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. 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. Tourists are advised to not even attempt to drive
around Kolkata; it is simply too congested and chaotic and will be
overly stressful for the uninitiated.
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.
Some of the attractions are conveniently close together, especially
in some of the old, colonial neighbourhoods, but it is a huge city
so some transport other than feet will be required. Note that the
11-mile (17km) journey to and from the airport usually takes over