Kolkatta

By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Kolkatta?

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Kolkatta car hire quick facts

Cheapest rate for one week Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

365

 #273/300

  • Price alone isn't the only factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Kolkatta but clearly it's an important one. See our "why" section for more figures.
How much should I expect to pay in the peak season? Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €

335

 217/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.
Free parking score Based on the number of hotels which offer free parking.Total 219 - of which 105 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

48

%

130/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.

Kolkatta public transport quick facts

"Top trumps" train score

Higher scores go to the systems which take you to the most amazing places.

40%

#138/300

  • [full notes - top trumps trains]
  • A good rail system doesn't mean you shouldn't hire a car, but it often means you have a decent range of options.

Overall public transport score {coming shortly}

This is a more practical rating based on bus and rail travel.

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#---/300

  • [full notes - overall transit] buses | trams | metro | local & regional rail | national rail
  • Is public transport in Kolkatta good value, or is it worth hiring a car just because it is cheaper overall?

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score {coming shortly}

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Kolkatta

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#---/300

Need, worth & should!

Whether you have come here asking "do I need a car in Kolkatta", "is it worth hiring a car in Kolkatta", or whether or not you "should" hire a car here, these are all slight variations on a similar theme:

Do you need a car in Kolkatta?

This is essentially based on whether or not public transport and other "non car" options are good enough to get around and beyond the city.

Is it worth hiring a car in Kolkatta?

Is car hire good value, especially during the peak season? How does this compare with transit fares?

Should you rent a car in Kolkatta?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Do you need a car in Kolkatta? Introduction

When someone asks "Do you need a car in Kolkatta?", this often breaks down to two key questions:

  1. Can you actually get around using public transport, or is a car all but essential?
  2. Is it worth hiring a car in Kolkatta? Is it good value for money, compared with non-car options?

Over the next few sections, we wil look at the pros and cons of driving in Kolkatta as a tourist, and ultimately weigh these up, so we can answer the key question of Should you rent a car in Kolkatta?

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments


  • To follow.

Why should you rent a car in Kolkatta?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Kolkatta?


  • To follow.

Why not? Visiting Kolkatta without a car

What is public transport like in Kolkatta? What about local conditions for walking or cycling? Can you rely on public transport and maybe a few taxis for most or all of your trip? Are there some times of year when it's easier to get by without a car than others? When should you rent a car in Kolkatta?


  • To follow.

 

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