station. You have to reach the bus stand following direction from within the Howrah station. Note, none of these buses enter Sealdah station but will pass next to it. I wish I still remembered the bus route numbers that would off-load you at Beliaghata Street and Sealdah Station approach!
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these is no good route by train from howrah to sealdah. there are very few trains nad it takes long time....no point...just forget.

take a taxi, in 10-15 min you will reach sealdah or there are lots of buses.....like bus no. 44 they take rs. 5.

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many thanks for all of you.

I'm traveling with a small suitcase and the shoulder bag for the the camera, lens, etc. too hard to walk with the four kilometres between Howrah and Sealdah, beside this the train is scheduled to reach Howrah at 04.00 am. Probably I'll take a taxi to Sealdah to pick up the first train to Port Canning.

All the best

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Jorge,

Yes, taking the taxi is the best option for you as you would be just landing in Kolkata.
Another option that you might consider is taking a taxi from Howrah station to Esplanade Bus station and taking a bus from there to Canning. Buses are available at regular intervals.
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Kausiks,

Thanks for the answer. Do you know how often are the buses to Canning running ????

Jorge
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Yes, kausiks suggestion is great. There are buses to Canning from Esplanade. Service intervals depend on the time of the day.
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Originally Posted by Jorge Reverter View Post Kausiks,

Do you know how often are the buses to Canning running ????

Jorge
Expect a bus every 30 mins - 60 mins.
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Jorge,
My suggestion : don't go by bus. The road condition is not good, it will take hours. The train is the best option, but beware of pickpockets. Always keep an eye on the suitcase. And get into a coach that is towards the middle of the train - it will be less crowded.
The first Canning local starts at 05-45 and reaches Canning at 07-10. In some cases, the train services might be disrupted. In that case board any "Baruipur" bound train - there are three local trains that go there : Diamond-Harbour local, Lakshmi-kanta-pur local and Baruipur local. The first Baruipur local leaves Sealdah south station at 05-10 hours. There is auto-rickshaw / mini-bus connection between Baruipur and Canning.

In case you need any further help, you can PM me, I'll give you my phone no. I've travelled in the local trains of the Sealdah south section for at least 20 years - so hopefully I'll be able to guide you (which is a distant possibility, I know, as you are more than self-sufficient).

But, I repeat it, beware of pickpockets.
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