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Travel Guide


Air :
Calcutta is a good place for competitive air fares to other parts of Asia. Most airline offices are around Chowringhee. Flights are usually with Air India, Indian Airlines, Thai International, Royal Nepal Airlines or Tarum Romanian. Netaji Subhash Airport is situated at Dumdum, around 17km northeast of the city centre.

Indian Airlines connects Calcutta with Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Patna, Ahmedabad, Port Blair, Ranchi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Visakhapatnam,

Bhubaneswar, Ban- galore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Silchar, Imphal, Guwahati, Agartala, Bagdogra, Lilabari, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Jamshedpur, Aizawl and Rourkela.

Phone : 033-22114433/ 22110730
Reservation Enquiry : 141

International carriers connect Calcutta with Rome, London, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Dubai, New York, Osaka, Moscow, Kathmandu and Dhaka.

Rail :
Calcutta is served by two railway station, Haora (Howrah) and Sealdah and is connected to major cities all over the country. At Howrah Station, platforms 1 to 16 are in the old main building, platforms 17 to 22 are in the new annex next door. The tourist railway booking office is on the 1st floor at 6 Fairlie Place near BBD Bagh. It's open Monday to Saturday from 9an to 1pm and 1.30 to 4pm and on Sunday between 9am to 2pm.

Railway Enquiry 


Centralised Railway Enquiry (Manual) 131, 22203535
Centralised Railway Enquiry (Recorded) 1331, 22203545
Railway Reservation Enquiry (Manual) 135, 22203496
Railway Reservation Enquiry  136(Eng), 137(Hindi), 138(Bengali)
Bidhan Nagar Enquiry 23347119, 1311
Howrah Enquiry (Interactive Voice) 26603535
Howrah Enquiry (Manual) 26602581, 26603542
Metro Railways 22261054, 22457348, 22678081, 22678082
Sealdah Enquiry 23503535, 23503536, 23503537, 23506825
Train Information 22202789, 1310, 1311, 1312
Train Time Information 1332
Train Accident Information for Metro Railways 10720
Train Accident Information for S.E. Railway (Garden Reach) 10721
Train Accident Information for S.E. Railway Howrah Station 10722
Train Accident Information for E. Railway Howrah Station 10723
Train Accident Information for E. Railway D.R.M. Bldg Howrah 10724
Train Accident Information for E. Railway Sealdah Station


Road :
Calcutta is connected by an extensive network of national highways with major cities and towns of tourist interest nearby.  Buses generally depart from the Esplanades bus stand area at the northern end of the Maidan near Chowringhee Road. But there are a number of private companies which have their own stands. Buses to and from the South generally use the bus stand near Fort William at Babu Ghat.

Local Transport :
Taxi -Yellow top taxis are much cheaper in Calcutta than some other Indian Cities. Rickshaw -Calcutta is the only city to have hand-pulled rickshaws many of which are hired for the day by the pullers. These sort of rickshaws only exist in small parts of central Calcutta and they are restricted to the small roads. Across the river in Howrah or in other Calcutta Suburbs, there are auto and cycle-rickshaws.

Enquiry  Telephone
CSTC, Local Enquiry 22482401
CSTC, Long Distance Enquiry 22481916
NBSTC 22430736
SBSTC 22486259
WBSTC 22483037, 24116388
Calcutta Tramways Corporation 22481731, 22481732