Cox's Bazar Express Train

Cox’s Bazar Express embarks on maiden Dhaka journey on 01 December, 2023

The intercity Cox’s Bazar Express has set off on its maiden journey to Dhaka, marking a significant milestone for railway communication in Bangladesh.

The commercial train departed from Cox’s Bazar Railway Station at 12:30pm on Friday, according to Station Master Golam Rabbani.

The spectacular oyster-shaped railway station, the largest in Asia, has been built in Jhelongja with the aim of connecting Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar by train.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the 102 km railway line from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar on November 11, with the Chattogram to Dohazari railway line already operational.

On the first day of the commercial operation, the Cox’s Bazar to Dhaka train is scheduled to reach the capital via Chattogram at 9:10pm.

The arrival time from Cox’s Bazar to Chattogram is set at 3:40pm, departing at 4:00pm with a 20-minute break to reach the Dhaka Airport Station at 8:30pm. A three-minute break is scheduled at the Kamalapur Railway Station.

The return journey from Dhaka is slated for 10:30pm on Friday, reaching Cox’s Bazar at 6:40am the next morning.

Eastern Railway official Mohammad Abu Bakr Siddiqui said a pair of intercity trains will operate on the Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar route, accommodating 780 passengers.

For the journey from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar, the lowest fare for a non-AC seat is Tk 505, while an AC seat and AC berth are priced at Tk 1,156 and Tk 1,731, respectively.

Train No. 814, operating from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar, observes Monday as its weekly holiday, while train No. 813 from Cox’s Bazar to Dhaka remains closed on Tuesday.

All train tickets on this route have been pre-sold until December 10. In an effort to enhance the comfort and safety of tourists, authorities have decided to operate the train with Korean coaches.

News Source : The Daily Observer

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