Nowadays’ traveling to India is easier than ever. Recently there have been a lot of changes in the India – Bangladesh immigration process. So people from both countries can visit Bangladesh or India very easily. There are different ways to travel to India from Bangladesh. These ways are by road, by train or by plane. Among these three ways traveling by train is no doubt the chilliest and most enjoyable option.
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Dhaka to Kolkata Train – Maitree Express
The name of the Dhaka to Kolkata train service is Maitree Express. The Bengali name Maitree Express means the Friendship Express when translated to English, representing the importance of the train service to the friendly foreign relations between India and Bangladesh. The history of train service between Bangladesh and India existed before the partition of India. After being closed for 43 years, train service between these two countries again started in April 2008. On 14 April 2008, on the occasion of the Bengali New Year the train service was launched when a train departure from the Kolkata railway station bound for Dhaka, and at the same time, a train departure from Dhaka Cantonment bound for Kolkata. This train service has strengthened bilateral relations and provided an alternative mode of passenger transport since its launch.
Maitree Express Routes
The Maitree Express runs six days a week. Friday, Monday, Wednesday the train leaves from Cantonment station Dhaka to Kolkata and Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday the train leaves from Kolkata station to Dhaka. Thursday is the off day of this train service. The train travels around 375 kilometers to reach Dhaka from Kolkata. Earlier there were two stops for immigration checks in Kolkata and Dhaka. Since November 2017 immigration and customs are completed at Dhaka and Kolkata. This has reduced travel time by two to three hours.
Maitree Express Train Schedule
The schedule of Maitree Express is very reliable and punctual. It starts from Kolkata at 07:10 and reaches Dhaka at 15:35. Similarly, it starts from Dhaka at 08:15 and reaches Kolkata at 16:00. Here is the detailed schedule:
Dhaka To Kolkata
|Day||Train No.||Rake||Departure Time|
|Friday||3107||BR||08:15 am (BD Time)|
|Saturday||13110||IR||08:15 am (BD Time)|
|Sunday||3107||BR||08:15 am (BD Time)|
|Wednesday||13110||IR||08:15 am (BD Time)|
Kolkata to Dhaka
|Saturday||3108||BR||07:10 am (India Time)|
|Monday||3108||BR||07:10 am (India Time)|
|Tuesday||13109||IR||07:10 am (India Time)|
|Friday||13109||IR||07:10 am (India Time)|
Dhaka to Kolkata Maitree Express Train Ticket Price
Maitree Express train ticket has two classes: AC First/Cabin and AC Chair. Here are the price details:
- AC First/Cabin for 3,400 Taka: AC Cabins where 4 people can seat, the highest class.
- AC Chair for 2,500 Taka: Cushioned seats in a 3-2 arrangement throughout the compartment, with tables for the center rows.
Children under 5 years of age will get a 50% discount off the full fare.
Carry Goods Weight Limit & Charge of Maitree Express
A passenger can only care 35 kg of goods with him for free with a maximum of 2 luggages. For children ticket, the weight limit is 20 kg. If the weight is in between, 35 to 50 kg, a passenger has to pay 2 USD per kg. If the weight is more than 50 kg then a passenger has to pay 10 USD per kg. For child ticket, if the weight is in between 20 to 35 kg a passenger has to pay 2 USD per kg. If it’s more than 35 kg then a passenger has to pay 10 USD per kg.
Maitree Express Train Ticket Buying Procedure
The ticket of Maitree Express from Bangladesh is only available at Kamalapur station. You can collect the train ticket from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can book the ticket not more than one month prior to the date of journey. You have to submit your valid Passport and Visa in the ticket counter to buy ticket. Without Visa stamping on Passport, you will not be able to buy tickets. Unfortunately, Maitree Express train tickets are not available online. For security reason, IRCTC doesn’t allow online ticket booking of this train.
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