After West Bengal tourism has picked up, many car rental companies have sprung up which make self-drive a possibility for many tourists that visit the state.
Although car rental companies have desks at Kolkata Airport, it is better if tourists book their cars online beforehand.
###Car rental companies at CCU
Avis, Taxi Guide, Savaari, Kolkata Cabs, Kolkata Car Rentals, Clear Car Rentals, Lopon Car Rentals and Sure Taxi offer car rental services in Kolkata.
###Rates and reservations
Eligible drivers can hire hatchbacks, sedans, and vans. If tourists book their cars via the car rental company website, the rates are lesser. The rates listed are for 1 week for an average A/C 5-seater car with boot space for 2 bags. These prices do not include fuel rates. For more information, tourists can access the car rental companies’ websites.
###Driving from CCU
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is located in North Dumdum, around 19 km from the city centre. The VIP Road via CT Road is the quickest way to get from the airport to the city centre.
Driving is on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the vehicle.
Traffic and congestion are huge problems in Kolkata, so if people aren’t confident of driving in chaos, it is better to hire a driver. Tourists will also encounter lots of honking, chaotic driving and swerving, and lane-splitting.
Parking can be a huge problem, so consult your car rental company as to which are the best and safest spots to park cars in the city.
###Car renting tips
Kolkata weather can get hot and humid, so it is better if tourists rent A/C cars.
Tourists should assess their needs, comfort and budget while renting cars. Also, if they intend to do a bit of hilly driving, it is necessary for them to hire a vehicle that can survive a rugged terrain.
Tourists need to be of 18 years of age, hold a valid licence issued by their country of residence as well as their international driving permits.
###Places to visit
Places to visit in Kolkata include Fort William, the iconic Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Kalighat Kali Temple, the sprawling Indian Museum, the pristine Digha Beach, and the Marble Palace Zoo. Cricket crazy fans shouldn’t miss a trip to Eden Gardens. India’s oldest court, the Kolkata High Court, and Kolkata Municipal Corporation building are also must-sees. One should also visit other places in the state and its neighbours including the natural delta region of Sunderbans, and the hill stations of Gangtok, Darjeeling and Shillong. Use Skyscanner Car hire page to rent a car and kick-start your memorable holiday.