Bangladesh can be reached by air from any part of the world. The national airline is Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Dhaka International Airport is far from being a major Asian crossroads, there are plenty of international flights. The most efficient means of getting from one city to another is by aeroplane although local storms can occasionally disrupt schedules. Bangkok and Kolkata are the main destinations for flights in and out of Bangladesh. There are regular daily flights between Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Khulna. Biman Bangladesh and two private airlines serve the main centres. There are regional airports at Jessore, Syedpur, Sylhet, Cox's Bazar and Rajshahi. The airport departure tax for international flights is US$7.50. Biman, Bangladesh airlines connects Dhaka with 27 major cities of the world. Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Athens, Bangkok, Bombay, Calcutta, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Karachi, Kathmandu, Kualalumpur, London, Muscat, Dhahran, Baghdad, Kuwait, Yangoon, Rome, Tripoli, Tokyo, Singapore, Baharin, Frankfurt, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Sarjah, Seoul, Riyadh and Delhi.
The Bangladesh Railway provides an efficient service to places of interest such as Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna, Mymensingh, Bogra, Rajshahi, Dinajpur starting from Dhaka. There are regular services on the 4,400 km railway network which connect administrative and business points of the country. Six classes of rail travel are available: "air-conditioned", "first" and "express" are recommended. The main rail routes are Dhaka-Chittagong (journey time five hours) and Khulna-Ishurdi-Chilhati (journey time 10 hours). Rail services are being upgraded. It should be noted that passenger trains are targeted by organised gangs of thieves.
Road transport in Bangladesh is a private sector affair operating predominantly in domestic routes. Rates are among the cheapest in the world. Express and non stop services are available to principal towns from Gabtoli, Saidabad and Mohakhai bus terminals in Dhaka. The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) also maintains a countrywide network of bus services. Recently they have introduced Dhaka - Calcutta - Dhaka direct daily bus services via Benapole, Jessore. Road conditions have improved although they remain difficult during the monsoon season. Overland crossings include the Benapol-Haridispur border (for Kolkata), the Chilihari-Haldibari border (for Darjeeling) and the Tamabil-Dawki border (for Shillong). The crossing at Benapol is the easiest and most used. It is advisable to check when the frontier posts will be open.
Private car hire service is available in Dhaka and some other major cities. Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), a government organization, has a fleet of air-conditioned and non air-conditioned cars, microbuses and jeeps. Besides they offer transfer service for tourists between Dhaka airport and main city points or hotels. Parjatan's limousine transfer service is available between Zia International Airport and city points/hotels. For travel beyond the above pick-up and drop points, Parjatan has its rent-a-car service. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.
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