India – Bangladesh: Train Service Details

Bandhan Express : India-Bangladesh Passenger Train
Bandhan Express : India-Bangladesh Passenger Train

India-Bangladesh : Train Service Details

India-Bangladesh train service details are following.

India-Bangladesh : Train Service Details ~ News Updates

Haldibari (India)-Chilahati (Bangladesh) Rail Link Reopened

Starting of freight trains via restored Haldibari (India) – Chilahati (Bangladesh) rail link. Around 20 freight trains per month are expected to be interchanged

Indian Railway announced via press release on 02.08.2021 that is a significant step to boost railway connectivity between India and Bangladesh, the Haldibari (India)-Chilahati (Bangladesh) rail link was reopened by both the Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh on 17th December 2020 for movement of passenger and goods traffic. With the joint efforts of Indian Railways and Bangladesh Railway, India and Bangladesh have started regular operation of freight trains through the restored Haldibari – Chilahati Rail Route w.e.f 1st August 2021 when Indian Railways dispatched the first freight train loaded with stones from Damdim Station of Northeast Frontier Railway (India) to Bangladesh.

The distance between Haldibari Railway Station till the international border is 4.5 km, while that of Chilahati is around 7.5 km. till the ‘zero points’. As of now, five links connecting India with Bangladesh have been made operational which include Petrapole (India) – Benapole (Bangladesh), Gede (India) – Darshana (Bangladesh), Singhabad (India) Rohanpur (Bangladesh), Radhikapur (India) – Birol (Bangladesh) with Haldibari-Chilahati forming the 5th such link.

The Haldibari – Chilahati rail link between India and then East Pakistan was operational till 1965. This was part of the Broad Gauge main route from Kolkata to Siliguri during the partition. Trains traveling to Assam and North Bengal continued to travel through the then East Pakistan territory even after partition. However, the war of 1965 effectively cut off all the railway links between India and then East Pakistan.

Around 20 freight trains per month are expected to be interchanged through this rail link. The link is intended to improve freight and passenger connections between Bengal and the Assam and West Bengal regions and will aid the growth of trade and economic development in the region.

Mitali Express : Dhaka Cantonment – New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal : India-Bangladesh Third Passenger Train

A passenger train service, New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka- New Jalpaiguri Mitali Express was announced jointly by Indian PM and Bangladesh PM during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 27th March’21, service of which could not be started due to Covid Pandemic.

The new inter-country passenger train was launched on the occasion of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence.

The train will run between Dhaka Cantonment and New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal via Chilahati, a border railway station in Bangladesh. The distance between Dhaka and Chilahati is 453 km and from Chilahati to New Jalpaiguri is 71 km. The bi-weekly train has 10 coaches — four AC cabins, four AC chairs, and two power car brake vans. It is expected to give a boost to tourism in both countries. The train will run from New Jalpaiguri to Dhaka Cantonment on Sunday and Wednesday and Dhaka Cantonment to New Jalpaiguri on Monday and Thursday. Last year, India and Bangladesh resumed operations on the Haldibari-Chilahati route for goods trains after a gap of over 55 years. The four other rail links that connect the two countries are Petrapole-Benapole, Gede-Darshana, Singhabad-Rohanpur, and Radhikapur-Birol.

Bandhan Express : Khulna – Kolkata : India-Bangladesh Second Passenger Train

Bandhan Express runs between Kolkata Chitpur Railway Station and Khulna Railway Station. The Bandhan Express train is an international express rail service that runs between the Indian city of Kolkata and the Bangladeshi city of Khulna every week. It is the second modern-day, fully air-conditioned passenger train link between the Indian state of West Bengal and Bangladesh.

This will be the second train to run between the two countries after Maitree Express that runs between Dhaka and Kolkata. The train was inaugurated on November 16, 2017, in a bid to ease communication between the two neighboring countries. Details are following.

Route, Schedule and Time Table of Bandhan Express

  • Train No.13129 Kolkata – Khulna Bandhan Express
  • Train No.13130 Khulna – Kolkata Bandhan Express
Train detailsFacilities Onboard
Travel Time:4h 40m
Halts:3
Distance:172 km
Avg Speed:37 km/hr
E-CateringYes
Mobile/Laptop ChargerYes

Train No.13129/ Bandhan Express KOAA/Kolkata – KLN/Khulna Route, Schedule and Time Table:-

CodeStation NameArrivesDepartsHalt
KOAAKolkata07:10:00
PTPLPetrapole08:55:0009:05:0010m
BENBenepole09:15:0010:15:0060m
KLNBKhulna12:00:00

Train No.13130/ Bandhan Express KLN/Khulna – KOAA/Kolkata Route, Schedule and Time Table:-

CodeStation NameArrivesDepartsHalt
KLNBKhulna13:30:00
BENBenepole14:45:0016:00:0075m
PTPLPetrapole16:10:0016:20:0010m
KOAA•Kolkata•18:10:00

Bandhan Express to have stoppage at Jashore

Bandhan Express will make a three-minute stoppage at Jashore Railway Junction from Thursday (March 7, 2019), allowing passengers to get on and off the train during their journey to and from Kolkata.

The Bandhan Express is an international passenger train that runs between Kolkata and Khulna once a week from either direction.

  • The train reaches Khulna from Kolkata at 12:30pm on Thursday and departs for Kolkata at 1:30pm on the same day. It takes only four and half hours to reach Kolkata from Khulna.

The stoppage of the train at the Jashore station was introduced following a demand by the locals.

Negar Sultana, station master of the Jashore Railway Junction, said the train will stop for three minutes at the station from March 7. They received a letter from Bangladesh Railway West Zone in this regard, she said, adding that the sales of tickets for the journey from the station started on Monday.

A total of 200 seats have been kept aside for the passengers traveling from the station, the station master said. There are 456 seats on the train. The fare of an air-conditioned cabin is Tk 2,000 while an air-conditioned chair is Tk 1,500, including the travel tax.

Maitree Express : Dhaka-Kolkata ~ India-Bangladesh First Passenger Train

Train No.13109 Maitree Express train is the first modern-day, fully air-conditioned, international, express train service connecting Dhaka in Bangladesh to Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal. It started on 14 April 2008. Tickets are available at the following locations on producing valid visa Dhaka Kamalpur Main Reservation Counter and Kolkata Terminus Railway Station and at International Ticket Booking Counter, Fairlie Place.

The distance between Kolkata and Dhaka is 375km and Maitree Express takes almost 11 hours for the journey. Nearly four of these are spent during checks at Gede and Darsana.

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