Formerly known as simply Dum Dum Airport, Kolkata's main airport is now saddled with the long-winded name Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (but locals refer to it as just Kolkata Airport).
The airport is located 11 miles (17km) outside of downtown Kolkata, and is a basic facility with only a few shops and restaurants to keep passengers entertained. The real fun at Kolkata Airport is to be had in people-watching, with a diverse mix of eastern and western passengers running about the terminal. Passengers may also stroll around and admire the writings of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, which are inscribed on the walls of the terminal.
Seeing nearly 10 million passengers each year, the airport tends to be a bit crowded, however renovations are underway, along with the addition of a fourth terminal that will hopefully relieve the congestion.
The airport is located 17km (11 miles), or 60 minutes drive, from the city centre
Getting to the city
Transport from the airport includes trains, taxis and buses. All modes of transport are easily accessible from the terminals.
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A few car rental companies, including Avis, Europcar, and some local companies, have desks in the international arrivals hall.
Taxis are available at the airport. Taking the metro to the airport requires that you take a taxi to cover the final 3 miles (about 5km).
Airport facilities include ATMs and currency exchange offices, baggage wrapping services, a VIP lounge, tourist information centre, first aid room, childcare room and a post office. There are limited duty-free shops and a few gift stores, and some dining establishments. A small selection of cafés offer convenience foods, while tea, coffee and soft drink vending machines are situated throughout the terminal building.
There's a 250-bay car park near each terminal, with both short- and long-term parking facilities. The area is currently being expanded to include underground parking.
There is free wifi available in the airport, although sometimes limited.
There are no business or conference facilities at Kolkata Airport, however nearby hotels offer a full range of services.
Kolkata Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.