Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of West Bengal and the second largest city in India after Mumbai. Famously known as the City of Joy, Kolkata offers artistic, cultural and vibrant experiences. Wander the streets which are vivid, chaotic and brim with life and creativity with countless bazaars to explore. As the former capital of colonial British India, Kolkata retains a lot of colonial-era architecture, which can be seen at the incredible Victoria Memorial. It is the ideal place to experience the taste of Bengali cuisine, the lively nightlife that stretches along Park Street houses or to relax in Millennium Park, where you can take a boat ride or cruise.
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Kolkata travel information
When to visit
The autumn and winter months between October and February are the best time to visit Kolkata, as the weather is perfect with lots of festivities, especially during Durga Puja. The average temperature during this time is around 28°C. It's a lovely time to visit Fort William Kolkata, Indian Museum and Belur Math buildings. Kolkata has an eastern tropical climate, light winters, hot and humid summers.
What is the main airport called?
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU).Opens in a new tab or window It is also known as Kolkata Airport and Calcutta Airport, serves Kolkata, capital of West Bengal state, India. Kolkata Airport is located in Dum Dum, 17 km from Kolkata city centre.
Arriving in Kolkata
The staff at Kolkata Airport will greet you when you land and from there, getting into town is easy.
Getting into Kolkata from Kolkata Airport
There are a number of bus, taxi, shuttles and car rental options available at the airport to take you to your destination. Public transport options include the West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) that operates regular bus services from Kolkata Airport. The average trip time is around 1 hour and 20 minutes. To get to downtown Kolkata by train, take the Kolkata Suburban Railway system. A quicker way to get to the city is on the Kolkata Metro or take a taxi to get to town in approximately 50 minutes. Taxi counters are available in the arrival level between gates 3 and 4. It's easy to book a ride share service such as Ola and Uber, with counters available in the arrival lower level. If you wish to rent a car, car rental counters are in the arrival level.
Getting around Kolkata
Kolkata is well connected and it's easy to get around the city. Public transport is provided by the Kolkata Suburban Railway, the Kolkata Metro, trams, rickshaws, taxis and buses. To see some of the major sites, such as Tagore's House or New Market why not rent a car to explore the city at your own pace, though the traffic can be busy. The river Hooghly runs through the west part of the city, with regular ferry services to cruise along the river. Alternatively, you may wish to join one of the many tours.