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How to go to Bangladesh by road?

When applying for Bangladeshi VISA, specify that you want to travel by road. One can reach Bangladesh by road from Kolkata either via Benapole or Basirhat crossing. If Dhaka is your destination, there are direct buses from Kolkata and Agartala.

I had to go to Khulna. Khulna has no direct buses from Kolkata and here is how I came to Khulna by road today.

  • 10:25 am – Left my hotel in Salt Lake City, Kolkata. Cost Rs.250
  • 10:45 am – Reached Sealdah Station
  • 11:05 – Bought my ticket to Basirhat (12:12 Hasnabad train). Cost Rs.15
  • 11:35 – Train arrived on platform 6
  • 12:15 – Train departed Sealdah
  • 2:20 – Train reached Basirhat (about 70km from Sealdah)
  • 2:30 – Took a rickshaw from the train station to Bodh ghat (it sounded something like that). About 2km. Rs.7
  • 2:50 – Auto-rickshaw to Bhomra- Gojadanga border. Rs.15 per person or Rs.100 if you want the auto for yourself. 9 km
  • 3:15 – Reached border
  • 3:25 – Done with Emigration
  • 3:35 – Done with Land Customs
  • 3:40 (4:10 Bangldesh Local time) – Crossed the border
  • 4:20 – Done with Bangladesh Immigration
  • 4:30 – Done with Bangladesh Customs
  • 4:40 – Boarded Baby taxi to Satkhira. Tk.25, 15km
  • 5:20 – Reached Satkhira
  • 5:25 – Rickshaw to bus station (Tk.5)
  • 5:35 – Boarded bus to Khulna. 60km, Tk90
  • 8:20 – Reached Khulna

The other option is to take a bus bound to Dhaka from Kolkata (International Bus Terminus, Salt Lake City or Shohagh Paribahan, Madhyamgram) and get down in Jessore and then take a bus to Khulna.

I did not pay anyone to cross the border. People will approach you to help you with filling of forms and then ask you for money. Avoid them all.  It is better to carry a declaration of all the electronic items you are carrying and get it certified by the customs officer.

My entry and exit points are different. I am leaving Bangladesh via Akhaura crossing to Agartala.

10 Comments
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  • Aditya Sandupatla

    November 30, 2014 at 5:00 am Reply

    Do you think, it is possible to travel overnight from Kolkata to Khulna?

    • sharadaprasad

      December 1, 2014 at 7:31 am Reply

      No. It is not possible. There are no direct buses to Khulna (as of now). But what you can do is catch a bus from Kolkata to Dhaka, cross the border, get down in Jessore and catch a bus to Khulna.

  • Aditya Sandupatla

    December 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm Reply

    Thanks a lot for the reply. Are these routes safe?

    • CS Sharada Prasad

      January 20, 2015 at 3:27 am Reply

      Yes, they are. But always travel during the daytime if you are crossing the border by foot. Overnight buses from Kolkata to Dhaka are pretty safe.

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  • Kumar R

    November 6, 2016 at 11:08 pm Reply

    I’m curious why you chose Basirhat. Is not Sealdah – Bongaon a better choice [better as in more frequently used and therefore more reliable]? After the border crossing at Benapole there is a 1245 train from Benapole to Khulna reaching at 1530. I’m planning to visit Khulna and thought of using this route and came across your blog while researching. I’m also interested where and when you changed money from INR to Taka. Did you face any difficulty? Thanks very much in advance!

    • CS Sharada Prasad

      February 22, 2017 at 5:54 am Reply

      I exchanged about Rs.5000 in Kolkata before leaving for Bangladesh and then I changed some money at the border with the people who were entering India from Bangladesh.

      I don’t have an answer to why Basirhat and not Sealdah border. I chose Basirhat based on the information I could gather from the people I spoke to in Kolkata bus station.

  • Ankit negi

    January 11, 2017 at 11:00 am Reply

    Hello, this is motivating… can one take his/her personal vehicle from Kolkata and enter Bangladesh and Exit via Dwaki Meghalaya?

    • CS Sharada Prasad

      February 22, 2017 at 5:51 am Reply

      I am not sure. Usually the border security discourages you from exiting from a point different from the entry point.

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