Getting Around Bangladesh

  • Ferry port activity
    Ferry port activity
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  • Standing room only on this ferry
    Standing room only on this ferry
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  • The rest area on the bridge
    The rest area on the bridge
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    Riksja's, trains and buses and The Rocket

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 2, 2003

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    In Sudder Street Calcutta I bought a combi-ticket to Dhaka for 500 rupia (about $12) by luxury airco bus.

    Taxi's and autoriksja's are quite rare outside the businessareas. Instead, use bicycle riksja's for short distances (very cheap, so don't bargain too hard, since you're supporting poor families) and buses.

    The express trains I used were very convenient. Reclining seats and tea even available in 2nd class. Local trains are much more lively and likely more cultural experience, but slow and often dirty.

    The paddle steamer Rocket is relaxed and superb experience to cover big distances over water. The difference 2nd class & 1st class is huge. So try to make 1st class reservation in advance. It's really worth it!

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  • Dhaka has very few flights to...

    by surasak Written Aug 25, 2002

    Dhaka has very few flights to Europe and Asia. I went there thru Bangkok, they operate twice daily.
    Tiny motobike or called 'Baby-Taxi' is mostly used in the city. Buses are not recommened, and the city do not have trains and tubes service.
    But by the time I arrived in Dhaka, the nations were on strike and all transportation are closed, so I hired one driver at the airport, he charged me for US$20 per day, and he drove me to wherever I wanted to go. The picture shows the busy major centre in Dhaka.

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    Cycle rickshaws

    by CliffClaven Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The image that most visitors retain of a visit to Bangladesh is the number of cycle rickshaws on the streets of Dhaka. They offer a more leisurely and quieter way of travelling short distances in the city centre than the cacophonous baby taxis. But you may need more conventional means of transport if you are travelling farther in this huge city of more than seven million people.

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    BIMAN - your home in the sky

    by CliffClaven Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The national carrier, Bangladesh Biman, has come a long way since it started with a single DC-3 just 30 years ago. It now flies DC-10s and A310s to 26 cities across three continents, from New York to Tokyo. In the past it had a rather shaky reputation for punctuality, with passengers sometimes hanging around airport lounges all night while waiting for an aircraft to arrive. For those who fly on expenses, it now offers a reasonable business class.

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    Boat

    by Kaleisu Written Dec 31, 2003

    During the wet season (may-september) expect to travel by boat if leaving major urban areas. The entire country of Bangladesh is almost at sea level.

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    Tempos

    by janchan Updated Sep 15, 2003

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    It is faster than rickshaws, but noisy and smokey and a bit more expensive... so take it only if you are in hurry or if you are carrying many luggages.

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    Other boats

    by janchan Written Apr 2, 2003

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    Especially during monsoon season (from the end of April til October), for many people of the countryside, the boat is the only transport you can use to go around...

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    Ferries

    by janchan Written Feb 3, 2003

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    The common way to cross the rivers in Bangladesh is by ferry. They are usually overcrowded, and a little risky sometimes, especially in rainy season, when accidents occur regularly...

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    I got a special boat ' Rocket...

    by Kartann Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    I got a special boat ' Rocket boat' from Dakha to Kulluna. Rirst class is cozy but comfortable, you have to get reservation at least afew days before.

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    Rickshas. Cheaper than...

    by Maline Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Rickshas. Cheaper than baby-taxis, and not as fast.
    Problem - the drivers are reluctant to use the brakes. Be prepared.

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    Babytaxis, or as they are...

    by Maline Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Babytaxis, or as they are called in India, auto-rickshas, are fast and cute. Problem - the fumes they exhaust!

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    Rickshaws

    by janchan Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Rickshaws are the most common and cheap way for getting around. Only in Dhaka there are more than 600,000 of them !! Colourful, cheap and quite comfortable... :)

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