Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, is also often referred to as the cultural capital of India. Kolkata has given birth to a large number of famous poets, writers, film producers, and Nobel Prize winners. Sprawling across the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, Kolkata offers a vast variety of archeological delights. Some of the popular tourist destinations in Kolkata are Gurusaday Museum, Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, Science City, Fort William, Victoria Memorial, Shahid Minar, Howrah Bridge, Tagore House, Marble Palace, Eden Gardens, and many more.
If you are planning to travel to Kolkata for a leisurely vacation, or business, or any other reason, then you must be well equipped with all the knowledge related to how to reach the city of Kolkata. This article covers details related to all transport options available if you are traveling from Mumbai to Kolkata.
Traveling by air is the most convenient way to travel today. Not only does it save time, but is also friendly on the pocket. Many low cost airlines offer lowest airfares which can give tough competition to the train fares also. Over and above these lowest airfares are the discount vouchers and promotion codes which further slash the rates.
Some online travel websites also provide fare calendars which displays the lowest airfares for a particular destination for each day. For example, according to one of the travel websites, for the month of June 2011, the lowest airfare from Mumbai to Kolkata is Rs. 3998 for 16, 22, 24, 25, and 28 June.
Such fare calendars are a great help as one can now easily plan and schedule ones vacation at the most reasonable budget taking help of such fare calendars. These travel websites also give you the cheapest air tickets from Mumbai to Kolkata. There are plenty of flights available on a daily basis to manage the huge traffic from Mumbai to Kolkata.
There are many trains that are available from Mumbai to Kolkata on a daily basis. A train journey can take any where between 31 hours to 38 hours. Traveling in the Indian Railways can be great fun if one is traveling with family or friends. The charm of India can be experienced while traveling in trains and it even gives a spectacular view of the Indian villages and beautiful scenery. Trains that are available from Mumbai to Kolkata are –
- Gitanjali Exp departure from Mumbai Cst at 6 am for all days
- Cstm Howrah Special from Mumbai Cst at 11.05 am for Fridays
- Howrah Sup Exp from Mumbai Cst at 11.05 am for Sundays
- Cstm Hwh Duront from Mumbai Cst at 5.15 pm for Tuesday and Saturday
- Howrah Mail from Mumbai Cst at 8:35 pm for all days
- Samarsata Exp from Lokmanyatilak T at 8.35 pm for Wednesday s and Thursdays
- Jnaneswari Delx from Lokmanyatilak T at 8:35 pm for Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays
- Kolkatta Mail from Mumbai Cst at 9.25 pm for all days
- Ltt Shalimar Ex from Lokmayatilak T at 9:50 pm for all days
Except Ltt Shalimar Ex, all trains arrive at Howrah Jn in Kolkata. Ltt Shalimar Ex arrives at Santragachi Jn. Train fares range from Rs. 425 for a sleeper class to Rs. 5750 for first class AC.
Travelers can choose any of the above options depending on time availability and their budget.
Note – All the given information is based on current data available and is subject to change. Please check with the travel portals for latest information.