How To Reach Siliguri

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By Train:

There are two important railway stations in Siliguri and they are New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Junction, apart from that of the Siliguri Town. The station in New Jalpaiguri has connected Siliguri with the cities of Dibrugarh/Guwahati in the region of North East, Mumbai/Jodhpur/Jaipur etc in the western part of india, Delhi etc in the northern side and the southern cities of Trivandrum, Cochin, etc. The station of siliguri junction is mostly for the line of meter gauge that goes for a short distance and then extends to the broad gauge track that goes to NJP. From the city center, it takes about 20 – 30 minutes to reach NJP.

Some of the long route distant trains from the Siliguri Junction are Kanchankanya express going up to Sealdah, Mahananda Express which goes up to New Delhi, etc.

By Bus:

The bus station in Siliguri is present in the vicinity of the hotel Sher-e-Punjab, right across the street on the Hill Cart Road, otherwise known as Tenzing Norgay Road.

Regularly timed buses to and from Kolkata are found one of which is the famous and convenient Siliguri Rocket, which is timed for departure in Kolkata at 8 pm and arrives in Siliguri at next morning 8 am, and is managed by the North Bengal State Transport Corporation. The cost of going from Kolkata to Siliguri in this bus is Rs 245. Many other private buses are also seen going on this route. Volvo buses with the name of Royal Cruiser, which belongs to Gupta Travel, goes from Kolkata at 8 PM and arrives in Siliguri on the next morning at 9 am with costs of Rs 745 for AC and Rs 325 for non AC.

There has been a joint collaboration between the transport authorities of Bangladesh and India, which brings buses from Dhaka, which is Bangladesh’s capital. Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation buses move from Dhaka at 8 pm in the night every day and by next morning, comes near the border of Bangladesh and India at the post of Changrabanda. Here the buses do not cross over so that the passengers have to walk across the border to board on Indian buses which are waiting, but only after the passengers are cleared for custom check. From there, the distance is about a journey of 3 -4 hours into siliguri. These buses are comfortable, strict on time and also air conditioned. The fare for the distance from Dhaka to Siliguri for one way is about 20-25 USD, whatever the conversion rates are at that time.

From Phuentsholing  which is located in Bhutan, there is a regular bus service to the town of jaigaon at the Bhutan border. From this place of Phuentsholing, the bus goes towards Siliguri at 4 different times at regular intervals in the morning to reach siliguri after 4.5 hrs.

By Air:

Kolkata is the nearest and largest international airport which is 570 kms from Siliguri towards the south. At only 14 kms distance is the Bagdogra airport and this airport is linked to many big cities of India such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Guwahati. International airline of Druk Air from Bangkok, travel to this airport twice in a week with incoming flights into siliguri on Wednesdays and Sundays and outgoing flights on Saturdays and Tuesdays. On this route of Bangkok, the route end is at Paro in Bhutan. From the Bagdogra airport, taxis can be taken up to reach Siliguri and also to Darjeeling and other towns like Gangtok, which can be costly. If the siliguri buses from the bus stand are taken, then these will be cheaper.