Distance between Kolkata and Darjeeling is 634 km. This city is one of the most developed cities in the state of West Bengal. Kolkata is well connected to Darjeeling by roadways and railways. But the best way to travel Darjeeling from Kolkata is by air. It takes an hour to reach Bagdogra from Kolkata International Airport which is the nearest place to Darjeeling. After that, the journey can be continued by car or bus from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. It takes 3 hours and distance of 90 km from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. The places including the road journey from Bagdogra -24 km -> Pankhabari - 10 km -> Kurseong- 16 km -> Sonada - 23 km -> Ghum - 20km-> Darjeeling. Various restaurants, dhabas, HP and IOC petro pumps are available on the way.
Transport options from Kolkata to Darjeeling
Kolkata to Darjeeling By Car: Take a cab to travel from Kolkata to Darjeeling which takes around 9 hours. The cost of cabs ranges from INR 14 to INR 28 per kilometer, depending upon the type of car. Meals at dhabas and restaurants can be enjoyed during the journey. Journey by cabs is ideal for families, senior citizens and groups.
Kolkata to Darjeeling By Bus: Regular and direct bus services connect Kolkata to Darjeeling which takes around 9 hours. A/C, Non A/C, Volvo and buses by West Bengal Government also operates between the two destinations. Travelling by bus is cheap and ideal for groups and single travellers.
Kolkata to Darjeeling By Train: Trains can be taken from Howrah station to Siliguri Junction or New Jalpaiguri and then the direct trains are available from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. Ideal for families and groups.
Kolkata to Darjeeling By Flight: Take a flight from Kolkata International Airport to Bagdogra which is an hour long journey after it cab or bus can be taken from Bagdogra to Darjeeling which takes 3 hours to reach there. It is expensive but ideal for families and senior citizens
Boarded from Howrah Railway Station. Departure was on time but arrival time is a bit late. Day journey quite boring, but good. Route is good. We were in first class accommodation, the whole train is chair car. Seat were good to relax. Toilets are clean and food is good. No harassment, good journey. But AC is too hard for weather.
The flights were just on scheduled time, the supporting staff are very helpful. Along with the newly built Kolkata Airport is very good compared to decade old Bagdogra Airport. The stalls at the Airport are nice and full of varieties stock. Though the flight is of 1 hour, but delicious food was served.
All you have to do is secure your ticket for the train. Otherwise its a very comfortable journey as I booked for two tire A/C. The timing is quite good to as you have to spend only one night. Bathroom was clean, and seriously I don't know about food as I didn't have to taste it. All over its a comfortable journey.
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