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How To Travel Around Bangladesh

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By plane

Bangladeshi air travel is both inexpensive and easy. Domestic airlines come and go, so it’s worth checking to see who’s the most recent and dependable. After the launch of a new business, the quality of service and the condition of aircraft tend to decline, leaving the market open to newcomers and shutting to existing ones.

All division capitals, as well as Jessore, Cox’s Bazar, and several minor towns, have airports. Biman Air or its private rivals service the majority of national airports.

Biman has the unique distinction of flying the half-hour Dhaka-Chittagong (DAC-CGP) (250 miles) flight in two big, high-capacity aircraft, the DC-10 and the Airbus A-310. In 2014, the DC-10 was decommissioned.

The four private carriers providing good national and international flights in 2015 are Novoair, United Airways, Regent Airways, and US Bangla Airways. Novoair is the newest member of the club, using Embraer aircraft that provide very quick flying times. United Airlines pilots were reportedly compelled to declare that the planes were in excellent condition despite the lack of appropriate maintenance procedures. The Bombardier DASH-8 is used by the majority of private operators.

GMG Airlines is the most recent airline to shut down.

By helicopter

In Bangladesh, a variety of rotorcraft craft services for tourist, MEDEVAC, and film material are offered for hire. Every information will be known to every authorized travel agency.

By bus

Visitors are not advised to do road excursions in Bangladesh since they are unsafe. Air travel is inexpensive, and it is preferred for longer journeys since it serves all major locations.

Local buses in Bangladesh are often overcrowded, with passengers standing on the bus steps (entry) and sometimes on the top. State buses operated by Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation www often fall into this category. Avoid any low-cost buses since they are simple to spot due to their poor condition. They are involved in deadly accidents on a regular basis. If you utilize them, keep in mind that they often do not stop, but instead slow down slightly to enable people to board or exit. Furthermore, disconcertingly, tariff collectors do not wear uniforms, making identification impossible. If you don’t know the language, you’ll have to take the bus (literally) and pay money to the first person who asks.

Luxury air-conditioned bus services, on the other hand, link major cities and renowned tourist sites. Green Line , Shyamoli , SilkLine , and Shohagh are just a few of the companies that have many locations across the cities they service. Between Dhaka, Chittagong, and Cox’s Bazar, Greenline has several Scania buses that provide a degree of luxury you’ve probably never seen on a bus before: they cost approximately a third more than their Volvo buses, but they’re at least equivalent to business class buses on an aircraft.

By car

Driving in Bangladesh is not for the faint of heart: the road system is adequate, but avoiding crazy bus drivers and getting into and out of rickshaws is difficult. The numerous bumper cars that encircle the whole vehicle demonstrate that the standards of behavior are among the lowest in the world. Dhaka’s traffic has reached unfathomable levels, and autonomous driving is strongly prohibited. There are no parking spots available. Hiring a native driver is highly recommended. Because trucks and buses often disregard tiny vehicles at night, night driving is considerably more hazardous; no matter who drives, night driving should be avoided. If you’re hiring a driver, ensure sure the vehicle has tinted windows. Because traffic is slow enough, your vehicle will almost always be surrounded by walkers, and foreigners tend to draw crowds of inquisitive Bangladeshis. It is ideal that pedestrians cannot see inside the car to prevent this degree of attention.

Cars are supposed to go to the left, yet they really drive on both sides of the road. On all metropolitan routes, the speed limit is 25 km/h, but it is very improbable that a vehicle can achieve this pace in traffic. Many traffic signals have lately been erected, however they are often disregarded by vehicles and traffic cops. In metropolitan places, traffic cops patrol all important junctions. It is prohibited to overtake on many rural roads; nevertheless, this is totally disregarded, since people employ highly hazardous tactics while overtaking the car in front of them. Although cities are brightly lighted, national highways often lack street lighting. Some new interurban highways, particularly new bridges, include tolls, which are very inexpensive.

By train

Bangladesh Railways  is the sole rail operator in the country. Ticket costs are modest and, in most cases, are comparable to bus ticket rates, if not lower. However, journey time is usually considerably longer due to circuitous routes and challenging crossings. Tickets may be purchased over the phone, but unless you understand Bengali, you’ll have better success at one of the computer station’s booking offices.

Trains are typically more pleasant than buses, with greater legroom and merchants selling tea, water, and food. Although the trolleys are usually filthy, the air conditioning and first-class seats are comfortable. The Sulob class is the highest level of second-class service, with reserved seats and similar to first-class service (except in the price).

Dhaka’s Kamlapur Station is large and modern. It connects all important cities, although due to the widespread usage of big gauge roads and gauges, it may be required to change trains en route.

By boat

There are over 230 major and minor rivers in the nation, and boats and ferries are a popular mode of transportation for both residents and visitors. The greatest way to explore Bangladesh is to take a journey down the river in any mode. River excursions of various durations are available from a variety of private tour companies, and using ferries to go between towns is a wonderful opportunity to explore the country at a leisurely pace.

For those who prefer the picturesque route, the Rocket Steamer service links Dhaka and Khulna through Barisal and is a great opportunity to experience the riverfront Bangladesh. BIWTC operates the four ferries, which sail many times each week in each direction. If at all feasible, make a reservation many days in advance. While there are many courses to choose from, you are most likely to be placed in the first or second. Both have approximately 10 tiny bunk beds on the top deck of the boat, each with two beds and a sink (which no doubt serves as a urinal), as well as tidy communal restrooms. Each class has a central dining/living area with a chef who prepares Bengali dishes as well as the occasional fish and chips or omelette for about Tk 50-150. The cheapest meals are available from lower-class vendors at the lowest level. The first class is located at the bow of the boat, which has been transformed into a comfortable living area. If you go alone, you must book two beds in order to ensure a tie-up in any of the classes; nevertheless, until the boat is fully filled, you are unlikely to be placed in a foreigner’s room, even if you only pay for one. The journey takes between 26 and 30 hours and costs 1010/610 TK in first and second class, respectively. During the rainy season and during the holidays, when the launches are packed with city residents, it is better to avoid it. Those who are environmentally conscious may choose to carry their garbage with them; otherwise, it will most certainly wind up in the river at the conclusion of the journey.

BIWTC also runs a number of smaller, more basic ferries for shorter routes.

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