Planning a Trip
1 Get in
1.1 By plane
1.2 By train
1.2.1 Howrah Junction railway station
220.127.116.11 Eat and drink
1.2.2 Santragachi Junction railway station
18.104.22.168 Transport options
1.2.3 Shalimar railway station
22.214.171.124 Transport options
1.2.4 Other stations
1.3 By bus
1.4 By ferry
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU IATA) in Kolkata. There's an air-conditioned bus service between Kolkata Airport and Howrah station.
See also: Rail travel in India
Howrah Junction railway station
Howrah railway station (New Complex) in 2012
Howrah railway station (Old Complex) in 2020
22.58287188.3428111 Howrah railway station (station code: HWH), Lower Foreshore Rd, ☏ +91 79857 27760.   (updated Oct 2022)
Howrah railway station is the largest railway complex in India with over 600 trains arriving per day. An estimated two million people use the station every day. Howrah station is divided into the Old Complex and the New Complex. There are 23 platforms in the station, 16 of which are in the Old Complex and the remaining seven are in the New Complex. Trains of the Eastern Railway (ER) arrive mainly at the Old Complex, while trains of the South Eastern Railway (SER) arrive at the New Complex.
For passengers, there is a large covered waiting area between the main complex and the platforms and other areas for passengers awaiting connecting trains. Free Wi-Fi is present at the station.
Transport options to central Howrah include:
By bus: There's a huge bus terminus between Howrah station and the Howrah Bridge. Air-conditioned buses are available between Howrah Station and Kolkata Airport.
By car: The station platforms have carriageways for motor vehicles within the complex, including two carriageways to the Old Complex and the New Complex respectively. Salkia Flyover at the end of the platforms allows motor vehicles to exit the complex quickly. Such a facility is unique among most major stations in the country.
By taxi: There's a big taxi stand outside Howrah station, where iconic yellow Ambassador taxis are parked in long queues.
Eat and drink
There are a lot of options to eat and drink at Howrah station. In particular, there is an exclusive food court run by IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation) in the Old Complex, which is known as Foodplaza. Besides, IRCTC has their own outlet called Jan Aahar in both the Old Complex (next to Foodplaza) and the New Complex.
IRCTC operates a hotel in the New Complex of Howrah station called Sampath Rail Yatri Niwas. It contains a dormitory, single room, and double room accommodation. First-class passengers can wait in an air-conditioned area with balcony views of the Kolkata skyline and the Howrah Bridge.
Phone: ☏ +91 33 26601742
Price: Dorm ₹100/bed, Double Non-AC ₹350, Double AC ₹550, Triple Non-AC ₹400
Santragachi Junction railway station
Santragachi Junction railway station in 2012
22.583888.28432 Santragachi Junction railway station (station code: SRC), NH 12, Santragachi. Another major station serving Kolkata and Howrah. There are six platforms in the station. Serves local trains to Amta, Mecheda, Panskura, Haldia, Contai, Midnapore and Kharagpur. A few trains originate from Santragachi station to Ajmer, Porbandar and Nanded, and the Vivek Express runs to Mangalore Central starting from Santragachi. Mostly all Howrah/Shalimar bound express/mail trains stop here. Santragachi also has a big bus terminus with bus services to various places in Kolkata, Howrah and beyond.   (updated Oct 2022)
By bus: The bus routes from the station are:
K11: Domjur–Rabindra Sadan (Exide), via PG Hospital, Vidyasagar Setu, Toll Plaza, Santragachi and Salap
KB15: Anandapur–Santragachi Bus Terminal, via Ruby Hospital, Acropolis Mall, Kasba Thana, Bijan Setu (Ballygunge Station), Gariahat, Minto Park, Camac Street, Exide, PG Hospital, Toll Plaza and Santragachi
RT-26: Santragachi–Esplanade, via Tikiapara, Howrah Maidan, Howrah Station, Barabazar and Dalhousie
Shalimar railway station
22.55638988.3147223 Shalimar railway station (station code: SHM) (near Vidyasagar Setu). A small railway station compared to Howrah station and one of the cleanest, most well-maintained and non-congested railway terminals in Greater Kolkata. It handles a few local and several express trains. There are small eateries serving snacks on the platform and eateries serving lunch outside the station.   (updated Jul 2022)
By taxi: There is a taxi stand outside the station and the most direct service to and from the station.
22.678388.29084 Dankuni Junction railway station (station code: DKAE). Several Southern India-bound express trains stop here.   (updated Oct 2022)
The bus termini in Howrah are:
22.5853788.342365 Howrah Bus Terminus (W of the Howrah Bridge, N of Howrah station). Buses are available from Howrah and different parts of West Bengal. (updated Oct 2022)
22.5850988.283776 Kolkata Central Bus Terminus (Santragachi Bus Terminus) (near Santragachi Junction railway station). (updated Oct 2022)
22.5653988.313027 Nabanna Bus Terminus, Andul Rd. (updated Oct 2022)
Howrah is just across the river from Kolkata. The ferry services to cross the Hooghly River from Kolkata to Howrah is very convenient to zip across both cities. There are a number of jetties. On the Kolkata side the ferries link to such jetties as Bagbazar, Armenian, Fairlie, Chandpalghat, Babughat, Prinsep Ghat. On the Howrah side there are jetties at Howrah Station, Ramkrishnapur Ghat, Botanical Garden Ghat, Bandhaghat, Golabari and Belur Math. Buy the ticket before you board the ferry and retain the ticket till after you have crossed to the other side and have shown it to the ticket checker near the exit gate or else you will be penalised!