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Chittagong is connected by air with Kolkata, Dhaka, Sharjah and Dubai at present.  However, flights change time to time.  Therefore, it will be better to ascertain details from travel agents.  At present United Airways operate small flights on daily basis with Kolkata.  Unfortunately, one has to purchase tickets from travel agents in Bangladesh or United Airways office in Kolkata as the tickets are not available online.    For traveling to Cox’s Bazar by air one can take flights from Dhaka.  Dhaka is connected with Kolkata and Delhi with daily flights by Air India, Jet Airways and United Airways.  Bangladesh Biman also operates flights. 

One can travel by bus from Beniapole (Haridaspur) at the West Bengal border to Chittagong, which is a day’s journey.  From Dhaka to Chittagong is overnight journey by bus or train.  Train journey requires arrangement of tickets well ahead of journey.  All 15 districts in the jurisdiction of Assistant High Commission in Chittagong can be accessed by road.  Buses are available.  Cars can also be hired at rates which are more or less matching with India. 

Sylhet is connected by air, road and rail with Dhaka.  At present Sylhet is connected internationally only with London by irregular flights.  Sylhet is about an hour’s journey from Dawki (Tamabil) border in Meghalaya.  Dawki is well connected with Shillong and further to Guwahati.  In addition Sylhet is connected with Karimganj of Assam through Sutarkandi and other Land Customs Stations (LCS). 

Agartala inTripura is right on the border with Brahmanbaria district.  Akhaura is a major LCS connecting Agartala with Bangladesh territory.  Akhaura is an important rail station.  In addition Srimantapur (Bibir Bazar) and Belonia are two more LCS which can be used to access Comilla and Feni district respectively. 

For travel to three districts of Chittagong hill tracts (Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban) foreigners require permission from the Divisional Commissioner’s Office in Chittagong (it takes 2-3 days).  Cox’s Bazar is most prominent tourist spot connected by bus and car from Chittagong.

Infrastructure is inadequate.  It is advisable to plan well ahead and with help of good travel agents or someone known, particularly if journey is for the first time.

Connectivity & travel