Favourite airline: Emirates
14 % of flights on the route London Heathrow – Kolkata are booked with Emirates.
14 %
British Airways
11 %
Qatar Airways
9 %
Tip: book 5 months before departure
The best time to find a cheap flight on this route is 5 months before travel. Save up to 38 %.
140 days before departure
Cheapest weekday: Thursday
The cheapest day of departure is Thursday. You can save up to 16 % when you fly on this day of the week.
Favourite connection: via Doha
On this flight route, flights with a stopover in Doha are the most popular.
1 stopover Doha
12h 30min, from £447
24 %
1 stopover Dubai
34h 20min, from £481
21 %
1 stopover Delhi Indira Gandhi
14h 25min, from £483
19 %
Return from £418.00
A return flight costing only £418.00 is for example available departing on 04/11/19 and returning on 18/11/19.


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.