Getting Around Calcutta
Kolkata has one of the best transport networks in the country.
The metro - India''s oldest underground - runs the length of the
city, while trams and buses provide wide coverage as well. The
ubiquitous yellow Ambassador taxis are good value (and a thrilling
means of getting around, too). Hand-pulled rickshaws are a fun way
to travel short distances - though this practice is being
discouraged by policy-makers, who deem it ignoble. Car hire is
available, with drivers included - unless you are a professional
stunt driver on vacation, do not even attempt to drive around
Kolkata yourself. As in all Indian cities, traffic congestion is a
problem that results in frequent, noisy gridlock. Walking from one
attraction to the other is, therefore, often the quickest way of
getting around. Note that the 11-mile (17km) journey to and from
the airport usually takes over an hour.