Dhaka to Rangamati: By Bus, Train & Air
Imagine a town surrounded by the crystal clear water of a huge lake and greenery of hills – Rangamati is all that and more. This is a well preserved district of natural beauty. Small islands in between Bangladesh’s largest lake or the hide and seek game of clouds around the hills on a piece of deep blue sky, you will be stunned by its amazing view. This place is more beautiful in the rainy season when the lake is filled to the drop and the hills are even greener! If you haven’t been to Rangamati yet, this might be the high time to pay a visit as soon as possible.
How to go from Dhaka to Rangamati
There are some good coaches who will take you to Rangamati. Both AC and non AC coaches are available and there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Buses leave for Rangamati from Sayedabada, Fakirapul, Motijheel Bus terminals every hour till midnight. Catching a bus is the only direct way to reach Rangamati from Dhaka as there are no trains or flights going there. Some major bus services are:
|Name||Coach Type||Price (Tk)|
|Hanif Enterprise||Non AC||540|
|S Alam Service||Non AC||620|
|Shyamoli Paribahan||Non AC||540|
|Shyamoli Paribahan||AC Economy||750|
|Unique Service||Non AC||540|
If you prefer making a mid way stop, and you can afford an additional day in your trip, it will be worth a while to stop at Chittagong for a night. The economic capital of Bangladesh is not just another large city, but it has a specific lifestyle and a significantly different food habit than Dhaka. You can go to Chittagong from Dhaka with Bus, Train or Air.
My personal recommendation will be to go with a train journey. There is nothing more romantic than a train travel at night. You can book an online ticket or collect it from the station. In Chittagong, spend a day if you have some extra time in your hand. Sight-seeing in Patenga beach, Marine drive road, Foy’s Lake is more than enough to keep you busy the whole day. After your quick city tour you have to grab a bus to Rangamati in the morning. All the bus on this route leaves from Baddarhat Bus Terminal, every half an hour towards Rangamati. It will take 100-140 tk in a chair coach. The highway is full of sharp bends and curves and while you are crossing Ranirhat, a wonderful landscape of a continuous row of sky-touching hills will appear in front of you.
When you have just two or three days in hand and want to see all of the treasures of nature of south-eastern side of Bangladesh, you could catch a flight from Dhaka to Chittagong first to save about 10 hours in total. Every airline company in Bangladesh has direct flight to the commercial capital. The ticket fare for each person is 5000-6500 BDT. Reach Chittagong safely, and then hop on a bus to remarkable Rangamati.
Travel Tips: Mosquitoes are a known headache in Rangamati. Take some anti-mosquito cream in your bag; apply them all over the open places of your body after evening. Native Chittagong people are food lovers and have some signature dishes in the locality. Don’t forget to enjoy them. Try local and tribal delicacies within a limit, they are too hot, but so tasty and yummy. You can buy some local handicrafts to enrich your living room or to gift someone. Their perfection and finishing of tribal cloths or crafts are wonderful.