Favourite airline: Emirates
32 % of travellers choose to book flights on this route with Emirates, Etihad Airways and Air India.
13 %
Etihad Airways
10 %
Air India
9 %
Tip: book 6 months before departure
The best time to buy tickets is 6 months before the flight. Pay only £385.00.
179 days before departure
Favourite connection: via Delhi
16 % of tickets booked on this route are for flights via Delhi.
1 stopover Delhi Indira Gandhi
18h 45min, from £437
16 %
1 stopover Dubai
13h 25min, from £458
15 %
1 stopover Doha
22h 40min, from £451
12 %
Return from £416.00
For the best flight deal, book the outbound flight on 14/11/19 and return flight on 28/11/19.


Kolkata's art and culture

On the bank of the Hooghly river, the historic city of Kolkata offers a wealth of artistic and cultural attractions. The capital of West Bengal, it has a wide choice of theatres, music and cinemas with restaurants offering varied cuisine.


Planning to visit Kolkata

Although Kolkata is a busy city all year round, the climate is at its best between September and January. The summer, from March to June, can be humid and hot with the monsoon season running between May and September. Winter is in December and January, with low temperatures of 12 degrees. Popular cultural events include the Kolkata Book Fair, starting in late January, and Kolkata International Film Festival in November. Celebrations for the Bengali New Year take place around April 15. In October there is a festival in honour of the Goddess Durga and in November the Goddess Kali is honoured with fireworks and lights.


Key information before you set off

People visiting Kolkata from the UK will need a visa, but British citizens may be eligible to apply for an e-Tourist visa. You must also ensure your passport is valid for at least 180 days and includes two blank pages. Many Indian airports charge a UDF or User Development Fee of ca. Rs 1,000, usually levied as part of the air fare. The cost of living is in general much lower than in the UK. A restaurant meal might cost about Rs 350, while thali start from around Rs 130.


On arrival and where to stay in Kolkata

On arrival at the main airport, you will find a choice of transport options. The AC Bus leaves from near the arrivals area. The VS1 bus travels to Esplanade, taking around 60 to 90 minutes, while the VS2 takes the route to Howrah. Fares are approximately Rs 60. The air-conditioned Volvo Bus costs around 50 rupees for a trip. A pre-paid taxi ride to central Kolkata will take from about 40 minutes and cost around Rs400. Another option is to make the 3-mile journey from the airport by taxi or Volvo bus to Dum Dum Station and then take the metro into central Kolkata. The metro fare is ca Rs 10. It is advisable to negotiate fares in advance for both taxis and autos. Accommodation in Kolkata includes budget hotels in the area near Howrah Station and low-priced hostels in Sudder Street.