After independence access to West Bengal has improved greatly and today reaching West Bengal from all parts of the world is very convenient. The state has a large number of tourist spots and as such, proper transportation facilities are needed to sustain the steady growth in tourism. The state is also an important commercial center for the entire eastern region of India. For commercial purposes too, the transportation facilities have been upgraded from time to time.
Reaching West Bengal by Air
The domestic and international airports in Kolkata are located at Dumdum, 18 kilometers from the city center. The international airport is called Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose international airport. At present ten international airlines operate from the international airport. The domestic terminal links Kolkata and West Bengal to the rest of the country and all the major domestic airlines of India operate from here including Indian airlines, Jet Airways, Sahara, Kingfisher, Indigo, Jetlite, and Alliance. The airport is well linked with the city and you can get all kinds of transportation including prepaid taxis, luxury taxis, and coaches from the airport.
Bagdogra airport near Siliguri in north Bengal is another airport that offers air access to the northern parts of the state.
Reaching West Bengal by road
Road transportation in West Bengal is very convenient, thanks to a large number of highways that connect the state to other parts of India. The long distance routes are covered by the state run and private buses.
The city of Kolkata also has a rapid transport system in the underground metro. The rivers near Kolkata and the other cities also provide means of transportation in West Bengal, particularly in the northern and southern regions.
Touristplacesinindia.com offers online tips about how to reach West Bengal and other information about tourism in West Bengal.