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Calcutta Airport
State West Bangal
City Calcutta
Airports Netaji Shubash  Airport
Distance from City Centre 16 Kms/10 Miles
Railway Junctions Howrah, Sealdah
Local Languages Bengali
Calcutta-Transport
AIR: Indian Airlines connects Calcutta with Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai , Patna , Ahmedabad , Port Blair, Ranchi , Lucknow, Varanasi , Gorakhpur, Vishakapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Silchar , Imphal , Guwahati , Agartala, Bagdogra , Lilabari , Jorhat , Dibrugarh , Shillong , Jamshedpur, Aizawl and Rourkela . International carriers connect Calcutta with Rome, London, Bangkok, Hong Kong , Tokyo, Dubai, New York , Osaka , Moscow, Kathmandu and Dhaka .

RAIL: Calcutta is connected on Eastern Railways with other cities by the following trains: Delhi-Kalka Mail; Howrah-Amritsar Mail; Mumbai Mail via Allahabad; Poorva (New Delhi) Express via Patna /Gaya-Varanasi; Rajdhani Express via Gaya /Patna. South Eastern Railways with other cities in India by the following trains: Madras Mail, Mumbai Mail via Nagpur; Gitanjali (Mumbai) Express; Coromandel (Chennai) Express via Cuttack; Tata Steel Express; Ranchi Hatia Express; Puri Express via Cuttack . From Sealdah , Teesta-Torsa Express; Darjeeling Mail; Kanchenjunga (New Jalpaiguri) Express, Jammu Tawi Express.

BUS SERVICES:Calcutta is connected by an extensive network of national highways with major cities and towns of tourist interest nearby.Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) operates buses to different places to Rampurhat via Santiniketan or via Krishnanagar - Berhampore to Vishnupur via Kamarpukur - Jairambait or via Tarakeswar, to Digha, to Bakreswar via Santiniketan, to Namkhana (for Bakkhali) via Diamond Harbour. CSTC Booking Office at Esplanade Bus Terminus Tel: 2481916. Booking Office Tel: 2430706 (Esplanade), 3521687 (Ultadanga)

Local Transport:

BUS SERVICE

State Buses:Operate between major important sectors within the city. Minumum fare upto 5 km is Rs. 1.25. They ply between from 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Private Buses:Connect all zones within the city. Most frequent and usually overloaded during peak hours. Minimum fare upto 5 km is Rs. 1.25 ranging to a mazimumj of Rs. 2.50. Also connects city to suburbs. Usually steel in body colour with green borders.

Mini Buses:Connect fixed terminal throughout city. Minimum fare upto 5 km is Rs. 1.60, to a maximum of Rs. 3.60. Smaller than usual bus size, red in colour with yellow border in between, having names of the two termini written.

CTC:Connects city to suburbs during peak hours. Major terminus at Esplanade, Golpark, Behala, BBD Bagh , etc. Minimum fare Rs. 1. 50, maximum Rs. 17, depending on distance.

CIRCULAR RAILWAY

Operates between Dum Dum in North junction to Princep Ghat near Strand Road. During peak hours trains ply every 15 minutes and hourly thereafter. Minimum fare Rs. 2 to Rs. 5 maximum . Timing 5.10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

METER TAXI

Yellow top with black body : Can ply only within Calcutta city limits. Generally Ambassadors and Fiats. Maruti Vans also operating. Minimum fare upto 2 km Rs. 5 (displayed on metre) plus 60 per cent of figure displayed (amounts to Rs. 8). The metre increases by 50 paisa every 200 metres thereafter.

Full Yellow : Can ply anywhere within West Bengal including Calcutta city. Fare same as above.

METRO RAILWAY: The Calcutta underground railway network connects Dum Dum to Tollygunge, stations in between being Belgachia, Shyambazar, Sovabazar, Girish Park, M.G. Road, Central , Chandni Chowk, Esplanade, Park Street, Maidan, Rabindra Sadan, Netaji Bhavan (Bhowanipore), J.D. Park, Kalighat, Ravindra Sarovar. Minimum fare Rs. 2 (upto 6 stations) Max. fare Rs. 5. Timing : 7.15 a.m. to 9.40 p.m.

LAUNCH SERVICE:From Howrah to Armenian Ghat : 8 a.m. to 8 p.m (15-minute intervals). From Howrah to Fairlie Place : 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10-minute intervals). From Howrah to Chandpal / Babughat : 7.30 a.m. to 8 p.m (15-minute intervals). From Howrah to Bagbazar : 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (15-minute intervals). From Howrah to Cossipore.

TRAMS:Network throughout city with depots at Nonapukur, Belgachia, Shyambazar, Rajabazar, Ballygunge, Behala, Kalighat, Esplanade, Biddhanagar. Minimum fare Rs. 1. 10 (upto 7 km Rs. 2. 50) Timing : 4.30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

THREE-WHEELER TAXI (AUTO):Plies between fixed destinations excluding Central Calcutta. Operates on shuttle system carrying 4 passengers at a time. Fare ranges from Rs. 2 to Rs. 7. 50, depending on distance. Major connecting areas Hazra-Bondel Gate-Behala / Kidderpore-Ballygunge / Gariahat-Tollygunge Metro station. Rashbehari-Behala-Gariahat / Ballygunge-Manicktala-Kankurgachi-C.R. Avenue (Sovabazar Metro station)-Salt Lake.

HAND-PULLED RICKSHAW :Operates within select residential areas in North and South Calcutta . No fixed rates, depending on distance.Horse-drawn CarriagesUsed only for pleasure rides. Usually found near Victoria Memorial and Maidan. No fixed rates.

LONG-DISTANCE BUSES:Terminus and booking centre at Esplanade. Bus services for all long-distance stations within West Bengal.Calcutta State Transport Corporation long-distance enquiry : 2481916/ 271212; local booking : 2482401North Bengal Transport Corporation booking (Esplanade) : 2430736 (5 a.m. to 9.30 p.m).  Connects Alipurduar, Babughat, Berhampur, Jalpaiguri, Jorai, Krishnanagar, Siliguri, Suri, Coochbehar, etc.South Bengal Transport Corporation Esplanade booking : 2486259 (6 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Connects: Digha, Haldia, Habra, Midnapur, Purulia, etc.

GETTING ONWARDS Transport Calcutta is the base for reaching the north-eastern states of India, Sikkim, the mountain kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Singapore and the Far Eastern countries.

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