The distance between Howrah and Digha is almost 200 km. It takes a little more that 3 hours, to reach Digha by rail. Though the distance is not much, it might take a little longer by road, depending on the traffic. The best way to reach Digha from Kolkata, is by train. One first needs to reach Howrah from Kolkata and then, take a train to Digha. The Duronto Express leaves Howrah at 11:15 am and arrives at Digha, in two hours. The fare for a single adult traveller, travelling in a AC Chair Car is Rs. 315.
Transport options from Kolkata to Digha
Kolkata to Digha By Train: Take a direct train from Kolkata to Digha, which takes around 3 hours. The railway station at Digha is located at a distance of about 34 km from the Digha city centre. You can reach the city centre by hiring a cab or taxi. This mode is suitable while travelling with family.
Kolkata to Digha By Car: Hire a cab from Kolkata to Digha, which takes around 3 hours. Cost of cab ranges from INR8 to INR25 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Recommended for families and group travellers.
Kolkata to Digha By Bus: Take a direct bus from Kolkata to Digha, which takes around 4 hours. Digha bus stop is about 8 km away from the Digha city centre. You can reach the city centre from the bus stop by hiring a cab. Ideal for backpackers and individual travellers.
A pathetic journey in Ex Serviceman A/c bus from Digha to Kolkata. Bus was good looking but it was terribly jerking all the way. Road was good enough but bus was very poor, never ever board this bus specially elders and kid. It reached Kolkata on time. No charging points, TV was not working and had rest stop in a very dirty shop.
Going to Digha by train is very comfortable. There are several trains running from Howrah to Digha and same returning from Digha to Howrah on the same date. Trains like Tamralipta Exp (12857) departing 6:40 Am in morning, Paharia dept 7:50 Am (15722), Duronto depts at 11:15 (12847), Kandari Exp departs at (2:15 pm) (18001).
This train is the best suitable in my point of view as its starts early morning and we have whole day to roam around the city. The train was clean and the co-passengers were supportive. 3-4 hrs journey was a good one. Train was not so late. Services were good. Toilets were not fully clean but it was usable.
12857 Tamralipta Express and 18001 Kandari Express are same set of bogies, running under two different names.
The trains usually depart at right time from the new complex of Howrah Station and is not more than 20-30 minutes late at the destination. The journey experience is nice even in 2S class, so A/C Chair Car depends upon choice.
Trains toilets are somewhat clean. On the route, there's plenty of water supply and food supply so that you don't have to depend on railways catering. At the destination, New Digha mini hotel sector is nearest, with plenty of hotels to chooser from; however, staying at Old Digha depends on traveler's choice.
To sum it up, for such a short distance of travel, these trains are somewhat nice and within tolerance limits of the average Indian traveler.
Never really expected that a train can be so nice. It is perhaps the best train ride I ever had. The timely service and the clean food was a real joy. The journey had no stoppages in between and it actually gave the value for your money. One generally expects a train to be unclean and filled with hawkers. This was certainly a new and wonderful experience.
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