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By train

Bolpur is the railway station for Santiniketan. It is two to three hours by train from Kolkata. Convenient connections are 13017/13018 Gana Devta Express departing Howrah at 06:05, 3015/3016 Shantiniketan Express departing Howrah at 10:05 (this is the only train which originates/terminates in Howrah and Bolpur, so one has a better chance of finding seats on this train rather than the other trains if one buys unreserved tickets. If you are buying reserved tickets, then it won't make a difference), 2347/2348 Sahid Rampurhat Express departing Howrah at 12 noon (and taking only 2 hours 20 min - the shortest time ), 3011/3012 Malda Inter-city Express departing Howrah at 15:25, 5657/5658 Kanchenjunga Express departing Sealdah at 06:45, 2345/2346 Saraighat Express, 215/216 Visvabharati Fast Passenger, 3071/3072 Jamalpur Express, 209/210 Darbhanga Passenger are other good trains.

Trainrain Train Name P From Dep. To Arr. Travel R M T W T F S S   1A 2A 3A CC SL 2S
13017 GANADEVTA EXP HWH 06.05 BHP 08.44 02.39   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x Get x Get
15657 KANCHANJANGA EX P SDAH 06.35 BHP 09.14 02.39   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x Get Get x Get x
53041 HWH JYG PGR HWH 07.15 BHP 11.16 04.01   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x x x x
13187 SDAH RPH EXP SDAH 07.25 BHP 10.33 03.08 R Y Y Y Y Y Y x   x x x Get x Get
13053 HWH SURI EXP HWH 08.35 BHP 12.00 03.25   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x Get x Get
12363 KOAA HDB SUPF E KOAA 09.05 BHP 11.25 02.20 R x Y x Y x Y x   x x x Get x Get
12373 SDAH RPH INTRCT SDAH 09.05 BHP 11.25 02.20 R x x Y x Y x Y   x x x x x Get
12337 SANTINIKATANEXP HWH 10.10 BHP 12.25 02.15   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x Get x Get
13015 BHP KAVIGURU EX HWH 10.40 BHP 13.45 03.05   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x x x x
53043 HWH RGD PASS HWH 11.10 BHP 14.33 03.23   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x x x x
12509 GUWAHATI EXP P HWH 11.15 BHP 13.15 02.00 R x x x x Y Y Y   Get Get Get x Get x
12513 SC GHY EXP P HWH 11.15 BHP 13.18 02.03 R Y x x x x x x   x Get Get x Get x
12515 GUWAHATI EXP P HWH 11.15 BHP 13.18 02.03 R x Y x x x x x   x Get Get x Get x

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SDAH RPH PASSPASS SDAH 11.35 BHP 15.55 04.20   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x x x x
12347 RAMPURHAT EXP HWH 11.55 BHP 14.16 02.21   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x Get x Get
13161 KOAA BLGT EXP KOAA 12.55 BHP 15.20 02.25 R Y Y Y Y Y x Y   x x x x x Get
15227 MUZAFFARPUR EXP P HWH 14.15 BHP 16.24 02.09 R x x x x Y x x   x Get Get x Get x
12507 GUWAHATI EXP P HWH 14.15 BHP 16.24 02.09 R x x x Y x x x   x Get Get x Get x
02501 HWH GHYSPECIAL HWH 14.15 BHP 16.08 01.53 R x x x x x x Y   Get Get Get x Get x
12041 SHATABDI EXPRES HWH 14.15 BHP 16.08 01.53 R Y Y Y Y Y Y x   Get x x Get x x
15901 DIBRUGARH EXP P HWH 14.25 BHP 16.24 01.59 R x x Y x x x x   x Get Get x Get x
13011 HWH MLDT INT EX HWH 15.25 BHP 18.19 02.54   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x Get x Get
12345 SARAIGHAT EXP P HWH 15.50 BHP 17.53 02.03   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   Get Get Get x Get x
53047 VISWAVARATI PAS HWH 16.40 BHP 20.03 03.23   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x Get x Get
13147 UTTAR BANGA EXP SDAH 19.35 BHP 22.17 02.42   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x Get Get x Get x
13023 HWH GAYA EXPRES HWH 19.50 BHP 22.37 02.47   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x Get Get x Get x
13149 KANCHANKANYA EX SDAH 20.30 BHP 23.12 02.42   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x Get Get x Get x
13159 KOLKATA JBN EXP KOAA 20.55 BHP 00.45 03.50 R Y x Y x Y x x   x Get Get x Get x
13133 SDAH BSB EXP SDAH 21.15 BHP 00.01 02.46   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x x Get x
13071 HWH JMP EXPRESS HWH 21.35 BHP 23.39 02.04   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   Get Get Get x Get x
15611 KARMABHOOMI EXP HWH 21.55 BHP 00.45 02.50 R x x x Y x x x   x Get Get x Get x
12343 DARJEELING MAIL SDAH 22.05 BHP 00.28 02.23   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   Get Get Get x Get x
13153 GOUR EXPRESS SDAH 22.15 BHP 01.48 03.33   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   Get Get Get x Get x
13027 KAVI GURU EXP HWH 22.40 BHP 01.30 02.50   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   x x x x Get x
12377 PADATIK EXPRESS SDAH 22.55 BHP 01.14 02.19   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   Get Get Get x Get x

 

By bus

Santiniketan is well connected by buses from all around. From Kolkata, if you want to go by bus, then you have to take Kolkata-Asansol bus or Kolkata-Suri bus. For Asansol bound bus you have to get down near Panagarh and for Suri bound bus you have to get down near Ilambazar and for both cases you have to catch another bus for Santiniketan.

 

By car

Santiniketan is connected with Kolkata by an excellent road (Around 60% road is excellent 4-lane freeway. But then around ~70kms starting from Panagarh is of narrow and bumpy roads with traffic jams round the clock). From Kolkata travel to Dankuni and take the Durgapur Expressway. It is now part of NH2. It will bypass Saktigarh and Bardhaman. At Panagarh (Darjeeling Mor) turn right. After the highway crosses the Ajay river take the road to the right at Ilambazar and proceed towards Bolpur. At the Santiniketan-Sriniketan junction (also called Surul Mor) take the road to the left. Santiniketan is 212 km from Kolkata by road. Good drivers can cover the distance in about 3 hours.

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