Varanasi to Kolkata Distance

Varanasi To Kolkata

(Kolkata To Varanasi)

Best way to travel from Varanasi to Kolkata

Total distance 682 km
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This is all you need to know about reaching Kolkata from Varanasi. Kolkata is also known as Calcutta. Discover these options to reach Kolkata from Varanasi. Only options to reach Kolkata from Varanasi are by roadways. Kolkata is best travelled from Varanasi by bus.

Transport options from Varanasi to Kolkata

Varanasi to Kolkata By Bus: There is lot of flexibility in bus timings on this route. This route has many different types of buses operating. E. g. Non AC Airbus, AC Sleeper (2+1), Non AC Sleeper (2+1), Volvo A/C Deluxe Semi-sleeper, Volvo A/C Multi-Axle Semi-sleeper. Check the bus ticket prices for Kolkata from Varanasi. Quite a few government and private buses run between Varanasi and Kolkata.

Varanasi to Kolkata By Train: Check the train status, schedule, timetable and availability to reach Kolkata from Varanasi Go by train to Kolkata from Varanasi to reach in 12 hours. Kolkata Shalimar is the nearest railway station. It is about 2 kms from Kolkata airport.

Varanasi to Kolkata By Car: Find the complete guide on hiring a cab from Varanasi to Kolkata if you want to travel by road. The cost of cab ranges from INR 5 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Additionally, you have to pay toll tax. Suitable for families travelling with kids and groups.

Varanasi to Kolkata By Flight: Check availability of flights from Varanasi to Kolkata. There are direct flights available to Kolkata from Varanasi. It takes 1 hour to reach by flight. You can conveniently book prepaid cabs from the airport to reach your destination in Kolkata. Kolkata airport is the nearest airport near Kolkata. It is about 16 kms from Kolkata airport to Kolkata.


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Akash Jaiswal

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Akash Jaiswal
5.8/7
Posted Nov 21, 2014 Nov 21, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
The good thing about the journey was it was very much comfortable. The bus reached the destination at correct time and helped us do our work there in the city. It hardly took halt at any place and the place where it stopped the food at the dhaba was good at reasonable price.
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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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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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tania
5.5/7
Posted Nov 18, 2013 Nov 18, 2013
Mode of Transport:Train
Vibhuti Express is by far the best train one can avail to reach Varanasi. We travelled in 3 AC. The train was on time (very surprised) as most of the trains in India run behind schedule. Its timings are suitable i.e. it departs Howrah at 8 pm and reaches Varanasi at 9.30 am. The journey was very comfortable.
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Train name (Train no): Vibhuti Express (12334)
Tickets booked:
  • 60 days prior
This train has:
  • On-time
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Kolkata Howrah Junction
 6.00/7
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  • 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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  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Trip Includes:  Shiva Ganges View | Varanasi
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Priyanka Das

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Priyanka Das
4.5/7
Posted Sep 14, 2014 Sep 14, 2014
Mode of Transport:Train
The train's timing was perfect for my family. It was on time. We had booked AC 3 tier. The coach was clean. Bathrooms had water. The linen was clean. Although we were carrying our food, my husband ordered a non-veg meal, which was served to him in due time. The food was average, so itís better to pack your food from home, hotel or station. The train arrived on time in Varanasi.
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Train name (Train no): Vibhuti Express (12333)
Tickets booked:
  • 60 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
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Varanasi Junction
 4.00/7
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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
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Last Station: Varanasi Junction
 5.00/7
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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
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Varanasi to Kolkata By Train (625 Km)

Varanasi ––› Howrah
By Train 620 Km
Howrah ––› Kolkata
By Taxi 6 Km
Varanasi to Howrah by Train (620 Km)
Train No. Train Name Origin Dep. Arr. Days Of Run
Var... Kol... M T W T F S S
13006 Asr Hwh Mail Varanasi Junction 16:55 07:20 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
13010 Doon Express Varanasi Junction 16:10 06:55 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
13050 Asr Hwh Express Varanasi Junction 19:15 15:45 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
23010 Doon Exxpress Varanasi Junction 16:10 06:55 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12328 Upasana Express Varanasi Junction 13:25 03:15 N N Y N N Y N
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Varanasi to Kolkata By Car/Taxi (625 Km)

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Tata Indica A/C 10 6250
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 7500
Toyota Qualis A/C 12 7500
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 8125
Mahindra Xylo A/C 13 8125
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    • Last station:Howrah
    • Total distance:625 km
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    • Total distance:625 km
  • Taxi
    • Total distance:625 km
    • Price:from Rs. 9 per km
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    • Total distance:625 km
    • Nearest Airport:Kolkata
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