How to Reach Shillong by Bus, Air Flight

By | June 2, 2012

Explore the inherent beauty of shillong from Calcutta with these easy travel options

Shillong is full of clouds and hills with green scenery all around. It is filled with numerous waterfalls peaks and lakes. Though it is not a very famous hill resort it does attract tourist each year contributing to India’s revenue. To reach Shillong from Calcutta by road, one has to catch up NH40 that connects shillong to Guwahati and all other major cities, which is an all-weather road and does not blocked at adverse climatic conditions. There are no direct bus services from Calcutta to shillong. It takes approximately 16 hours to reach shillong and a distance of about 1099 km is covered from Kolkata.

There is no possibility to travel by rail routes as well to reach shillong directly. The railway station that lies in close association is Guwahati which lies about 104 km from shillong and is in turn well connected with Kolkata and trains depart from Kolkata to shillong from two stations namely Sealdah (SDAH) and Howrah Jn (HWH). But Meghalaya Transport Corporation has well-co-ordinated bus services in accordance with railway services in Guwahati. An expert travel agent can give more precious information on this to avoid confusions and delays in your journey.

Because of these hurdles, it is better to plan your travel by air service. There is a small airport at Umroi, about 35 km from Shillong. At present, Air India operates with its aircraft on this route. Buses and Taxis are available from Shillong to Umroi and vice versa. Another convenient airport is in Guwahati which is about 104 km from shillong and receives flights from other major cities of india Frequently. You can also avail Helicopter services from Guwahati to shillong that frequents just once a day and can accommodate upto four people.