Information & Facts
There are a number of hotels within the airport vicinity.
Taxis are available at the airport. Taking the metro to the
airport requires that you take a taxi to cover the final 3 miles
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.
A few car rental companies, including Avis, Europcar, and some
local companies, have desks in the international arrivals hall.
Train: NSCBI Airport is linked to the Kolkata Suburban Railway
system via the junction at nearby Dum Dum, three miles (5km) away.
Trains leave for surrounding areas every 10- 15 minutes at peak
times and every hour off-peak. There is a station at the airport
itself, but as trains run infrequently, it might be quicker and
easier to take a taxi to the station at Dum Dum and move on from
there. From Dum Dum, you can also catch the underground Kolkata
Metro train to surrounding areas.
Taxi: The airport offers a pre-paid car hailing service, whereby
metered yellow cabs, Radio cabs, Mega cabs and Kolkata cabs can be
availed on your behalf. A trip to the city takes 30- 40 minutes at
best and up to two hours in heavy traffic. It'll cost about INR 400
to get into town.
Bus: Air-conditioned Volvo buses travel between the airport and
city every 10- 15 minutes from early morning to around 10pm. They
also travel to the station at Dum Dum.
+91 (0)33 2511 9977, +91 (0)33 511 8787
Rs. 750 (usually included in ticket
Money and communications: There are ATMs and currency exchange
facilities at the airport.
Luggage: A baggage wrapping service is available in the
international departure area, and there are left luggage offices in
both the International and Domestic Terminals.
Conference and business: NSCBI Airport has yet to construct
business and conference facilities. However, surrounding hotels
offer the full gamut of amenities for the corporate traveller.
Other facilities: The terminal at NSCBI Airport features a
standard array of facilities, including a VIP lounge, tourist
information centre, first aid room, childcare room and post
Wi-Fi: Wi-fi is not yet available, but there is an internet café
in the International Terminal.
Information: The staff at NSCBI Airport are generally friendly,
although English is not widely spoken. Familiarise yourself with
Bengali travel jargon and ensure that you are equipped with a
dictionary or phrasebook.
Shopping: Besides duty-free shops and a few gift stores, the
airport itself does not feature any noteworthy brand outlets for
the serious shopper. However, a shopping mall is being built nearby
where the Hotel Ashok once stood.
Food and Drink: NSCBI Airport doesn't have a huge selection of
dining establishments. Your best bet is the airport's only
restaurant, Haldiram Prabhujior. Otherwise a small selection of
cafés offer convenience foods, while tea, coffee and soft drink
vending machines are situated throughout the terminal building.
Although English is generally used for official and
business purposes, Hindi is the official language and is spoken by
about 40 percent of the population. Urdu is the language common
with the Muslim demographic. India has a total of 22 official
The currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into
100 paise (singular paisa). Major currencies can be changed at
banks, and authorised bureaux de changes. It is impossible to
obtain rupees outside India, but no matter what time you arrive in
India there will be an exchange office open at the airport. It is
illegal to exchange money through the black market and it is
advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart
from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small
denominations. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely
accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATMs
are not generally available.
There are three terminals at NSCBI Airport: a Domestic Terminal,
an International Terminal and a Cargo Terminal. The passenger
terminals, connected by aero-bridges, are within easy walking
distance of one another. A fourth terminal, scheduled to be
completed in early 2012, will feature two tiers for departures and
arrivals, ensuring international travellers with connecting flights
will have an easier time of it.