How to Go to Bandarban from Dhaka or Chittagong
How to reach Bandarban from Dhaka
If you want to go directly to Bandarban from Dhaka, bus is your only option. There are quite a few good bus services available in this route everyday so it should not be a problem. Buses leave from Fakirapul, Sayedabad and Kamlapur Bus Terminal towards Bandarban daily. It will take 8-10 hours to reach Bandarban. It will cost 400-600 tk per seat in a non AC bus service.
A list of available bus services to Bandarban, with their ticket prices are given below:
|S Alam Service||Non AC||630|
|Shyamoli Paribahan||Non AC||550|
|Shyamoli Paribahan||AC Economy||750|
|Unique Service||Non AC||550|
Here is the list with contact numbers of all the intercity bus services.
On the other hand you can make the journey via train or plane and have a pitstop at Chittagong. From Chittagong you will need to book a ticket in a Bandarban going bus from Bardar Hat bus stand. The fair may be around 80-100 taka. How to go to Chittagong by Bus, Train or Plane?
Travel Tip: If you have enough time, take a night coach from Dhaka and go to Chittagong first. Stay there for a whole day, freshen up, eat the local delicacies like Mejbani Beef, Kalo Vuna (beef) and Paya – you will not be able to forget the taste or flavor of these dishes.
Extending your journey to Nilgiri
Some may want to visit Bandarban just to visit Nilgiri (though there are TONS of really good places to see in Bandarban). 47 km away from Bandarban district headquarters, in south-east corner of Lama upazila, 2200 feet above the sea level, Nilgiri is a breathtaking place to be. You may take local Chander Gari or Jeep from Lama Bazaar or Bandarban town to go there, costs about 1500-2000tk per car. You can also get on a Thanchi bound bus and go towards Nilgiri. The best time to go to Nilgiri is the rainy season or during July-October.
Traveler Tip: Enjoy local or tribal delicious foods while you are there, you can’t find them in the capital.
If you are more of an adventurous person than a traditional tourist, this is the dream place for you. Go on hiking, camping or climbing in the hills. Checkout all the places you may want to visit while you are in Bandarban.