Kolkata to Varanasi Distance

Kolkata To Varanasi

(Varanasi To Kolkata)

Best way to travel from Kolkata to Varanasi

Total distance 682 km
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This is the fastest way to reach Varanasi from Kolkata. Varanasi is also known as Benares. HolidayIQ suggests these options to travel from Kolkata to Varanasi. Varanasi is only 682 kms away from Kolkata. roadways and railways are the common ways to reach Varanasi from Kolkata. Most preferred way of transport from Kolkata to Varanasi is by train.

Transport options from Kolkata to Varanasi

Kolkata to Varanasi By Bus: Travellers enjoy the bus journey as you get to see very good places on the way. A wide variety of bus operators with multiple bus types operate on this route including Volvo A/C Semi-sleeper (2+2), Volvo A/C Multi Axle Semi-sleeper (2+2), Volvo A/C -Multi Axle Semi-sleeper (2+2). Check the bus ticket prices for Varanasi from Kolkata. Government and private buses run frequently between Kolkata and Varanasi.

Kolkata to Varanasi By Train: Find complete information about Kolkata to Varanasi train status, schedule, train timetable and train availability. Board train from Kolkata to Varanasi, a journey of about 12 hours. Varanasi City is the nearest railway station. It is about 1 km from Varanasi airport.

Kolkata to Varanasi By Car: If you wish to travel from Kolkata to Varanasi by road instead, find the complete guide about taxis from Kolkata to Varanasi. Take a car or hire a taxi from Kolkata to Varanasi. It will cost you INR 5 per kilometre, depending on the choice of your car. The toll tax should be paid separately by you.

Kolkata to Varanasi By Flight: Check availability of flights from Kolkata to Varanasi. There are direct flights available to Varanasi from Kolkata. Travel by flight takes about 1 hour. Several cab and taxi services are available outside the airport to travel from airport to other parts of Varanasi. Varanasi airport is the nearest airport near Varanasi. It is about 19 kms from Varanasi airport to Varanasi.


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Soumya Mondal

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  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 4 Reviews
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Soumya Mondal
6/7
Posted Mar 4, 2016 Mar 4, 2016
Mode of Transport:Train
Enjoyed a lot in the train. Very peaceful journey it was. Train accommodation was awesome. We arrived at Varanasi in the evening. In a word the journey was very much comfortable and it was one of the memorable train journey in my life. I suggest this place for a short duration package.
Train name (Train no): Poorva Express (12303)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
This train has:
  • Veg. Food
  • On-time
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Boarding Station: Chandan Nagar
 6.00/7
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Last Station: Varanasi Junction
 6.00/7
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Adhikari

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Adhikari
4.5/7
Posted Jan 28, 2016 Jan 28, 2016
Mode of Transport:Train
It was good travelling by train. But don't have pantry food as it's horrible and sick. Journey was good. Service was not bad. View from train is always enjoyable. I wish there is more good and faster trains though like Duronto or Rajdhani.
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Train name (Train no): AMRITSAR MAIL (3005)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
Boarding Station: Kolkata Howrah Junction
 4.50/7
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Last Station: Varanasi Junction
 5.50/7
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Trip Includes:  Central Residency Hotel
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Dilip kumar
4/7
Posted Jan 9, 2016 Jan 9, 2016
Mode of Transport:Train
More or less it runs timely except in winter as because the morning becomes foggy. It was a night journey so it is comfortable than day journey. All types of accommodation are there. So everyone can avail this train. Dhanbad, Patna and Mughal Sarai Jn is on the journey.
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Train name (Train no): Vibhuti Express (12333)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
This train has:
  • Veg. Food
  • Non-veg food
  • On-time
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Kolkata Howrah Junction
 6.00/7
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  • Food available for purchase
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  • Medical facility
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Last Station: Varanasi Junction
 5.50/7
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  • Medical facility
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I visited the Varanasi in the month of July last year and stayed at Chhanda Guest House. At that time the renovation work was going on. Therefore, all types of amenities was not there. Though all of the the staff tried to give the good service. We were also satisfy. No restaurant was there, but...more »
Trip Includes:  | Harishchandra Ghat
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Rahul Chatterjee

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Rahul Chatterjee
7/7
Posted Jan 7, 2016 Jan 7, 2016
Mode of Transport:Car
It was long felt desire to travel with my new Duster on a long trip. After making some short trips it was time to try it out on the four lane highway. A trip to Varanasi was on the cards but I was undecided when to make it. Kids winter vacation had started and my wife kept on reminding me that I had not taken any leave throughout the year. After lot of request I finally managed to get my leave for three days and two days of weekly off. With five days in my kitty I thought it was right time to make a road trip to Varanasi which will be six hundred odd kilometres on one side. I had a faint idea that roads will be in good condition. We started out on 23rd Dec at around 16:00 hrs. After overcoming the city traffic I crossed the Ganges over the Second Vivekananda bridge and hit the NH-2. It was getting dark and so I wanted to take maximum advantage of daylight to cover as much distance as possible. The roads are in excellent condition and at times we were cruising at 120 kmph with hardly any discomfort. We decided to skip our customary halt at Shaktigarh for tea and snacks and decided to go on and cross Panagarh at the earliest. I was expecting some heavy traffic at Panagarh but luck was on our side. We crossed Panagarh without any hassles and crossed Durgapur at 19:00 hrs. As one approaches Panagarh your four lane highway becomes single lane and one has to cross the bridge and Panagarh market. This takes lot of time and hopefully the new bypass that's coming up will take care that no traffic jams are there when one crosses Pangarh.

As we reached Durgapur we started coming across diversions as construction work was on at various stretches of NH2. We stopped at a petrol pump before Durgapur and topped up the diesel tank. As we started off again after the refuel detour my target was reaching Asansol at the earliest. However, there was not much of traffic and we reached Asansol and then I decided to continue till Dhanbad. There were intermittent diversions which forced me to slow down but light traffic on the road helped me to pull my Duster at the best possible speed. It was already dark as we crossed the Bengal Jharkhand border. One can take a right turn towards Maithon Dam and also visit Kalyaneshwari Mandir ( both will be reviewed later)

It was getting late and around 20:30 hrs we decided to have dinner. We had already decided that we will halt at Dhanbad for the night. We decided to have some Dhaba food as we had not eaten for a long time at some road side Dhaba. Needless to mention that there are plenty of roadside eateries offering both veg and non veg stuff along the highway. We stopped at Shere -e-Punjab Dhaba at Kumardubi. The kids had paneer fried rice while my wife and I had paneer butter masala and tandoori roti. The food was tasty and fresh. After filling up our hungry tummies we were ready to say "Dhanbad! Here we come! ". The ride to Dhanbad was uneventful except for few diversions we reached Dhanbad at around 22:00 hrs. We took a left turn from NH2 and entered Dhanbad and proceeded to Bank More. As we crossed Bank More we came across "Cocoon" glow sign near a petrol pump. I decided to make a few queries if rooms are available or not. Luckily, rooms were available though the tariff was on the higher side. After some hard bargaining I managed to get a double room with extra bed for one night stay. The hotel is fantastic and at an excellent location. Rooms are neat and clean and service also good. The car was parked at the hotel and we reached the room. We decided to call it a day as we wanted to start early in the morning. (Hotel has already been reviewed by me. )

We started off our second leg of journey at 7:00 hrs. My target was to reach Varanasi at the earliest so that we could do some sightseeing in the evening. We skipped breakfast at the hotel. We had already told them that we won't have breakfast though breakfast is included in the tariff. That had helped us to bargain and bring down the tariff. After cleaning the windshield both front and back and a customary walk around check of my Duster we set off to reach Varanasi. As we crossed the city there was hardly any traffic and with help of the locals we managed to hit NH2 at the earliest possible intersection. After a short run we had left Dhanbad behind and we started thinking of having something for breakfast. Since it was early morning most of the shops were closed though some vegetable and fruit vendors could be seen at places. The early morning light fog was there but cleared soon after sometime as the sun rose. We stopped at a place to buy some bananas for the kids and they were cheap. My wife saw some kachoris were being fried and suggested that we have some. I decided against it and said let us make haste to cover as much we can before traffic becomes heavy on the highway. One has to keep stopping at places to pay toll. Sometimes it was quick and sometimes it took some time. One has to budget for the toll taxes at various places as most of the time it was double digits on the higher side for single trip though it becomes cheaper if it is around trip made within 24hrs. There was no issue as we crossed the Jharkhand Bihar border. Only trucks need to stop and get clearance and pay taxes before they cross the border. We crossed Topchanchi but couldn't come across a decent eatery. One can see swords of various sizes on sale along the highway. By then the highway had become excellent with concrete road and Duster galloping away at 120 kmph without any complaint. As we were about to reach Barhi I saw a good eatery across the highway. We crossed the highway and Parker my Duster. I can't recollect the name properly as it was named " Highway something". We ordered paneer parathas and aloo parathas. We waited eagerly for our food as we were hungry. The parathas came and all four of us gobbled them up at breakneck speed. We were so hungry that we ordered two more parathas and tea. After finishing the breakfast we crossed the road and set off again. The roads were excellent and we crossed the ghat section with the Duster swerving on the sides and then we crossed Aurangabad. As we crossed the Son at Dehri the view was spectacular. The bridge across the river is quite long and repair work was going on. One had to limit the speed and travel in a single file for some distance. One can enjoy the view as one travels across the bridge.

After that the journey was uneventful as we crossed Mohaniya i. E. UP -Bihar border at around 13:00 hrs. We reached Chandauli at around 14:00 hrs as we faced some diversions because of processions on the road with police diverting traffic. After reaching Chandauli we decided to have lunch. We saw a Bharat Petroleum pump along with a Dhaba. We expected good food but it was big letdown. Our earlier experience with another Dhaba of this kind was good and we were expecting the same quality. We had ordered tandoori rotis and paneer butter masala and veg fried rice. The food was most ordinary and we came out dissatisfied. I was thinking of topping up fuel tank of the Duster and I enquirer about diesel prices and found to be on the higher side. I decided not to top up as there was sufficient fuel.

We hit the highway again and started towards Mughalsarai. It was already 14:30 hrs and I was desperate to make up for the lost time. I enquired which would be fastest option to reach Varanasi. I was advised to take NH2 and then take the left road to the flyover and cross the flyover through the underpass and take the straight road to Varanasi. We took the route and reached MughalSarai. There was considerable traffic at MughalSarai and it took time to cross MughalSarai.

After coming out of MughalSarai we crossed the River Ganges again. The bridge across the Ganges is quite old and gets an odd feeling as one crosses the river. My kids were excited as I told them that Varanasi was just across the river and they could see the Ghats. After crossing the Ganges we entered The outskirts of Varanasi and proceeded straight to hotel. My friend had already arranged for one. As I negotiated the Duster along the narrow streets I reached the hotel. The hotel was not to our liking. I rang up my friend and asked him to arrange another hotel. He made a quick call to someone and asked me to reach cantonment area. After reaching there he also arrived and then we managed to get a room at Hotel India. We were bit exhausted and I asked my friend, Ashok to get me a driver. He made some odd calls and told me a driver is on the way. It was already dark and we dropped our plan to see the evening Arti. After checking at our room and a quick change and tea we set off for the visit to the temples.

The trip was excellent though it took some time. I think my Duster must have enjoyed the most as it was for the first time it had found an opportunity to unleash its potential. We returned back on 27 th and the journey was uneventful except for a few traffic jams on the Asansol Dankuni sector which delayed our arrival. We stared at 7:00 hrs and reached at 22:00 hrs with breakfast. Lunch and evening tea on the way. It is recommended to travel on road to Varanasi as the distance is not much and with excellent roads and so may eating options one can travel easily. Any driving enthusiast will find it pretty easy.
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This route has:
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  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:NH2
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We had to go to this hotel as no rooms were available at other hotels in Cantt. The hotel obliged us with a double room and the manager was kind enough to accommodate us. The room was clean and decent for the purpose we wanted a room that was to sleep only at night. They offered us a good...more »
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Abhijit Naskar
5.5/7
Posted Nov 13, 2015 Nov 13, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
I travelled to Varanasi by vibhuti express. The journey was pleasant. The housekeeping staff of the railways was very good. They cleaned the compartment every half an hour with the toilet also. Very good journey. I travelled by sleeper class. My co-passengers was nice and good.
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Train name (Train no): VIBHUTI EXPRESS (2334)
Tickets booked:
  • Tatkal
This train has:
  • On-time
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Kolkata Howrah Junction
 5.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Varanasi Junction
 5.00/7
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  • Medical facility
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I visited Varanasi just to have the idea of holy city and its splendid ghats which are really known worldwide. The boat trip on the ganges to visit the ghats and seeing the arati is really amazing. Each ghat tells a different story. The temples and the mandir is also beautiful
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Trip Includes:  Om Guest House | Varanasi
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Kolkata to Varanasi By Train (625 Km)

Kolkata ––› Howrah
By Taxi 6 Km
Howrah ––› Varanasi
By Train 620 Km
Kolkata to Howrah by cab (6 Km)
Vehicle Rs/Km Estimate (Rs)
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 15 90
Ford Endeavor 35 210
Ford Fiesta A/C 18 108
Ford Ikon A/C 18 108
Honda Accord 60 360
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Howrah to Varanasi by Train (620 Km)
Train No. Train Name Origin Dep. Arr. Days Of Run
Kol... Var... M T W T F S S
13005 Amritsar Mail Kolkata Howrah Junction 19:10 09:12 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
13009 Doon Express Kolkata Howrah Junction 20:30 10:20 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
13049 Amritsar Exp Kolkata Howrah Junction 13:50 08:25 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12327 Upasana Express Kolkata Howrah Junction 13:10 01:35 N Y N N Y N N
12331 Himgiri Express Kolkata Howrah Junction 23:55 14:37 N Y N N Y Y N
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Kolkata to Varanasi By Car/Taxi (625 Km)

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica A/C 10 6250
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 7500
Toyota Qualis A/C 12 7500
Mahindra Xylo A/C 13 8125
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 14 8750
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  • Trains
    • Best trains to take:Hwh Jsm Exp (12371), Poorva Express (12381)
    • Last station:Varanasi
    • Total distance:625 km
  • Bus
    • Total distance:625 km
  • Taxi
    • Total distance:625 km
    • Price:from Rs. 9 per km
  • Flights
    • Total distance:625 km
    • Nearest Airport:Varanasi
  • Hotels
    • Hotels: 191 Hotel |
    • Hotel reviews: 4115
    • Awards: 16 of 367 hotels won Best of 2012 award

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