Dhaka-Kolkata trip! Want to make it? Have you finished your preparations? You can read this post thoroughly to make a perfect trip to Kolkata.

There are two ways to go to Kolkata. One is legal and the other is illegal. If you follow an illegal way, then some forces from both countries are waiting to welcome you with legal punishment. The highest punishment is death. You may be caught red-handed by immigration police, customs, BSF, or BGB.

However, true jokes apart, let’s come to a real point of view. How can we make a successful trip from Dhaka to Kolkata? You can make this tour from Dhaka to Kolkata by air, road, and rail.

Dhaka-Kolkata Air Trip
For making air tour, you have to buy air tickets from any of the airline given below:
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines (recommended)
  • Regent Airways
  • Air India 
  • US Bangla Airlines
  • Novo Air
It will cost you 6184 to 15186 Taka and take 45 minutes less or more. Your journey will be started at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) of Dhaka and ended at Netaji Subhas Bose International Airport (CCU) of Kolkata.

Dhaka-Kolkata Train Trip
There are many travelers like rail trip very much. Maitree Express is the only solution from Dhaka to Kolkata as a rail trip. This is the joint initiative of Bangladesh and the Indian Government.

Maitree Express offers both AC and Non AC tickets for travelers. The train fares are affordable and less than the cost of a road trip. Have a look:
Non AC: BDT 660
AC Chair: BDT 1133
Barth: BDT 1650

Maitree Express directly goes from Dhaka to Kolkata. It will take 12 hours less or more to reach. The destination is Kolkata Railway Station which is situated in Chitpur of Kolkata. You have to pass 392 kilometers of distance. You may need 2-4 hours to finish the activities of Immigration.

Dhaka-Kolkata Bus Trip
There are some popular transports which runs a regular trip to Kolkata from Dhaka. Have a look:
Shyamoli Paribahan
Green Line
Shohagh Paribahan

If you directly go to Kolkata, then you will get down at Marquis Street near Kolkata New Market.

The air-conditioned bus of those transports will cost you BDT 1400 – BDT 1700. It will need about 17 hours including immigration activities if you start your journey at night towards Benapole of Jessore. After that, you will reach Park Street of Kolkata via Bongaon.

How to Make a Low-Cost Trip from Dhaka to Kolkata
If you think the above-mentioned cost is not affordable for you or want to reduce travel cost, then you have to find out a different option. Just follow the below steps.

At first, get on Benapole bound bus. It will cost you BDT 500 in the chair coach and BDT 300 in the normal coach. After reaching there, go to the Benapole immigration office and pay your travel tax. 

Now, pass the no-man’s land on foot. Go to the Petropole Immigration office of Haridaspur in India. Complete the necessary official tasks there.

You have to go to Bongaon Station. Use auto-rickshaw which will cost you 25 rupees. Go to Shialdah Station from Bongaon paying 20 rupees. Shialdah is in north Kolkata. You can also follow another route. It is from Bongaon to Domdom paying 18 rupees. Then go to Park Street using Metro which will cost you only 10 rupees.

Things to Know for Making Dhaka-Kolkata Trip
Never fall into the trap of immigration brokers. Fill up the immigration form yourself. If need, take help from immigration officers.

Don’t be worried about your journey from Dhaka to Kolkata. Take help at every step of your journey from Indian police or rail police if it is necessary. They will help you.

Dont believe anybody who says roaming with dollars or Bangladeshi currency is illegal. This is baseless speech. Just you need to endorse your money, and then it is legal.

Don’t be afraid of the speech given by the brokers about currency converting or anything else. There are some currency-exchanging shops in Kolkata. You can change your currency according to your need by visiting any shop as you wish.

Use a currency converter to calculate currency price of dollar, rupee, or taka. It will give you how much you are going to pay or how much you have to expend. 

*There is some information in this post, which is changeable in course of time.
Hope you will be able to make an affordable, easy and comfortable Dhaka-Kolkata trip.

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